O'Day struck out two in a perfect eighth inning Wednesday in Toronto to pick up his 16th hold of the year. Through 59 games, the veteran reliever owns a respectable 3.79 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, but O'Day continues to boost his value with a career-high strikeout rate. If the Orioles can get back to winning a few games down the stretch, the setup man holds reasonable value in leagues that reward holds.
After posting an awful 6.46 ERA over 16 games in June and July, O'Day has bounced back with a 1.64 ERA and a season-best .147 BABIP through 11 innings in August. The 10th-year veteran has struggled to stop the bleeding this season, posting a 68.1 percent strand rate, O'Day's worst mark since his rookie campaign as an Angel in 2008. On the flip side, the righty has managed a K/9 above 10.0 for the third straight season. The 34-year-old is on pace to challenge the 20-hold mark, and with a fine strikeout rate in tow, O'Day is a decent option in deep leagues that value such relievers.
O'Day (1-3) was charged with his second blown save while taking the loss Saturday after allowing a three-run homer and collecting just two outs (both via strikeout) against Houston. Clinging to a one-run lead with one out in the top of the sixth inning, O'Day relieved starter Chris Tillman and immediately surrendered back-to-back singles. He froze Alex Bregman on a called third strike, but then served up the deciding long ball to pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez. O'Day seemed to be making strides in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Break, but has been beaten up early in the second half. After allowing five runs over his last 2.2 innings, the right-hander now owns a 4.81 ERA, his highest mark since May 8.
O'Day struck out the only batter he faced Saturday against Minnesota to pick up his 11th hold of the season. He hasn't been as dominant in 2017 as we've become used to, as evidenced by his worst ERA (3.86) since joining the Orioles in 2012. O'Day has struggled with command more this year than in past seasons, but overall the veteran has been serviceable when deployed tactfully in leagues that reward holds.
O'Day (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Friday. O'Day returns to the bullpen after having been out since June 6 with a right shoulder strain and should be immediately available for this weekend's series with the Rays. The right-hander brings stability to the Orioles' bullpen, as he likely slots back into a setup role behind closer Brad Brach and his 13 saves. O'Day will seek to improve upon his 3.86 ERA and 1.24 WHIP as he works back into regular action.
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