Week 19 Birds Up, O's Down (August 6 - 12)

Manny Machado and Nick Markakis celebrate the fact they both hit three homers this week. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE


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

Rotation

Zach Britton Struggling to begin his season. Returned to the minors after multiple poor starts.

Wei-Yin Chen After several sparkling outings, couldn't seem to located his pitches and was tagged for 7 earned runs (two home runs) in 4.2 innings.

Miguel Gonzalez In two August starts, Gonzalez has allowed just 1 earned run (15 innings). The latest was an 8 inning gem against Kansas City where a solo home run was the only blemish on his record.

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Tommy Hunter Three earned runs over 5 innings...although that actually lowered his ERA.

Steve Johnson Bravo! First major league start was an impressive 6 innings of 5-hit ball. Of course, it was against the Mariners, but those are just details.

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Chris Tillman We'll call it a wash for the week since the first start was good. If future starts are anything like the most recent vs. Kansas City, however.....look out.
Bullpen

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Luis Ayala Didn't allow any runs, so that's good.

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Kevin Gregg Actually had lowered his ERA to a respectable level, but it didn't last very long.

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Jim Johnson Seems to have righted the ship after a short rough stretch with four straight scoreless innings.

Matt Lindstrom Only Patton saw more work than Lindstrom this week. Lindstrom was solid with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Darren O'Day Like Lindstrom, three innings of scoreless relief. Hasn't allowed a run in almost a month.

Troy Patton Saw nearly 5 innings of work and did not yield a hit or a walk.

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Miguel Socolovich Continues to yo-yo back and forth from Norfolk. Hasn't pitched well when he's been here, however.

Pedro Strop In 50 appearances, Strop has amassed an ERA+ of 347.
Lineup

Robert Andino Likely to lose playing time as long as Machado is here. Not helping himself with 0 for 12 weeks.

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Wilson Betemit Could also see less playing time with the promotion of Machado, but at least it gives the team some more options with Betemit hitting under .150 against lefties this season.

Chris Davis Not a good week for Davis. Another candidate for limited playing time, but not making a good case after a 2 for 25 week.

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Lew Ford With Ryan Flaherty expected to start rehab soon, time could be running out for Lew.

J.J. Hardy Looked like he might be turning a corner, then turns in a 5 for 30 (.167) week. Did hit a homer though.

Adam Jones Not many extra bases, but Jones hit a solid 11 for 28 this past week. Includes 3 doubles, an RBI, and a walk.

Manny Machado Six for 16 with 3 homers and 7 RBI. Yep, that'll do.

Nick Markakis Continues his post-DL tear. This week: .323, a double, a triple, 3 homers, and 7 RBI.

Nate McLouth Might push for time as the primary LF after a pretty decent start with Orioles.

Omar Quintanilla Seems to be enjoying his run as the starting second baseman. Eight for 21 weeks help. Also added a homer plus 5 RBI.

Mark Reynolds At 6 for 18 with a homer, it's one of Reynolds' better weeks, but that .377 SLG is still killer.

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Taylor Teagarden You may not have even noticed he played this week.

Matt Wieters Seven for 24 with 3 doubles and 3 homers. Yep, that's improvement.
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