At three games over .500, the Orioles are playing some of their best baseball since their last playoff appearance back in 2016. Led by young hitters, including the talented Adley Rutschman, Baltimore finally appears to have a bright future. Furthermore, Orioles pitchers have been surprisingly efficient this season and have helped Baltimore finally crawl back into baseball relevancy. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top Orioles pitchers of the 2000s for this MLB rankings.
Unfortunately for this MLB Rankings, Orioles pitchers weren’t exactly the most dominant unit in baseball over the past 22 years. However, if you think Baltimore can make a Postseason run, they have been a popular team across Maryland betting apps.
The Best on Bad Teams
No one will confuse Jeremy Guthrie with an Ace, but his 5 years in Baltimore, were the best in his career, winning 47 games and pitching to a 4.12 ERA. Sadly for Guthrie, his time in Baltimore coincided with some pretty horrendous Orioles teams, leaving him with a whopping 65 losses despite pitching to a 16.1 bWar.
Left the Best
While Erik Bedard had some successful seasons in Baltimore, pitching to a 40-34 record with a 3.83 ERA over parts of 5 seasons. Despite his successes on the mound, his biggest positive was when the former Orioles pitcher was flipped to Seattle for Adam Jones.
The Playoff Leader
From 2012 to 2016, Chris Tillman was one of the most consistent Orioles pitchers during their playoff years. In those 5 years, he made his only All-Star Game appearance while pitching to a 65-33 record and a 3.81 ERA and 12 bWar. Sadly for Tillman, he struggled at the end of his career and finished with a paltry 4.57 ERA in Baltimore and only 8.7 bWar.
The Dominant Closer
During Jim Johnson‘s run in Baltimore, the Orioles closer led MLB in saves in 2012 and 2013 helping to bring Baltimore back into the Postseason. Over his 8 years, he saved 122 games with a 3.11 ERA and a 9.9 bWar for the Orioles making him one of the most successful closers in Orioles history.
The Consistent Reliever
From 2012 to 2018, Darren O’Day appeared in a whopping 391 games, pitching to a 2.40 ERA while serving as a very effective reliever during the Playoff seasons. During his time as an Orioles pitcher, O’Day earned a spot in this MLB ranking by striking out 424 hitters in only 374.1 innings pitched while accumulating a 11.3 bWar.
Perhaps no Orioles pitcher has served as a better representation of Baltimore than John Means. His rookie season of 2019 saw him finish second in the Rookie of the Year voting but inconsistent pitching and injuries have been a factor since. A disappointing 2020 made way to a no-hitter in 2021. Sadly, 2022 saw him go down with an elbow injury needing Tommy John surgery.
The Best Overall Pitcher
At one point, Zack Britton was one of the very best pitchers in baseball. During his time in Baltimore, Britton earned a spot in this MLB rankings by making two All-Star appearances while accumulating 157 saves, including a league leading 47 saves in 2016. Sadly, former manager Buck Showalter left him in the bullpen during the 2016 Wild Card Game. As every Oriole fan knows, Ubaldo Jimenez let up a massive home run and the team hasn’t made it to the Postseason since.
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