"Wei-Yin had his top pitch count of the year, and I want to keep Gaus on turn," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think he can benefit from that."
Gausman has allowed one earned run or fewer in all but three of his first nine starts. He owns a 3.67 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 49 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against the Angels.
"I think they were just really aggressive, and I think you get confidence as a hitter when you get a couple hits in a game, and I think everybody had a hit off me today," Gausman said, per The Baltimore Sun. "That’s tough for when our guys come in. I really didn’t establish the fastball in as much as I did the first time I faced them, so it kind of takes away that outer half."
Gausman had entered play Sunday with a 4-1 record and 2.36 ERA in his previous six starts. It seems manager Buck Showalter isn't putting too much stock into one bad outing, especially since it was Gausman's first one after the All-Star break.
"I thought stuffwise he was OK," Showalter said of Gausman's performance Sunday. "You’ve got starters with six, seven days in between. You’ve got relief pitchers with seven, eight, nine, 10 days [in between]. It’s tough to get back in. Can you imagine hitters going seven to 10 days without getting any at bats? … You kind of give them a little pass knowing that it’s going to get better moving forward."
Gausman owns a 4.04 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over his first eight starts (42 1/3 innings). He has allowed five earned runs in two of his last four outings. He'll look to pick up the pieces Friday at Seattle.
Gausman has had a difficult first half. He's performed well over seven starts in the majors, but has found himself alternating between the majors and minors multiple times. That could change during the second half. Gausman is already slated to start Sunday's game against Oakland, but the club has been mum on his status following that start. Manager Buck Showalter has made comments about having six possible rotation members, but has also indicated Gausman's talent.
Showalter did seem to indicate Gausman would get an extended look soon. "He'll get an opportunity after the break, and we'll see where it takes us," he said. "I'll tell you what, there's five other [starters] here who have a better track record right now. He knows he's gonna earn it."
Gausman has posted a 3.29 ERA over 38 1/3 innings in the majors this season.
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