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30 Chris Tillman SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/200 | Birthdate: 4/15/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $508,500 | Owned/Started%: 87/59 | Average Draft Position: 173.04
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Chris Tillman becomes important hot-hand play


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/20/2014) With the season winding down and no time but the present to make up ground in the standings, you may no longer be able to wait out the most talented players, trusting them to make a bigger impact in the long run. Instead, you may have to turn to a hot-hand play.

And at least at starting pitcher, there are few hands hotter than Chris Tillman right now.

In his last 14 starts -- or more than half his season so far -- he has a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, and he's been consistently good throughout that stretch, throwing 12 quality starts. A reduced strikeout rate early on was reason for skepticism, but over his last five starts, he has averaged 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most encouraging of all, we've seen him go on a run like this before, finishing out last season with a 3.39 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 11 starts. Of course, that doesn't explain why he had a 5.20 ERA over 13 starts in between. He seems to have a little Matt Garza in him, looking like waiver fodder half the time and a Fantasy mainstay the other half.

Can you trust that Tillman has legitimately broken out this time? I wouldn't, but again, that's not the most pertinent question to ask this time of year. Can you trust him right now? I would.


Chris Tillman excellent against the White Sox


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman turned in an excellent start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Tillman allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one. The only blemish against Tillman was a solo home run by Jose Abreu in the first inning. Tillman would give up his two other hits in the second and third inning. He then tossed three perfect innings before walking Abreu in the bottom of the seventh. Tillman worked around the walk, and did not allow a hit over his last five innings.

With the win, Tillman improved to 10-5. He'll take on the Rays in his next start.


Orioles jumble weekend rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Orioles have altered their weekend rotation, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Ubaldo Jimenez will be skipped the next time through, so the club had to make a few changes. Bud Norris will get the call Saturday. Miguel Gonzalez has not officially been announced for Sunday's game yet, but it looks like he'll receive the start. Chris Tillman will pitch Monday. 


Chris Tillman goes seven strong Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman tossed seven strong innings Wednesday against the Yankees.

Tillman allowed two earned runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks. Tillman's only mistake came in the third inning. After giving up a leadoff double to Stephen Drew, Tillman allowed Francisco Cervelli to go deep for a two-run shot. He was able to settle in after that, tossing four more scoreless innings. Tillman was actually in line for the loss when he left the game, but the Orioles managed to battle back, giving him a no-decision. Tillman will take on the White Sox in his next start. 


Orioles shuffle rotation following rain-out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) In the aftermath of Tuesday's postponed game, the Orioles were able to shuffle their rotation a bit, MLB.com reports. 

Tuesday's starter, Wei-Yin Chen, has been given a few extra days of rest, as his next start has been pushed back to Friday against the Indians. Chris Tillman will remain on schedule to pitch Wednesday against the Yankees, while Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman will follow to close out the weekend series against the Indians. 


Chris Tillman strikes out seven in win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman earned a win Friday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 12-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Tillman (9-5) watched the offense homer its way to a 12-0 lead after six innings before surrendering a two-run home run of his own in the seventh. He hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since June 5. Tillman owns a 3.73 ERA and 102:53 K:BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians next Friday.


Chris Tillman twirls seven scoreless innings vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman earned a win Sunday, giving up just four hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 1-0 victory over the Mariners.

Tillman (8-5) broke a four-outing quality-start streak in his last game but bounced back with one of his best performances of the season. He didn't walk a batter for the first time in nine starts, and his six strikeouts match his highest total during that stretch. Tillman owns a 3.78 ERA and 95:52 K:BB ratio in 143 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Cardinals Friday.


Chris Tillman strikes out six in no-decision vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk in five innings and striking out six in his team's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Angels.

Tillman had a four-game quality-start streak going until pitching just five innings Tuesday, but he remains winles in six July appearances. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 89:52 K:BB ratio in 136 innings. Tillman is slated to take on the Mariners Sunday.


Orioles make tweak to rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Orioles announced Sunday they realigned their rotation for the upcoming week, per The Baltimore Sun.

Wei-Yin Chen, who was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Angels, has been pushed back to Friday against the Mariners. Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Bud Norris will face the Angels during a three-game series, which starts Tuesday.

"Wei-Yin had his top pitch count of the year, and I want to keep Gaus on turn," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think he can benefit from that."


Chris Tillman tosses six one-run innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 3-2 loss to the Angels.

Tillman hasn't surrendered more than three earned runs in an outing since June 5, but he hasn't been able to score a win in July. The Angels were able to pick up a run in the first inning before Tillman held them scoreless over the next five frames. He owns a 3.92 ERA and 83:51 K:BB ratio in 131 innings. Tillman is scheduled to face the Angels again Tuesday.


Chris Tillman has solid outing spoiled by bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Orioles starter Chris Tillman turned in a quality start in a no-decision against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday. He was in line for the win until reliever Zach Britton surrendered a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth.

Tillman allowed a run-scoring single to Jon Jaso in the third and a solo home run to Derek Norris in the fifth for his only blemishes of the night. He gave up two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings of work. Of his 103 pitches, 65 were strikes.

Tillman owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 21 starts (125 innings). His next start will come Wednesday against the Angels.


O's announce post-break rotation plans


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced his post-break rotation on Sunday, MASN Sports reports.

The team will go with Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman to open a three-game series in Oakland. Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Monday and Tuesday against the Angels, respectively.


Chris Tillman tosses quality start in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman turned in a quality start but was unable to come away with the win Saturday afternoon at home against the Yankees, dropping to 7-5 on the year in his final start before the All-Star break. The right-hander yielded three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Tillman will enter the break with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 20 starts (118 1/3 innings). The Orioles have yet to announce their pitching plans after the break.

