Baltimore Orioles: Top 7 Players in the Month of July

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Jul 10, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher

Chris Tillman

(30) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

#1 — Chris Tillman

Multiple times in the first half of the season I wrote about Tillman that “he is going to figure it out.”  I believed that, but I’ll confess I was having a few doubts in light of how long it took this season to get into a good groove. A question to explore with Tillman and his coaches over the winter is how to get him to come into the season in better form and not have to learn on the job quite so severely.

Tillman had a couple of really great, almost unhittable games in July. There is a pretty obvious progression in these monthly numbers…

April 4 2-2 19 16 7.58 1.842
May 6 0-5 34 19 5.03 1.529
June 5 4-0 26.1 15 5.13 1.253
July 5 2-0 34.1 5 1.31 0.903

This July Tillman is the pitcher the Orioles have thought they had when putting him at the top of the rotation. And it is the pitcher they need to continue at this sort of level throughout the year if they are to compete for it all.

But it is great to have Tillman on this list. He belongs there at the top, along with Davis and the others who are expected to be the leading players to carry this team.

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