In welcome news for the playoff-contending Orioles, the club has reinstated right-hander Chris Tillman from the 15-day disabled list. Tillman, who landed on the shelf Aug. 24 with bursitis in his throwing shoulder, will start Sunday against Detroit.
Aside from Kevin Gausman, no Orioles starter has been superior to Tillman this season. The 28-year-old leads the team in innings (153) and is second to Gausman in ERA (3.76), though metrics like FIP (4.29), xFIP (4.49) and SIERA (4.57) indicate that Tillman has been fortunate to prevent runs at his currently above-average mark. Nevertheless, Tillman is a quality option, one the Orioles will likely need if they’re going to earn a postseason berth this year.
Baltimore is a solid 77-64, two games behind American League East-leading Boston and a game up on the Tigers in the wild-card race, but the club has gone just 26-28 since the All-Star break. Orioles starters have been in the middle of the AL pack in ERA (4.35) and toward the bottom in K/BB ratio (2.22) since the second half of the season started, and Tillman has been subpar in both categories (4.76 and 1.87) during that span. Ideally for the Orioles, he’ll revisit his first-half form (3.41 ERA, 2.28 K/BB) in the coming weeks.