Week 16 Birds Up, O's Down (July 16th - 22nd)

Jim Thome is now 7th on the career homer list. That's cool. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles:

Rotation

Zach Britton
First start was a bit of a hiccup (6 walks, 4 ER), but yesterday's outing was something O's fans got accustomed to last season. Control is lacking at times, but just 4 hits over 6 innings while striking out 5 is no issue.

Wei-Yin Chen Continues to be the Orioles most consistent starter (especially now that Jason Hammel is out). After allowing just 1 ER in his previous start, Chen followed with a solid 7 innings (6 hits, 3 ER) in Cleveland.

Miguel Gonzalez
Has been solid since moving into the starting rotation. Start against Cleveland was no exception (7 hits, 2 ER in 6.2 innings).

Tommy Hunter
Returned the rotation needing to show something and did. Then again, it was against the Minnesota Twins, so we'll wait to judge him.

Chris Tillman
Line shows 8 runs, but only 2 were earned. First start of the week wasn't good, but he was victimized by poor defense. Second start was fantastic. Hopefully he can keep building on this recent success.

Bullpen

Luis Ayala Of course, not all of the runs were earned, but he allowed a bunch of them. Second half of the season has not treated him well so far.

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Kevin Gregg He's actually been decent lately.

Jim Johnson Picking up the saves, but they've been scary. He's allowed 12 ER all season and 7 of them have come in the second half.

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Matt Lindstrom Nothing to report. That's probably a good thing when it comes to relievers.

Darren O'Day Limited time on the mound, but not limited runs allowed.

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Troy Patton No runs allowed, which is great, but as the bullpen lefty, he's brought in for certain situations. Failed one of the situations and walked 2 batters in the other.

Miguel Socolovich O's needed a space for Zach Britton which left Socolovich as the odd man out. He wasn't really pitching well anyways.

Pedro Strop The buck strops here.
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Wilson Betemit Struggled in July, but added 6 hits and 5 walks this week. The .250 average for the week isn't great, but better than the .115 he had posted so far in July.

Endy Chavez Ya know, he didn't play all week, but he was 2 for 3 at the plate when he did get a chance. Those two hits were a double and a FUHR.

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Chris Davis Like Betemit, Davis is struggling in July (sub-.200 BA). This past week wasn't much different hitting-wise (4 hits including a double and a homer), but added 3 walks.

Ryan Flaherty Getting some time at 2B with Robbie Andino out, but not doing much with the time. Although, hey....2 of his 3 hits this week were homers!

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J.J. Hardy Continuing to struggle at the plate, but did pick up 7 hits and 4 walks this week. Defense has been pretty solid too.

Adam Jones Offense as a whole has struggled in July and Jones is no different. This week, however, was better. He posted a .321 BA with two homers, two doubles, two walks, and a triple.

Nick Markakis Hasn't shown any power since returning from the DL, but can't complain about 12 hits from your leadoff man.

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Steve Pearce DFA'd to make room for the next name on the list.

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Omar Quintanilla Welcome to Baltimore.

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Mark Reynolds His defense stinks and his hitting wasn't great either, but the 8 RBI were nice. Had a big hit in the final game of the Minnesota series that got the O's a victory.

Taylor Teagarden Not really anything to say here.

Jim Thome If you didn't already know, the first of Thome's two homers this week put him in 7th on the career homer list (ahead of none other than former Oriole Sammy Sosa).

Steve Tolleson I ran out of stuff to say about this guy weeks ago.

Matt Wieters Not many hits this week. Or in July for that matter. Has just one for the month, which is the worst part, since he needs to hit homers for somebody to win the HR Derby League.

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