Millwood: the best winless ?

Prior to Thursday’s game manager Dave Trembley called Kevin Millwood the best winless pitcher he’s had. Unfortunately, Millwood will have to stay that way. The Orioles late-game comeback saved him from falling to 0-5, but Millwood is still searching for that elusive first ‘W’. He laughed when I told him about Trembley’s comments postgame, but the more I think about it, the more it might be true given his strong starts in previous outings.

Did he pitch well enough to win Thursday’s game? No. And Millwood will be the first to tell you that.  

“Looking back at it, I just didn’t pitch well today, that’s just the way it is,” Millwood said. “But it was a good win for the team. Those guys came through and put a big rally on the board there in the eighth. I am definitely not happy with my performance but I am happy that the team got a win, that is what it is all about.”

 “I thought Kevin after the sixth, it took something out of him, took something out of him a little bit,” manager Dave Trembley said. “He’s going to give you what he’s got all the time. And for me, he’s our best guy. He deserves [to not have suffered the loss].”

Millwood allowed all his runs via the homer and has surrendered an American League-leading 10 knocks in eight starts this year.

 “He’s a strike-thrower and he gives up home runs. Most of the time he gives them up, they’re solo,” Trembley said.  “The good ones give them up because they throw it across the plate. You just don’t want them to come with two guys on. But this was good. We came back and got him off the hook. And that’s good for [winning reliever Mark] Hendrickson. He needed to pitch well and get some time out there.”

As for his 0-4 record Millwood is too much of a professional to complain about a winless start despite a 3.69 ERA. Plus, as he pointed out to me when I relayed Trembley’s winless comment he’s been in this league a long time.

“Luckily, I’ve got a few wins before,” Millwood said.

Seriously, the guy is always in a good mood. Unbelievable. And by “a few wins” he means 155.

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