BALTIMORE — The Orioles have six starting pitchers competing for five spots. That’s good news for the O’s, as it will foster competition and give manager Buck Showalter some depth. But it makes fitting in a guy like Tyler Wilson a little tricky.
The 27-year-old Wilson went 4-6 with a 5.27 ERA in 24 games (13 starts) for Baltimore this past season. In parts of two seasons, the right-hander is 6-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 33 games (18 starts).
“We had really good pitchers last year, and it was a battle to be in the mix sometimes,” Wilson said at last week’s OriolesREACH holiday party. “That intra-team competition is a really good thing. It’s a good problem to have, too much starting pitching or trying to decide who’s going to be the guy.
“It doesn’t change my motivation. It doesn’t change anyone’s motivation. You go out there and train to do whatever you can to help the team. And whatever role that ends up being, I’ll be prepared for it.”
With the O’s non-tendering long man Vance Worley, Wilson could be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. In 11 relief appearances this season, he pitched 21 innings and allowed nine …