Saturday, June 25, 2016

Andriese-Gausman slated for Game 1 of DH

An intriguing matchup highlights the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. ET between the Rays and Orioles.
Matt Andriese will start for the Rays. He's 6-0 on the season. At the other end of the spectrum is Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who is 0-5.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a starting pitcher with no losses faced a pitcher with no wins and both had at least five decisions was earlier this season when Chris Sale (7-0) of the White Sox faced Luis Severino (0-5) of the Yankees. Sale prevailed, 7-1. Prior to that, the last time it occurred was May 26, 1981, when Steve Carlton (7-0) of the Phillies opposed Randy Jones (0-5) of the Mets. The Phillies won that game, but neither starter got a decision.
Andriese rejoins the rotation after being relegated to the bullpen to make room for Blake Snell. The first seven of Andriese's 10 apppearances were starts. Andriese looks forward to returning to the rotation, but having pitched from the bullpen -- he last appeared in Wednesday night's loss to the Indians -- there will be concerns about how deep he can pitch.
"I'm just going to go out there and take it inning by inning," Andriese said, "and I'm sure they can see how I look and feel."
After going 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in April, Gausman posted a 4.17 ERA in May and 5.75 in June. The Orioles have lost five of the last six games started by Gausman. Opposing hitters are batting .356 against Gausman in June.
Three things to know about this game
• Andriese has four balks in the Majors this season. He committed five at Triple-A Durham prior to being recalled on May 8.
• Logan Forsythe has hit .571 (4-for-7) against Gausman with a home run and three RBIs.
• Gausman has been better at home this season, where he is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as opposed to 0-4 with a 5.11 ERA on the road.

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