Full name is Darren Christopher O’Day...Attended the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in animal biology…passed the entrance exam to enter medical school, but elected to pursue his baseball career…during his collegiate baseball career, was an Academic All-District III performer from 2004-06…served as the closer for the 2005 College World Series team…was originally cut from the Florida team early in college, before developing his sidearm delivery...Regularly partners with the USO to provide support to military families…during his time with the Orioles, hosted a Barbecue for the Troops at Camden Yards each year…in 2017, joined the Orioles Charitable Foundation in presenting a check to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for more than $35,000 from various fundraising efforts throughout the season to support USO programs for deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen...Was a recipient of the 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, which is given each year to a player who reflects integrity, honor and dedication to serving our country...Attended Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he played baseball and ran cross country.
Was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (16.1IP, 2ER) and 22K in 19 relief appearances for the Braves…ranked among NL relievers (min. 15 games) in WHIP (0.80, fifth), ERA (sixth) and H/9.0IP (4.41, eighth)…marked the lowest single-season ERA of his career...Was one of three pitchers in the Majors to go undefeated while also winning at least four games (also then-teammate Max Fried, 7-0 and Tampa Bay’s Josh Fleming, 5-0)…his four wins were his most in a season since 2015 (six)...In 16 appearances from 8/1 through 9/25, allowed only one unearned run in 13.2IP (4H, 4BB, 17K)...Collected his 600th career strikeout on 9/27 vs. Boston (Bobby Dalbec, swinging)...Posted a 7.71 ERA (2.1IP, 2ER) with 3K in five postseason relief appearances...Elected free agency on 10/29 after his 2021 team option was declined by Atlanta.
Made his Braves debut and pitched in eight games with Atlanta, logging a 1.69 ERA (1 ER/5.1 IP) and six strikeouts... Made his season debut 9/7 vs. WSH, his first major league game since 6/26/18 of last season while with Baltimore... Atlanta acquired him, 7/31/18, and he missed the remainder of last season with a left hamstring strain...Missed the first 140 games of 2019 with a right forearm strain suffered in spring training... Allowed his only run of the season in his debut, walking the only batter he faced which came around to score...In his final seven games, allowed just three hits and one walk in 5.1 scoreless innings, fanning six... Made rehabilitation appearances with three Atlanta affiliates, and pitched 4.0 scoreless innings with two hits and six strikeouts between the GCL Braves, High-A Florida and Triple-A Gwinnett. 2019 Postseason: Pitched in four of Atlanta's five postseason games, combining to toss 2.0 scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts.
Split the season between Baltimore and Atlanta, joining the Braves after a trade that sent the righty and RHP Kevin Gausman to the National League in exchange for minor leaguers INF Jean Carlos Encarnacíon, C Brett Cumberland, RHP Evan Phillips, LHP Bruce Zimmermann and international signing slots on 7/31 ... Did not pitch for the Braves after he suffered a season-ending left hamstring strain on 6/26 while with Baltimore…Went to the disabled list the next day and remained there through the end of the season…Also missed time from 5/6-6/9 with a right elbow strain ... Made his 10th consecutive Opening Day roster ... Struck out at least one in 17 of his 20 appearances…Finished with 27 strikeouts against four walks.
Posted a 1.14 ERA (3 ER/23.2 IP) in 25 appearances from 8/1 through the end of the season...Marked the eighth-lowest ERA in the majors during that stretch...Recorded 76 strikeouts, which ranked second-most amongst Orioles relievers, and marked his second-most for a season in his career (career-high 82 in 2015)...Limited opponents to a .193 average (41-for-212), including a .183 average against by left-handed hitters (15-for-82)...Had two saves last season, and has recorded at least two saves in each of his six seasons with Baltimore...Seventh time appearing in 60-or-more games in his career... Placed on the 10-day DL (right shoulder strain) on 6/9...Reinstated from the DL on 6/23...Since joining the Orioles in 2012, ranks eighth among Major League relievers (seventh in AL) with a 2.34 ERA (92 ER/354.1 IP)....Recipient of the 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, which is given each year to a player who reflects integrity, honor and dedication to serving our country.
