Brooks will leave the Orioles to sign with the Kia Tigers of the KBO, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Brooks threw a career-high 110 innings last season, split between Oakland and Baltimore. He wasn't particularly good, finishing with a 5.65 ERA and a 17.0 percent strikeout rate. He could return to American baseball in the future but is unlikely to be a significant asset unless his skillset changes in Korea.
Brooks (6-8) allowed one run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts across seven innings during a relief appearance to earn a victory over the Mariners on Friday. The Orioles pitching strategy Friday worked to perfection, as Richard Bleier got through the first two innings and then Brooks finished the game as the primary pitcher. Bleier yielded a pair of runs in his two frames, but Brooks almost held the Mariners completely off the scoreboard and allowed the Orioles to win their 50th game. Brooks improved to 6-8 and has a 5.75 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 81 strikeouts across 108 innings this season.
Brooks will serve as the primary pitcher for Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. He will take the hill after Richard Bleier opens the contest. Brooks has struggled to a 6.06 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with a 77:32 K:BB over 101 innings this year.
Brooks could pitch out of the bullpen going forward, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Brooks isn't scheduled to start any of the Orioles' next several games and could be a reliever for the final 11 games of the season. The team has scheduled a bullpen day Friday against the Mariners, when Brooks could presumably pitch multiple innings.
Brooks (4-8) was charged with seven runs (six earned) on six hits over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday. He struck out three batters and walked one. The first inning was one to forget; Brooks hit the first batter he faced, committed a throwing error and gave up a three-run homer in the frame. Brooks had a pair of good starts at the end of August, but he has mostly struggled since joining Baltimore on a waiver claim. In 11 starts for the Orioles, Brooks has a 7.54 ERA with nine home runs allowed in 45.1 innings. He could get a road start in Detroit next week, or the Orioles could also use Monday's off day to skip a starter, in which case Brooks would face the Dodgers.
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