Right-hander Chris Tillman won his 10th game in the Orioles’ 11-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, accomplishing something that no Orioles starting pitcher has done in nearly two decades.
Tillman (10-1) became the fastest Orioles pitcher to reach the 10-win mark since 1997, when Jimmy Key improved his record to 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA on June 8, 1997. Key went on to compile an impressive 16-10 mark and a 3.42 ERA.
Tillman has also won nine straight decisions.
So does Tillman’s first half warrant a trip to this year’s All-Star Game in San Diego?
Well, wins are just one way to measure success. But when Tillman earned his first career All-Star Game nod in 2013 -- he was named to the team late when another player couldn’t participate -- he won his 10th game of that season on June 30. He finished that season with a 16-7 record and 3.71 ERA, setting his career high in wins.