On 8/13, was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to 8/12) with a right shoulder rotator cuff strain...Reinstated on 9/18... Placed on the 15-day DL (right hamstring strain) on 6/3...Reinstated from the DL on 7/24 ...Did not surrender a run over his first 10 games of the season (8.2 IP)...The Orioles went 10-0 over those 10 games...Retired 23 of 24 first batters faced and stranded nine of 10 inherited runners...Since 9/4/15 (48 games), has posted a 2.82 ERA (14 ER/44.2 IP) and the Orioles have gone 41-7 in those games... Since joining the Orioles in 2012, ranks sixth among Major League relievers (fourth in AL) with a 2.11 ERA (69 ER/294.0 IP)...Pitched in the 2016 AL Wild Card Game at TOR (1.2 IP, 1 K), stranding two inherited runners...His 21st career postseason game.
On 8/13, was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive to 8/12) with a right shoulder rotator cuff strain...Reinstated on 9/18...Placed on the 15-day DL (right hamstring strain) on 6/3...Reinstated from the DL on 7/24... Did not surrender a run over his frst 10 games of the season (8.2 IP)...The Orioles went 10-0 over those 10 games...Retired 23 of 24 frst batters faced and stranded nine of 10 inherited runners...Since 9/4/15 (48 games), has posted a 2.82 ERA (14 ER/44.2 IP) and the Orioles have gone 41-7 in those games...Since joining the Orioles in 2012, ranks sixth among Major League relievers (fourth in AL) with a 2.11 ERA (69 ER/294.0 IP)...Pitched in the 2016 AL Wild Card Game at TOR (1.2 IP, 1 K), stranding two inherited runners...His 21st career postseason game
Finished ranked third among AL relievers in ERA (1.52), tied for fourth in wins (six), seventh in strikeouts (82), and tied for 16th in holds (18) • Set career-highs in strikeouts (82), strikeout/walk ratio (5.86), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (11.30), and games finished (19) • Led Orioles relievers in appearances (68), finished second in strikeouts (82), and third in innings pitched (65.1IP) • Selected to the All-Star Game, his first career All-Star selection...Chosen by the manager (Ned Yost) in conjunction with MLB and did not appear in the game • 13 of his 15 outings from 9/1-end of the season were scoreless appearances, posting a 1.23 ERA (2 ER/14.2 IP) in that span • Allowed five earned runs over 45 outings from 4/13-8/19 (1.02 ERA, 44.0 IP), going 5-1 with two saves and 58 strikeouts in that span • Posted two separate 11-game scoreless streaks (7/26-8/19, 11.1 IP and 9/4-24, 10.2 IP) • Struck out 20 in June (tied for first among AL relievers) and led AL relievers with four wins that month • Recorded the longest save of his career in terms of innings (2.0) and struck out a season-high four batters, his third career game with four or more strikeouts and first since 6/10/12 vs. BOS • Retired 48 of his 68 first batters faced and stranded 17-of-23 inherited runners
Ranked seventh among AL relievers, posting a career-best 1.70 ERA in 68 appearances...Did not allow a run in 58 of his 68 outings...Set then-career-highs with four saves, 68.2 innings (tied for 19th), and 73 strikeouts (17th)...Held opposing hitters to a .174 average (.164 with a .497 OPS vs. RHH and .189 with a .633 OPS vs. LHH), the 10th-best mark among AL relievers...Pitched to a 0.61 ERA in 14 outings with no rest, a 1.96 ERA in 21 outings on one day of rest, and a 2.03 ERA in 33 outings on two or more days of rest...With RISP, held opponents to a .089/.232/.161 line in 69 plate appearances...Went 3-2 with four saves and a 1.82 ERA (6 ER/29.2 IP) in 32 games vs. the AL East...Went 9-2 with a 1.41 ERA (14 ER/89.1 IP) in 99 games vs. the division from 2012-14...Recorded his first save since 7/21/13 at TEX on 4/18 at BOS...Had 10.1 scoreless innings streak (10 games), 4/23-5/20...Had a 15.1 scoreless innings streak (19 K), 6/17-7/25 and a 13.2 scoreless innings streak (12 games), 7/29-8/30... Pitched to a 0.30 ERA (1 ER/30.0 IP) over 27 outings, 6/17-8/30...Allowed the first grand slam of his career (Bruce) on 9/2 vs. CIN...Made four postseason appearances, going 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA (4 ER/2.2 IP).
