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One of the few nice surprises of the protracted rebuilding process for the Orioles has been the rise of John Means in recent years.

Means’ narrative has become well-known in Baltimore by this point. As an 11th-round draft pick, he built a LinkedIn profile when he thought he couldn’t make it to the big leagues, but has since transformed into a long-term starter.

With his 2.74 ERA over the first half of the season and a spot on the AL All-Star team and a second-place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting, it appeared as though his career had reached its pinnacle in 2019.

It was instead last summer, after a challenging 2020 campaign, that he managed to follow up with another remarkable season, which produced the Orioles’ tenth no-hitter, a stunning outing against the Seattle Mariners on May 5.

There is no doubt that Means will be the Orioles’ starting pitcher in 2021. If past performances are any indicator, the Orioles will start the season with one of the league’s finest pitchers.

In March/April, the lefty’s ERA was 2.15; in May, it was 2.60; and in June, it was 2.49. He has a tendency to falter in the second half of the season.

A 5.95 earned run average (ERA) in July and a 5.60 ERA in August precede a 3.87 mark in September and October.

Injuries appear to be a significant factor in this case. He started the season on the IL with a sore left shoulder. When it returned in June, he was sidelined until late July.

Who does John Means play for?

John Means Plays for the Baltimore Orioles as a pitcher

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