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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 19

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Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from August 11 - 17

Jonathan Schoop provided some pop this week.
Jonathan Schoop provided some pop this week.
Jason Miller
Pitchers


Brad Brach

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Picked up an addition 2 innings of scoreless relief, plus three strikeouts.  His K/9 of 7.96 is fourth in the pen - behind just Miller, O'Day, and Matusz.

Zach Britton

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Hasn't looked quite a sharp/dominant in recent weeks, but pitched well in Sunday's game.  Hopefully the back-to-back games with hittable stuff was just a blip on the radar.

Wei-Yin Chen

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Went toe-to-toe with one of the AL's best pitchers and matched Kluber almost pitch for pitch.  Easily pitched well enough to win, but the Orioles offense had other ideas.  Four hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.

Kevin Gausman

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Quieted the Indians' bats and pitched the Orioles to a sweep-avoiding win.  Four walks is dangerous living, but he allowed just two hits.

Tommy Hunter

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Two scoreless innings.  Induced more grounders than fly balls.

Ubaldo Jimenez


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At which point do you just bite the bullet and eat the 50 million?
Brian Matusz

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You had one job to do!

T.J. McFarland

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Just one appearance for the week; allowed only 2 singles and struck out three.

Andrew Miller

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It's actually fun watching the last three innings of the game now.  Between Miller, Britton, and O'Day, the O's - for the most part - have innings 7, 8, and 9 on lock.

Bud Norris

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Efficiency is key, as Norris needed 108 pitches to complete 5 innings (in a game that only included one walk).  He did, however, keep the Orioles in the game and secured the win.  Has gone fewer than 6 innings in 5 of his last 7 starts.

Darren O'Day

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Can't say I'd mind seeing a little less of O'Day to keep him fresh for the end of the season, but you can't argue against Buck throwing him out there as much as possible.  Pitched 5 scoreless innings this week and had 5 strikeouts.

Chris Tillman

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Did not notch his 10th win of the season, but certainly pitched well enough for it.  Seven innings (100 pitches) of 5 hit, 2 run ball.  Did not issue any walks.

Catchers

Nick Hundley

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One of two semi-regulars in the Orioles lineup posting a negative WAR (the other is Flaherty).  Had 2 hits in 11 trips this week while playing second fiddle to CaJo.
Caleb Joseph

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The hangover following the home run streak left Joseph at 2 for 10, although both hits were doubles.

Infielders

Chris Davis

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Came off of the bench to spark an O's win and played okay at third base with Machado out.  Still struggling at the plate and has struck out at least once in every start since July 2.
Ryan Flaherty

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As previously mentioned, he's one of two semi-regular Orioles posting a negative WAR.  Went 1-14 for the week.

J.J. Hardy

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Was really hitting the ball well before a thumb injury put him on the bench for a few games.  Returned for three games and added four hits, including a double and an RBI single.

Cord Phelps

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Recalled as an injury replacement while Machado is DL'd.

Jonathan Schoop

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Sure, he's still a liability on offense, but that didn't stop him from blasting three homers in 17 ABs.  Also added a double.
Outfielders

Nelson Cruz

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Average week for Cruz, but he did have a homer and a double.  Played in LF twice even though he's statistically the worst defender on the team.
Adam Jones

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The only major knock you can make on his game over the 2014 season is his OBP.  At .313, he ranks near the bottom among regular MLB CFs.  Broke a 2-2 with a big home run on Thursday's game against the New York Yankees.

David Lough

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Nick Markakis

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With another 7 hits, he's now hitting .400 in the month of August.  It's a solid recovery from July, where he OPSed just .609 (hurt by a .247 BABIP).

Steve Pearce

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Just 3-13 for the week, but his 12th homer of the year helped the Orioles avoid a sweep on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

Delmon Young

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Two hits in 17 ABs.  Has struggled in the month of August, hitting just .209 (.570 OPS)

Disabled List

Manny Machado

Moving around without crutches and reports that his knee is feeling much better.
Matt Wieters

Transferred to the 60-day DL.