Orioles lay out rotation vs. Yankees


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Orioles' rainout Wednesday will allow the team to shuffle the rotation for an upcoming weekend series against the Yankees.

The Orioles will have Miguel Gonzalez pitch Friday, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez Saturday and Chris Tillman Sunday, in the final series before the All-Star break. 


Chris Tillman surrenders two runs in no-decision Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't factor into the decision Monday after giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out six in his team's 8-2, 11-inning win over the Nationals.

The Orioles gave TIllman a 2-0 lead on a fourth-inning home run, but he let the lead slip away after serving up his own two-run shot in the sixth inning. He did a good job keeping his control in check after walking four batters in two of his last three outings. Tillman owns a 4.11 ERA and 70:45 K:BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Yankees Saturday.


This version of Chris Tillman not worth your time


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Even with his so-so outing Wednesday against the Rangers, Chris Tillman has a 2.14 ERA over his last five starts, which might lead you to believe one of my favorite sleepers coming into the season is back on track. But I couldn't be any more discouraged by the direction his season has taken.

See, in those five starts, he has totaled all of nine strikeouts. That's (not to state the obvious, but just to emphasize the point) fewer than two per start. He's had more walks than that during that stretch, which perhaps goes without saying, but with 12 in 33 2/3 innings, it's not like that rate is so great either.

It'd be one thing if Henderson Alvarez put together a streak like this. He's so ground ball oriented that he doesn't need to miss bats to succeed. But that would be a new trick for Tillman.

This version is a far cry from the one who attracted me with a 1.07 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings after the All-Star break last year, and I don't want to be the one who falls for it.


Offense gets Chris Tillman off the hook


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman struggled early in Wednesday's start against the Rangers, and ended up settling for a no-decision in a 6-4 win.

Tillman was tagged for four runs in the first three innings, and the offense didn't really get going until after he already left the game. Tillman was charged with three earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out just two hitters on 111 pitches.

Tillman's two-start winning streak came to an ended with the no-decision, as his record stands at 7-4. He has a 4.21 ERA heading into his next turn in the rotation, set to come Monday against the Nationals.


O's manager discusses upcoming rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday starting pitcher Chris Tillman will start on regular rest Wednesday against the Rangers.

Showalter added Wei-Yin Chen might start Thursday against Texas, but he had no further update on pitcher Kevin Gausman other than the right-hander will have a work day for Class A Aberdeen Monday.


Chris Tillman cites confidence, control for comeback


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Orioles starter Chris Tillman has credited a mechanical tinker that has resulted in better fastball control with his recent success.

Tillman gave up just five earned runs in his first four starts combined to open the season before a long stretch of inconsistency and occasional poundings that rose his ERA to 5.20 on June 5. He has since yielded just five earned runs in 28 innings over his last four outings, including one run in his last two starts.

"I think it's still coming," he told the Baltimore Sun. "It's still a process. You can't settle. You've always got to keep working. Next time, I want to throw my breaking ball better for strikes. I was able to throw it, but very few were in the zone for good pitches. You've always got to get better."

Tillman is 7-4 this season with a 4.18 ERA that has shrunk more than a point since he bottomed out.


Chris Tillman wins second straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman put together one of his best starts of the season Friday, in a 4-1 win over the Rays.

Tillman allowed just a solo home run in the second inning, as the Rays couldn't touch him for much of the start. He was charged with just one run in eight innings of work, on four hits and one walk, while striking out a pair of batters on 104 pitches.

Tillman won his second start in a row to improve his record to 7-4, while lowering his ERA to 4.18. His next start is set for Thursday against the Rangers. 


Chris Tillman to start Game 2 Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman has been moved up to Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Tillman will start Game 2 of the team's double-header. Bud Norris was tabbed for the start, but will need an additional day to recover from a groin issue. Tillman has a 4.45 ERA over 91 innings.


Chris Tillman could be moved up to Friday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman could be called on to start half of Friday's doubleheader against the Rays, if Bud Norris' groin injury keeps him from taking the mound.

Tillman will toss a bullpen session concurrently to Tillman, and a decision will be made depending on how Norris gets through his. Tillman is currently slated to start Saturday.


Chris Tillman outduels Yankees ace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman outpitched Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, leading Baltimore to an 8-0 win Sunday. The right-handed hurler tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and four walks.

Tillman (6-4), who struck out two, ran into some trouble in the third inning after Ichiro Suzuki reached with a single and Brett Garder got on base with a walk with one out. But Tillman ended the threat by getting Derek Jeter to ground into a double play. Tillman put two more runners on base in the fourth inning, but he also escaped unscathed.

Tillman won for the first time in four starts Sunday. He's currently slated to make his next start Saturday against the Rays, but he could be moved up to Friday if Bud Norris needs an extra day to recover from a groin injury.


Chris Tillman goes seven in defeat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Tillman (5-4) didn't record a strikeout or walk while lowering his ERA to 4.82.

Tillman has allowed three or fewer runs in three of his past four starts. He's scheduled to face the Yankees next weekend.


Chris Tillman takes hard-luck loss Tuesday vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was unable to avoid being hung with a loss Tuesday despite surrendering just one earned run on seven hits and three walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Red Sox.

Tillman (5-3) found himself in a pitchers' duel despite the game featuring multiple stoppages due to rain. He rebounded nicely after giving up five runs in one inning in his last start. Tillman owns a 4.91 ERA and 58:35 K:BB ratio in 77 innings. He's scheduled to sqaure off with the Blue Jays Sunday.