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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 15

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

Manny Machado showed some pop this week en route to an 11-20 performance.
Manny Machado showed some pop this week en route to an 11-20 performance.
Patrick McDermott
Brad Brach Allowed 1 ER in a loss to the Washington Nationals, breaking a streak of 7 straight scoreless appearances.
Zach Britton Just 2 innings of work - both scoreless.
Wei-Yin Chen 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 DNP
Tommy Hunter 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 Like his fellow bullpen mates, Webb picked up 2 scoreless relief innings.
Steve Clevenger 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 Hundley got the bulk of the action this week, but Joseph added 2 hits in 7 trips.
Chris Davis 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.
Nelson Cruz 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 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 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.