The Orioles’ season ended with the sting of perfect relief pitcher Zach Britton being left in the bullpen in the final game. With the arrival of baseball’s awards season, Britton is being overlooked again. This time, it’s not his own team.
Somehow, Britton did not appear on the list of finalists for the Cy Young Award. The honor for baseball’s best pitcher of the season is broken down by league. In the AL, Boston’s Rick Porcello, Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber were the finalists. All are starting pitchers, meaning they likely threw more innings. But none posted a perfect 47-for-47 record in save opportunities.
O’s manager Buck Showalter, who is up for Manager of the Year, was not pleased.
“This guy had maybe the best year in the history of relief pitching. He should have finished in the top three in MVP, OK? He should. There’s nobody in baseball who’s more valuable to their team than Zach Britton is to the Orioles,” he said, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Showalter then asked, “Where do you think we are without Zach Britton?”
It was rhetorical, but unfortunately O’s fans had to find out the answer to that.
Britton, does have one trophy to remember the season by. He was named the AL’s Reliever of the Year.
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