Everyone knows that it's hard to win in baseball without a dominant closer in the ninth inning to shut down opponents and secure the win. When the Orioles have been good, they've had that type of guy to go to in the ninth inning.
Closers hitting 30 saves in a season is a marker of dominance, as locking down at least 30 wins for your team goes a long way toward the success of the team. Without further ado, let's get into the list.
Félix Bautista, 2023
After a strong stretch to end 2022, Mountain Time took full effect in 2023 for Félix Bautista. Even though his season was cut short by a UCL injury that needed Tommy John Surgery to repair, Bautista was a force to be reckoned with on the mound in 2023.
In his first full season as Orioles closer, Bautista racked up 33 saves for the first 30-save season the team had since 2016, finishing off 46 games in total as he posted a dominant 1.48 ERA and 0.918 WHIP, averaging a ridiculous 16.2 strikeouts per nine to lead the majors.
He made his first All-Star game appearance in July and finished in 11th place in voting for the AL Cy Young. He earned a spot on the All-MLB first team in December and won the AL Reliever of the Year award at the end of November. Bautista's season was nothing short of dominant.