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Sunday Notes: Forsythe’s Breakout, Britton’s Aim, Bullpen Banter, more

Logan Forsythe isn’t sure he can explain his breakout. At least not definitively. The Tampa Bay infielder points to consistency, but that’s more byproduct than causation. He indirectly cites BABiP – “I’ve had some balls fall this year” – but it’s not as though his .323 mark is outlandish. Opportunity might be a bigger factor. His high-water mark for seasonal plate...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Darren O’Day making most of opportunity to close

The Baltimore Orioles wrapped up a sweep of the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon. For the third consecutive day, Darren O’Day came on in the ninth inning to record the final three outs. With Zach Britton dealing with a strained lat muscle, the duties of closer fell upon O’Day, arguably the best relief pitcher in the Orioles’ bullpen to begin with. O’Day did not disappoint...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Britton Needs Peers To Perform

Zach Britton has a mild lat strain.  He hopes to return soon as he's complained that the loneliness of not pitching is killing him.  Britton went on to say, "Bollocks!"  Maybe that's a Briton.  Any hoo!  Or as a Briton would say, "Tally hoo!"  The Orioles haven't said Britton is shut down, but I highly doubt he closes another game in the next week.  Or as a Briton would say...
Via Razzball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Orioles sell high on Zach Britton?

Over the past ten seasons, the Baltimore Orioles have had four All-Star closers – B.J. Ryan (2005), George Sherrill (2008), Jim Johnson (2012), and Zach Britton (2015). The Orioles moved on from each of the first three at the perfect time. Ryan walked to the Toronto Blue Jays to take a ridiculously expensive five-year, $47 million contract and promptly unraveled; Sherrill was...
Via Baseball Essential
25 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Baltimore Bullpen Can Teach Us About Arm Action

“So you’re just studying oddity pitchers,” said Zach Britton over my shoulder as I took our conversation over to Darren O’Day. I bristled at the word oddity, because it implied some sort of freak-show gawking. “No! I’m into pitching, and you guys have interesting pitches,” was my earnest response. Eventually, most of the Orioles bullpen was in our scrum, talking pitching...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Baltimore Orioles will face the Royals in the ALCS

When the July 31 trade deadline happened, neither the Baltimore Orioles nor Kansas City Royals made a splash in the headlines. The two biggest names dealt were Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics and David Price to the Detroit Tigers. All the Kansas City Royals need is four more victories to win the American League pennant. The Baltimore Orioles hope to deny them that trip to the...
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Why Zach Britton has been their biggest surprise

The Baltimore Orioles have had many surprising players this year, both good and bad. Depending on how you look at it, many players may appear to be more of a disappointment, and part of that is because of the seasons they were coming off. For instance, players like Chris Davis, Chris Tillman, Manny Machado, Tommy Hunter and even Ubaldo Jimenez were coming off of solid seasons, if...
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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