And the Orioles’ confidence in Strop to preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning of their 4-3 win over the
"That was huge because that was the game right there," Strop said afterward. "I've been struggling lately and that's good to have some confidence back, and I feel even better because I gave my team the opportunity to win. Who knows? We might be playing still. But I feel pretty good. Like I said before, all those innings that I pitched before, I felt good. … The result was just wasn't the one we wanted."
Strop fielded a sacrifice bunt from pinch hitter
He then walked
But it was Strop’s strikeout of
"All this [stuff] and all the things that have been happening to me, and I still have my confidence because I'm honest with myself and I know that I'm making good pitches," Strop said. "If I was making bad pitches and didn't have my stuff, I might be worried and maybe my confidence would be down, but my confidence is up because I know I'm making good pitches. When the starting pitchers say that when the game is in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning that it's over, that means you can trust in your stuff."
Strop, who was a huge part of the bullpen’s success last season before hitting a rough spot in the final two months of the regular season, has had to prove himself again through this first first weeks of this season. But, just like last season, the Orioles are winning close games – they’ve won four straight one-run games after starting 0-3 – and dominating division opponents (they’ve won four of five series against