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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Zach Britton notched a one-out save in a win over the Marlins on Friday.
Brad Brach started the ninth inning after pitching a scoreless eighth, but he gave up a solo homer to Justin Bour and an infield single to Ichiro Suzuki before Buck Showalter decided to make a change. Britton quickly got Adeiny Hechavarria to ground out to end it. Fantasy owners won't complain. The southpaw is 10-for-11 in save opportunities this season while posting a 2.76 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings. May 23 - 12:34 AM

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Zach Britton brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but got out of harm's way to pick up his eighth save of the year in Sunday's 3-0 win against the Angels.

Britton got Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout to each ground out to begin the final frame. Albert Pujols singled to left-center, then Erick Aybar reached on an infield single to bring the tying run to the plate. Britton, however, was able to strike out Johnny Giavotella to end the contest. The lefty is 8-for-9 in save chances this season with a 3.00 ERA and a 20/3 K/BB ratio in 15 innings.
May 17 - 4:07 PM

Zach Britton cinched a 5-2 win versus the Blue Jays on Monday after escaping two-out trouble in the ninth inning for his seventh save.

Britton got back-to-back strikeouts of Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia to begin the ninth, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar to bring the tying run to the plate. Jose Bautista, however, grounded out to third base to end the game. Britton has done an admirable job closing out games for the Orioles once again, as he's 7-for-8 in save chances with a 1.38 ERA and an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings.
May 11 - 10:09 PM

Zach Britton picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, closing out the Orioles' 4-2 win against the Rays on Sunday.

Britton issued a leadoff walk to James Loney, but got consecutive strikeouts of Tim Beckham and Asdrubal Cabrera before getting Rene Rivera to ground out to end the game. Britton is 5-for-6 in save chances so far with a 1.69 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
May 3 - 4:57 PM

Zach Britton earned his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Orioles' 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Britton retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The 27-year-old closer has been missing bats at an elevated rate so far this season and has nailed down saves in four of the O's six victories. He looks capable of carrying big time fantasy value all year.
Apr 18 - 7:46 PM

Zach Britton retired all four Yankees batters he faced Tuesday night to convert his second save of the season.

Britton came on with two outs in the eighth inning to help see the Orioles out of a jam. He did so in getting Brian McCann to ground out. In the ninth, he got three more ground outs for an easy save. Britton was money in the ninth inning for the O's last season and has been superb to start the 2015 campaign.
Apr 14 - 10:04 PM

Zach Britton earned his first save of the season Tuesday, striking out the side to close out the Rays.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Britton worked over Tim Beckham, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer to preserve the victory. The save was likely the first of many for the left-hander, who locked down 37 saves for the Orioles last season.
Apr 7 - 11:13 PM

Zach Britton got a strikeout and two groundouts in a perfect inning of relief on Wednesday.

Britton lost the strike zone in the ALCS against the Royals last year, but he's had no such issues so far while throwing three scoreless innings this spring. He projects as one of the AL's top closers.
Mar 11 - 3:58 PM

Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

The deal includes $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished. The $3.2 million figure is the exact midpoint between the two sides' figures exchanged last month, and it's also exactly where MLBTradeRumors.com projected Britton's 2015 salary. Britton has a solid hold on the Orioles' closer job heading into the season.
Feb 4 - 6:18 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports the Orioles and Zach Britton have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Britton asked for $4.2 million while the O's offered $2.2 million when the sides exchanged figures in January. Britton, 27, came out of nowhere to post a 1.65 ERA with 37 saves for the Orioles last season. He'll enter spring as the team's closer.
Feb 4 - 6:08 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette admitted Saturday that the team would still like to add another bullpen arm before the season.

The O's are set at the back end with Zach Britton reprising his role as the team's closer and Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter returning in their setup capacity. While the free agent market for viable relievers is thinning, there are still intriguing low-risk options who could provide depth.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Zach Britton requested $4.2 million and was offered $2.2 million when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com's projected falls exactly at the midpoint of the figures at $3.2 million. It's a large gap that the two sides will have to bridge in order to avoid a hearing in February.
Jan 16 - 5:43 PM

Zach Britton couldn't keep the Royals off the scoreboard in the ninth inning of Saturday's ALCS Game 2, allowing two runs to score in the loss.

Britton entered with a runner on first base and the game tied 4-4. Mike Moustakas sacrificed the runner to second to give Britton an easy first out, but an Alcides Escobar double broke the tie and a Lorenzo Cain single through a drawn-in infield two batters later padded their lead. The disappointing effort came a day after Britton walked the bases loaded in Friday's Game 1. The left-hander had a stellar 1.65 ERA during the regular season, but he's been nothing short of shaky thus far in the ALCS.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:30:00 PM

Zach Britton has left the Orioles to be present for the birth of his child.

Britton's wife is scheduled to have induced labor Monday night in California. The Orioles' closer is expected to be back with the team in time for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Zach Britton surrendered a run on a pair of doubles in the ninth inning on Sunday, but was able to bear down and slam the door on the Tigers season by preserving a 2-1 victory.

Britton has been utterly dominant since assuming the closer's role from Tommy Hunter early in the season, and along with the rest of the setup corps has been a big factor in the Orioles success this season. Andrew Miller was able to bridge the gap from starter Bud Norris to him, retiring all five hitters that he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Everth Cabrera
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
DH1Jimmy Paredes
2Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
6Mike Wright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman
9Oliver Drake
10Chaz Roe