Bullpen

Really, trying to grade the bullpen has gotten monotonous. It remains the cornerstone of the Orioles' surprising season, even if <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000010441" title="Pedro Strop" href="/topic/sports/baseball/pedro-strop-PESPT000010441.topic">Pedro Strop</a> (pictured) once again spun a bit out of control during Saturday's disappointing loss to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000205" title="New York Yankees" href="/topic/sports/baseball/new-york-yankees-ORSPT000205.topic">Yankees</a>. Strop struggled in each of his three appearances, giving up three runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. The rest of the bullpen allowed three runs over 17 2/3 innings (1.53 ERA) and closer <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000010156" title="Jim Johnson" href="/topic/sports/baseball/jim-johnson-PESPT000010156.topic">Jim Johnson</a> continued to add to his major league-leading save total (41).  The unsung heroes continue to be Darren O'Day (6-1, 2.30 in 56 games) and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0015099" title="Luis Ayala" href="/topic/sports/baseball/luis-ayala-PESPT0015099.topic">Luis Ayala</a> (4-4, 2.67, 54 games). They combined to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings last week.<br>
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<b>Grade</b>: B+

( Getty Images / August 27, 2012 )

Really, trying to grade the bullpen has gotten monotonous. It remains the cornerstone of the Orioles' surprising season, even if Pedro Strop (pictured) once again spun a bit out of control during Saturday's disappointing loss to the Yankees. Strop struggled in each of his three appearances, giving up three runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. The rest of the bullpen allowed three runs over 17 2/3 innings (1.53 ERA) and closer Jim Johnson continued to add to his major league-leading save total (41). The unsung heroes continue to be Darren O'Day (6-1, 2.30 in 56 games) and Luis Ayala (4-4, 2.67, 54 games). They combined to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings last week.

Grade: B+

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