Three Baltimore Orioles Pitchers – 2011 Update
May 23, 2011 Internet News by Baseball Historian
The Baltimore Orioles play in Camden Yards that is mainly a hitter’s park because of its shorter outfield dimensions – 333 left field … 364 left/center … 410 center … 373 right center and 318 right field. Pitchers have a tougher outing and must try to keep the ball low over home plate.
Zach Britton Starting Pitcher Bats LH Throws RH – Zach Britton pitched last year, 2010, with Norfolk Tides of the International League AAA and turned in a 3-4 w/l record with a 2.98 ERA in 12 starts. He appears to have all the tools to make a first class major league mound star. His first pitch is usually strike one and he keeps the baseball down low. Zach Britton is a rookie this year with the Baltimore Orioles and is capturing the attention of baseball fans. He opened ’11 with a 5-2 w/l record with a stingy 2.14 ERA. In 59 innings he has notched 33 Ks, just 19 walks and yielded only 4 homers. His five victories are the 2nd highest in the AL and his 2.14 ERA the 6th best.
Kevin Gregg Veteran Closer signed with O’s – The stocky 6 ft 6 inches, 235 lbs has been one of the leading relievers during his 8-year tenure in the major leagues, 2003-10, and after inking a free agent contract with Baltimore on 1.5.2011 continues to compile top-of-the-line stats. In 2011 Kevin Gregg has notched 8 saves even though the Orioles have won only 21 games as of May 23, 2011. His record is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA, 15 strikeouts (Ks) 13 walks in 18 innings. Prior to joining Baltimore, from 2007 thru 2010 Kevin Gregg posted 32, 29, 23 and 37 saves.
Koli Uehara Baltimore Orioles and former Japanese Star Pitcher – A pitching star for Yomiuri of Japan Central from 1999-2008, Koli Uehara signed a huge $$$ contract with the O’s prior to 2009, then spent most of that season on the disabled list. In 2010 he moved out of the starting pitching rotation and joined the O’s bullpen. In 43 relief appearances he went 1-2 w/l with 13 saves and rang up a 2.85 ERA. As of May 24, 2001, he has the second best ERA on Baltimore’s staff, 2.70. And has 23 Ks in 20 innings.