Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles win the Mariano Rivera Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 6:39 am

28-year old lefty closer Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has won the Mariano Rivera Award as the best reliever in the American League in 2016!  Britton was awesome this year!  He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-1 with a American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP!  He only gave up 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings pitched for the Orioles in 2016.  Britton was an All-Star for the second year in a row in 2016.  Britton has now pitched in 252 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 120 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He is currently #3 in saves (120) in Orioles’ history, behind only Jim Johnson (122) and Gregg Olson (160).  He is also #30 in games pitched in Orioles’ history with 252.  Whoever decided to move Britton to the bullpen in the Orioles’ organization deserves a raise.  In Britton’s 46 starts early in his career, he was 18-17 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  But, in his 206 games as a reliever for the Orioles, he is 9-4 with 120 saves, a 1.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP!

UPDATE:  (11/18/2016) – Zach Britton of the Orioles finished #4 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award.  He finished with the most first place votes for the Cy Young Award in 2016.

UPDATE II:  (11/22/2016) – Zach Britton finished #11 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award.

Kevin Gausman is stepping up for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 16 September 2016 at 11:13 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman is stepping up in the second half for the Baltimore Orioles!  Since the All-Star break, Gausman has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Orioles in which he is 7-4 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 27 games (all starts) overall this year in which he is 8-10 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He has given up 158 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 161 batters in his first 160 innings this year for the Orioles.  He has now pitched in 92 games (69 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 22-29 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Gausman’s performance is finally catching up to his stuff, which has to have the Orioles excited!

Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 10:02 am

28-year old righty Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff, as he has been working in any capacity that they have needed him to this year.  Worley has pitched in 32 games (4 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has given up 78 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 80 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  In Worley’s four starts so far this year for the O’s, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In his 28 games out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with 1 save, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Brad Brach keeps rolling along for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 28 August 2016 at 7:03 am

30-year old righty reliever Brad Brach has been outstanding since the day he started pitching for the Baltimore Orioles three years ago!  He has pitched in 164 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 19-6 with 3 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He is taking his game to a new level this year, as he made the All-Star team for the first time in his career.  He has pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 7-2 with 2 saves, a 1.68 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  He has given up only 41 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 74 batters in his first 64 1/3 innings for the Orioles this year.  Brach teams with Zach Britton at the end of games to lock down wins for the Orioles!

Chris Tillman has been the anchor of the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 9:20 am

28-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman has been by far the best starting pitcher on the Baltimore Orioles so far in 2016.  He has pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 15-4 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Tillman has given up 130 hits and 53 walks while whiffing 126 batters in his first 151 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  He has now pitched in 174 games (all starts) in his first 8 years with the Orioles and he is 71-46 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Tillman was an All-Star for the Orioles in 2013, when he won a career high 16 wins.  He is likely going to set a new career high in wins in the very near future….as long as he can stay healthy!

Dylan Bundy is stepping up for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:11 am

23-year old righty Dylan Bundy came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  The Orioles treated Bundy with kid gloves as a reliever earlier this year to protect him, as he has suffered a lot of injuries in the minors.  By watching his workload early in the year, it has enabled them to move Bundy into the starting rotation and he is look good so far in that role.  In his first five starts for the Orioles this year, Bundy is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  He has given up 17 hits (6 homers) and 6 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 27 innings as a starting pitcher.  He has given up a lot of bombs, but he has limited the damage by throwing strikes.  Bundy has now pitched in 27 games (5 starts) overall this year for the Orioles and he is 5-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Orioles need Bundy to keep pitching well as they have had issues in the starting rotation all year long!

Vance Worley has been a Swiss Army Knife for the Baltimore Orioles’ pitching staff in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 30 July 2016 at 1:17 pm

28-year old righty reliever/starter Vance Worley is the Swiss Army Knife for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff.  Worley pitched in 23 games (4 starts) so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has given up 58 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 62 1/3 innings so far this year for the O’s.  In his four starts this year for the Orioles, Worley is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In his 19 games pitching out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Orioles need Worley to keep up the good work moving forward, as he has been a lifesaver so this year for the Orioles’ pitching staff.

The Baltimore Orioles are moving Dylan Bundy into the starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:32 pm

23-year old righty reliever Dylan Bundy is going to move into the starting rotation for the Baltimore Orioles starting this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Bundy came into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  The Orioles started him out in the bullpen this year to limit his workload, as he has been very injury prone so far in his professional baseball career.  Bundy has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  He has given up 46 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his first 38 innings this year with the Orioles.  Bundy has now pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  The Orioles are going to be watching pitch counts with Bundy in an effort to keep him in one piece the rest of the year.

Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:38 am

28-year old lefty reliever Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has made it to the All-Star team for the second year in a row.  Britton has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with an American League leading 26 saves, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has only given up 20 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  Britton has now pitched in 220 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 99 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:34 am

30-year old righty reliever Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles has made it onto the All-Star Team for the first time in his career.  Brach has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 6-1 with 2 saves, a 0.93 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has only given up 25 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his first 48 1/3 innings this year.  Brach has now pitched in 256 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 3 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Brach has been a big part of why the Orioles are in first place right now and they need him to keep up the good work moving forward.

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