O’s Game Blog: Kyle Bradish takes on No. 1 Minnesota

When the Orioles traded right-hander Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels on Dec. 4, 2019, one of the four pitchers they got back was right-hander Kyle Bradish. Tonight, Bradish, in his second major league start, pitches against Bundy at Oriole Park.

Bradish (0-1, 3.00 ERA) and Bundy (3-1, 2.95 ERA) face off in Game 3 of the series between the O’s and first-place Minnesota at Camden Yards. The Twins battled their way to 2-1, 7-2 wins to start this four-game series as they improved to 15-9 overall and 11-1 in the last 12 games.

The Twins’ pitching staff ranks second in the American League and fourth in the majors with a 3.01 team ERA. And they’re first in the AL and third in the majors with a 2.63 ERA rotation. Minnesota pitchers have allowed just 25 runs in the last 12 games.

And they face an O offense that has struggled for much of the year. The Orioles have scored less than three points in 14 of their 24 games this season and four times in the last five games. Orioles rank 30and in the majors with a team slugging percentage of .311 and are 28and in OPS at 0.609. They are averaging just 3.08 points per game.

Bradish made his big league debut on Friday and went six innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) against Boston with one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 81 shots in a 3-1 loss. Bradish used his four-seam fastball 45 times that night, averaging 94.1 mph, which peaked at 97.2. He used his slider 20 times, the curveball nine times and seven changes.

Left-handed hitters went 2-for-10 against him and right-handed hitters were 3-for-12 with a homer.

Prior to his call to the majors, Bradish was 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in three Triple-A starts this year. He is ranked the 9th Orioles prospect via Baseball America and 10th by MLBPipeline.com.

In 15 innings at Norfolk — where he went four, five and six innings in successive outings — he allowed eight hits and two earned runs with three walks for 17 strikeouts. He posted a 0.73 WHIP batting average and 0.148 against.

Bradish finished last year on a roll for Norfolk, allowing two earned runs in 20 innings in his last four starts. So in his last seven Triple-A starts dating to last year, he has a 1.03 ERA, allowing 21 hits in 35 innings on nine walks for 41 strikeouts.

Bundy has thrown 21 1/3 innings this season, allowing seven runs and 17 hits, walking three for 19 strikeouts. He allowed .938 WHIP and recorded a 1.3 walk rate and an 8.0 K rate.

In Bundy’s first three starts, he allowed just one run in 15 1/3 innings for a 0.59 ERA. But last Friday, on the road against Tampa Bay, he allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings, allowing two homers on 94 pitches. The Twins are 3-1 in his outings.

The Orioles made Bundy the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft. And then he went 38-45 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.330 WHIP in 792 innings with the club throughout the season. 2019 season. In 2020 with the Angels, he was 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA in the shortened season and finished ninth in voting for the AL Cy Young Award. But last year he struggled, going 2-9 with a 6.06 ERA in 23 games.

Baltimore’s Anthony Santander has reached base safely in 23 of his 24 games. The 23 games achieved are tied with Atlanta’s Matt Olson for the most at the majors. His 40 times on base are tied for third in the AL. Santander cut .237 / .404 / .382 with three home runs, two doubles and 17 walks for 19 strikeouts. He’s the only major-league qualified player with at least .400 on-base percentage and a sub-.240 batting average, and he ranks second in the AL and tied for fourth in the bigs with 17 goals on balls.

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