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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 20

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Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from August 18 -24

There aren't enough pictures of Brad Brach
There aren't enough pictures of Brad Brach
Mitchell Layton
Pitchers
Brad Brach Upnew_medium Another week, another 3.1 scoreless innings of relief (4 strikeouts included).
Zach Britton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png When the team doesn't win, the closer sits on the bench.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Picked up another QS along with his team-leading 13th win on Wednesday vs. the Chicago White Sox.  Allowed three earned runs along with six hits during the effort.  With seven strikeouts, he has surpassed his 2013 total (in approximately the same inning total).
Kevin Gausman http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Allowed multiple home runs in a start for the first time this season (which now amounts to a career-hjgh 78 innings).  On the bright side, Gausman showcased his strikeout stuff, tying his personal best of 7 Ks.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium You won't see many complaints about a 6.1 inning, 2 earned run effort.  Was ultimately handed the loss after the offense went missing against the Chicago Cubs and former Oriole Tsuyoshi Wada.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium Tommy Goes Boom once more.  It's actually something we hadn't seen in a while - Hunter had not allowed a homer since May 13th.
Ubaldo Jimenez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png First appearance out of the bullpen was more or less disaster-free.  Still needed 75 pitches for 4 innings, but walked only one batter.
Brian Matusz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Nothing to see here....
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Limited effectiveness throughout most of the 2nd half of the season.
Andrew Miller http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png See Britton, Zach.  Except replace "closer" with "set-up guy."
Bud Norris http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Dominant on Monday vs. the White Sox with 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings.  Started again vs. the Cubs on Saturday and was promptly for four earned runs.  Start was cut short due to the rain delay.
Darren O'Day http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png See Miller, Andrew.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium The Orioles top pitcher of the week lasted 8 innings and gave up just 1 earned run.  Nine strikeouts matched a career best number.
Catchers
Nick Hundley Upnew_medium Pretty solid all-around performance for Hundley this week.  Was 5-13 at the plate with a homer and even threw in a stolen base for good measure.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Was, for the most part, outplayed by Nick Hundley.
Infielders
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Doesn't really seem to matter if he's playing first or third:  he's going to struggle at the plate regardless of position.  For those of you keeping score at home, he's now 11 for 79 in the month of August.  That's a .149 BA.
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Walked in his only official PA.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Started the week hot, but rapidly went cold and ended 5-22 (1 homer and 2 BB).
Cord Phelps http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DFA'd to make room for Miguel Gonzalez.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Also started the week with a big RBI double, but went silent afterwards.  Three hits, all doubles.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Just three hits, but all three were home runs.  He also walked three times and recorded four RBI (which sadly accounted for a rather large percentage of the team's runs this week).
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Rock solid against the White Sox, grabbing 6 hits in 13 at-bats.  Much less solid against after traveling across town.
David Lough http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Got one AB in the White Sox series, but did not play for the remainder of the week.
Nick Markakis Downnew_medium Like many of his teammates, Nick started the week with a three hit bang - a game that included a home run and some solid defense.  If you're not sure he played the rest of the week, you wouldn't be alone.  He was, in fact, in the lineup, but largely invisible.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium It seems a bit sad that Steve Pearce would account for the only run off of Tsoyoshi Wada, but hey...what are you gonna do?  It's Wada under the bridge at this point.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium Helped his poor August stats with a decent week against the White Sox.  Lack of DH kept him on the bench later on.
Disabled List
Manny Machado It's seemingly official:  he's going to miss the remainder of the season after knee surgery.
Matt Wieters Nothing notable.