For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.
What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
Orioles pitching prospect Dillon Tate, who was one of three pitchers acquired for closer Zach Britton from the New York Yankees, said the slow but steady progress he's made in his uneven career have him on track for success.
Orioles relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach put on display how quickly conversations about trade value can turn with divergent outings in either end of the doubleheader split with the Yankees Monday.
The Orioles’ fate has long been determined, but Thursday night’s series-opening 5-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field – their 10th defeat in their past 11 games — offered some positives, but also more reasons for frustration.
"Obviously, we haven't had the kind of season that we were hoping for, and it's time for us to look at our competitive position and see where we can help our ballclub internally and for the future," Duquette said.
The Orioles' insistence on saving the likes of Mychal Givens, Richard Bleier and Brad Brach for protecting leads in the absence of Zach Britton and Darren O'Day only goes to show how difficult things have been around them.
The Orioles' Mychal Givens entered Monday night's game against the White Sox in the sixth inning with two runners in scoring position and nobody out, and he escaped the jam and pitched another scoreless inning, too.