Orioles Weekly Wrap: May 13th - May 19th

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

What goes up must come down.

Results

The O's went 2-4, losing two against Detroit, winning the first two agains the Royals, then losing the final two games of that series. The team scored just 18 runs and allowed 21.

Standings

The Orioles slid a bit to to 22-20, second place in the AL East, .5 games back from the Yankees. I'd predict their end-of-season record as 84-76.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

Adam Jones continued his hot streak with a 179 wRC+ (.385/.385/.615) that included two homers. Nick Markakis compiled a paltry 9 wRC+ (.167/.231/.167).

Best Pitcher / Worst Pitcher

Chris Tillman was definitely the week's best pitcher. He pitched a complete-game shutout in his start, striking out three and walking just one. Tommy Hunter was the goat again when he blew a save in Detroit without striking out a batter, although he did record one out against Kansas City on the 17th.

Clutch PA of the Week

The Sunday game didn't go so well for the Orioles, but Nick Markakis did his part when he singled in J.J. Hardy and David Lough in the top of the third, down 1-0.

Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week

When Darren O'Day relieved Wei-Yin Chen on May 15th, the Orioles were up 2-1 in the 6th but the Royals had runners on first and second with only one out. O'Day struck out Danny Valencia and got Johnny Giovatella to fly out to right field, preserving the lead. In the next inning he got Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Norichika Aoki 1-2-3.

Team Steve!

With Chris Davis back, Steve Pearce is riding the pine, but he did have a hit in four place appearances. Steve Clevenger is the starting catcher now and had a down week, just two hits in 17 PA. 

Upcoming Week

The Orioles play another miniseries against the Pirates, return home for a four-game set against the Indians, then hit the road starting in Milwaukee.

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