Week 20 Birds Up, O's Down (August 13 - 19)

Zach Britton tossed one of his best starts this season. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


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

Rotation

Zach Britton We've really seen both ends of the spectrum from Britton this season. He's either sparkling or awful. Saturday's start against Detroit was one of those sparkling situations: seven shutout innings with just six hits allowed.

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Wei-Yin Chen After an extremely solid stretch of pitching, Chen has struggled with consistency. Tuesday's start was a solid 6 innings (even with the 9 hits), but yesterday's game included an awful first inning.

Miguel Gonzalez Continuing to pitch rather effectively. He's been hit hard at times, but, for the most part, has been steady. Wednesday's start was no exception (6 innings, 2 earned runs).

Tommy Hunter Still struggling with the long ball, but he did turn in a quality start.

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Chris Tillman Extremely inefficient over 4.2 innings on Thursday. Needed 110 pitches to get even that far (gave up 3 earned in the process).

Bullpen

Luis Ayala In just 2-ish innings of relief, Ayala allowed 3 earned runs (plus a loss) and prevented the Orioles from sweeping the Red Sox.

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Kevin Gregg Saw just three batters this week.

Jim Johnson Three perfect innings this week and now 8 straight scoreless appearances. That'll do.

Steve Johnson
After a nice first start, Johnson returned to Baltimore in a relief role. Got two innings of action and allowed just 1 hit while striking out 4.

Matt Lindstrom Also riding a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances.

Darren O'Day Did give up a run (and took a loss), but he saw 4 innings of relief (most on the team) and was solid overall.

J.C. Romero
Troy Patton is better.

Pedro Strop One of those rare weeks where Strop allows runs.
Lineup

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Robert Andino Saw almost zero playing time thanks to Machado and Quintanilla.

Chris Davis Hit .273 for the week, which is decent, but the homers were huge in two separate close games.

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Lew Ford DNP

J.J. Hardy It's been pretty hard to give J.J. up arrows this season, so he'll get one for his 6-22 week.

Adam Jones At 4 for 23, Jones had one of his worst weeks at the plate. Did contribute 4 RBI, however. Hasn't homered in 14 games.

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Manny Machado Not quite the flair of the first week (back to earth with a .190 average for the week), but did have two doubles and a walk.

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Joe Mahoney One AB.

Nick Markakis Just a .318 week with 3 doubles and 4 walks to boost his team-leading OBP. Looking pretty dialed in right now and has failed to reach base at least once per game just three times in August.

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Nate McLouth Nothing significant, but the triple was pretty nice.

Omar Quintanilla Only 1 for 13 this week...but hey....the one hit was a homer!

Mark Reynolds Came alive to feast on Boston pitching (3 homers and 7 RBI).

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Taylor Teagarden Same as last week.

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Matt Wieters Just 4 for 17, but added a homer, 4 RBI, and 3 walks.

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