The Baltimore Orioles have one of the best bullpens in all of baseball and much of that stardom gets given to the phenomenal back-end in Zach Britton, Darren O'Day and Andrew Miller and with good reason, but one of the unsung heroes for the both the bullpen and the Orioles has been right handed reliever Brad Brach.
Brach, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres in the off season, has been quite the surprise for the Birds this season.
Earlier in the season, Brach was part of the taxi squad for the Orioles being called up and optioned and recalled as the O's shuffled relievers in an effort to keep arms fresh, but soon enough, Brach showed that he would not be leaving for Norfolk anytime soon and since mid-June, he has been one of the best relievers in both the Orioles bullpen and in all of baseball.
There was no way of knowing it at the time, but when Brach allowed four earned runs on June 8 against the Oakland A's, it would be the last time he would allow multiple runs in an outing to date.
In fact, since that outing, Brach has allowed just three earned runs in 23 appearances since that June 8 outing.
Brach owns a 0.55 ERA with 16 strikeouts in his last 14 outings which spans 16 1/3 innings pitched and he has allowed just one earned run during that stretch. Even better, Brach has not allowed a single run in the month of August and has not allowed one over his last 12 outings (14 1/3 innings), which is a career high.
Even after he began to stick in the bullpen, Brach was still relinquished to 'mop up" duty or would come into games when the starter got bumped early, but lately, his performance has prompted Manager Buck Showalter to trust him in more precarious spots.
Overall, Brach has gone 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA, allowing just 33 hits, three home runs, and struck out 46 over 51 1/3 innings. He has also posted a 1.05 WHIP and held opponents to a .185 batting average.
He may not be part of the stellar back end of the Orioles bullpen, but Brach has been absolutely crucial for the Birds this season.
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