Predicting the Orioles' leaders in every key pitching statistic in 2024

With Opening Day right around the corner, which pitchers are going to lead the staff in the major statistical categories?
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The Baltimore Orioles' pitching staff looks like one of the best in baseball coming into this season, with extremely high expectations abounding for the group. Here's a prediction of which pitchers will lead the team in wins, innings, ERA (both bullpen and starter), strikeouts, saves and WHIP.

2024 Baltimore Orioles Projected Pitching Leaders

Innings: Corbin Burnes

Burnes was the big-ticket acquisition by Mike Elias this offseason, and he immediately steps in as the ace of this staff. This won't be the last time you see Burnes on this list, and it stands to reason he is the clear-cut favorite to lead the team in innings. Burnes has recorded 193.2 innings and 202 innings over the past two seasons, which would've led the Orioles in both years.

Out of the returning starters from last season, Dean Kremer was the closest to matching Burnes' innings totals. However, he still only threw 172.2 innings in 2023. If Burnes can stay healthy for the whole season (something he has done each of the past two years), it'll be hard to imagine anyone surpassing his innings total in 2024.

Wins: Dean Kremer

Wins are very hard to predict for starters, because hurlers can't control the run support they get. All complications considered, the win leader for the Orioles will ultimately come down to three pitchers: Dean Kremer, Grayson Rodriguez or Corbin Burnes. These three starters should be in the rotation throughout the whole season (barring an injury), so they will have the most chances to rack up some wins.

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Kremer had the second-most wins on the Orioles last season with 13, trailing only Kyle Gibson (15). The Orioles scored a lot of runs for Kremer last season, and he had a knack for getting deep into games. This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but it shouldn't shock anyone if he leads the O's in wins this season.

Starter ERA: Grayson Rodriguez

This may be a bold prediction due to the surrounding talent in the rotation, but given his talent level, Rodriguez will lead the staff in ERA this season. Rodriguez is poised for a breakout year after a tremendous second half in 2023. The young starter has the makeup of a true ace, with his dominant pitch arsenal and aggressive pitching mentality. Not to mention, he's brought a new pitch to his repertoire with the addition of a two-seam fastball.

Rodriguez had an ERA of 4.35 last season, but that was inflated due to his first-half struggles. His ERA in the second half of the year was below 3.00, and that could certainly be the pitcher we are going to get going forward. Corbin Burnes could challenge Rodriguez for this spot, and Kyle Bradish would've also received consideration if it weren't for his current injury status.