Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens' first full major league season has included some struggles — most notably trying to retire left-handed hitters — but the rookie reliever now finds himself a crucial late-inning piece to the bullpen.
This time last season, Givens, a converted infielder who changed to pitching three years ago, was just finding his bearings. His unconventional sidearm delivery baffled hitters, as did his mid-90s fastball. But once major league hitters adjusted to him, he had to do the same.
Now, the 26-year-old is pitching some of his best baseball, becoming a dependable arm that manager Buck Showalter can lean on late in the game.