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Britton’s confidence is at an all-time low

Zach Britton went from being a Rookie of the Year candidate to a guy who can barely get our of the first inning.

What’s happened to Zach Britton? After his 5-1 start on the hill he was sure to be a Rookie of the Year candidate but struggles and the need to limit his innings forced him down to Double-A Bowie on July 9. Since being recalled on Jul 30 nothing has gone well for the young man. His first game back was one to forget and then last night he allowed six runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings in the 9-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, not generally a team that batters opposing pitchers.

In his last start before being sent down to the minor leagues, Britton got rocked by the Boston Red Sox. In a game up in Fenway, Britton only managed to get two outs on 42 pitches before being taken out. He had given up 8 runs (7 earned) on a home run, six hits, and two walks, earning a loss and sending his record to 6-7.

In his short stint in Double-A Bowie, Britton went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 starts. He has not earned a victory in any level of baseball since June 8th and only has two wins since May 1st.

Britton was recalled to the big leagues last week, even though he struggled in the minors. In his first start back he faced the New York Yankees on the road and the Bronx bombers were not too kind to him. Britton gave up seven hits and walked one in his short 43 pitch outing. He recorded only one out before nine men in pinstripes crossed the plate. While only six of the runs were earned, this was the second consecutive horrendous start that Britton had in the major leagues and could not have done anything positive to his already negative state of mind. Britton fell to 6-8 in the torturous 17-3 loss that the Orioles received at the hands of the Yanks.

When interviewed after the game, Britton said, “It wasn’t about stuff today. It was about execution. It’s tough to swallow. The game’s over in the first inning. As a position player, I can only imagine what they’re thinking.”

Britton became the first pitcher in MLB history to give up eight or more runs in two consecutive starts without getting out of the first inning.

In his last two big league starts, Britton has given up 17 runs (13 earned) in a combined one inning. His ERA went from 3.47 to 4.56 and he needed a total of 85 pitches to record three outs. Over his last two
starts in the major leagues, Britton sports an atrocious 117.00 ERA.

It is safe to say that Britton is seriously doubting his stuff at this point in time. Although he was rated the #28 prospect by Baseball America prior to this season and had success in his rookie campaign up until July 8th, Britton is definitely second-guessing whether or not he has what it takes to succeed in the major leagues. He is not thinking about when he was 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA on May 18th, he is reliving his last two major league starts where he was tagged by division rivals Boston and New York.

Baltimore realizes they are done in 2011 and is looking towards the future, with Zach Britton projected to be one of the big pieces of the puzzle. If he struggles, a move back down to the minor leagues could make things worse.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.
One Response to “Britton’s confidence is at an all-time low”
  1. hemp says:

    …………………………………………………………Zach Britton was torched in his last start. ………………..Zach Britton was never meant to start the season in the starting rotation.