Bullpen

Former closer Kevin Gregg came up big again last week, extending his streak of scoreless appearances to seven and registering a pair of victories, which should get the fans off his back. The only real glitch all week was Luis Ayala's so-so performance in the loss to the Yankees on Monday, but Ayala (pictured) has only allowed earned runs in two of his 18 appearances this year. Overall, O's relievers  combined to give up seven earned runs over 28 1/3 innings (2.22 ERA), and that number gets even better when you eliminate the three earned runs that Dana Eveland gave up in less-meaningful mop-up situations. Oh, and Jim Johnson went 4-for-4 in save situations and is perfect in 15 opportunities.<br>
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<b>Grade</b>: A-

( Reuters photo / May 17, 2012 )

Former closer Kevin Gregg came up big again last week, extending his streak of scoreless appearances to seven and registering a pair of victories, which should get the fans off his back. The only real glitch all week was Luis Ayala's so-so performance in the loss to the Yankees on Monday, but Ayala (pictured) has only allowed earned runs in two of his 18 appearances this year. Overall, O's relievers combined to give up seven earned runs over 28 1/3 innings (2.22 ERA), and that number gets even better when you eliminate the three earned runs that Dana Eveland gave up in less-meaningful mop-up situations. Oh, and Jim Johnson went 4-for-4 in save situations and is perfect in 15 opportunities.

Grade: A-

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