Posted a 2.18 ERA (62.0IP, 15ER), 11th best among AL relievers, in 68 games in his 2nd season with the O's... Ranks 2nd among AL relievers with 12 wins since 2012 and 12th with a 2.23 ERA (129.0IP, 32ER) in 137 games... Did not allowed an ER in 56 of his 68 appearances... Posted a 0.66 ERA (13.2IP, ER) in 14 games in April... On May 5 @LAA, recorded 1st SV (1.1 scoreless IP) since September 8, 2009... Notched 2nd SV, July 21 @TEX... Posted a 1.17 ERA (15.1IP, 2ER) in his final 19 games, August 6-September 24... Held RHH to a line of .154/.219/.224 in 155 plate appearances while LHH hit .309/.367/.556 in 92 plate appearances... In 31 games vs. the AL East, pitched to a 1.33 ERA (27.0IP, 4ER) and held hitters to a .168/.233/.295 line in 104 plate appearances... Since 2012, he is 6-0 with a 1.21 ERA (59.2IP, 8ER) in 67 games in the division, holding hitters to a line of 150/.219/.282.
Set career-highs in wins (7 - 2nd among AL relievers), G (69), IP (67.0) and K (69) in his first season with the O's after being
claimed on waivers from TEX, November 2, 2012
... Stranded 37 of 43 inherited runners (86.0%), the 3rd best mark in the AL
... Had five outings of 2.0IP and went 1.0IP or more in 47 of his 69 outings
... Did not allow a run in 57 of his 69 outings and allowed one run on eight occasions
... Made at least nine appearances in each full month of the season
... Allowed ER in 1.1IP in his O's debut, 4/9 vs. NYY, then reeled off an 11-game scoreless streak, 4/13-5/6, lowering his ERA
from 6.75 to 0.64
... Allowed a total of 6ER in his first 31 games (32.1IP, 1.67 ERA)
... Went 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA (33.2IP, 9ER) in 35 games at OPACY
... Went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA (32.2IP, 4ER) in 36 games vs. AL East opponents, holding hitters to a line of .135/.207/.270
... Posted a 1.97 ERA (32.0IP, 7ER) in 34 appearances after the All-Star break
... Pitched to a 1.60 ERA (39.1IP, 7ER) in 37 games on zero or one day of rest...ERA was 3.25 (27.2IP, 10ER) in 32 games on
two or more days of rest
... Had two scoreless appearances streaks of 11 games (7/19-8/14 (10.2IP) & 4/13-5/6 (12.2IP))
... Allowed Josh Hamilton's ML record-tying 4th HR, 5/8
... Earned career-high 7th win, 9/6 vs. NYY, retiring Jeter with two runners on to end the 8th inning
... Tied season-high with 3K in 1.2 scoreless IP, 9/8 vs. NYY
... Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings (H, K) in the AL Wild Card Game @TEX...Made 4 scoreless appearances (5.0IP, BB, 4K) in the
ALDS vs. NYY
Season included 85 days on the major league DL
... Went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (16.2IP, 10ER) in 16 appearances over 3 stints with Texas (Opening Day-July 13, Aug. 6-9, and Aug.
24-end of season)
... 14 of his 16 appearances came in Arlington
... Beginning Sept. 3, 2010, has permitted 11 home runs in his last 26 games and 25.2 innings (3.86 HR/9 IP)
... Averaged 3.78 HR/9 in 2011 after entering year with career 0.55 figure
... Prior to his first DL stint, had a 2.45 ERA (7.1IP, 2ER) in 8 games
... Lone loss came April 12 @DET, loading the bases before allowing a Miguel Cabrera walk-off single in the 9th
... After his first DL stint, had a 7.71 ERA (9.1IP, 8ER) his final 8 games with 6 home runs allowed
... Was on the 60-day DL, April 27-July 1, for surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip, performed by Dr. Tom Byrd
in Nashville, TN on April 28
... Also on the 15-day DL, Aug. 25-Sept. 12, with right shoulder inflammation
... Combined to go 1-0 with one save and a 2.53 ERA (21.1IP, 6ER) in 18 games with Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA), including
6 appearances on injury rehab assignments
... Allowed 3 HR in the 18 games
... Had a 2.21 ERA (20.1IP, 5ER) in 17 games at Triple-A with 26 strikeouts against 4 walks.
