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Despite tough weekend, the Orioles bullpen has been better than expected with room to grow

It was a bad weekend for Criag Kimbrel. He blew two saves—both of which resulted in Orioles losses—and he is now dealing with back tightness. It remains to be determined if the closer will require an IL stint, which would be a problem for an Orioles bullpen that entered the season as a question mark, To this point, the group has been solid but erratic.

The unit’s 4.02 ERA ranks 18th in MLB, but they fare far better in terms of FIP (11th, 3.74) and xFIP (3rd, 3.39). Keegan Akin has been unexpectedly excellent with a rate of 12.