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Brad Brach | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Monmouth
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 42 (0) / SD
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Brad Brach suffered a blown save amidst a meltdown Thursday, allowing three runs while recording one out against the Blue Jays.
Pitching for his third day in a row -- already a red flag -- Brach got a quick out from Kendrys Morales before a walk and a double spelled trouble. Randal Grichuk then smacked an opposite-field, two-run double to sound the alarm, and a walk followed by a Kevin Pillar RBI single was all she wrote for the right-hander. Brach has been serviceable in the absence of closer Zach Britton, converting 10 of 12 save opportunities, but his 4.24 ERA and 1.76 WHIP will make it easy for the O's to install Britton back into the ninth inning when he's ready, tanking Brach's fantasy value. Jun 7 - 11:28 PM

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Brad Brach worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save Wednesday in the Orioles’ win over the Mets.

Brach put the tying run on first by allowing a leadoff single to Todd Frazier, but recovered and set down the next three men in order. Nine of the right-hander’s 13 pitches went for strikes. Brach got off to a rocky start this year (5.73 ERA in March and April) but hasn’t allowed an earned run since May 1.
Jun 6 - 5:01 PM

Brad Brach turned in a hitless ninth for his ninth save Tuesday against the Mets.

The Orioles experimented some in the ninth early on, but it's been pretty much all Brach of late. He is likely to lose the job after Zach Britton comes off the disabled list, though he could get it back later if Britton is traded or gets hurt again. Brach is a trade candidate himself, though.
Jun 5 - 10:40 PM

Brad Brach delivered a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays on Friday for his eighth save of the season.

Brach got into some trouble by giving up back-to-back one-out singles to Matt Duffy and Mallex Smith, but he got Daniel Robertson to fly out and Johnny Field to foul out to end it. Since taking a loss against the Athletics on May 4, he’s notched seven straight scoreless appearances. Zach Britton (Achilles) is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week, so Brach likely still has a couple of weeks remaining as the fill-in closer.
May 25 - 10:39 PM

Brad Brach tallied his seventh save of the season on Monday night against the White Sox.

Brach put three batters on in the bottom of the ninth inning -- one of them via an intentional walk of Jose Abreu -- but he wound up striking out the side. Brach will hold on to the O's closer gig until Zach Britton is ready to return from a torn Achilles sometime in early-to-mid June.
May 21 - 11:24 PM

Brad Brach slammed the door on the Red Sox on Friday, getting the final four outs to protect a four-run lead and earn his sixth save of the season.

Brach allowed just one hit, a two-out double to J.D. Martinez in the ninth inning, but nothing came of it. He has now converted six of his first seven save chances on the season while posting a 4.00 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 21/9 K/BB ratio across 18 innings.
May 18 - 11:19 PM

Brad Brach struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Royals on Wednesday.

He worked around a walk to nail down his fourth save of the season. It was his first save in nearly a month. He's pitched poorly of late and has seen Darren O'Day convert most of the team's rare save opportunities in recent weeks, but with O'Day now sidelined Brach looks to be back at the top of the pecking order.
May 9 - 10:42 PM

Brad Brach allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard to notch a save on Wednesday.

He was protecting a two-run lead and it was more than he needed. It was his third save of the season in four chances. He's amassed nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings but has issued five walks as well. He has a solid grip on the closer's role at least until Zach Britton returns to health.
Apr 11 - 11:10 PM

Brad Brach worked around two walks to pick up his second save of the season on Sunday against the Yankees.

Brach walked the first two hitters he faced and wasn't close to the strike zone, but he got Aaron Judge to ground into a double play, and he struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the ball game. It's five straight scoreless appearances for Brach now, and he should continue to earn save opportunities until Zach Britton returns to the Orioles at some point this summer.
Apr 8 - 6:14 PM

Brad Brach tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the 14th inning to finish off Friday’s victory over the Yankees.

The Orioles had a four-run lead after Pedro Alvarez’s grand slam, so it wasn’t a save situation. Brach needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame, but he’s now pitched three days in a row. Darren O’Day could be in line for a possible save chance if it develops on Saturday.
Apr 7 - 2:02 AM

Brad Brach struck out two Yankees in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, earning his first save of the season.

Brach issued a one-out walk but struck out Brandon Drury and Brett Gardner to end it in style. After a blown save on Opening Day, he's now thrown three scoreless innings, striking out five while allowing just one hit and one walk. The 31-year-old has relatively quietly been one of the league's better relievers in recent years, and with Zach Britton sidelined until midseason he should hold down the Orioles' closer job until then, if not longer.
Apr 5 - 10:16 PM

Brad Brach gave up two runs and blew a save chance on Opening Day against the Twins on Thursday.

Brach didn’t give up much hard contact, but the Twins scratched and clawed to tie things up. The inning featured an infield single and two walks (including a 11-pitch walk from Max Kepler) before pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman plated two runs with a bloop single to center field. Brach should have better days filling in for Zach Britton (Achilles) in the closer role, though Orioles manager Buck Showalter has mentioned that Darren O'Day will also get chances.
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Friday that both Brad Brach and Darren O'Day will both get closing opportunities.

Showalter also mentioned that Mychal Givens is "in the mix" for a chance to pitch the final inning. It sounds like this could be a closer-by-committee approach until Zach Britton (Achilles) is ready to return around the All-Star break. Expect to see Brach get the first chance at pitching in the ninth inning, but if you're looking for "guaranteed" save opportunities, you should probably stay away from the Oriole relievers.
Mar 23 - 11:02 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter described Brad Brach only as a "potential closer" on Tuesday.

The assumption has been that Brach will be the fill-in closer with Zach Britton (Achilles) sidelined, but Showalter hedged a bit Tuesday while praising some alternatives like Darren O'Day, Mychal Givens, and even Richard Bleier. Brach filled in for Britton last season, so we're still expecting this is the way Showalter will ultimately go. He's the pitcher to draft in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.

Orioles and RHP Brad Brach avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.165 million contract.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com says Brach can earn an additional $100,000 through incentives. He was eligible for arbitration for the third time and will begin 2018 as the Orioles' closer while Zach Britton (Achilles) is out.
Jan 12 - 4:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chance Sisco
2Austin Wynns
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Luis Sardinas
3Jace Peterson
4Corban Joseph
SS1Manny Machado
3B1Tim Beckham
2Danny Valencia
LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Colby Rasmus
2Joey Rickard
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Pedro Alvarez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kevin Gausman
2Dylan Bundy
3Alex Cobb
4Andrew Cashner
5Chris Tillman
6Gabriel Ynoa
7David Hess
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Brach
2Zach Britton
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Richard Bleier
6Pedro Araujo
7Miguel Castro
8Mike Wright
9Tanner Scott