"If you look at some of the different matchups and who's had experience pitching out of the bullpen, Scotty and Miguel [Gonzalez]," Showalter said. "Also keeps us from having to make a pitching change. He gives us the best chance to keep our bullpen and everybody healthy and not get too far away from the baseball."
Bud Norris, who started Tuesday's series opener in San Diego, will be followed by Gonzalez on Wednesday and Chris Tillman on Friday. Wei-Yin Chen and Norris will finish out the weekend set in San Francisco, a move that sets up the team's pitching better the rest of the month and plays the favorable matchups.
"When you kind of look at it for the month, we knew coming into August we were going to have a lot of off-days," Showalter said. "But [we are] trying to slot people, take advantage of what they are capable of doing and where they best fit from history."
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