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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 16

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from July 21 - 27

Zach Britton mowed 'em down and picked up four saves
Zach Britton mowed 'em down and picked up four saves
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Pitchers
Brad Brach http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Faced all of one batter and struck him out on 3 pitches.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Best week of the season (to date)?  Four innings, 7 Ks.  No hits, no walks.  That works.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Tossed a season high 8 innings and allowed just 5 hits.  Struck out three and did not allow an earned run.
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Three walks and seven hits are not ideal, but allowed just 1 run in 6.2 innings.  Also induced a season high 10 GB outs.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Allowed only 3 ER in 13.2 innings pitched (two starts).  Like Gausman, the walks and the hits are not ideal, but he kept himself out of trouble.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium The runs charged to Hunter were the result of Matusz, but still, you can't walk 3 guys over an inning plus and just hope for the best.
Brian Matusz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Okay, he's having a decent July.  Gave up some inherited runs in games that were ultimately decided by a run, but he's actually been okay beyond that.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium He's still the mop up guy, but that's not really the role he deserves.  He's been quietly effective and now owns a 3.07 ERA for the season.
Bud Norris http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Also had a two start week, but didn't post the results that MiGo did.  First start was excellent, as he held the Angels to just 1 ER in 6+ innings (8 Ks), but in the second, his command was not as sharp.
Darren O'Day http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png The home run yesterday was killer, but you'd be hard-pressed to find any middle reliever who's been that much better than O'Day.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Came away with a no-decision in a game where he allowed just 1 ER in 6 innings.  Nothing flashy (2 BB, 3 K), but effective.
Ryan Webb http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Also faced just one batter, thanks to some longer starts from the SPs.
Catchers
Nick Hundley Downnew_medium Handling of the pitching staff aside, these 1-12 weeks are probably helping to fuel those Kurt Suzuki rumors.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium 5-15 with 2 doubles.  Currently riding a 4 game hit streak.
Infielders
Chris Davis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Kind of turrible, but he did walk 3 times and that 10th inning homer was huge.  Huge!
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Got some extra playing time thanks to Machado's back and responded with just 2 hits in 19 trips.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Just 5 hits in 28 trips.  Three doubles, but his SLG is dipping even further away from his career average.
Manny Machado http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Sat out most of the week with a balky back.
Jonathan Schoop http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Still over-matched at the plate, but hey, that homer was nice.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz Downnew_medium Only 4 hits, but one happened to be a homer off of Felix Hernandez.
Adam Jones http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Had a rough series in Seattle, but came on strong late with 2 doubles
David Lough http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 2-5....that's not bad!
Nick Markakis Downnew_medium A week similar to Hardy's, but it's somewhat more noticeable from your leadoff guy.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium #teamsteve kind of disappeared with only 1 hit per series on the west coast (2 games per series).
Delmon Young Upnew_medium Another guy who has been quietly good this season.
Disabled List
Ubaldo Jimenez Hurt himself walking across a parking lot.  Take all the time you need, Ubaldo.
Matt Wieters No update.