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The Orioles and the Nationals play their one game makeup on Monday night at 7:05. Kevin Gausman is the Orioles starter, while Tanner Roark starts for the Nationals.

Greg Fiume

The time has arrived to make up a rainout against the Nationals in Washington, DC. Once, there was an off day today, but no longer. Instead, a one day foray into the realm of pitchers batting that was supposed to happen a while ago. Well, they're not getting a whole lot of offense the traditional way, so maybe Kevin Gausman can hit a homer or something. Just kidding. Don't try to hit and hurt yourself, Kevin. Just stand there and see how long it takes them to throw you three strikes.


RHP Tanner Roark, Nationals
2014: 21 GS, 134.2 IP, 2.74 ERA, 103 SO, 29 BB, .230 BAA, 1.08 WHIP
Last start (at Marlins): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 7 SO

Roark hasn't gone less than seven innings in a start since June 27. He made five starts in July and pitched 35 innings. Too bad the Orioles can't find somebody like that. Of course, American League snob that I am, I automatically dismiss most non-Kershaw-related National League pitching accomplishments, but Roark is performing so well that you have to figure he'd still do good even if he pitched against AL teams regularly. It sure helps to face pitchers and crappy hitters so often, though.

Being as Roark is one of these guys who never walks anybody anyway, maybe the O's will turn their aggressive hackmaster tendencies into something positive. Then again, they walked twice against Hisashi Iwakuma on Sunday, which was almost a miracle, and they still only scored one run. That was enough.

RHP Kevin Gausman, Orioles
2014: 10 GS, 56 IP, 3.70 ERA, 37 SO, 21 BB, .261 BAA, 1.34 WHIP
Last start (vs. Angels): 7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Across the games he's started this year, Gausman has had a pattern emerge that when he makes it six innings, it means he's pitching well. If it doesn't, then he's probably not. That sounds a bit obvious, but it's not: there are plenty of pitchers who might give up four runs in six innings. It's a small sample size anyway, only ten starts, five that were 6+ and five that weren't. One of the short ones was a rain-interrupted five inning complete game that was actually pretty okay. You know, just forget I said anything.


Today's Lineups

Nick Markakis - RF Denard Span - CF
Manny Machado - 3B Anthony Rendon - 3B
Adam Jones - CF Jayson Werth - RF
Nelson Cruz - LF Adam LaRoche - 1B
Chris Davis - 1B Ian Desmond - SS
J.J. Hardy - SS Bryce Harper - LF
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B
Caleb Joseph - C Wilson Ramos - C
Kevin Gausman - RHP Tanner Roark - RHP

Asdrubal Cabrera being on the Nationals is pretty weird.

During yesterday's MASN broadcast, Gary Thorne informed us that the Orioles were hitting .203 since the All-Star Break. That may have gone down slightly because they batted below .203 yesterday. Gausman hitting probably isn't going to help that cause much.