To look at Chris Tillman's final 2015 stats -- an 11-11 record with a 4.99 ERA and 1.39 WHIP -- there wouldn't seem to be much to recommend him as a Fantasy option in 2016. Yet Tillman looked set to serve as the Orioles' ace, and after scuffling through his first 14 starts, he appeared to turn things around dramatically in midseason. Tillman made a series of adjustments that helped produce a 1.09 ERA over six starts, but then he suffered an ankle injury and was not the same thereafter. He doesn't need to be drafted in standard mixed leagues, but Tillman, who turns 28 in April, could still have some good years ahead of him. He is worth a shot in deeper mixed leagues on Draft Day.
Tillman and the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.225 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Baltimore Sun reports. Tillman made 31 starts last season, throwing 173 innings and posting a 4.99 ERA. It was a departure from the success he'd found over the previous three seasons, when he posted sub-four ERAs. Regardless, he'll jump up nearly $2 million in salary after making $4.315 million in 2015. Tillman has one more year of arbitration eligibility before hitting free agency following the 2017 season.
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will start Sunday's season finale for the Orioles, MASN Sports reports. Tillman did not get to make a start Friday due to a rainout. Rather than have him pitch in Saturday's doubleheader, Tillman is now slated to start Sunday. Tillman has two quality starts in a row after failing to notch a quality start in his prior four starts. Still, Tillman had a 5.73 ERA for August and he sported a 7.03 ERA in September with a 1.44 ERA over the two month period. Depending on how things shake out in Saturday's doubleheader, the Yankees may start a strong lineup or rest most of its starters before the Wild Card game.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman surrendered five hits, two earned runs and a walk over 7 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Monday. He struck out three but did not factor into the decision. Despite turning in his best outing of September, Tillman left without a victory after Darren O'Day eventually allowed a game-tying single to Jose Bautista. The 27-year-old was sharp on Monday, throwing 69 of his 104 pitches for strikes and notching first-pitch strikes on 19 of the 27 batters he faced. As customary, Tillman pitched to contact--inducing only four swings-and-misses-- but largely stayed out of trouble by coaxing 11 ground balls out of the potent Blue Jays offense. Tillman figures to have one more opportunity to finish 2015 with a .500 record when he takes the mound this coming weekend against the Red Sox.
Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (10-11) gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings during Wednesday's win in Washington. Despite being on the other end of a dominating outing by Max Scherzer, Tillman ended up keeping the O's in the game long enough for the win. He's still walking too many batters while striking out relatively few, which isn't a formula for sustainable success. Tillman's next start comes against the Jays, who scored six off him back on Sept. 6.
Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.2 innings against the Rays on Thursday. It's been an awfully bad run for Tillman over his last five starts, as he's given up 24 runs -- all earned -- in 24.2 innings over that span. After a hot stretch in July, Tillman has simply imploded down the stretch. After pitching to an ERA no worse than 3.71 in the last three seasons, it was hard to see a disaster like this year coming, but Tillman's already modest bat-missing ability has faded further, and it's put him in bad situations game after game.