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How Zach Britton Blew His Saves

There were only four of them. Blown saves, that is. I presume you’ve read the title. Zach Britton blew four saves last year, which actually isn’t a particularly noteworthy fact. Britton blew four saves in 40 tries, which is great, but it certainly wasn’t the best, and Britton blew four saves the year before too, in one more try. It’s great, but not spectacular, especially...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

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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September 27, 2015  |  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
September 24, 2015  |  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
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

What makes Zach Britton so dominant?

Zach Britton, the Baltimore Orioles closer, extended his scoreless innings streak to 11 and two-thirds last night as he closed out a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. He has not allowed a run since a May 16 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in which he gave up three ninth inning runs in a game the Orioles were already losing. Take away those three mop-up duty runs, and Britton has...
Via Baseball Essential
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Evolution of O’s Closer Zach Britton

If you haven’t already noticed, the Baltimore Orioles possess an emerging star out of their bullpen in the form of lefty Zach Britton. The starter-turned-reliever has reinvented himself to a stunning degree in his new role with the Orioles, and the results have been nothing short of astounding. But I want to take a closer look at what exactly prompted this remarkable turnaround...
Via Baseball Essential
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles, closer Britton agree to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

  Pitcher Zach Britton and the Baltimore Orioles have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $3.2 million, one-year contract. The agreement Wednesday allows the 27-year-old left-hander to earn $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished: $50,000 each for 40, 45 and 55, and $75,000 apiece for 50 and 60. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Britton had asked...
Via Associated Press
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Does Anybody Else Throw Zach Britton’s Sinker?

The Royals are an incredible story, and the Orioles are an incredible story, and when you break down a big incredible story into its component bits, you’re left with a whole bunch of tinier incredible stories. Among the possessors of those stories on the Orioles is closer Zach Britton, who, like a lot of good […]
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October 10, 2014  |  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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