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Orioles closer Jim Johnson led the majors last season with 51 saves.
2013 Prediction: 45 saves, 3.24 ERA
The Baltimore Orioles had a dominant bullpen last season, and had several chances to prove their dominance after playing in 18 extra-inning games.
As an entire unit the Orioles' bullpen went 32-11 on the year with a 3.00 ERA and 55 saves.
To be completely honest, Baltimore's bullpen really didn't miss a beat in the 2012 year, having seven pitchers who posted an ERA of 3.00 or lower. The good news for the Orioles is that they are bringing back a lot of familiar faces in the bullpen for the 2013 season.
For the last two seasons Jim Johnson has pitched in 69 or more games out of the Orioles' bullpen. Johnson appeared in 71 games during the regular season last year, recording a league-high 51 saves and posting a 2.49 ERA.
One new face to the Orioles is left-hander T.J. McFarland. McFarland has yet to pitch in a regular-season game in the majors and has a 48-31 career record in the minors with a 3.83 ERA, letting hitters hit .271 off of him over that span.
McFarland's spring training, while not the most impressive, was enough to earn him a spot in the bullpen.
With the return of pitchers Darren O'Day, Pedro Strop and Troy Patton, among others, the Orioles maintained enough pieces of their bullpen to give them a shot at once again having one of the top pens in the league.