All-time best starting lineup of Orioles based on WAR

Assembling the best starting lineup of Orioles players based on WAR
Baltimore Orioles: Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr makes a play on a ground ball
Baltimore Orioles: Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr makes a play on a ground ball / Focus On Sport/GettyImages
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All time best Orioles starting lineup: Jim Palmer, starting pitcher

I mean, who else but Jim Palmer would get the nod here? An Arizona native, Palmer was an Oriole lifer, playing all 19 years of his major league career in the charm city. Palmer debuted in 1965 and played all the way until 1984, where his career unfortunately ended on the wrong note, with some less than favorable statistics.

Over those 19 years, Palmer amassed 268 wins and 152 losses, a winning percentage of .638. He had 211 complete games and 53 shutouts, even picking up four saves. He surpassed the 300 inning threshold four times, throwing 305 innings in 1970, 323 in 1975, 315 in 1976, and 319 in 1977. He surpassed 200 innings 10 total times.

Palmer had a career 2.86 ERA, 1.180 WHIP, and a 125 ERA+, with a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.69. He logged 3,948 innings over 521 starts and 558 games total in the regular season, a true workhorse and iron man of the pitching staff.

In the postseason, Palmer has a 8-3 record, 2.61 ERA, and 1.214 WHIP over 124 1/3 innings, making 15 starts and two relief appearances. He won World Series titles in 1966, 1970, and 1983, making nine total appearances in the World Series.

Palmer has three titles, three Cy Young Awards, four gold gloves, six All Star Game appearances, two ERA titles, and a Hall of Fame induction to his name, and it was all done in Baltimore. He's as deserving as it gets for this spot.