Sep 30, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens (60) pitches during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore Orioles defeated Toronto Blue Jays 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
#6 – Mychal Givens
Givens has only been a regular out of the bullpen for the past two months and has made our top seven list both times, being fourth in August. He has been a bright spot for sure this season. Though he has some growth-on-the-job issues that come up from time to time, he has been a solid reliever, often in some tight situations.
Givens’ ERA did double from the month before to 2.92 from 1.42, and the batting average against was higher at .239 versus .172, but he was solid in most of his outings. Most of the damage came from an outing against the Royals where he gave up two runs on four hits in an inning, while strangely also getting the win!
For the season, he is 2-0 in 21 games, while only giving up 20 hits in 28.2 innings. Givens’ ERA is 1.88 with a WHIP of 0.907 — nothing wrong with that at all. It looks like the Orioles have found and developed something; sustaining it now over time and dealing with league adjustments will be the issue moving forward.
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