#MLBPlayers411 | Dylan Bundy
If fans outside Baltimore hadn't noticed up until now, Dylan Bundy demonstrated pretty convincingly with a masterpiece on Tuesday night that he's ready to take his place among the elite pitchers in Major League Baseball.
Coming off the bereavement list to make a start against the Mariners, the 6-1, 200-pound, 24-year old became just the second pitcher in Orioles history to pitch a complete-game, one-hit shutout with 12 or more strikeouts, joining Mike Mussina who accomplished the feat on Aug. 1, 2000, against the Twins.
After allowing a hit in the fourth inning, Bundy retired the 17 of the final 19 batters. The right-hander's final strikeout stranded a Seattle runner on third to end the game.
The former first-round draft pick's final line: nine innings of one-hit, no-run baseball with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
“Everything was working, all of his pitches,” the Mariners' Nelson Cruz told The Seattle Times after the game. “You see a pitcher and he might have one or two pitches going in one night, but he had all four — fastball, changeup, slider, curveball — it makes it really tough for a hitter. He definitely dominated.”
Bundy's dominant performance came as the Orioles are beginning to hit their stride at a crucial point in the season. The team Bundy tamed on Tuesday night – the Seattle Mariners – sits directly behind the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings.
“He was outstanding, obviously,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media. “That was fun to watch. Especially when you think about everything that was at stake for both clubs.”
The Orioles have won six straight games and are in the hunt for one of the AL Wild Cards, as the team currently sits just one and a half games out of a potential playoff spot.
Bundy's performance comes at a time where complete-game shutouts are becoming increasingly rare in the majors. There have only been 49 complete games and just 21 complete-game shutouts this season, compared to 181 complete games and 56 complete-game shutouts in 2000 through Aug. 30.
Bundy, who has had five straight starts of at least six innings, told the media after the game that he was “grateful [and] humbled, to get a chance to go out there in the ninth and then also get a chance to complete it.”
Over five starts in August, Bundy went 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA over 36 innings pitched. He struck out 45 batters compared to just six walks, logging three starts with at least 10 strikeouts.
He is tied for sixth in the majors with 18 quality starts, and leads Orioles' starters in wins and earned run average.
The Tulsa, Okla., native was the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2011. He won 10 games as a rookie in 2016, and has combined to go 23-14 in 63 games and 39 starts with a 3.95 earned run average in parts of three seasons.
Bundy, who made 14 starts and 22 relief appearances last season and totaled 109 2/3 innings, has already pitched a career-high 155 1/3 in 2017.
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