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Week 20 Birds Up, O's Down (19 - 25 August)

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

Tommy Hunter throws some heat.
Tommy Hunter throws some heat.
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Rotation
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium After allowing 4 ER in his previous start, Chen recovered to allow just 2 over 7 innings against Tampa. Buck smartly pulled him after 7 even though he was under 100 pitches.
Scott Feldman http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's put together a decent string of starts, but gets killed by inefficiency. Yesterday's start was great outside of the 4 walks allowed. 100 pitches through 5 innings forced the O's to turn to the pen quite early.
Miguel Gonzalez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Another guy who could do with a little more efficiency. Knocked around for 8 hits (and allowed 4 walks), which cut his start short.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium B-Rob tried his best to help him out, but Norris wasn't playing. Probably should have been pulled even earlier than he was.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Struggled a bit earlier in the week, allowing 4 runs to Tampa, but came back with an outstanding 8 against Oakland.
Bullpen
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Earned a save in JJ's place and ended with two scoreless innings.
Jim Johnson Downnew_medium Still full of struggles, but his most recent inning was about as dominant as he's been in quite some time.
Brian Matusz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's as situational as situational can be....and he wants to start?
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Not all 6 runs were on him (several inherited), but he hasn't had a clean outing since July.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Allowed the unfortunate home run which cost the O's a chance at an eventual sweep. Rebounded quickly, however, and still finds a way to dominate.
Troy Patton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Struggled a bit in relief of Norris on Friday night.
Francisco Rodriguez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Appeared a bit rough in his first outing after a groin injury, but bounced back nicely with a dominant inning on Friday.
Catchers
Taylor Teagarden http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Did not see any game action.
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Decent week both offensively and defensively, even is his two homers did nothing beyond helping jakattak in fantasy baseball. If he were to hit .273 with a homer or two every week, you wouldn't hear any complaints from me....
Infielders
Alexi Casilla http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Clearly behind Roberts and Flaherty on the depth chart
Chris Davis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png It's awesome that hitting .263 for the week with just one homer constitutes an "okay" week for Thor.
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Admittedly, I'd like to see him as the starting 2B for a full season.
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium With the exception of his low OBP, it's hard to complain too much about an 8 hit Hardy week.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Reached base in a but one game this week and took 3 walks.
Brian Roberts Downnew_medium Struggled overall, batting just .143 for the week, but that grand slam was huge.
Danny Valencia http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Only played in one game, but went 3-4!
Outfield
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Average week at the plate (6-24), but had two very well-timed homers.
Nick Markakis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png If Markakis has two extra base hits in a blowout win, does anybody notice?
Nate McLouth Upnew_medium Broke out of a slump with a solid week, including a few walks (3), a stolen base, and a homer.