User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Who's on the mound? O's not quite sure for Game 4

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

Most teams send their next day's starting pitcher to the interview room before a postseason game. The Baltimore Orioles sent two.

Advertisement
With Baltimore manager Buck Showalter publicly uncertain about his Game 4 starter against the New York Yankees, Joe Saunders sat on the podium Wednesday with Chris Tillman sitting to his left.

``We were kind of hoping you would tell us because we don't know yet,'' Saunders told reporters. ``Whoever it is, me or Chris, we're going to go out there and do our job.''

The AL division series was tied at 1 going into Game 3 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Saunders, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts after he was acquired from Arizona on Aug. 26. Tillman, a 23-year-old righty, was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts.

Tillman hasn't pitched since the regular-season finale on Oct. 3, and Saunders hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 30.

``We don't truly have maybe a one, two, three, four, five kind of rotation,'' Saunders said. ``We have maybe a couple twos, maybe a couple threes, maybe a four, whatever. Like Buck says, whoever is pitching that day is the ace. Every day is the biggest game of the year, and then we move on to the next day and then that day is the biggest game of the year.''

Saunders won his one start against the Yankees, allowing two runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings to defeat CC Sabathia 5-4 on Sept. 8 at Camden Yards. Tillman was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against New York.

Baltimore was 6-3 at Yankee Stadium during the regular season after going 2-7 in the Bronx in each of the previous three years.

``This year has been a whole different feel in the clubhouse and on the field,'' Tillman said. ``We've just been playing good baseball. I think any given night it's a different guy that's a star that helps the team. It's never the same guys over and over again. Different guys pull through for us. It's exciting to watch.''

---

FRANK TALK: Don't try to talk sabermetrics with Frank Robinson. When he won the Triple Crown in 1966, he was the MVP. And he thinks Miguel Cabrera deserves the same honor.

The Hall of Fame slugger weighed in on the AL MVP debate Wednesday after throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Game 3 of the St. Louis Cardinals-Washington Nationals series. While new-age stat-heads might favor Angels rookie Mike Trout, Robinson is definitely old school about Cabrera's .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs with the Detroit Tigers.

``Guys have had a good year, Trout especially,'' Robinson said. ``But I don't see how an individual can play on a winning ballclub and get his team into a series trying to get into the World Series and win a Triple Crown - and not be the MVP of the league.''

Robinson's impressive feat was repeated in 1967 by Carl Yastrzemski, but baseball then went 45 years without a Triple Crown winner before Cabrera pulled it off.

``I'm really happy for him because I think people take the Triple Crown for granted really, take it too lightly,'' Robinson said. ``I think it's the most outstanding thing an individual player as a hitter can do. It's not an easy thing. I don't know of anybody who went into spring training and said, `I'm going to win the Triple Crown.' You can't do that.''

``What bugs me is when people start hollering in April about a guy leading the league in all three and they say, `What do you think his chances are?' And I tell them: `Slim and none and slim left town and none passed away.' You don't start thinking about Triple Crown until early or mid-September.''

---

THE CUT-OFF MAN: Reds pitching coach Bryan Price was clean-shaven when he showed up at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday, deciding he'd paid off his no-hitter debt.

Price started growing a mustache after Homer Bailey threw the franchise's 15th no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28, making good on a vague promise from spring training.

``I don't remember it,'' Price said. ``I'm sure I said something in spring training that if any of you incompetents can potentially, somehow throw a no-hitter, I would grow a mustache or something like that. Obviously, all in jest.''

That's not how the players took it. Bailey clearly remembered it.

``After he was mobbed by his teammates, that's the first thing he said to me on the field in Pittsburgh,'' Price said.

Price let the hair on his lip grow, acknowledging he looked a little ``ridiculous'' with it. He did an interview for Bailey's start against the Giants in Game 3 on Tuesday night, then got rid of the new look.

``I honored it, going on national television with a mustache in a game that Homer pitched, and once he got done with it, I couldn't get it off fast enough,'' Price said.

---

FOR STARTERS: After going 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts, Brian Matusz was demoted to the minors in midseason by the Orioles. When he returned in late August, he blossomed into one of baseball's best left-hander relievers, going 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA.

Coming out of the bullpen, Matusz held left-handed hitters to a .179 average (5 for 28) and righties to 0 for 16.

Still, his stay in the `pen could be a brief one.

``Brian will more than likely go in the spring as a starter,'' manager Brian Showalter said Wednesday. ``We think he can go back and do this, but he needs to get his innings. It was also a carrot for him to come back to the big leagues, so there was a lot of want-to there.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Rose: Who's Hot - NL Edition
Dodgers nip Braves for 5th straight win
Scherzer wins 13th, Tigers dump ChiSox
Jays beat Red Sox, complete road sweep
Padres hammer Cardinals, 12-1
Gausman sharp, O's beat Angels 4-3
Indians trade Masterson to Cards
Keuchel, Astros drop A's as home 'dogs
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
7-1 Y'day, 20-8 G-Plays, +8,568 TY
6-0 L6 Guarantees, 15-6 L7 Days
5-0 +599 Run, +2,568 This Year
6-1 L3 Days, 27-13 +1,730 L40
15-5 L20 Totals, +2,499 This Year
15-7 +918 L22, +2,573 TY
18-7 L25 Guarantees, +1,795 TY
7-3 L10 Over/Under Plays
2-0 Yesterday, +2,059 Totals TY
7-4 L11 Totals, +2,095 TY
25-14 Last 39 Selections
7-3, +449 L10 Guaranteed Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8568
John Fisher + 2573
Dave Cokin + 2568
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3259
James Manos + 2542
Dave Cokin + 1776
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2464
Matt Zylbert + 2059
Tony Stoffo + 1322
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1448
Doc's Sports + 1237
Kyle Hunter + 976
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3889
Doc's Sports + 1607
Kevin Rogers + 1364
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2292
The Gold Sheet + 1052
Bruce Marshall + 946
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!