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O'Day is a such a unique pitcher and so fun to watch. When he's healthy, he's one of the best relief pitchers in the game. He looks healthy right now.

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(vs. YANKEES, 4/28)

 

Lost in the overall horror of this game, Darren O'Day and Mychal Givens and Darren O'Day actually did what was needed of them in this game ........ although O'Day did get some help from Adam Jones out in centerfield.

Brad Brach was the only culprit of the Oriole bullpen'"Big Guns" (sans the injured Zach Britton) on this night.

 

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3 minutes ago, BarclaySouthway said:

I'm starting to worry a little bit.  In a high leverage situation, I'd rather see Givens.

That throw to 2B was inexplicable.

I think there was a cat-and-mouse game going on with the signs.

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The FAN Radio, 105.7 (MAY 11th)

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Scott Garceau: )) A rainout might not be a bad thing tonight, right ??? A rest for the bullpen ???

Darren O'Day: )) Yeah, April was nice, because we had lots of days off. But the May schedule is mugh tougher, and it's difficult to go with a 6-man bullpen when you are playing in a National League stadium with no DH. And it's especially tough with  Zach out. So yeah, a rainout tonight would not be the worst thing. We could always drive down to Washington to play a day game, and drive back to Baltimore to play another one at night in the future.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Buck did not have you pitch in last night's game. Is there a rule of thumb in regard to how often and how much a relief pitcher will be used ???

Darren O'Day: ))  Every manager has a different formula. I have thrown 4 straight days, and 5 out of 6. And when things don't work out, it isn't necessarily the manager's fault. There have been times when I threw 3 straight days, went out there for a 4th consecutive game, and felt fine. And there have been other times when I would be well rested, and just didn't have it that day/night.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Sometimes (like in your most recent outing), you seem to have an extra giddy-up on your pitches. Where does that come from ???

Darren O'Day: ))  For some reason, I started throwing really hard in the 2015 season. I wish I knew why, but I don't. I do feel better than I did last year, when I was not 100 percent. I came back too fast from my injury, and rushed things. I get pretty excited out there sometimes, like I did the night before last.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Who is keeping it "light" out there in the bullpen ???

Darren O'Day: )) I'm not as much fun as I used to be. Alan Mills (the bullpen coach)has fit in nicely out there, he keeps things lively. We look to bother Brad Brach as much as we can, because that get him fired up.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Do you need a hug after last night ???

Darren O'Day: )) Yes. Even Zach admitted to me that he got lucky a couple of times last year, when he had that great run. We are always harder on ourselves than anybody else is after a game like last night. We relive these tragic outings, pitch by pitch, and we second guess ourselves a million times as to whether or not things would have come out differently had you made one or two different pitches. But the hitters you are facing at a high level too, and you can't always win. Brad is OK, and he will be OK going onward from here ........ these things are going to happen once in a while. We'll try to get back at them tonight.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) I've heard stories about how legendary J.J. Hardy is at ping-pong/table tennis.

Darren O'Day: )) CorrectI'm probably 2nd best ping-pong player on the team, and I'm not nearly as good as J.J. is. He is on an entirely different level.  Manny is pretty good, too. There is also a lot of chess games going on in the clubhouse. And Wade Miley is very good at cribbage (card game.). As we speak (3:45 PM), everybody is playing chess in there.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Guys like Logan Verrett, Alec Asher, and Tyler Wilson have really stepped up big when they were unexpectedly pressed into their roles recently.

Darren O'Day: )) Yeah they have been great. Unfortunately, they often get sent down right after they have been great. But they (Duquette and company) are doing that for the right reason. They worked hard to get guys with options in here, and they are using them as planned. The Baltimore-Norfolk shuttle is a big part of our system.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Pitchers' training methods have changed so much in recent years. How much change have you seen in the 10 years that you have been in the Majors ???

Darren O'Day: )) Very drastically. What started it all was Moneyball. Moneyball showed all of the tiny little advantages you can find over a long season. Teams started getting more proactive about all of these little edges. Our team is very progressive and proactive with weightlifting, mostly due to Brady Anderson. The game has changed a lot in terms of its overall quality.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Brady Anderson is the George Clooney of baseball.

Darren O'Day: )) I think that he's one of them.

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) The team really seemed to find itself in their recent 6-game winning streak.

Darren O'Day: )) Yeah, playing in Fenway Park  is a grind for teams, even if it just a regular season. It is a tiny visitor's clubhouse, and we're all on top of each other. In our most recent 4-game series there, there was tension and focus on every pitch. Unfortunately, that has become part of the game when we play against them. It was nice to come back and play baseball after all of that nonsense. 

 

 

Scott Garceau: )) Your adopted son (Mychal Givens) has been doing much better against left-handed batters, as of late.

Darren O'Day: )) You are just seeing the tip of the iceberg with him. I have been pitching since I was 7 or 8 years-old ...... he has only been pitching for the past 3 and-a-half yearsI think that he is going to be an All-Star, like Brad Brach. He is just scratching the surface in terms of his potential as a pitcher. When he gets angry, he throws 100 MPH. 

 

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DARREN CHRISTOPHER O'DAY )))))) (vs. BLUE JAYS, 5/20)

 

1 . Inning Pitched

0 Runs

0 Hits

0 Walks 

1 Strikeout

9 Pitches )(7 )lStrikes, )l)lBalls) 

 

 

2017 ERA: l.lllllllll 4.15

2017 WHIP: ..l.l.l 1.384  )  17.33 IP (24 H/BB)

2017 OPPONENTS BATTING AVG: ).222  )  14 for 63 

 

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7 minutes ago, OFFNY said:

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DARREN CHRISTOPHER O'DAY )))))) (vs. BLUE JAYS, 5/20)

 

1 . Inning Pitched

0 Runs

0 Hits

0 Walks 

1 Strikeout

9 Pitches )(7 )lStrikes, )l)lBalls) 

 

 

2017 ERA: l.lllllllll 4.15

2017 WHIP: ..l.l.l 1.384  )  17.33 IP (24 H/BB)

2017 OPPONENTS BATTING AVG: ).222  )  14 for 63 

 

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Glad to see him coming back. 

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DARREN CHRISTOPHER O'DAY )))))) (vs. TWINS, 5/24)

 

1 . Inning Pitched

0 Runs

0 Hits

0 Walks 

3 Strikeouts

11 Pitches )(10 )lStrikes, )l)lBall) 

 

 

2017 ERA: l.lllllllll 3.93

2017 WHIP: ..l.l.l 1.309  )  18.33 IP (24 H/BB)

2017 OPPONENTS BATTING AVG: ).212  )  14 for 66 

 

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I think O'Day has looked very good his last few times out.   He has an ERA of 1.72 over his last 16 games dating back to April 13, with an 0.83 WHIP and 10.9 K/9 during that span.   

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DARREN CHRISTOPHER O'DAY )))))) (vs. D-RAYS, 6/25)

 

1 . Inning Pitched

0 Runs

0 Hits

0 Walks 

1 Strikeout

Pitches )(5 )lStrikes, )l)lBalls) 

 

 

2017 ERA: lllllllllll 3.55

2017 WHIP: ..l.l.l 1.145 )  25.33 IP (29 H/BB)

2017 OPPONENTS BATTING AVG: ).188  )  17 for 90 

 

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