Saturday, March 15, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #119 - Denny Martinez

  • Dennis Martinez had a good year in 1978. It was his first season as a full-time starter. Martinez was part of a good rotation with ace Jim Palmer, Mike Flanagan, and Scott McGregor. All four won 15 or more games and each starter pitched 13 or more complete games.
  • 1978 Stats: 16-11, 3.52 ERA in 40 games (38 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 16: Pitched a shutout against the Oakland A's. Baltimore won the game 6-0.
    • Aug 25: Pitched a 2-hit shutout against the Seattle Mariners as the Orioles won the game 5-0.
    • Oct 1: Allowed two runs and got his 16th win of the year as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2. The game capped off an amazing run in which Martinez pitched 12 complete games in 14 starts between July 29 and October 1. One of Dennis' "non-complete" games was an 11-inning game in which Martinez pitched 11 innings and allowed no runs (the Orioles lost 1-0 but Dennis didn't get the decision). Martinez went nine innings in the other game and didn't get the decision.