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The only real difference, it seams to me, is that you seem much more confident in Gausman's ability to prove himself during spring training than others do. If the O's do not sign a veteran starter, I think Gausman could well earn that spot over others like Britton, Matusz, Johnson, etal.. If they do sign a veteran starter (not including Yoon for the purpose of this conversation), I think Gausman is likely destined for Norfolk - almost despite anything he does in ST.

Either way Gausman will get plenty of chances to start next year as will all those guys given we used 14 starters last year and had a pretty good year injury wise with only Chen doing real DL days....Also we only had one starter fall out of the rotation do to performance (Hammel). Given that it is pretty clear we are sorely lacking in starting pitching and all guys who could be half decent will get a chance to start at some point next year given the current roster.

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The only real difference, it seams to me, is that you seem much more confident in Gausman's ability to prove himself during spring training than others do. If the O's do not sign a veteran starter, I think Gausman could well earn that spot over others like Britton, Matusz, Johnson, etal.. If they do sign a veteran starter (not including Yoon for the purpose of this conversation), I think Gausman is likely destined for Norfolk - almost despite anything he does in ST.

Actually, I think there is a bigger chance that Gausman gets sent to AAA to start the year than there is that he starts the year with the O's. But I think its up to what Gausman shows in ST where he starts the year. If he shows consistently command of three quality pitches he starts with the O's.

I do have more confidence in Gausman than Norris at this point. If the O's sign a veteran starter, I think Gausman gets more starts this year and will do better than Norris.

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Actually, I think there is a bigger chance that Gausman gets sent to AAA to start the year than there is that he starts the year with the O's. But I think its up to what Gausman shows in ST where he starts the year. If he shows consistently command of three quality pitches he starts with the O's.

I do have more confidence in Gausman than Norris at this point. If the O's sign a veteran starter, I think Gausman gets more starts this year and will do better than Norris.

Norris is ok as long as the O's realize he's a 5 to 6 innings a game pitcher and are able to adjust for that. He gets crushed once he gets close to 100 pitches.

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Norris has his flaws but we don't have 3 starters better than him so he will start a significant number of games this year.

Even if we sign Aj and Gausman has a great ST and pitches to an ERA of 3 next year in the rotation from OD I would bet Norris starts at least 20 games next year.

You need 7 viable starters at least to stay a playoff contender and this team is only 5 deep and that's with everyone staying health and effective and Gausman proving he's ready....Which I would say is about a 10% chance.

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Norris has his flaws but we don't have 3 starters better than him so he will start a significant number of games this year.

Even if we sign Aj and Gausman has a great ST and pitches to an ERA of 3 next year in the rotation from OD I would bet Norris starts at least 20 games next year.

You need 7 viable starters at least to stay a playoff contender and this team is only 5 deep and that's with everyone staying health and effective and Gausman proving he's ready....Which I would say is about a 10% chance.

Tillman, Gonzalez and Chen are all better than what I have seen from Norris so far.

Agree the O's need and do have 6 or 7 starters. What the O's really need is better pitchers.

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If his elbow is better, what you see from Norris this season should be better than that as well.

I think there is a really question if Norris can be a below 4.00 starter in the AL East. I am not convinced he can. He will have to show me. He seems to be a pitcher that he throwing a max effort all the time. That is hard to do and be successful in the AL East.

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I think there is a really question if Norris can be a below 4.00 starter in the AL East. I am not convinced he can. He will have to show me. He seems to be a pitcher that he throwing a max effort all the time. That is hard to do and be successful in the AL East.

As a number 5, if he can go 170 IP and put up a 4.30, I'm fine with that. The key is to add a guy in front of him.

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I think the AL East is a great division but I think we tend to give it too much credit. On the Astros, he had to face the lineups of the Angels, A's, Mariners, and the Rangers. Is that group so inferior, if at all, to Toronto, Boston, NY, and Tampa Bay?

Astros were the worst team in MLB. The Mariners were worse than the Blue Jays.

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As a number 5, if he can go 170 IP and put up a 4.30, I'm fine with that. The key is to add a guy in front of him.

Would you still be alright with that from Norris if he competes with Gausman and Gausman can put up a below 4.00 ERA and go the same number of innings?

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Would you still be alright with that from Norris if he competes with Gausman and Gausman can put up a below 4.00 ERA and go the same number of innings?

I'd like to get more innings from someone in front of him. If Gausman beats him out for the #5 job, Norris moves to the bullpen or gets traded.

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