Britton's record and other impressive Orioles rookie efforts
With his victory against Boston on Tuesday night, Zach Britton is the first Orioles rookie to win four games in the month of April. Here are some other notable efforts by rookie pitchers.
-Wally Bunker got the first start of his rookie season with the Orioles on May 5, 1964. Bunker went on to win all five of his starts in the month of May including complete game victories in his first three outings. The 19 year old won his first six starts and 19 games overall to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Tony Oliva of the Twins. Here's an interview with Bunker as part of The Sun's "Catching Up with" series.
-Another Orioles pitcher to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting was Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez won three games in April and his fourth on May 4. He pitched his first five games in a relief role before becoming a starter. Lopez won 15 games overall in 2002. Toronto's Eric Hinske won Rookie of the Year ahead of Lopez. The Orioles' Jorge Julio finished third.
-Closer Gregg Olson is the only Orioles pitcher to have won Rookie of the Year honors. Olson won the award in 1989, beating out Tom Gordon, Ken Griffey Jr., fellow Oriole Craig Worthington, Jim Abbott, and Kevin Brown.
-It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Orioles rookie Bob Milacki won five games in September as part of the Orioles' 1989 "Why Not?" season. Milacki started a league-high 36 games, winning 14 and losing 12. He did not receive any Rookie of the Year votes.
Meanwhile, Mike Boddicker won eight of his final 10 starts during his 1983 rookie campaign when the Orioles last won the World Series. Boddicker finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Ron Kittle and Julio Franco.