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47 John Means SP

Baltimore Orioles

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September 20, 2020 08:36 PM
Orioles' John Means: Fans 12 in win
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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.

September 14, 2020 08:48 PM
Orioles' John Means: Unlucky no-decision Sunday
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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.

September 8, 2020 11:00 PM
Orioles' John Means: Earns first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 3, 2020 02:04 AM
Orioles' John Means: Struggles versus Mets
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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.

September 2, 2020 10:24 PM
Orioles' John Means: Restrictions lifted for Wednesday
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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 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.

August 29, 2020 01:20 AM
Orioles' John Means: Allows two runs Friday
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Means allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays. He didn't factor into the decision.

Means started Friday after his scheduled start was postponed Thursday, and he began the game with three scoreless innings. However, he allowed two home runs in the fourth inning. He was in line for the loss when he left the game, but Means was able to settle for a no-decision in the end. The southpaw hasn't been particularly sharp this season as he's posted an 8.59 ERA over 14.2 innings during five starts. He'll look to right the ship at home Wednesday against the Mets.

August 28, 2020 11:25 AM
Orioles' John Means: Starting Friday
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Means will start Friday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of reports.

As expected, he will take his normal turn in the rotation after his scheduled start Thursday was postponed. Both Means and Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu will be pitching on an extra day of rest.

August 27, 2020 06:48 PM
Orioles' John Means: Start vs. Rays postponed
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Means' scheduled start Thursday against the Rays was postponed.

The two teams opted not to take the field in protest following the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake. It remains to be seen when the game will be made up or whether the Orioles will adjust their starting rotation.

August 22, 2020 01:56 PM
Orioles' John Means: Gives up two homers in short start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means (0-2) allowed three runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- while striking out two batters in three innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

It's been a rough first couple of outings for Means, who still hasn't found his groove just yet after posting a 3.60 ERA across 155 innings in 2019. The southpaw gave up a solo shot to Xander Bogaerts to open up the second frame and followed that up by gifting J.D. Martinez a two-run shot to center in the third. Means has now given up 12 runs in 10.2 innings this season and isn't racking up many strikeouts to help his case. He figures to next take the mound Thursday in a clash with the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays.

August 16, 2020 10:36 PM
Orioles' John Means: Short start after layoff
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Means allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while failing to record a strikeout over two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's loss to the Nationals. He didn't factor into the decision.

Means had a long layoff since he had to clear intake testing following his stay on the bereavement list, so he was reportedly only cleared for two innings of work Sunday. However, he was roughed up in the first inning, resulting in the shortest start of his career. After the game, manager Brandon Hyde said that the team will build Means up slowly, and it's possible that he could continue to piggyback with Jorge Lopez in the near future, Joe Trezza of reports. His next time on the mound should come at home Friday against the Red Sox.

August 16, 2020 10:12 AM
Orioles' John Means: Formally activated
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The Orioles activated Means from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of reports.

Means was never known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the Orioles were allowed to stash him on the COVID-19 IL while he waited to complete intake testing protocols after he went on bereavement leave over a week ago. The Orioles opened up spots on the 40-man and active rosters for Means by designating reliever Chandler Shepherd for assignment.

August 16, 2020 12:40 AM
Orioles' John Means: Returning Sunday
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Means will return to the Orioles rotation Sunday against the Nationals, Joe Trezza of reports.

Means was originally placed on the bereavement list on Aug. 5 and was expected to start last Saturday after spending the minimum three days on the list. His return was further delayed, however, after he was placed on the injured list while he underwent intake testing to confirm he didn't contract COVID-19 while away from the team. He appears to have passed all tests and will finally start Sunday in a tough matchup with the Nationals.

August 14, 2020 02:08 PM
Orioles' John Means: Could start Sunday
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Means (not injury related) could start Sunday against the Nationals, Joe Trezza of reports.

Means was placed on the bereavement list last week and subsequently moved to the injured list while going through intake testing protocols. He allowed six runs on just four hits in seven innings of work in his first two starts of the year.

August 12, 2020 05:56 PM
Orioles' John Means: Expected back soon
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The Orioles are hoping to add Means (not injury related) to their roster soon, Joe Trezza of reports.

Means, who recently spent time on the bereavement list, is still going through COVID-19 intake screening, but he could be back with the Orioles later in the week. The left-hander has made two appearances this season, allowing six runs on four hits while posting a 6:1 K:BB across seven innings. It's unclear when Means will slot back into the rotation, though he isn't expected to start Friday's suspended game against the Nationals, per Trezza.

August 12, 2020 05:40 AM
Orioles' John Means: Placed on injured list
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Means was transferred to the injured list Tuesday while he undergoes intake testing, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.

After he spent the past several days on the bereavement list, Means will be sidelined several more days while he undergoes intake testing. The southpaw had lined up to start Thursday, but Tom Eshelman is expected to take his spot in the rotation against the Phillies. Assuming all goes well, Means should be able to return to the team in the coming days.

August 8, 2020 04:04 PM
Orioles' John Means: Won't start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means (bereavement) won't start Sunday's game against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of reports.

The traditional timeline for spending time on the bereavement list is three days, which would have put Means on track to return Sunday. However, manager Brandon Hyde announced that Asher Wojciechowski will start on short rest for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals. It's unclear when Means will return from the bereavement list, but his next chance to start would be on the road Tuesday against the Phillies.

August 5, 2020 03:40 PM
Orioles' John Means: Placed on bereavement list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday.

Players traditionally spend three days on the bereavement list, though it's possible pandemic-related protocols extend Means' absence slightly. Means pitched Tuesday against the Marlins and lines up to pitch Sunday against the Nationals, though the Orioles have yet to announce their rotation plans for the weekend.

August 5, 2020 05:24 AM
Orioles' John Means: Tough loss Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means (0-1) took the loss Tuesday as the Orioles were downed 4-0 by the Marlins, giving up one run on two hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.

The left-hander was engaged in a surprising pitching duel with Pablo Lopez through four innings, but Means got tagged for a solo shot off the bat of Francisco Cervelli in the fifth, and the Baltimore offense never got on track. It was still a much better outing for Means than his season debut, and he'll look for a better result in his next start Sunday, on the road against the Nationals.

July 31, 2020 04:04 PM
Orioles' John Means: Struggles in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means allowed five earned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.

Means showed signs of rust early, hitting two batters and walking one among the first five hitters he faced. However, he ran into real trouble when Luke Voit -- the sixth batter of the first inning -- came to the plate with the bases loaded and belted a grand slam. More positively, Means rebounded to retire the final four batters he faced, including a swinging strikeout of Aaron Judge. Means threw only 51 pitches, so it's unclear how deep the Orioles will let him work in his second start of the campaign. He currently lines up for a rematch with the Yankees on Tuesday.

July 31, 2020 01:32 PM
Orioles' John Means: Activated ahead of debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Means (arm) was activated from the injured list ahead of his scheduled start against the Yankees on Thursday.

As expected, Means is set to make his season debut Thursday after a minimal stay on the injured list with arm fatigue. The southpaw will look to build off his breakout 2019 campaign (3.60 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 155 innings), though he'll have his hands full against a difficult Yankees lineup. Per Roch Kubatko of, Means is expected to pitch around 3-to-4 innings Thursday as the Orioles ease him back. Cody Carroll was sent to the team's alternate camp in a corresponding move.

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vs LHB 37.000 1.950733
vs RHB 113.000 4.0602983
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