After a five hour, 15 inning game in which Buck Showalter and the Orioles used two starters and seven relief pitchers, the Orioles certainly face some question marks going into game two against the Yankees.
Showalter was forced to throw Thursday’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie in the 15th inning after Mike Gonzalez surrendered the lead to the Yankees. Guthrie pitched a full inning and was not charged with any earned runs. He threw just seven pitches.
“I’m ready to go tomorrow, so we’ll see,” Guthrie told MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko. “I have to go talk to him [Showalter] first.”
Early indications are that Showalter could go with Brad Bergesen as Thursday’s starter. “Bergy’s got four days rest tomorrow,” Showalter said. “He could potentially start tomorrow.”
Relief pitching is another question that surrounds that Orioles going into the weekend. Troy Patton is in Baltimore, but would require a roster move to join the team. Derrek Lee was out of the lineup on Wednesday night and Tuesday in the postponed game in Boston. According to Kubatko, Lee is “fighting the decision to put him on the disabled list” after he suffered an oblique injury against the Red Sox.
Brian Roberts was also sidelined with headaches, which he suffered sliding headfirst into first base to leadoff Monday’s game against Boston. As Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun points out, Roberts missed the last six games of last season due to headaches.
O’s fans will have to wait and see what Thursday brings after a crazy game on Wednesday night.