Reporting Bob Haynie
The last three months have not been good to Zach Britton.
On May 1st, the rookie lefty beat the Chicago White Sox to improve his record to 5-1. Since then, Britton has gone 2-9. And that includes his win over the Twins on Monday night.
After starting the year looking like a Rookie of the Year candidate, Britton has been sent to minors and was also placed on the disabled list. The fall from grace has been alarming.
But the main problem with Britton has been a loss of confidence. He went so far as to admit that on the Baltimore Baseball Tonight Geico Pre-Game show.
Now beating the struggling Twins does not indicate a complete return to form for Britton, but it’s a step in the right direction. A win is a win and stopping a five-game team losing streak could be a confidence boost for the youngster.
Along with Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz, Zach Britton is supposed to represent the future of Baltimore Orioles pitching. All three–for various reasons–have experienced a rough go of it in 2011.
Here’s hoping that lessons have been learned and the future remains bright for them all.
And if that’s the case, the future could still be bright for the Orioles.