Continued to be one of the club's most reliable bullpen
arms ... went 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA (14 ER/62.0 IP) in 72 appearances
for the Rangers ... established career highs in wins, games,
and innings ... his 2.03 ERA ranked 7th among A.L. relievers, while
his 70 appearances were T7th in the league ... ranked among staff
leaders in games (1st), games finished (3rd, 14), relief innings
(2nd), and wins (T5th) ... his 0.887 WHIP was 8th-lowest in the
majors (5th in A.L.) among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings ...
was also the 3rd-lowest such figure in club history ... joined Neftali
Feliz and Darren Oliver as only members of bullpen on the active
roster for the entire season...did not pitch for 13 days from Sept.
11-23 with lower back stiffness, but appeared in 5 of the club's
final 10 games.
Acquired on a waiver claim from the New York Mets on April 22,
O'Day went on to become one of the majors' most effective set-up relievers...
was 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA (12 ER/58.2 IP) in 68 overall appearances
with the Mets and Rangers...for the year, had a WHIP of 1.006...posted the
7th-best earned run average among all major league relief pitchers with at
least 50.0 IP...with Texas, went 2-1, 1.94 (12 ER/55.2 IP) with 2 saves in
64 games, the 5th-lowest ERA ever for a Rangers pitcher with at least 50.0
innings...topped the Rangers in holds (20), was 2nd in appearances, and
placed 3rd among club relievers in game finished (14), innings (55.2), and
strikeouts (54)...had the 5th-lowest relief ERA in the A.L. (50.0 or more IP) and ranked T9th in holds.
Made the Angels' Opening Day roster and went 0-1, 4.57 (22 ER/43.1 IP) over 3 stints with the Halos...Angels were 6-24 in
his 30 appearances...had 17 games finished...allowed just 2 home runs all year, one to Jacoby Ellsbury on April 22 at Boston and
the other by Grady Sizemore on July 23 vs. Cleveland...was his first season above the Double-A level...spent rest of season at Triple-
A Salt Lake, going 2-2, 3.27 (12 ER/33.0 IP) in 21 appearances with 7 saves...was named to season-opening roster after winning
Fred Haney Award as Angels' top rookie in spring training...made ML debut on Opening Day, March 31 at Minnesota, tossing scoreless
8th inning in Halos' 3-2 loss (1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB-1 IBB, 1 SO)...had 6 straight scoreless appearances (10.1 IP) from June 14-
July 21, opponents batting just .143 (5-35) with no walks and 6 K's in that span...recalled for a final time on Sept. 2...made 3 appearances
in September before he was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder...elected to rehab the injury, but was outrighted off
the Angels' 40-man roster on Oct. 20...selected by Mets in Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas.
Combined to go 7-4 with 21
saves and a 2.53 ERA (15 ER/53.1 IP) over 53 relief appearances with Rancho Cucamonga (High-A) and Arkansas (AA)...was his
first action at either level...allowed just 4 total home runs all season...began the year with the Quakes...was perfect 11-for-11 in save
chances, as opponents hit just .120 (10-83)...allowed earned runs in just one of 24 appearances, one of those earned runs coming
on a solo homer by Bakersfield's Chris Davis on May 27...on DL April 22-May 4 with a strained left hamstring...named Cal League
Pitcher of the Week for April 5-15...appeared in 2007 California/Carolina League All-Star Game on May 19 in Stockton...was promoted
to Texas League on June 21...had 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) over first 9 appearances with Arkansas through July 15...was 10-for-
13 in save chances in Texas League, as his 10 saves was tied with Jose Arredondo for Arkansas team lead.
Combined to go
3-2, 2.63 (11 ER/37.2 IP) with 8 saves in 31 relief appearances for Orem (Rookie) in Pioneer League and Cedar Rapids (A) in Midwest
League...had 29 strikeouts and just 7 walks...signed on May 29 and made his pro debut with Orem on June 23 vs. Ogden, tossing
1.0 scoreless inning...promoted to Cedar Rapids on July 22...had a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) over final 12 outings with Kernels beginning