Britton picked up his 10th save of the season Thursday against the A's, retiring the lone batter he faced. Baltimore entered the ninth nursing a 7-2 lead, but shaky performances from Richard Bleier and Brad Brach forced manager Buck Showalter's hand as he called upon his closer. Britton needed five pitches before retiring Jed Lowrie to seal the victory. Birtton has allowed just two base runners in his last six outings (4.1 IP) while racking up five strikeouts.
Britton pitched 1.1 perfect innings while striking out one to record his ninth save Saturday against the Tigers. Britton, protecting a three-run lead, was able to close out the contest without an ounce of drama. He's saved all nine of his opportunities on the season while posting a 2.95 ERA, and he'll continue to be a valuable fantasy option as long as he remains healthy.
Britton was not traded prior to Monday's non-waiver deadline. There were said to be several teams pushing to acquire the lefty, but clearly the Orioles did not receive an offer they found suitable. It's a good thing for Britton's fantasy value, as he may very well have been forced into a setup role on another team. With Baltimore, Britton should continue on as the closer over the rest of the season, assuming the forearm troubles don't resurface.
Britton got the final two outs Sunday in Texas for his eighth save. It looked like Britton would get the day off after his team took a 10-2 lead in the sixth inning, but he ended up getting a save situation when the Rangers managed to get the tying run on deck. Protecting a four-run lead with two men on and one man out was no issue for Britton, who struck out Nomar Mazara swinging then got Adrian Beltre to hit a game-ending groundout on the same day the veteran third baseman picked up his 3,000th hit. The southpaw is now 8-for-8 in save opportunities after needing just three outs total to pick up two in this series, though he remains a name floating around on the trade market, so his future save opportunities may be in jeopardy for 2017.
Britton recorded a one-out save, his seventh of the season, in Saturday's win over Texas. The Orioles tried to let Kevin Gausman close out a shutout, but after he put runners on first and second with two outs and 118 pitches thrown, the hook came out and Britton mopped up with ease. Britton's struggles have opened the door for Brad Brach in Baltimore's bullpen, but expect that scenario to clear up after the trade deadline.
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