Scioscia not ready to reveal ALDS rotation

Scioscia not ready to reveal ALDS rotation

SEATTLE -- Mike Scioscia's pitching order for the American League Division Series is still up in the air following Jered Weaver, who will take the ball for Game 1 at Angel Stadium on Thursday.

C.J. Wilson is lined up to pitch Game 2 on five days' rest, and Matt Shoemaker could benefit from being backed up to Game 3 so that his strained left oblique has extra time to heal, but Scioscia wasn't ready to reveal anything prior to Sunday's regular-season finale.

"With the year Shoe had, we have every bit of confidence he's going to pitch well," Scioscia said. "C.J.'s outing yesterday, combined with [seven shutout innings against the Mariners on Sept. 17], shows us he's very capable and comfortable to go out there and pitch. We'll eventually settle on a rotation that can get us to our goal. How it lines up, we don't really know."

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

Hector Santiago is the likely fourth starter, but Scioscia has left open the possibility of Weaver going on short rest to pitch Game 4, as well as starting Cory Rasmus in what would amount to a bullpen game.

Head-to-head matchups won't necessarily play a factor in the order, though it could affect some key bullpen decisions, Scioscia said. His potential rosters include an 11-man pitching staff, a 12-man pitching staff and a rare 13-man pitching staff. And since he doesn't have to turn in the official list to Major League Baseball until Thursday morning, he isn't tipping his hand.

"There are lots of things to consider," he said. "It depends on the health of guys and where they are. We're not going to have as much versatility in the rotation as we'd like. Right now we're trying to get a cohesive group of three guys ready to go."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.