O's Weekly Wrap: August 20th - August 26th

Patrick Smith

The O's took three of five this week from their opponents in advance of a key stretch of games.

Standings

The O's are at 70-59, third place in the AL East (5.5 games back) and 2.5 games out of a wild card spot.

Results

Two off days in a week means there were only five games. The O's went 3-2 during the week, going 1-1 against Tampa Bay and 2-1 against Oakland.

Run Differential

+7, better than last week, but mostly fueled by a ten-run outburst against Oakland on Sunday.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

Chris Davis unsurprisingly wins our award again this week with a 161 wRC+ (.267/.476/.467). Matt Wieters is this week's goat with a 35 wRC+ (.176/.200/.353).

Best Pitcher / Worst Pitcher

This week's award easily goes to Chris Tillman, who pitched eight innings of one-run ball against Oakland. He struck out nine, walked just two, and did not give up a home run. Bud Norris, however, didn't deliver on his end. In 4.2 IP, he gave up nine hits and seven runs. He should get credit for striking out seven batters without walking anyone, though.

Best Batting Eye / Worst Batting Eye

Nick Markakis stopped hacking at the plate and as a result has this week's best batting eye; he swung and missed just 2.9% of the time. Adam Jones, unsurprisingly, continued hacking at the plate, swinging and missing 15.2% of the time.

Davis's Dingers Update

Davis hit a home run, a 3-2 pitch against Jeremy Hellickson at Camden Yards, to move to 46 on the season.

Manny's Doubles Update

Manny Machado doubled off of Jarrod Parker to raise his season total to 44, which still leads the league.

Adam Jones "The Power and the Patience" Update

Adam blasted two home runs this week (27) and walked once (14).

Upcoming Week

The O's can make up some ground in both the division and the wild card race this week. They play three games against Boston, and three against New York before starting a series against Cleveland.

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