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Brad Brach | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 posted a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout for his ninth save of the season in Saturday's game against Toronto.
Brach recorded his first save since blowing back-to-back save chances May 10-16. He remains in the closer's role with Zach Britton on the shelf and it appears manager Buck Showalter continues to trust him for now. May 21 - 1:44 AM

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Brad Brach allowed three runs in the ninth inning to take a blown save and a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

He came on to protect a two-run lead and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. He then gave up a double, a walk and a single to load the bases with one out. Matt Wieters stroked a single to right that plated the tying and winning runs. Brach is back in the closer's role after Zach Britton hit the disabled list again for what is expected to be a lengthy absence. Brach should continue to get most of the save chances but this implosion has to shorten his leash somewhat.
May 10 - 10:56 PM

Brad Brach nailed down his eighth save of the season Monday in the Orioles' 6-4 defeat of the Nationals.

Brach allowed a walk and two hits in the top of the ninth -- including an RBI double to Nationals catcher Matt Wieters -- but he was able to ice the victory for Baltimore. The right-hander continues to carry major fantasy upside with Zach Britton still working through left forearm problems.
May 8 - 10:34 PM

Brad Brach earned his seventh save of the season Sunday in the Orioles' 4-0 defeat of the White Sox.

Brach was called on in the top of the ninth after Alec Asher allowed consecutive one-out singles and the right-hander quickly sealed the shutout victory by inducing a double play groundout from Leury Garcia. Zach Britton is back on the disabled list with more forearm issues, so closer duties in Baltimore will continue to belong to Brach.
May 7 - 4:57 PM

Brad Brach recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday, allowing a run on two hits in an inning of work against the White Sox.

It was a bit curious that Brach got the call in the ninth instead of Zach Briton, though it appears that Buck Showalter is just easing his closer back into action. Brach allowed a pair of singles to start the ninth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but was able to bear down and retire the final three hitters with only one run scoring.
May 5 - 10:27 PM

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for a save in a 5-2 game against the Red Sox on Monday.

Brach was used in a setup role Sunday, when the Orioles blew a two-run lead in the ninth after his scoreless eighth. The club will get Zach Britton back tomorrow, so Brach is about to go back to working the eighth.
May 1 - 10:37 PM

Brad Brach blew his first save of the season after giving up three runs in the ninth inning Friday against the Yankees.

It was a wild one in the Bronx. After entering the bottom of the ninth with a three-run lead, Brach walked Chase Headley before giving up a single to Matt Holliday. Jacob Ellsbury grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring the first run in before Starlin Castro followed with a game-tying two-run blast. Brach came into Friday’s outing with a spotless 0.00 ERA through 11 appearances while going 5-for-5 in save chances, so there’s no reason for concern. He’ll fill in at closer for another couple of days until Zach Britton (forearm) is deemed ready.
Apr 28 - 11:35 PM

Brad Brach nailed down his fourth save Monday in the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Rays.

Brach worked a scoreless ninth inning with a walk and a strikeout after a short rain delay at Camden Yards. He has yet to allow a run in 2017, with a 0.50 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 10 innings. The 31-year-old right-hander looks like the clear frontrunner for save opportunities in Baltimore with Zach Britton (forearm) sidelined, though Darren O'Day is also in the mix.
Apr 24 - 11:01 PM

Brad Brach worked a perfect ninth inning on Friday, protecting a two-run lead against the Red Sox to earn a save in his third consecutive game.

Brach has been outstanding to begin the 2017 season, firing nine scoreless innings with a 12/3 K/BB ratio. The O's haven't missed a beat since closer Zach Britton went down with his injury, making Brach a very attractive commodity in fantasy leagues.
Apr 21 - 10:45 PM

Brad Brach struck out one in a scoreless 10th inning Thursday against the Reds to earn his second save.

With Zach Britton on the disabled list, Brach has taken over as the Orioles' de facto closer in recent days. And why not, as the 31-year-old has yet to allow a run in eight innings, striking out 12 with a 0.50 WHIP. He should be owned in mixed leagues while Britton is out, and with Britton's return up in the air, he could be a nice find for some owners who get in early on the right-hander.
Apr 20 - 10:12 PM

Brad Brach struck out one batter in a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Reds on Wednesday.

It was his first save since regular Orioles' closer Zach Britton went on the disabled list. Brach has been dominant this year, striking out 11 batters without giving up a run through seven innings. He is capable of generating strong fantasy value as long as he remains in the ninth-inning role. He struck out more than a batter per inning with sub-3.00 ERAs in each of the last two seasons. Manager Buck Showalter stated Brach will share save opportunities with Darren O'Day but fantasy owners should expect Brach to get most of the chances simply because he is the better pitcher.
Apr 19 - 10:04 PM

Brad Brach said he was told by Orioles manager Buck Showalter that he will share closer duties with Darren O'Day while Zach Britton (forearm) is sidelined.

Britton landed on the disabled list Sunday with a left forearm strain, though it's consider to be on the mild side. Brach has been dominant this season to the tune of a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts in six innings and O'Day is sporting an ERA of 9.64, but Showalter apparently plans to employ a committee on saves for however long Britton is out. It might only be another week or two.
Apr 18 - 5:00 PM

Brad Brach will make $3.05 million this season after winning his arbitration hearing with the Orioles.

The O's had offered the reliever $2.525 million. Brach earned the raise after putting up a 2.05 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 79 innings last season out of the Baltimore bullpen.
Feb 17 - 10:38 AM

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles and Brad Brach discussed a last-minute settlement before going to their arbitration hearing.

Brach filed for $3.05 million and was offered $2.525 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, but the two sides couldn't find middle ground. Now that a hearing has been completed, the panel of arbitrators will decide on one salary or the other for 2017. A decision is expected on Friday.
Feb 16 - 4:46 PM

Brad Brach had his arbitration hearing Thursday.

The decision is expected to come Friday. Brach filed for $3.05 million and the O's filed at $2.525 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in early January. The right-hander posted an excellent 2.05 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 79 innings last season out of the Baltimore bullpen.
Feb 16 - 1:12 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Paul Janish
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Hyun Soo Kim
2Joey Rickard
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Seth Smith
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Trey Mancini
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Kevin Gausman
3Dylan Bundy
4Wade Miley
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Darren O'Day
3Brad Brach
4Mychal Givens
5Alec Asher
6Richard Bleier
7Jayson Aquino
8Tyler Wilson