Means (2-3) allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out 12 over 5.2 innings as he earned the win Sunday against the Rays. Means has been incredibly consistent over his last three starts, and he was rewarded with his second win of the season Sunday. The southpaw had failed to record more than five strikeouts in any of his starts in 2020, but he whiffed 12 batters in his dominant performance against the Rays. Means now has a 5.02 ERA and 33:6 K:BB over 37.1 innings this season. He'll attempt to finish the regular season on a high note on the road Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Means allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. He didn't factor into the decision. After posting shaky results to begin the season, Means has settled into a groove over his past two starts, allowing one run over six innings in each of those appearances. While he was rewarded with the win his last time around, he had to settle for a no-decision Sunday as the Orioles' offense mustered only one run. Means will attempt to remain effective at home Friday against the Rays.
Means (1-3) allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings Tuesday against the Mets. Means started against the Mets for the second time in as many outings and delivered a strong effort. He generated nine groundball outs and also induced 15 swinging strikes across 97 total pitches. Tuesday's effort was his longest of the season and the first time he's managed to complete six innings. He'll look to keep things going his next turn through the rotation, currently projected to come Sunday at the Yankees.
Means (0-3) took the loss Wednesday against the Mets after surrendering four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk over 5.1 innings. Manager Brandon Hyde indicated the left-hander is no longer facing any workload restrictions, but he still finished the day at 81 pitches as he was removed after serving up a homer to Pete Alonso during the sixth inning. Means hasn't been able to find his groove this season with an 8.10 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB over 20 innings, and he's set to have another chance versus the Mets next week.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde suggested Means wouldn't face any limitations with his pitch count in Wednesday's start against the Mets, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. When Means left the team for about two weeks in the first half of August, the Orioles deliberately eased him back in with limited workloads in his first three turns through the rotation following his activation. He pushed up to 75 pitches (and four innings) in his most recent start Aug. 28, so he should be ready to handle a normal starter's workload Wednesday and in any subsequent outings.