Remember when we mentioned that this Baltimore Orioles team is extremely young? For example, when you search among top leaders in the history books, Trey Mancini is the only player on the current roster that can be found among the Orioles’ overall leaders in anything.
Keeping that in mind, let’s transition to some more obtainable goals for this Baltimore Orioles team. When looking at this crop of pitchers it somewhat feels like pitcher by committee, until certain players either find their groove or get called up from the minors.
Jorge Lopez Single-Season Saves Milestone
Current Baltimore Orioles Saves in 2022: 6
Projected Saves in 2022: 22
Jorge Lopez doesn’t always pop off the Orioles roster as someone whom you automatically trust, but he has been there to close the door on more than a few tough scenarios for the Baltimore Orioles. As Brandon Hyde circulates between Lopez and Felix Bautista in save situations, these stats could rise, or lower by the end of the campaign.
Milestones that the Baltimore Orioles players could reach in 2022
It doesn’t help, that Lopez isn’t what you would say as the typical closer. So far in 2022, he has pitched in 17 games and only eight of them have been save opportunities. With two blown saves in the book, you can do the math to know that he has six on the season. Through 48 games, that isn’t a record-breaking stat. However, saves are a weird stat as they can fluctuate all season long.
If Lopez can get to our projected saves count of 22, he will be surrounded by some pretty remember-able Orioles. That stat would give him the 25th best season as a closer in O’s history, and tie him with Kevin Gregg, Jorge Julio, Armando Benitez, and Stu Miller. If things go well, and Lopez can find his groove, then we might be talking about Gregg Olson-type numbers.