Early on in the 2014 season, Baltimore Orioles fans were quite surprised as the once thought emerging ace in Chris Tillman was off to a very rocky start, but incase you haven't noticed, Tillman has slowly returned to his 2013 form.
Tillman had a solid April this season pitching to a 3.38 ERA in the month, but he ended it with a horrid 7 run outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, and it was a sign of things to come. Tillman proceeded to slowly see his ERA rise and rise and it reached a season high 5.20 ERA after his June 5 start against the Texas Rangers where he allowed five runs in one inning of work.
That June 5 start was the second of the season where he failed to record an out in the second innings as he allowed eight earned in one inning of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 21.
Tillman saw his ERA rise from 1.71 after his first four starts all the way to 5.20 after 13 starts, and that stretch even included a complete game shutout against the Kansas City Royals.
Since June 5, Tillman has steadily been dropping his ERA all the way to where it is currently at 3.78. In 11 starts since that June 5 start, he has thrown six or more innings in nine of those starts and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of the 11. Only one of his last 11 starts has seen his season ERA actually increase, where as nine have seen it decrease and one keep it the same.
It gets even better as he appears to be getting stronger as the season goes on.
Over his last five starts, Tillman is 1-1, but has pitched to a 2.59 ERA over 31 1/3 innings pitched. He has averaged just over six innings per start during that stretch and has stuck out 25. Even more impressive and important for the Tillman and the Orioles is that he has pitched to a 1.053 WHIP over his last five starts as he has only walked 7.
It's no secret that the Orioles entire pitching staff and the starting rotation in particular has been performing extremely well over the past couple of months, thus Tillman's resurgence may have gone a bit unnoticed due to everyone pitching so well, but seeing him get back to his 2012 and 2013 form is huge for the Orioles as they are approaching the stretch run.
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