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Is Parker Bridwell latest former Orioles pitcher on his way to success?

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Is Parker Bridwell latest former Orioles pitcher on his way to success?

The Jake Arrieta saga is well known throughout the MLB.

Arietta struggled while apart of the Orioles pitching staff, going 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA throughout 69 appearances in the MLB.

Arrieta was ultimately traded to the Chicago Cubs where he became a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in baseball. 

The reason we bring this up?

The Orioles selected 6-5 Texas native Parker Bridwell in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The team was hoping Bridwell's high upside and potential would shine through in the Orioles minor league system. But it never did, and the organization eventually moved him to the bullpen before trading him to the Los Angeles Angels on April 17th of this year. 

The trade clearly infused Bridwell with new life.

In Triple-A Salt Lake, Bridwell dazzled as he posted a 0.92 ERA in three starts before being called up due to injuries to the pitching rotation.  

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On Tuesday night, Bridwell made his first career MLB start for Angels against the Atlanta Braves. 

The 25-year old had an impressive outing as he went six innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

Most importantly, he earned a win as the Angels would go on to rout the Braves, 9-3.

Year after year, Baltimore's pitching remains a glaring weakness as the O's currently hold the 11th worst team ERA in the league. 

Will the Orioles be kicking themselves for trading another young talent away?

It was only Bridwell's first career start and by no means does this mean he will go on to become a Cy Young winner like Arietta.

For the Orioles and their pitching staff, lets hope not. 

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0