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Should Brach be the man to set up Britton?

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Should Brach be the man to set up Britton?

Later today, the Orioles will announce the players they’ve given qualifying offers. Darren O’Day won’t be among them, and at midnight, he’ll be free to accept offers from other teams.

O’Day may be the best reliever on the market, and when he leaves the Orioles, he’ll be hard to replace.

The Orioles will look to fortify their bullpen this offseason. Even if O’Day stays, which is rather unlikely, they’ll have to find additional help.

There are two internal candidates to replace O’Day as Zach Britton’ set-up man: Brad Brach and Mychal Givens.

Let’s take a look at Brach.

In one of Dan Duquette’s best, least talked about trades, he snatched Brach away from the San Diego Padres in Nov. 2013 for Devin Jones, a minor league pitcher who found himself back to the Orioles organization this season.

Brach was a disappointment to manager Bud Black in San Diego. He struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings, but walked five.

With the Orioles, Brach has been quietly effective. In his two years, he’s 12-4 with a 2.92 ERA. While he still walks four batters per nine innings, Brach allows just 6.7 hits per nine, and his WHIP is 1.186. Brach continues to strike out more than a batter per inning.

In his two years here, Brach has shown a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Often, it seems that he gets the win when the team mounts an exciting comeback.

Manager Buck Showalter remarked several times that Brach had a better year in 2015 than in 2014, but looking at one key stat, it’s probably best if he stays in the sixth or seventh inning role.

In nearly a quarter of his appearances (15 of 62), Brach pitched at least two innings. He threw 79 1/3 innings, easily the most among relievers.

Brach also has a maddening tendency to allow inherited runners to score. While some fans have criticized Brian Matusz, who allowed 17 of 46 inherited runners to score, they don’t realize Brach allowed 17 of 29 to score.

In Givens’ limited chances, he allowed just two of 13 inherited runners to score.

Brach is eligible for arbitration this year. He’ll get a nice bump up from $523,000.

As the Orioles look for a new setup man, Brach will probably continue to do nicely, setting up that setup man.

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

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Orioles Roundup: Yefry Ramirez struggles in Sunday matinee vs. Indians

The Orioles got blanked in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the series against the Indians.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and Cleveland:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Yefry Ramirez gave up five runs on six hits in just 3 innings against Cleveland and was promptly returned to Triple-A Norfolk

Chris Davis was neutralized against the Indians, going 0-for-4 Sunday afternoon, while dropping his batting average to .179.

INDIANS:

Shane Bieber struck out 15 while firing off a complete game shutout in Sunday's 10-0 win over the Orioles.

Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a stolen base, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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