Means (7-5) was charged with the loss in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays after surrendering six runs on eight hits over six innings. He had four strikeouts and zero walks.
Means' first start out of the All-Star break was one to forget as he allowed more than three runs for the first time since late April and more than four runs for the first time all season. The 26-year-old came out for the sixth inning looking to complete a quality start, but he instead gave up three runs on three hits in the frame. Means has a 2.94 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 73:22 K:BB over 88.2 innings this season and will look for a rebound performance next weekend against the Red Sox.
Means allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out five across seven innings Wednesday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.
Means worked efficiently by pounding the strike zone, with 71 of his 98 pitches going for strikes. After throwing only 84 pitches and working five innings in his first start after being activated off the injured list June 28, Means posted his longest start since May 6 -- a span of eight outings. Though his 7.5 K/9 isn't particularly impressive, Means has limited mistakes by maintaining a 1.0 HR/9 and 2.4 BB/9 across 82.2 innings. As a result, he currently holds a 2.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP for the campaign.
Means (7-4) tossed five scoreless innings Friday against the Indians, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out five. He picked up the win.
This was his first start off the injured list after not having pitched since June 16, so that's why he was not allowed to go deeper into the outing while sitting at 84 pitches (53 strikes). Means now has a 2.50 ERA that ranks fifth in the majors behind only Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mike Soroka, Mike Minor and Charlie Morton. His 3.94 FIP illustrates the fact that he may be pitching a little over his head, but he has nonetheless been extremely effective through 75.2 innings. His next start will come Wednesday in Tampa Bay.
Means (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday.
Means will return to the starting rotation Friday against the Indians after missing one start due to a left shoulder strain. The 26-year-old has a 2.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB over 70.2 innings this season and will look to build on his breakout campaign versus Cleveland.
Means (shoulder) will be activated from the injured list Friday to start against the Indians, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
As expected, Means has been cleared to rejoin the Orioles this weekend after getting through a bullpen session with no issues Tuesday. It originally wasn't clear which game Means would start, but he'll get the series opener while Andrew Cashner and Gabriel Ynoa start the remaining two games. Prior to landing on the shelf, the southpaw compiled a 2.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP despite his below-average strikeout rate (20.3 percent).
Means (shoulder) is throwing a bullpen session Tuesday and remains on track to come off the injured list and start this weekend against Cleveland, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
He will be eligible to be activated to start any of the three weekend games against the Indians, but it is unclear which game will be his. Among all Orioles pitchers with at least 20 innings, Means is the leader in ERA (2.67), WHIP (1.15) and fWAR (1.5). His 20.3 percent strikeout rate is below average for a starting pitcher in today's game, so it's possible some serious regression will be in store over the rest of the season.
Means (shoulder) felt good after his throwing session Sunday and is scheduled for a bullpen session Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The Orioles never expected Means to face an extended absence and his quick return to throwing has him on track to pitch next weekend against the Indians. The 26-year-old shouldn't require a minor-league rehab assignment since he only landed on the injured list Thursday.
Means (shoulder) will throw a side session Sunday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Means landed on the injured list Thursday with a shoulder strain but anticipated missing just one start. The fact that he's already about to resume throwing indicates that he remains on target for a brief absence, though his return timeline won't become fully clear until after his throwing session.
Means (shoulder) said he expected to miss just one start while on the injured list, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Means landed on the injured list Thursday with a strained left shoulder, though he downplayed the severity of the injury, describing it as minor tightness while noting that he pitched through a similar issue in college. Means could rejoin Baltimore's rotation after a brief stay on the injured list. Prior to getting hurt, Means compiled a 2.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB in 70.2 innings.
Means was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left shoulder strain, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The 26-year-old southpaw had been the Orioles' best pitcher this year, logging a 2.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 59:21 K:BB in 70.2 innings. This injury should sideline him through the All-Star break. It is unclear who will step into his spot in the rotation, but Evan Phillips was recalled in a corresponding move.
Means yielded two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He didn't factor into the decision.
