Ten reasons to look positively on the 2015 Baltimore Orioles season

5. Darren O’Day has closer ability.

Sidearm pitchers do not typically get the chance to close — too risky. O’Day is not like most pitchers who drop down. He has good control, and better velocity than most. O’Day is not a pitch-to-contact groundball machine like most pitchers who throw sidearm. He struck out 11.3 per nine in 2015 — more than Zach Britton.

O’Day’s consistent brilliance was rewarded with an All-Star appearance this season, and he got the opportunity to close in September when Britton was battling through minor injuries. O’Day was flawless when closing, and finished the year with a 1.52 ERA. In four years with the Orioles, O’Day has gotten better each year. O’Day will turn 33 in just over a week, and will be a free agent this winter. The Orioles have a lot of holes to fill and free agents to address, but bringing O’Day back should be a top priority.

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