When the Double-A Bowie Baysox host Akron in Game 1 of a best-of-five Eastern League playoff series Wednesday night, it looks like there is a good chance that the Orioles' last two first-round draft picks will pitch in that game.
Dylan Bundy, taken fourth overall in 2011, is expected to be the starting pitcher. Kevin Gausman, taken fourth overall in June, may follow him to the mound in relief.
Yes, that would be pretty cool to see.
Bundy is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three Baysox starts. Over 16 2/3 innings, he has walked eight, fanned 13 and allowed a .230 batting average. In 23 starts at three levels this season, the 19-year-old Bundy is 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA.
Gausman is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts between short-season Single-A Aberdeen and Single-A Frederick. In 15 innings, he has allowed 11 hits with one walk, 13 strikeouts and a .200 batting average against. Gausman will have to be added to the Bowie roster and that seems very likely to happen.
As for the Orioles, what were we saying yesterday about the team's bounceback ability?
Here are some notes from the weekend series:
* The Orioles are now 28-21 this year against the American League East. Last year, they went 28-45. The Orioles have won seven of nine AL East road series this year. They have gone 3-0 in series at New York, 2-0 at Boston, 1-1 at Tampa Bay and 1-1 at Toronto.
So that is 5-0 in five road this series at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park with an 11-4 record in those games.
* The Orioles outscored New York 17-8 this weekend and had a team ERA of 2.42 in the series. They outhit the Yankees as well.
Comparing the offenses from the series:
Orioles: 28-for-101 for .277 average, 17 runs, 6 homers, 7-for-23 with RISP.
Yankees: 15-for-90 for .167 average, 8 runs, 3 homers, 2-for-12 with RISP.
* This went under the radar a bit, but Manny Machado had two hits in each game at New York, going 6-for-12 in the series. That raised his average from .227 to .269. Nick Markakis went 6-for-12 with three RBIs over the weekend. Mark Reynolds trumped them all, of course, going 5-for-11 with four homers and seven RBIs.
Another note from the minors: Right-hander Tyler Wilson sure had a big finishing kick to his season with Frederick. Wilson pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Keys' extra-inning win. Over his last three starts, he pitched to a 1.23 ERA over 22 innings for Frederick. In that time, he had a stunning 32-0 strikeout-to-walks ratio. He fanned 12, 10 and 10 without a walk over those outings.
On the year for Frederick, the 23-year-old hurler drafted in round 10 last year out of the University of Virginia is 7-7 with a 3.49 ERA.