Bleier allowed a run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning but still recorded his eighth hold of the season in Friday's win over Atlanta.
The southpaw got tagged for his first earned run since May 18, but the Marlins had a two-run lead to play with at the time. Bleier has settled down after a bumpy beginning to the season, and over his last 16.1 innings and 19 appearances he's posted a 2.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 17:1 K:BB, emerging as the top left-hander in the Miami bullpen.
Bleier (2-0) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Diamondbacks, striking out the side in a perfect inning of work.
Anthony Bass started the eighth inning with the Marlins ahead 3-2, but the right-hander coughed up a run and loaded the bases without recording an out before getting the hook. Enter Bleier, who fanned Josh Rojas, Wyatt Mathisen and Pavin Smith to keep the game tied and position himself to become the pitcher of record when Miami blew the game open in the bottom of the frame. Bleier hasn't exactly been consistent as the top lefty in the bullpen, serving up four homers in 12 innings to fuel a 4.50 ERA, but his 11:0 K:BB is sharp and he has two holds in addition to his two wins over 13 appearances.
Bleier could be in the mix for saves early in the season based on matchups, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Anthony Bass began the regular season as Miami's primary closer, but he failed to convert on either of his save chances and allowed six runs in 2.1 innings. Manager Don Mattingly said that Yimi Garcia and Dylan Floro should be the top options for save chances going forward. However, Mattingly also said that Bleier could serve as the closer in some situations that are favorable to left-handed pitchers. Bleier has made four relief appearances to begin the season and allowed two runs while striking out three in four innings.
Bleier appears to have won a spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.
The 33-year-old has fairly consistently out-produced his FIP over his big-league career, posting ERAs lower than 2.20 in four of the last five seasons, and Bleier's main competition for high-leverage work against left-handed batters will come from erratic veteran Ross Detwiler. Bleier's lack of strikeouts limits his fantasy upside, but he could prove to be a semi-useful source of holds in 2021.
Bleier signed a one-year contract with the Marlins on Friday to avoid arbitration.
The 33-year-old was acquired by Miami during the first week of the season and had a 2.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB with six holds over 13.2 innings. Bleier could have a high-leverage role in 2021 but is unlikely to be a factor in the ninth inning.
Bleier (1-1) struck out one and allowed one run on one hit over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss against the Rays on Friday.
Bleier was removed in the eighth inning with two outs and a man on second in favor of Brad Boxberger as he figured to be the better pitching matchup for the righty Yandy Diaz. Unfortunately, Boxberger was unable to get the job done, giving up an RBI single to put the Rays up 1-0. The lefty has given up three runs in his last 1.1 innings after chucking 6.1 scoreless to start the year, and despite his latest struggles, Bleier should still be in the mix for late-inning work.
Bleier (triceps) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday.
The veteran left-hander landed on the shelf with a left triceps strain Aug. 8, so he was sidelined by little more than the 10-day minimum. Bleier has given up only two hits with a 5:1 K:BB through 4.2 scoreless frames between the Orioles and Marlins this season.
Bleier was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left triceps strain Saturday.
Bleier made just four appearances for the Marlins after coming over from the Orioles in a trade on the final day of July. It's not clear how much time he's expected to miss.
Bleier was traded from the Orioles to the Marlins on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Bleier had made two appearances for Baltimore to begin the season, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing one hit and striking out four. The southpaw should immediately take on a prominent role in the Marlins' bullpen with their roster depleted in the midst of their COVID-19 outbreak.
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail said Sunday that Bleier could be in the mix to see save chances against left-handed-heavy lineups, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Brocail said that the Orioles haven't named a closer, but he noted that Hunter Harvey and Mychal Givens are the top candidates to handle save opportunities. The left-handed Bleier, meanwhile, will likely be used on a more situational basis, as opposing right-handed hitters own a career .329 wOBA against him compared to lefty hitters' .258 mark. Even if Bleier finds his way to a few saves, his lowly 4.3 K/9 career rate renders him rather unappealing for fantasy purposes.
