NEW YORK -- If the
advance to the
Championship Series, their starting pitching options for the first two games in Detroit would hinge on how they use their staff tonight.
"I haven't heard anything that would make me think people are not available," Showalter said before Friday's game. Don't hold me to it. We can gain something, hear something, find out something between now and game time. But so far so good."
The Orioles used seven relievers in their 2-1, 13-inning win in Game 4, so Showalter said he would go around to his relievers during batter practice to get a feel of which ones could be available tonight.
If the Orioles don't use Chen or Tillman tonight in relief, they would be the most likely options for the opening game of the ALDS.
Chen would be pitching on normal rest. Tillman hasn't pitched since the Orioles' regular season finale Oct. 3 in Tampa Bay.
Gonzalez would then be the likeliest option to start Game 2 in Detroit on regular rest, even though the Orioles have worked hard to give Chen and Gonzalez extra days of rest.
Based on how the
Other pregame notes:
-- If the Orioles win, don't expect a celebration that compared with the one that followed their wild-card game win last week. The schedule doesn't reward the winner of this division series. While the Tigers have a day off, the Orioles would have to play Saturday night in Detroit.
-- Orioles left-hander
-- Game times for the ALCS were announced Friday. If the Orioles advance, Game 1 would begin at 8:07 p.m. in Detroit while Game 2 is slated for 4:07 p.m. The series would shift to Camden Yards, where Tuesday's Game 3 and Wednesday's Game 4 would both open at 8:07. Thursday's Game 5 in Baltimore, if necessary, would be a 4:07 game. Game 6 in Detroit would be an 8:07 start on Saturday and Game 7 an 8:15 start on Sunday.