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Orioles, Rangers have best bullpen ERAs so far

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Baltimore’s surprising start owes a lot to the relievers, who have gone 8-2 with a remarkable 1.54 ERA in 99 2/3 innings to date. Here’s the list of ERAs for every major league bullpen to date:

1. Orioles – 1.54
2. Rangers – 2.02
3. Yankees – 2.31
4. Reds – 2.34
5. Athletics – 2.59
6. Pirates – 2.76
7. Padres – 2.83
8. Astros – 2.90
9. White Sox – 3.03
10. Marlins – 3.45
11. Nationals – 3.47
12. Mariners – 3.71
13. Cardinals – 3.74
14. Royals – 3.75
15. Cubs – 3.81
16. Giants – 3.98
17. Twins – 4.01
18. Diamondbacks – 4.02
19. Braves – 4.06
20. Rockies – 4.09
21. Indians – 4.17
22. Dodgers – 4.23
23. Tigers – 4.25
24. Blue Jays – 4.25
25. Red Sox – 4.41
26. Rays – 4.45
27. Mets – 4.57
28. Brewers – 4.68
29. Angels – 4.75
30. Phillies – 4.86

– Give the Royals pen some extra credit here. Not only are they minus Joakim Soria and Greg Holland, but they’ve had the heaviest workload of any relief corps so far, throwing 110 1/3 innings. The next highest is the Rockies at 101 1/3.

– The Angels, on the other hand, have asked less of their pen than any other team and gotten it. Their relievers have thrown just 60 2/3 innings. The Phillies have the next fewest at 70 1/3 innings.

Jon Niese leaves start with knee pain

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.

Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.

Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.

Mark Trumbo’s home run streak ends

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-6. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.

Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.

But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.