Scott allowed two walks and struck out two in one inning to earn a hold in Friday's 3-0 win over the Red Sox. The 26-year-old worked the eighth inning after John Means spun seven innings of one-hit ball. Scott wasn't quite as efficient, but he kept runs off the board. The southpaw is expected to be in the mix for saves to start 2021. Cesar Valdez pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday to earn the save, and Shawn Armstrong (paternity) and Hunter Harvey (oblique) could also eventually challenge for closing duties.
Scott is a candidate to see save opportunities to begin the season, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. The absence of Hunter Harvey (oblique) until at least late May has opened the door for early-season saves in Baltimore. Manager Brandon Hyde has already stated that he won't name a closer, though Scott is seemingly a leading candidate for the role. As a lefty with 96.5 mph velocity, he certainly has the potential to succeed but will need to improve his control to perform at a consistently high level.
Scott allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out zero over one-third of an inning as he earned the save Sunday against the Red Sox. The Orioles entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but Mychal Givens struggled to begin the inning. Scott was called on to get out of the jam, and he narrowly did so to earn the first save of his career. While the save is a nice surprise for fantasy managers, he's unlikely to receive save chances on a regular basis due to the Orioles' willingness to rotate pitchers to close out games.
The Orioles recalled Scott from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Royals. Scott tallied 23 strikeouts in 17 innings over his 15 appearances with the Orioles earlier this season, but his other ratios (5.29 ERA, 2.18 WHIP) didn't speak well to his performance. Even in AL-only leagues that count holds, Scott seems unlikely to provide much fantasy value down the stretch.
Scott was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. Scott will head back to the minor leagues after allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while fanning one over one inning Thursday night against the Angels. Evan Phillips and Dillon Tate were recalled from Triple-A as bullpen reinforcements.
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