The 2017 season was the year of the home runs, and the Baltimore Orioles were in the thick of it, both in hitting and giving them up to hitters.
By the end of the 2017 season, the Baltimore Orioles batters ranked fifth in the number of home runs hit by the team: 232.
Sadly, the Orioles were also near the top of the leader board when it came to home runs given up by pitchers. The pitchers in Birdland gave up 242 home runs to opposing teams. This put them in second place to the Cincinnati Reds, who gave 248. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cleveland Indians pitchers gave up 163 home runs this season.
The Orioles pitching rotation was definitely a downer and managed to bring down the whole team. It is difficult for any offense to provide enough run support when the pitchers give up a plethora of runs. Consider the stretch in June when the team gave up five or more runs for 22 consecutive games.
Despite the pitching staff giving up the most home runs in the American League in 2017, not one of the individual pitchers on the team gave up the most home runs in Orioles history. One was near the top, but not at the top
Let’s take a look at the pitchers who have the notoriety of giving up the most home runs in an individual season. There are ten of them who rank high up on the list.