Tanner Scott has been one of the Orioles’ most reliable arms out of the bullpen.
The left-hander has allowed just one run in six appearances (five innings), sporting an impressive 1.80 ERA. The hard-throwing Scott has evolved as a pitcher and has the confidence of manager Brandon Hyde to shut down potentially volatile innings.
“When I feel like the game is in balance and could [go] one way or the other, whether it’s the fifth, sixth or seventh inning, and there’s a middle-of-the-order, usually a left-right-left situation, a dangerous left-handed hitter waiting, I have Tanner there ready to go,” Hyde said. “I’m going to continue to press the issue with Tanner a little bit and challenge him in spots, just because I really believe in his stuff. I know guys on the other team don’t want to see him come in a game, and so let’s see what we have.”
Scott, 26, has been even-keeled during high-pressure situations. He’s confident and remains ready for any role that might emerge in the game. He’s shown the potential play a vital role for the Orioles over the long term.
Scott is one of the young pitchers the team can build around.
“I’m just trying to go out there and just use my best stuff, and go out there and attack hitters pitch one, pitch two and just try to get after it,” Scott said. “Whenever they use me I’m ready from the first to the ninth, as long as they need. If we go into extra innings, I’m ready to go. Call my name, I’m ready.”
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