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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Zach Britton got into trouble but escaped without harm Tuesday, throwing a scoreless inning to earn the save against the Red Sox.
Protecting a three-run lead, Britton walked leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts and gave up a double to Carlos Rivero, but he caught a break when Bogaerts was gunned down at home for the first out. He recovered to get the next two outs without incident, earning his 34th save. He's been shaky in recent outings -- Britton has allowed seven baserunners in his last four innings of work -- possibly as a result of throwing 30 more innings than last season. But he remains the O's unquestioned closer with only a few weeks left to play. Sep 9 - 11:18 PM

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Zach Britton suffered an undeserving blown save Sunday, allowing an unearned run against the Rays.

The Rays were gifted a baserunner with a leadoff error, and a single, sacrifice and RBI groundout gave Britton the blown save. The blown save was his fourth of the season. Britton still owns a 1.82 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season, and Sunday's bump in the road won't do anything to change his status as the Orioles' closer.
Sep 7 - 7:44 PM

Zach Britton converted his 33rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win against the Reds.

Britton allowed a two-out single to Devin Mesoraco but was able to get his third ground out of the frame to end the contest. The lefty has put together nine consecutive scoreless appearances and is now 33-for-36 in save opportunities with a 1.84 ERA and a 57/18 K/BB ratio.
Sep 4 - 10:49 PM

Zach Britton got out of a first-and-third, one-out jam with a game-ending double play, earning his 32nd save of the season in Tuesday's win against the Reds.

Ramon Santiago doubled with one out, then Billy Hamilton reached on another infield single. Britton, though, was able to get Todd Frazier to ground into a 4-3 double play in which Hamilton was tagged out at second base. The play was reviewed and the ruling was ultimately upheld. Britton is 32-for-35 in save chances this season with a 1.87 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 57/18 K/BB ratio.
Sep 3 - 12:27 AM

Zach Britton retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 29th save in Thursday's win over the Rays.

Britton was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and did so with relative ease, getting three consecutive ground outs on eight pitches. The lefty is now 29-for-32 in save chances with a 1.95 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio.
Aug 28 - 10:45 PM

Zach Britton picked up his 28th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

The lefty had no issues cutting through the 9-1-2 spots in the Rays' batting order to finish out the game. Britton has now notched saves in 13 consecutive chances. He's 28-for-31 overall with a 1.98 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio.
Aug 26 - 11:26 PM

Zach Britton tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 26th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Indians.

Britton issued a one-out walk to Carlos Santana, but he wound up facing the minimum after getting Jason Kipnis to hit into a game-ending double play. The left-hander had been scored upon in each of his last two appearances before Sunday's showing.
Aug 17 - 4:44 PM

Zach Britton allowed a run, but was able to take the Orioles to the finish line for his 25th save in Wednesday's win against the Yankees.

Britton had a three-run lead to play with, but things got dicey when he walked Mark Teixeira and allowed a double to Carlos Beltran with one out. A run scored on a ground out, but that was the extent of the Yankees' late rally. Britton is 25-for-28 in save opportunities with a 2.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a 52/17 K/BB ratio.
Aug 13 - 10:07 PM

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Mariners on Sunday.

Britton issued a walk but escaped without harm. The left-hander also struck out a batter in his inning of work. Britton owns a 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 49/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this year. His 23 saves are fifth-most in the American League.
Aug 3 - 6:08 PM

Zach Britton slammed the door on the Mariners on Friday, needing just eight pitches to retire all three hitters he faced and protect a one-run advantage.

Britton netted his 22nd save of the season for his efforts. He has been outstanding at the backend of the Orioles bullpen, registering a 1.62 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 48/14 K/BB ratio over his 55 2/3 innings.
Aug 1 - 9:58 PM

Zach Britton had an easy ninth inning, allowing only a two-out infield single, in the process of grabbing his 21st save of the season in Wednesday's win against the Angels.

Just another easy outing for the 26-year-old left-hander. He has allowed a run in only one out of his last 18 appearances. Overall, he is 21-for-24 in save opportunities with a 1.65 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 48/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.
Jul 30 - 9:50 PM

Zach Britton struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn the save against the Mariners on Sunday.

His most recent outing was a continuation of Britton's dominance of the American League in recent days, as he's thrown 4 1/3 perfect innings with eight strikeouts in five appearances since a blown save on July 18. The southpaw has a 1.71 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings on the year, and he's got one of the best jobs around closing for the AL East-leading Orioles.
Jul 27 - 8:43 PM

Zach Britton is unable to fully straighten his right arm after being hit with a comebacker during Monday's contest.

Thankfully, Britton throws with his left arm. Still, it's possible that he might not be available for a day or two. Britton will test out his range of motion prior to Tuesday's game before his availability is determined. Tommy Hunter or Darren O'Day would be options to close if Britton isn't ready.
Jul 22 - 7:09 PM

Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning on Monday to earn save No. 17 as the Orioles emerged victorious against the Angels.

Britton has worked a pair of perfect appearances since blowing the save and taking the loss by allowing three runs without retiring a batter Friday against the A's. Since June 21, those three runs are the only runs he's yielded. He's given up runs in only three of 34 appearances since the start of May. Britton boasts a stellar 1.81 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
Jul 22 - 1:22 AM

Zach Britton took a blown save and a loss after giving up three runs without retiring a batter Friday against the A's.

The first two-thirds of it was a total fluke; Yoenis Cespedes hit a little roller down the third-base line too slow for Manny Machado to make a play on and Brandon Moss broke his bat on a bloop single into right. The three-run homer than Josh Donaldson hit was more convincing, but on another night, that might have come with two out and the bases empty. The rare misstep ends a streak of 10 straight scoreless appearances from Britton. He's given up runs in three of 32 appearances since the beginning of May.
Jul 19 - 12:53 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Nick Hundley
3Steve Clevenger
4Matt Wieters
1B1Steve Pearce
2Christian Walker
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Chris Davis
2Kelly Johnson
3Ryan Flaherty
4Jimmy Paredes
5Manny Machado
LF1David Lough
2Alejandro De Aza
3Quintin Berry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Bud Norris
3Miguel Gonzalez
4Wei-Yin Chen
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Andrew Miller
5Brian Matusz
6Brad Brach
7Ubaldo Jimenez
8T.J. McFarland
9Evan Meek
10Joe Saunders
11Ryan Webb