The Orioles starter pitched a career-high 8 1/3 innings, surrendering just two runs — one of which was unearned. He threw 125 pitches and looked to be the guy that improved his mid-90s fastball and command this season at Triple-A Norfolk.
I was worried about his change up, but that didn’t seem to matter. The Mariners hitters were just 2-for-29 against Tillman.
I wrote earlier this week that the Orioles would be risking Tillman’s trade value with his call up, but now he could be their most prized piece at the deadline. The O’s sent Tillman down to keep him on a regular season. He could be back in ten days if the O’s decide to roll the dice once again.
Right now, I still stand by my opinion that the O’s should keep him down to pad the stats. He could be a part of a big deal at the end of the month and I think they know it.