With Tillman apparently sidelined, it seems natural to say that Kevin Gausman will be the Baltimore Orioles’ Opening Day starter. Again folks, I’m saying it seems natural to say that. In essence I’m looking into the future and reading tea leaves. Nothing has been decided yet.
Tillman’s said on numerous occasions that Opening Day is just one start. In essence, once you’ve gone through the rotation once or so, does it really matter who started when? However there is some prestige that comes with getting that nod. I suspect that Tillman will still be viewed as the staff ace either way. But if Gausman gets the start against Toronto that means he’s definitely on the way up.
It’s also interesting to point out that the Orioles are actually still in the market for another starter – possibly. And we know that Dan Dquuette has a track record of finding starting pitchers during camp. So the fact is that we just don’t know what’s going to happen.
However the early odds appear to be with Gausman to get the nod on Opening Day. Incidentally the Orioles have a pretty good track record of winning their Opening Day game, whether it’s at home or on the road. By my count the last time they lost was 2010 when Toronto beat them.
So if it is Kevin Gausman and history means anything, odds are he puts the Orioles in a position to win. And that’s all you can ask of a starter in a regular season game.