Sorting through an ever-changing rotation

Tides Talk

Byline IanIn every year, every season, all teams, no matter the league, have to deal with injuries to their starting pitchers. The Norfolk Tides are no different.

Two of the Tides’ original five-man rotation, Suk-min Yoon and Steve Johnson, are on the disabled list. Yoon was placed on the DL on Monday and Johnson has been on and off the DL all season. Eddie Gamboa took Johnson’s spot in the rotation earlier this season because Johnson’s inability to stay healthy.

On June 13, Gamboa was suspended 50 games for using exogenous Testosterone. Kevin Gausman is being called up and back down between Norfolk and Baltimore recently. T.J McFarland has been with the Orioles for a good portion of the season as a relief pitcher.

Mike WrightWith McFarland and Gausman spending a good bit of time in the majors, Mike Wright is the only pitcher left. Wright is the lone pitcher that was part of Norfolk’s starting rotation at the beginning of the season and has pitched without injury.

With the slew of injuries, Norfolk has used 12 different pitchers to start games; 10 of which have started at least two games. In comparison, the Orioles have used six starters: Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman.

For now, Norfolk’s rotation is a mystery. The Orioles decision on how to use Gausman makes it even more mysterious.

Gausman has a 3-1 record with a 2.74 ERA in four starts with the Orioles this season. For Norfolk, Gausman had a 1-3 record with a 3.32 ERA in 11 starts. Obviously, Gausman has pitched far better with the Orioles this season.

Gausman proved that he can go out, pitch six or seven innings per game and put the Orioles in a spot to win. He has done something Ubaldo Jimenez has not done yet this season; win three games.

I think it is best for the Orioles and Tides to have Gausman stay with the Orioles for the remainder of the season. If Gausman stays with the Orioles, Tides’ manager Ron Johnson will be able to figure out a viable option for a fifth starter, after he finds three replacements for the others.

Tonight, Josh Stinson will be making just his third start for the Tides this season. Stinson has appeared in nine games for the Tides and posted a 0-3 record with a 5.19 ERA.

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Opposing Stinson for the Pawtucket Red Sox is Chris Hernandez. Hernandez, like Stinson, has spent both as a starter and reliever. Hernandez is 3-6 record with a 3.04 ERA and has started seven games.

This game is very important for Josh Stinson. If he is able to pitch well and give the Tides’ a quality start, he could stay in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Stinson started 23 games last year for Norfolk, so starting is not something he needs to adjust to. I do not believe it would be a problem for him to be in a starting role for the rest of the season.

Tides’ Rotation Casualities:

YoonSuk-min Yoon

75.0 inning pitched

Placed on the DL (shoulder)


GamboaEddie Gamboa

77.2 innings pitched

Suspended 50 games for exogenous testosterone


GausmanKevin Gausman

43.1 innings pitched

Pulled up to pitch for Orioles


MacFarlandT.J. McFarland

24.0 innings pitched

Pulled up to pitch for Orioles


JohnsonSteve Johnson

17.2 innings pitched

Placed on DL (shoulder)