Means will head the Orioles' rotation this season and was lining up to be the Opening Day starter, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Means was never officially named to the Opening Day assignment before play was suspended, but his schedule lined him up for the duties. Whenever MLB resumes, the southpaw figures to lead the Orioles' rotation, working ahead of veteran Alex Cobb. Means is coming off a breakout 2019, during which he posted a 3.60 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while walking just 38 batters across 155 innings.
Means (12-11) earned the win Saturday against the Red Sox, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out five batters while walking two.
Means allowed three runs on a pair of homers in the first inning but settled down for four scoreless frames after that. His 12-11 record for the 54-win Orioles can't quite compare to Steve Carlton's 27-10 record for the 59-win Phillies back in 1972, but recording a winning record on a team this poor is still no small feat. The 26-year-old's 4.42 FIP and 5.48 xFIP don't provide much support for his strong 3.60 ERA, though, so he could be in line for a fair amount of regression next season.
Means (11-11) allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk over seven innings Sunday as he got the win over the Mariners.
Means came off a rocky start from last Monday in which he was drilled for five runs on just six hits. Prior to that, he was in a bit of a groove with five starts in a row allowing two runs or less. He was back in that zone Sunday after allowing just one run. The left-hander has been significantly better at home this season with an ERA just around two points lower than his 4.81 road figure. Means is expected to make his final start of 2019 this coming Saturday on the road against the Red Sox. He has a sparkling 2.35 ERA in four outings against the 2018 world champions.
Means (10-11) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings Monday, striking out three batters and taking the loss against Detroit.
Means got off to a rocky start in the first inning, coughing up a two-run shot to Jordy Mercer before recording his first out. He'd then keep the Tigers off the board until a Victor Reyes two-run double in the fifth. The rookie southpaw has lost six of his last eight decisions and his ERA inflated to 3.65 Monday. Means will look to turn things around at home against Seattle on Saturday.
Means allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six across 6.1 innings Wednesday against the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision.
Means kept the Dodgers scoreless through five innings, but he stumbled to begin the sixth frame by allowing a leadoff double followed by a two-run home run. Nevertheless, he turned in his fifth consecutive start with two earned runs or fewer after a stretch of poor outings immediately following the All-Star break. For the season, Means now owns a 3.47 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 109 strikeouts across 137.1 innings. He's currently scheduled to take the ball next Monday at Detroit.
Means (10-10) took the loss against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on four hits over 6.2 innings, striking out four and walking none as the Orioles fell 3-1.
Means put up a solid line, but he found himself unlucky to get hit with his 10th loss of the season as he only received one run of support. The 26-year-old has been a bright spot for the lowly Orioles, as he's sporting a solid 3.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 103:32 K:BB across 131 innings on the season. He'll have a tough matchup in his next start, as he's scheduled to take on the Dodgers at home on Wednesday.
Means (10-9) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out four in a 14-2 rout of the Royals.
Kansas City got on the board first, but Means settled down after serving up a solo shot to Jorge Soler in the first inning. The lefty will take a 3.55 ERA and 99:32 K:BB through 124.1 innings into his next start, which is currently undetermined.
Means will start Friday against the Royals, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Means returns to action after having been on the Family Medical Emergency List since Sunday. After posting a 2.50 ERA prior to the All-Star break, he owns a 6.23 ERA in the second half. He'll square off against fellow lefty Eric Skoglund.
Means was reinstated from the Family Medical Emergency List on Friday.
Means had been on the list since Sunday. He was originally expected to return to the rotation Friday or Saturday in Kansas City. While the Orioles have yet to clarify their rotation plans, the early reinstatement suggests that Means will take the mound right away Friday.
Means (family emergency) should start either Friday or Saturday in Kansas City, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
He is currently on the Family Medical Emergency List, but will slot back in this weekend against the Royals. Means has a 6.23 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 34.2 innings over seven second-half starts.
Manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that he's hopeful Means (personal) will be reinstated from the Family Medical Emergency List and slot back into the Baltimore rotation at some point during the club's series in Kansas City this weekend, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Hyde noted that the Orioles will give Means as much time as he needs to tend to the family matter, but the fact that the All-Star lefty is headed to his home state of Kansas will at least limit his potential burden from a travel standpoint if he wishes to rejoin the club later in the week. He'll be able to spend between three and seven days away from the team before the Orioles would have to activate him.
The Orioles placed Means on the Family Medical Emergency List on Sunday.
The transaction comes one day after Means tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 win over the Rays, evening his record to 9-9 in the process. Means can spend between three and seven days on the Family Medical Emergency List before rejoining the club, putting his availability for his next start in jeopardy. Due to a pair of off days Monday and Thursday, the Orioles would have the luxury of getting by with a four-man rotation for the time being if Means requires the maximum amount of time off.
Means (9-9) allowed one run on five hits with zero walks and seven strikeouts across seven innings while earning a victory against the Rays on Saturday.
A solo homer in the fifth inning was all the left-hander allowed against the Rays, snapping his four-game losing streak. Over the last five weeks, Means has seen his ERA rise more than a whole run, but he still has very respectable numbers, especially considering his team. Means is back with a .500 record and owns a 3.61 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 117.1 innings this season. He will pitch next in Kansas City on Friday.
Means (8-9) took the loss Monday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four as the Orioles fell 5-4 to the Royals.
The southpaw continues to struggle in the second half. Means is now 1-5 in six starts since the All-Star break with a 7.48 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB through 27.2 innings, and Monday's outing was the first time during that stretch he didn't serve up a homer. He'll look to turn things around in his next start Saturday, at home against the Rays.
Means (8-8) allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeouts across 3.2 innings while taking a loss against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Unlike other Orioles starters against the Yankees, Means wasn't done in by the long ball. He only allowed one homer and two free passes, but he tied a season high giving up eight hits. As a result, for the second straight start (both against the Yankees), Means failed to get out of the fourth inning. With three straight losses, his record has fallen to .500, and he owns a 3.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 105.1 innings this season. Means will look to snap his losing streak at home against the Royals on Monday.
Means (8-7) gave up four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five through 3.2 innings to take the loss against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Means threw three scoreless innings before a disastrous fourth frame in which he allowed five baserunners overall and a three-run home run. The left-hander's ERA continues to climb, now sitting at 3.36 for the season, including 7.11 in his last four starts. Means will make his next start Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Means (shoulder) was activated from the injured list ahead of his scheduled start against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Means is set to rejoin the Orioles' rotation after a two-week stay on the shelf with shoulder inflammation. The lefty compiled a 4.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings over his five starts prior to landing on the injured list. He'll face a Yankees team that ranks 12th in the majors with a 101 wRC+ against southpaws. According to Joe, Means Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com face a limited pitch count in his first start back. DJ Stewart (concussion) was sent to the IL in a corresponding move.
Means (biceps strain) will start Wednesday against the Yankees, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
He logged a 4.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings over his five starts prior to landing on the injured list. The Yankees rank 12th in the majors with a 101 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers.
Means (shoulder) expects to come off the injured list to start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Yankees, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Means has been throwing over the last few days and his final hurdle to being fully cleared will be a bullpen session this weekend. The 26-year-old landed on the injured list July 25 and looks as though he'll make his return after missing only a couple days more than the 10-day minimum.
Means (shoulder) is expected to make his next start during Baltimore's upcoming series against the Yankees, which runs from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Means will be eligible to return from the injured list Aug. 4, though skipper Brandon Hyde revealed that the lefty likely won't return to the mound until a few days after the 10-day minimum. A concrete date for Means' return should surface as the weekend approaches.
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