Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter joined the Norris & Davis show to talk about his team. The Orioles are currently in 2nd place in the AL East with 23-16 record. They will finish up their series against the San Diego Padres today.
Steve asked about Jim Johnson and if he saw anything different. Buck said no that there has been nights where Jim didn’t have his best stuff and went 1, 2, 3.
Bob asked about Chris Tillman’s outing. Buck said that Chris looks to be growing into a lot of thing. He told the guys that Tillman gave up 24 foul balls in the first four innings and that is the difference between Triple A and Major League Baseball.
Steve wanted know about Manny Machado’s comparison to Jeter. Buck said that he would never put that kind of pressure on Manny. What he has seen is the support system that Manny has from family and teammates. Buck said you can tell that Manny loves baseball and is very alert to his surroundings.
Bob asked about Freddy Garcia’s transition from power pitcher to finesse pitcher. Buck said that today will be a tough game to pitch but Freddy will keep giving the team a chance to win.
Buck thinks that the National League has a big advantage over the American League because now they get to use a designated hitter. Steve asked if they should make a rule for uniformity between the leagues with the DH. Buck said he has his opinions, but he thinks it is really up to what the fans want. If he to pick he would pick for there to be a DH in both leagues.
Bob brought up the issue with the umpires recently. Buck said that this isn’t really a recent issue and all the people involved want to get the game right. He says it so tough to get all the close calls right, and it is so tough with the naked eye.
Steve wanted to wrap it up with the injury situation of Brian Roberts and Dylan Bundy. Buck said that Brian was starting the bike yesterday and Dylan will be out the six weeks so hopefully in a few weeks this will not be an issue.