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Weekly Wrap: August 11th - 17th

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Ubaldo Jimenez scuffled again, but Bud Norris, Wei-Yin Chen, Jonathan Schoop, and Darren O'Day came through when it counted.

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Results

In a week with a rainout and an off day, the Orioles went 3-2 against New York and Cleveland. The team scored 21 runs and allowed 18.

Standings

The Orioles are at 70-52, still in first place in the AL East by a comfortable margin of 7 games. Their predicted finish is still 92-70.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

Jonathan Schoop lit up the competition this week, smoking the ball to the tune of .353/.353/.941 with three home runs. That's a 264 wRC+, fifth-best in the major leagues (second best in the AL) this week. Ryan Flaherty, seeing playing time while Manny Machado is on the DL, compiled an ugly .071/.125/.071 line that contributed to a -52 wRC+.

Best Start / Worst Start

This one feels like a tie to me. Bud Norris had a good start against the Yankees. He pitched only five innings, but he struck out five, walked just one, and didn't allow a long ball. The balls in play he allowed were mostly on the ground (56.3% GB rate). Wei-Yin Chen was also good in his start: 7 IP, 6 K, BB, HR. He lasted two more innings than Norris, which is valuable, but he allowed a bit more solid contact.

You probably guessed that Ubaldo Jimenez turned in the week's worst start yet again. In 4.1 IP he struck out 5 but issued 3 free passes and gave up two home runs. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suspects Showalter will skip Jimenez's next start. There are also rumblings he could be headed to the bullpen.

Clutch PA of the Week

On August 13th, Dellin Betances was doing a great job protecting a 2-1 Yankees lead into the 8th inning. That is, until, Jonathan Schoop homered to tie the ballgame. That was a big boost, but it paled in comparision to what came next. First, Joe Girardi brought in Shawn Kelley. Nick Hundley grounded out for the second out, Nick Markakis singled, and Chris Davis walked. Adam Jones then drilled the first pitch he saw for an Earl Weaver Special, boosting the score to 5-2. The Yankees would get another run in the 9th, but that was it.

Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week

Two days later, the Orioles were locked in a 1-1 tie with Cleveland headed into the bottom of the 9th. Showalter elected to bring in Darren O'Day with one out in the inning. O'Day allowed a single to Carlos Santana but got Yan Gomes to line out. Showalter walked pinch hitter Lonnie Chisenhall intentionally, which put the winning run on second. But O'Day struck out Zach Walters on three straight pitches. O'Day got two more outs in the bottom of the 10th before being relieved by Brian Matusz. (Let's not dwell on how that one worked out.)

Upcoming

The Orioles spend this week in Chicago: first against the White Sox, then against the Cubs, with an off day on Thursday.

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