Kevin Gausman's road futility is one of those things that has been an enduring story of this season for the Orioles. Other than among that segment of last century grumps who only look at a pitcher's W-L record to judge his performance, he isn't completely to blame for this.
Yes, his road ERA is bad 5.37, nearly three full runs higher than his home ERA, but Gausman has pitched well enough in enough games that he doesn't deserve the whole "winless on the road" thing. The answer to this problem is probably not having the Orioles lineup going up against Madison Bumgarner while Gausman is pitching, but, well, that's how it's going to be tonight.
The Orioles offense, and Gausman, need to find some way to pull a rabbit out of their hat. The Blue Jays have already won their game on Saturday, so if the O's lose, their first place stay will prove to be brief. A loss will drop them a half game back.
Don't get your hopes up. The Orioles don't score runs when Gausman is pitching, they don't score against lefties, and they probably won't score much against as great a pitcher as Bumgarner... and even if they somehow do, well, thre's a reason why Gausman's road ERA is above 5.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Denard Span - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Angel Pagan - LF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Brandon Belt - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - RF||Buster Posey - C|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Brandon Crawford - SS|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Hunter Pence - RF|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Eduardo Nunez - 3B|
|Nolan Reimold - LF||Joe Panik - 2B|
|Kevin Gausman - RHP||Madison Bumgarner - LHP|