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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 struck out the side in the ninth inning, finishing Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Rays.
Britton struck out Tim Beckham, walked Jake Elmore, then struck out Rene Rivera and Kevin Kiermaier consecutively to end the contest. The lefty has been utterly dominant this season, saving 25 games in 26 opportunities with a 1.59 ERA and a 46/9 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. Jul 26 - 4:10 PM

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Zach Britton struck out the side in the ninth inning to claim his 23rd save of the season on Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Rangers.

Britton tossed 14 pitches to retire Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and Mitch Moreland on strikes consecutively. That is no easy feat. Britton is having an elite year, saving 23 games in 24 opportunities with a 1.82 ERA and a 41/7 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 9:35 PM

Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 21st save as the Orioles won 8-6 against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Britton allowed a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley, Jr., but got Mookie Betts to pop up weakly, Brock Holt to strikeout, and Xander Bogaerts to ground out to end the game. Britton has allowed runs in two of his four most recent outings, but is still 21-for-22 in save opportunities with a 1.99 ERA and a 36/7 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
Jun 25 - 4:55 PM

Zach Britton got himself out of his own ninth inning mess, earning his 19th save as the Orioles fended off the Phillies 6-4 on Wednesday.

Britton issued a leadoff walk to Cameron Rupp, then gave up a one-out single to Freddy Galvis to put runners on the corners and bring the winning run to the plate. The lefty bounced back and got Jeff Francoeur to ground into a game-ending double play. Britton is 18-for-19 in save chances with a stellar 1.63 ERA and a 35/5 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings.
Jun 17 - 10:15 PM

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 16th save as the Orioles eked out a 1-0 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Britton issued a two-out walk to Mookie Betts, but got Blake Swihart to ground out to end the game. The lefty is 16-for-17 converting saves on the season with a 1.82 ERA and a 32/4 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.
Jun 9 - 10:47 PM

Zach Britton slammed the door on the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a three-run advantage to earn his 15th save of the season.

Britton punched out a pair in the scoreless inning, allowing just one hit. He has been outstanding in the ninth inning for the O's this season, registering a 1.96 ERA and 30/3 K/BB ratio over 23 innings.
Jun 5 - 10:20 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Parmelee
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
3Nolan Reimold
CF1Adam Jones
2David Lough
RF1Chris Davis
DH1Jimmy Paredes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Chris Tillman
3Ubaldo Jimenez
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Kevin Gausman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Brad Brach
6Bud Norris
7Jason Garcia
8Chaz Roe