Eshelman (3-1) threw 3.1 innings on Tuesday, allowing two runs on six hits in a 5-1 loss to the Braves. He walked one and struck out four. In a battle of bullpens, the Braves used six relievers while Baltimore used five as both embraced the opener strategy. Eshelman recorded his first loss of the season on a night where the Baltimore offense sputtered. This was his fourth start of the season, and while Eshelman doesn't generate much fantasy appeal, he has pitched to a solid 4.13 ERA in long relief for the Orioles this season.
Eshelman will start Tuesday's game against the Braves. The Orioles didn't need Eshelman to work in relief in Monday's 14-1 win, clearing the way for him to pick up his fourth start of the season. Considering Eshelman has covered more than three innings on only one occasion since Aug. 13, he'll likely face a limited pitch count in the start.
Eshelman will likely start Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Eshelman recently returned to the bullpen and pitched relatively effectively over two innings Friday. However, manager Brandon Hyde said that he should take the mound to begin Tuesday's contest as long as he isn't needed as a reliever Monday. The right-hander has a 3.96 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 25 innings during nine appearances (three starts) this season.
Eshelman allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings in Friday's Game 1 loss to the Yankees. He didn't factor into the decision. Eshelman started Friday's matinee in place of Alex Cobb (undisclosed), but he was forced to settle for a no-decision as he struggled to limit the Yankees' run production. The right-hander had picked up wins in his past two outings, but he was unable to get enough run production in Friday's extra-inning loss. If Eshelman remains in the rotation, his next start should come on the road Wednesday against the Mets.
Eshelman will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports. The righty will be filling in for Alex Cobb, who landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons. Eshelman has made two starts and five relief appearances this season, posting a 3.48 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. It's taken a .164 BABIP to get him to those marks, however, and his 10.4 percent strikeout rate caps his upside.
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