Week 24 Birds Up, O's Down (September 10 - 16)

J.J. Hardy has the O's swinging for the playoffs. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

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

Rotation

Zach Britton After posting four straight magnificent starts, he's struggled over his last two, allowing ten earned runs in just over seven innings pitched.

Wei-Yin Chen Hit with a million paper cuts, but he still put together a solid start (7.1 IP, 2 ER, 7Ks)

Miguel Gonzalez Limited runs allowed, but limited control as well.

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Jason Hammel
The good news is that an MRI revealed no structural damage.

Joe Saunders
Picked up the loss, but did provide a quality start.
Bullpen

Jake Arrieta Saw two innings of relief. Struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced.

Luis Ayala In 3.2 innings of relief, he struck out 5 without walking a batter.

Tommy Hunter If he can avoid the home run, he can be solid as a reliever.

Jim Johnson Merrily floating on.

Steve Johnson Walks are definitely a concern, but he's gotten the job done.

Brian Matusz Seems to have found a role for the time being.

Darren O'Day Did get rocked for a homer, but he's been pitching a ton lately and has been pretty good.

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Zach Phillips Only 1 inning (although it was scoreless).

Pedro Strop Recent struggles are a bit disconcerting.

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Chris Tillman DNP, but expected to start tonight.

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Randy Wolf Got a spot start and picked up a no-decision. Oddly enough, he's close to matching his win total with the Brewers this year.
Lineup

Robert Andino Hits a double every now and then, but definitely struggling. The sub-.600 OPS is a major hole in the Oriole lineup.

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Xavier Avery DNP

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Wilson Betemit Could be out for the year after re-injuring the wrist.

Endy Chavez
Probably had his best week as an Oriole.

Chris Davis Two doubles and two homers cap off a nice week at the plate for Davis.

Lew Ford Just 1 for 12.

J.J. Hardy Another decent week at the plate with a couple of homers and a double.

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L.J. Hoes
DNP.

Adam Jones Some struggles at the plate this week.

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Manny Machado The "play" was fantastic and demonstrated some serious poise for a rookie, but needs to get a bit more patient at the plate.

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Nick Markakis If ever there was time for the red cross, it's now. Hitting extremely well atop a lineup about to see its first meaningful action in years and he breaks a thumb. You'll be missed, Nicky.

Nate McLouth Hasn't been all that bad as a leadoff replacement for Markakis, but needs to do better than 7 for 30.

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Omar Quintanilla Still anonymous.

Mark Reynolds Switched over from mashing to whiffing. Did take 6 walks, however.

Taylor Teagarden Tea for two!

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Steve Tolleson DNP

Matt Wieters Batted .500 this week with 2 homers and 2 doubles. Improvement.


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