Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Durable Gallardo makes debut with Orioles

After a pair of rain delays that saw Opening Day starters Chris Tillman and Ervin Santana pitch two innings each in the Orioles' eventual 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins, both clubs are hoping for better circumstances in the second game of the season on Wednesday at Camden Yards after an off-day on Tuesday.
Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who signed a two-year deal with an option early in Spring Training, is set to make his debut against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. Both teams had to use their bullpens more than it expected because of the rain delays on Monday, so the Twins and Orioles are looking for their starters to go deep into the game.
Things to know about this game
• Gallardo has been remarkably durable throughout his career, as he's made at least 30 starts in each of the past seven seasons, including tying a career high with 33 outings with the Rangers last year. He was solid despite a decline in his strikeout rate, as he posted a 3.42 ERA and won 13 games. As their most-veteran starter, the Orioles are counting on him to bring much-needed stability to the rotation.
• Gibson was Minnesota's most consistent starter in 2015, posting a 3.84 ERA in a career-high 194 2/3 innings. He's focusing on using his curveball and changeup more this season to go along with his sinker and slider. The Twins believe Gibson's primed for a breakout season, as his strikeout rate went up last year as the season went along.
• Both teams used five relievers on Monday, but they're helped by the off-day on Tuesday. The only relievers who aren't expected to available are Baltimore's Tyler Wilson and Minnesota's Ryan Pressly, as they pitched in long relief.

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