On a team without a definitive ace, it’s much harder to try to figure out who the Opening Day starter will be.
Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that Buck Showalter has named Chris Tillman his Opening Day starter. The only other option in this spot would have been recently acquired Ubaldo Jimenez, and Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com says that Jimenez will start the second game. The Orioles take on the defending World Series Champion Red Sox starting on March 31st.
Tillman, who is going into his age-26 season, has pitched for 5 years in the Baltimore system. Last year, he was Baltimore’s best pitcher, going 16-7 in his first full season as a starter. He made 33 starts and pitched in 206.1 innings, more than double his previous year’s innings pitched. He posted a respectable 3.71 ERA in a season in which he earned his first All-Star appearance.
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