This is the moment the Baltimore Orioles and their fans have been waiting for. The highly-touted pitcher Kevin Gausman will make his debut on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays as the Orioles look to extend their win streak to three after winning the three-game series against the New York Yankees.
The 22-year-old Gausman possesses a trait that many young pitchers in baseball don’t have. Scouts credit Gausman for his ability to not beat himself and let too many hitters on base. In Double-A Bowie, Gasuman had a 3.11 ERA with 49 strikeouts and only five walks through 46.1 innings.
Gausman is certainly excited about the opportunity given what he had to say via ESPN.com. “You know, I don’t really think it hit me until today, until my second flight here from Atlanta … Then I just kind of was thinking, you know, ‘Wow I’m really here. It’s crazy.”
Orioles manger Buck Showalter knows they need life in the pitching staff as they hang in third place in the AL East. “We think he can help us. We’ll see,” Showalter said. “It’s kind of who we are and where we are. It’s always been a thought that it looked like it was going to be ‘when’ and not ‘if.’ He spent a lot of time down there doing some things he needed to do.”
It is a very exciting time for the entire organization as well as the fans. Not only is Gausman coming up to the majors, but the phenom Dylan Bundy is still waiting in the wings despite an injury to his arm. His injury is not deemed to be serious, but the expectation is that he will be ready by next season.