Week 25 Birds Up, O's Down (September 17 - 23)

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

Rotation

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Wei-Yin Chen
Decent 5+ inning start against Seattle during a game that ultimately went deep into extra innings. Not a very efficient start (103 pitches), but allowed only 2 earned runs.

Miguel Gonzalez
Allowed 7 hits, but just 2 earned runs. Over 7+ innings, walked one and struck out three to earn the win.

Joe Saunders
Brilliant over 8 innings in another game that went into extra innings. Just one earned run on 5 hits (no walks).

Chris Tillman
Outstanding two starts. Over 12 innings, Tillman allowed just 2 earned runs and 9 hits. While doing so, he struck out 8 and walked just one.

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Randy Wolf
Just okay over 5 innings, but now dealing with elbow soreness.

Bullpen

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Jake Arrieta A bit up and down. Three great innings against Seattle, but 2+ not-so-great innings against the Red Sox.

Luis Ayala Not Ayala's best week. In 3+ innings, he allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs. Of course, the first two runs were in a 10-4 victory, but still.....

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Zach Britton DNP

Dylan Bundy Made his major league debut and retired both batters he faced.

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Jason Hammel Still nursing the knee injury, but is playing catch.

Tommy Hunter Pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. Allowed just two hits over that span. Fastball has been blazing up to 98 MPH now that he's being used only in short relief situations.

Jim Johnson Four innings, four hits, four saves.

Steve Johnson This kid has been pretty impressive. Getting long relief appearances and has been extremely solid so far.

Brian Matusz Obviously not the role Orioles fans want to see him in, but he's been effective as a situational lefty.

Darren O'Day Over 4 innings of scoreless relief.

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Troy Patton Returned after missing five weeks to pitch against a few batters.

Zach Phillips Allowed a run in his 1.2 innings of work.

Pedro Strop Late-season struggles are baffling. The Orioles need him to shape up and return to form.
Lineup

Robert Andino The struggles continue: just 2 for 14 this week.

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Xavier Avery Oh for three when he did play.

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Wilson Betemit Likely out for the year with a wrist injury.

Endy Chavez Had that big 4-4 game last week, but this week wasn't so hot. Did pick up 2 RBI, but had just 3 hits.

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Chris Davis Fairly average week. Had five hits (1 double) and 2 RBI. Also had 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.

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Luis Exposito DNP

Ryan Flaherty Probably the Orioles' best option at 2B right now. Last week, Flaherty went 3 for 6 with a double, a triple, 2 RBI, and 2 walks.

Lew Ford Not getting much playing time, but he's not really that great when he does play.

J.J. Hardy Orioles heed him to be strong, yet 5 for 31 weeks don't help. Just one extra-base hit and a bunch of strikeouts.

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L.J. Hoes DNP

Adam Jones Jones helped carry the offense with a 9 for 29 week that included two homers, three doubles, and 5 RBI.

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Manny Machado Nothing of any serious interest, but did have 8 hits (in 30 ABs) plus 4 RBI.

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Nick Markakis Could be out of the cast soon.

Nate McLouth Fairly solid 9 for 32 week. Added a double, a homer, and 3 walks atop the O's lineup.

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Omar Quintanilla Hardly played, but he's probably better than Dino is right now.

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Mark Reynolds Average was low, but the 6 RBI were big. Also had a homer and a double.

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Taylor Teagarden Pretty funny that basically every hit he gets goes for an RBI. Seven hits, 8 RBI this season.

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Jim Thome Returned to the lineup and had an RBI.

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Steve Tolleson One for one.

Matt Wieters Pretty big week for Matt. Eight for 25 at the plate with 3 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI. Might also welcome his first child this week.
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