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Week 17 Birds Up, O's Down (July 23 - 29)

Here's a picture of Omar Quintanilla.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Here's a picture of Omar Quintanilla. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles:


Zach Britton
Got away with a no-decision, but allowed 6 runs on 6 hits over 5.2 innings. Fairly rough start to Britton's 2012 as he's allowed 10 runs over 15.2 innings. Control continues to be an issue.

Wei-Yin Chen He'll toss up a mistake every now and then, but he's been exceptionally good atop the Orioles rotation - this week no exception. In 12+ innings, Chen allowed just 3 earned runs on 7 hits. Issued a fair number of free passes (7), but did strike out 17, including a career high 12 on Sunday.

Miguel Gonzalez
In his most recent start, Gonzalez lasted just 2.2 innings while allowing 7 runs on 7 hits. He was apparently dealing with an illness, so let's hope it was that.

Tommy Hunter
Still not sure how this guy continues to get starts.....must be the only option with Jason Hammel DL'd and Brian Matusz/Jake Arrieta down in AAA.

Chris Tillman
He still walks a bunch of guys (also possibly the result of the flu?), but he's been good and that's great to see.


Luis Ayala After struggling in previous weeks, Ayala got a bit of a rebound with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Kevin Gregg WHIP for the week pretty high at 2.10, but hey, he was pretty good.

Jim Johnson Just not the same since the All Star Game.

Matt Lindstrom Struggled some (3 ER) then took a liner off of the knee. Now he's day-to-day.

Darren O'Day Started to look hittable for a stretch, but recovered nicely this week with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Troy Patton Another week of scoreless action has Patton's ERA below 3.


Miguel Socolovich Sorta bouncing around when the O's need some help in the pen, although he hasn't pitched very well.

Pedro Strop Strop, drop, and roll.

Wilson Betemit Had a hit in almost every game he played in, but only batted .214 with one extra base hit. A bunch of strikeouts and no walks don't help. Now has 14 errors in the field as well.


Endy Chavez Three for nine at the plate in very limited action.

Chris Davis Tampa series wasn't great, but Davis added a hit in all three Oakland games, including a home run. Final line for the week included a 7-23 effort with 2 homers, 6 RBI, and 2 walks.


Ryan Flaherty Addition of Quintanilla has Flaherty essentially stapled to the bench.

Lew Ford Hitless, but hey, he had an OF assist!


J.J. Hardy Had one of his better weeks at 6-20, 4 RBI, 4 walks.

Adam Jones Continues his brilliant season with a 7 for 25, 2 homers, 7 RBI, and 2 walks.

Nick Markakis He's quietly been solid at the leadoff spot for the Orioles. Added his first homer since returning from the DL as well as another double. OBP of .349 leads anyone on the team with a decent number of ABs.

Omar Quintanilla Playing both second and short due to injuries etc, and actually hitting the ball (11 for 26). The fact he's hitting much better than Flaherty at this point probably puts him ahead on the depth chart.

Mark Reynolds Ugly week at the plate with just 3 hits and 3 walks. Had at least one strikeout in every game he played.

Taylor Teagarden Since that walk-off homer he hit in his first game, hasn't done anything to show he's any good.

Jim Thome Pretty similar to Reynolds this week.....also dealing with neck spasms. Seems like half of the team is day-to-day.


Steve Tolleson Currently at Norfolk, but he'll probably be back.

Matt Wieters After falling into an 0 for 30 slump, Wieters got some time off and responded with a homer. Week was still awful at 1-19, but the homer is some improvement. Also, you guessed it. He's day-to-day with a biceps injury.