Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 15

Manny Machado showed some pop this week en route to an 11-20 performance. - Patrick McDermott

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from July 7 - 13

Pitchers
Brad Brach http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Allowed 1 ER in a loss to the Washington Nationals, breaking a streak of 7 straight scoreless appearances.
Zach Britton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Just 2 innings of work - both scoreless.
Wei-Yin Chen http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Got into trouble in the 6th of his last start, knocking him out of the game before the inning was complete.  Still got the win and posted a decent line overall (3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Thanks to bad weather, Gausman got credit for a complete game after 5 innings of work and 1 ER allowed.  Other than a mistake to Brett Gardner early in the game, Gausman was solid and lowered his season ERA to a solid 3.29 (3.56 FIP).
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Did not receive a win for his efforts in a 3-2 extra innings win over the New York Yankees on Friday, but Gonzalez was excellent.  Struggled a bit early, but fell into a rhythm and posted a second straight start of 8 innings and 2 ER allowed.  Optioned to the minors in order to keep pitching during the AS break.
Preston Guilmet http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Tommy Hunter http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Another reliever who saw limited action.
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium This year has been a struggle for Matusz, but this was an up week by his somewhat lower standards (is that harsh?).  Just over 2 IP and no hits or runs allowed.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium He's typical the long reliever, but Buck called on TJ to work out of a different role over the past week and he stepped in perfectly.  He saw some action late in games, including extra innings and came out with 2 wins and no ER allowed over 3.1 innings.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium Struggled mightily against the Nationals on Wednesday with 6 hits and 5 ER allowed.  Norris gave up two homers in the game.  Optioned to AA following the game in order to keep on schedule during the break.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Very sharp in 3 innings of work.  Just 2 hits allowed and 5 strikeouts while working as the primary setup man for Zach Britton.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium ESPN called Tillman's Saturday start against the Yankees "mediocre," probably because he walked 3 and allowed 3 ER, but Tillman posted a pretty decent line for the week.  In 13.2 innings, Tillman allowed 5 ER (3.29 ERA) and 4 BB while striking out 10.  Not entirely sure what's mediocre about that.
Ryan Webb http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Like his fellow bullpen mates, Webb picked up 2 scoreless relief innings.
Catchers
Steve Clevenger http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Saw his first MLB game action since the end of May
Nick Hundley Upnew_medium Played pretty solid defense and had a big game-winning hit in extras on Friday.
Caleb Joseph http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Hundley got the bulk of the action this week, but Joseph added 2 hits in 7 trips.
Infielders
Chris Davis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png While he's up to 15 homers for the year (2 this week), his statistics have been pretty dismal.  He went 4-22 this week, but hit two pretty big homers and added 6 RBI.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Got a bit of extra playing time, but went 1-7.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Dismal 3-21 week.  OPSing just .671 for the season.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Approach at the plate really sharpening.  Machado seems to be getting away from "spring training" and moving into mid-season form with an 11--20 week that included 2 homers and 2 doubles.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Just 2-13, as Ryan Flaherty picked up some extra playing time.  It's possible the O's look to upgrade at the 2B position soon enough.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Phenomenal last week, less so this week at 5-21 (just 1 XBH).
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Jones, too, struggled with just 4 hits in 24 trips.  He also had 1 XBH.
David Lough http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png PR only
Nick Markakis Downnew_medium He's maintained a .350+ OBP, but added just 5 hits in 22 at-bats.  His slugging % is down below .400 once again.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium Morphing into something of a regular player, but had to sit this week with a few NL games and went 3-15 with a home run.
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Almost forgot he was even on the team.
Disabled List
Ubaldo Jimenez Sprained an ankle in his own parking lot.  You know...just to add insult to injury - er, injury to insult - on his 2014 campaign.
Matt Wieters Still on track to begin his rehab soon enough.
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