Means cruised through the first three frames of his start before giving up two runs in the fourth on four base knocks. He had to be removed after five innings due to a high pitch count (103 pitches). The 26-year-old lefty continues to throw the ball well this season, allowing three or fewer runs in each of his last eight outings. Means has posted a 2.67 ERA with 59 strikeouts across 70.2 innings this season.
Means (6-4) earned the win versus the Blue Jays on Tuesday by allowing one run on four hits across five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Means gave up a solo homer to Eric Sogard to start off the game but was otherwise able to keep Toronto off the board while working through five frames. The southpaw has thrown at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight starts, and he will look to extend that streak Sunday against the Red Sox.
Means allowed four hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings Wednesday against the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision.
Means allowed his only run of the game in the first frame, holding the Rangers to just two hits across his next five innings of work. He effectively pounded the strike zone, throwing 70 of his 108 pitches for strikes -- though 29 came from foul balls. Encouragingly, Means completed six innings for the second consecutive outing after doing so on only two occasions in his first eight starts of the season. Means now has a 2.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 45 strikeouts across 54.2 innings for the campaign. He'll look to keep things going in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday against Toronto.
Means allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks while striking out seven across six innings Wednesday against the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision.
Means was effective against the weak Tigers' lineup, with his only troublesome spot coming in the fourth inning. Otherwise, he proved effective by generating 12 called strikes and 13 swinging strikes on 103 total pitches. He also showed strong command starting 14 of the 21 batters he faced with a strike, lowering his BB/9 to 2.5 across 54.2 innings for the season. Means has also emerged as a strong source of ratios, lowering his ERA to 2.80 and WHIP to 1.10. It was also encouraging to see him work relatively deep into the game, with Wednesday's effort marking only his third quality start in nine chances for the campaign. He'll look to replicate this effort in his next start, but will draw a tough matchup against the Rangers at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park on Wednesday.
Means pitched five innings Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
Means left with a lead after his five innings, but the Rockies rallied with three homers over the final three innings against the Orioles bullpen, robbing the left-hander of a win. Means' ERA rose to 2.96, and he has 38 strikeouts over 48.2 innings this year, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen in his 12 appearances (eight starts).
Means (5-4) took the loss Saturday at Cleveland by allowing three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out one.
Means wasn't at his best Saturday, but he likely would have been saddled with the loss regardless, given that the Orioles mustered only one hit. The 26-year-old still sports a 2.68 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 34:13 K:BB across 43.2 innings, and he lines up to face the Rockies at Coors Field next weekend.
Means (5-3) allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks across six innings to earn a victory against the Angels on Sunday.
Since joining the rotation April 9, the 26-year-old has allowed more than one earned run just once in his six starts. He's pitched so well, Means has carved out a permanent role in the starting rotation. Posting a couple victories out of the bullpen as well, Means is 5-3 with a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 38.2 innings this season. He is scheduled to start next at the Indians on Friday.
Means (4-3) picked up the win against the Red Sox on Monday, giving up just three hits and one earned run over seven innings, striking out four with no walks as the Orioles won 4-1.
It was a sharp outing from the left-hander, as he quieted Boston's bats and bagged his fourth victory of the season. Means has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles in the early going, as he's currently boasting a 2.48 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 32.2 innings while holding opponents to a .215 batting average. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, which will come in a home matchup against the Angels on Sunday.
Means is slated to start Monday's game against the Red Sox, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Rather than rearranging their pitching schedule, the Orioles opted to simply push all five members of the rotation back a day. Means is thus on track to lead things off for the Orioles during the three-game series with Boston, with David Hess and Andrew Cashner on track to start Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. This assignment tentatively gives Means a two-start week, with his second projected outing happening in his Camden Yards home against the Angels.
Means won't make his scheduled start Sunday against the Rays after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Baltimore, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
The Orioles and Rays will make up the contest July 13 as part of a doubleheader. Baltimore hasn't officially announced its rotation plans in the aftermath of the postponement, but Means may merely be pushed back one day in the schedule to start Monday against the Red Sox at home.
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