4 Greatest Pitchers in Orioles History
The Baltimore Orioles franchise has bottomed out in recent years, but this wasn't always the case. Established in 1901, the O's won three World Series and seven American League Pennants in their history.
Orioles all-time pitching stats are all over the place, including franchise ERA leaders Harry Howell and Rube Waddell, but four names really stand out ahead of the others.
4. Mike Cuellar (1969-76)
A member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, the Cuban-born Mike Cuellar won a Cy Young with the club in 1969. The year after, Baltimore won the World Series with his help in '70, a season where Cuellar led the AL in wins. The starter had the third most shutouts and fifth most strikeouts in O's history, not to mention fourth in total wins and tied for fifth in win-loss percentage. His ERA took a dip in his later years with Baltimore, but Cuellar still remains an all-time great to this day.
3. Mike Mussina (1991-2000)
Another member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina was ultra-consistent during his tenure with Baltimore, despite being unspectacular in certain statistical areas like ERA or personal achievement. Most important of all, Mussina was a winner. He was second in both Orioles all-time wins and all-time win-loss percentage. The starter was also second in strikeouts and overall WAR for Baltimore, which shows his true value with the O's. Mussina was the AL wins leader in '95, and a consistent gold glover throughout his career.
2. Dave McNally (1962-74)
Dave McNally was similarly high in WAR for the O's franchise, fifth on the all-time list. His Baltimore ERA was dead even with Cuellar's, his teammate during the ladder years of his career, but McNally won more games. He finished second in Orioles history in wins and shutouts, and third in strikeouts. A member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, McNally helped the club win two World Series in '66 and '70.
1. Jim Palmer (1965-84)
As a pitcher who spent his entire career with the Orioles, Jim Palmer was the best to ever take the mound in a Birds uniform. He leads the franchise in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins, complete games, shutouts and WAR. The three-time Cy Young winner was a part of both championships with McNally, and a later World Series win in 1983. He also achieved four gold gloves, three wins titles, two ERA titles, a no-hitter, and an obvious inductee into the Baltimore Hall of Fame (with his number retired forever).
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