With Justin Duchscherer headed for an MRI on his hip, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll open 2011 on the disabled list. Many have labeled Britton as the front runner to take over for Duchscherer. Here are five reasons why Britton shouldn’t get the nod over Chris Tillman.
Notes on Brian Roberts‘ neck injury, Derrek Lee’s BP session, the game day pitching schedule, a look at which pitchers the Pirates will throw at the Orioles and more.
Guest writer Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score provides plenty of reasons for optimism heading into the 2011 season. Dave details some of the potential you may or may not see from your 2011 Orioles.
Britton posted a 2.70 ERA with 124 strikeouts in 153.1 innings between Bowie and Norfolk.
Zach Britton pitched 6 innings with 9 strikeouts in a 7-6 Tides win.
Mychal Givens went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in a 7-6 Aberdeen loss.
Zach Britton leads the system in ERA and is second in Wins and Innings Pitches.
Ryan Adams went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a strikeout in a 2-0 Baysox win.
Zach Britton pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 6 H and 2 ER with 5 strikeouts in a 6-2 Tides win.