Bleier signed a one-year, $915,000 contract with the Orioles on Monday, avoiding arbitration.
After averaging a 1.97 ERA over his first three seasons in the majors, Bleier's ERA ballooned to 5.37 last season with only 30 strikeouts over 55.1 innings. The 32-year-old's contract signals that the team still sees him as having value in the bullpen, but his fantasy value will likely remain limited in 2020 as a middle reliever with a lack of dominance.
Bleier pitched a perfect two innings Sunday, allowing no hits and striking out one batter as he preserved the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Mariners.
This was Bleier's fourth save of the season and his second in the month of September. The first one this month came on Sept. 3. Prior to that one, the left-hander hadn't notched a save since the end of May. Bleier has been used as an opener and out of the bullpen this season and has lowered his ERA to a 5.54 and has a 25:8 K:BB across 52 innings pitched this season.
Bleier will serve as the opener for Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier will toss the first inning or so before handing the ball to Aaron Brooks, who will work as the bulk reliever. Bleier owns a 5.63 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 24 strikeouts over 48 innings this season with Baltimore.
Bleier struck out one in a perfect inning, shutting the door on a 4-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday to earn his third save.
Bleier had given up four runs in his last two appearances, but responded with an uneventful ninth, retiring the side on nine pitches. The 32-year-old has just one blown save, but this was his first save since May 31. He sports an uninspiring 6.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 42.2 innings this season.
Bleier retired only one batter and surrendered three runs on four hit in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Nationals.
Coming out of spring training, the Orioles were counting on Bleier to be one of their more reliable relief arms, but like most members of the pitching staff this season, he's been routinely hit hard. After three straight seasons of sub-2.00 ERAs, Bleier's mark sits at a bloated 6.30 through 41 appearances. As a soft-tossing, pitch-to-contact lefty, Bleier has little margin for error, so it's not too surprising things have gone south while his BABIP sits at a career-worst .347.
Bleier (2-0) struck out one in a scoreless inning and earned the win in an 8-7 victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Bleier was called on to get the final out of the seventh inning and then picked up the first two outs in the eighth before Mychal Givens came on to finish the game. Bleier has allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over his last 7.2 innings, striking out five in that span. For the year, the reliever has a 6.19 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 32 innings while serving primarily in the middle innings.
Bleier struck out one and allowed one hit across 1.2 innings to get his second save of the season in a 9-6 victory over the Giants on Friday.
The 32-year-old initially struggled when he returned from the injured list a couple of weeks ago, but he's pitched a little better lately, allowing just one earned run over his last 5.1 innings. Still, he has a lot more work to do to bring his numbers -- 7.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP -- to a respectable level. Even if he does, there's no indication Bleier will continue to see save opportunities, and the Orioles aren't winning many games anyway. Bleier is 2-for-2 in save chances with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings this season.
Bleier (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
After completing a four-appearance minor-league rehab assignment without issue, Bleier received the green light to rejoin the active roster. Bleier, who missed more than a month due to tendinitis in his left shoulder, should immediately recapture a prominent role in a Baltimore bullpen lacking in quality options. Bleier has submitted ERAs below 2.00 in each of his last three seasons in the big leagues, but his success comes mainly from inducing weak contact rather than making bats miss.
Bleier (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Frederick on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Bleier has made three rehab appearances between Frederick and Double-A Bowie thus far and is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk next weekend, assuming all goes well Tuesday. The 31-year-old has been out for a month with left shoulder tendinitis but appears to be closing in on a return to the Orioles.
Bleier (shoulder) felt good after his rehab appearance Tuesday, and he'll make another one Friday for Double-A Bowie, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier has been out nearly a month with shoulder tendinitis. He appears to be closing in on a return, though he's made just one of five scheduled rehab appearances.
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