#2 – Darren O’Day
It is not always perfect, but when it is all said and done and you add up the numbers, O’Day is a workhorse who most often gets the job done in a lot of tough situations.
In September he was in a total of 13 games, pitching 12.1 innings with an ERA of 1.46. Batters hit an even .200 off him. He only gave up a single run in two of these 13 appearances — the first and last of the month. And the Orioles were 12-1 in games where he pitched.
O’Day has had to step into the closer’s role a few times here late in the season, and though he had a blown save at the end of the month, he picked up four saves and demonstrated he can do this. Of course he can! (See discussion above about making Britton a starter.)
O’Day registered 16 strikeouts with only two walks in September. Altogether this leads to a WHIP of 0.89.
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