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Bird's Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 17

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from July 28 - August 3

All he does is Wei-Yin!
All he does is Wei-Yin!
Greg Fiume
Brad Brach Upnew_medium One blip early in the week against the Los Angeles Angels forced a game to extra innings, but he was solid afterwards with 3.1 scoreless/hitless innings.  (additional 1.2 innings during the Angels game - 1 hit and 1 earned run).
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Four innings that resulted in just two hits and a walk.  Did not get the save in his first appearance (the extra innings game against LAA), but added three more later in the week.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium All he does is Wei-Yin.  I think it's safe to say that Chen loves the Seattle Mariners lineup.  In two starts, he's gone 15.1 innings and allowed just 1 run.  Although his first start resulted in an 8 inning shutout, his stuff seemed more dominant the second time around.  He allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and struck out a season-high 8 batters.
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Perfect through 4 innings on Wednesday before walks got him into a spot of trouble (although one of those came on a borderline strike/ball).  All three runners ended up scoring, but Goose bounced back and completed 7 innings for his fifth win of the year.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium After four straight starts with 3 or fewer ER (also resulting in an increase of IP per start), Gonzalez slogged through 5 innings.  He allowed 4 earned runs on 7 hits, including homers to Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano.
Preston Guilmet DNP.  Short-term replacement for McFarland.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Hunter's only ER was an inherited runner that McFarland allowed to score.  He still lives dangerously, but over 4.2 innings this week, he allowed just 2 hits and struck out four (did not issue any walks).
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium Okay, he's been decent in July.  Just two innings this week with the addition of Miller, who might limit Matusz to more LHB-only situations.
T.J. McFarland Only a third of an inning on record, but that outing didn't go well.  McFarland spent the beginning of the week on bereavement leave, so hopefully he responds during his normal workload this week.
Andrew Miller Upnew_medium The Orioles paid a fairly high price for him, but there's no doubt Miller is a solid reliever.  The move gives Buck another lefty option from the pen and should free Matusz to face better matchups.
Bud Norris Upnew_medium Allowed 8 hits in Thursday's game against the Angels, but just one - a double by Albert Pujols - went for extra bases.  Did not give up any earned runs and has allowed just two in 41.2 innings against the Angels.  Walked one and stuck out four.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Three innings, no walks, no hits, no runs, and three strikeouts.  Might face a little 8th inning competition from Miller, but this is certainly a 7th/8th inning combo O's fans could get used to.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium A two-start pitcher this week.  In start one, he got himself into trouble with an error and was out of the game after just five innings.  He was masterful during his second start, holding the Mariners to 4 hits in 7 innings.  His final line totaled 12 innings with 3 earned runs, one walk, and 12 strikeouts.
Ryan Webb Had to be moved from the roster in order to fit Miller, but chances are, he'll be back at some point.  Certainly wasn't stingy with hits in two appearances early in the week, however, as he allowed 5 in two innings.
Nick Hundley Only recorded two hits in 9 ABs, but walked 4 times.  Yielded most of the playing time to Joseph.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Didn't walk like Hundley did, but had 4 hits in 12 ABs, including a homer.  The .333 week has his average back above .200 and mildly improved his OPS.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Missed time due to flu-like symptoms, but wasn't good when actually on the field.  Did not record a hit in eight ABs and now seems to be sitting against LH pitching whenever possible.  That's not a positive thing from one of the team's premier power threats.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium After receiving several starts due to a Machado injury, Flaherty spent the week rotating with Schoop at 2B once again.  Added two hits and a walk in 12 plate appearances.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Hardy is slumping once again.  He went 4-22 at the plate and hasn't homered since July 19th.  The .663 OPS is brutal.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Terrible start to the season, possibly due to missing spring training, but Machado has come on strong.  He's easily the top producer among the Orioles INF and padded that with a 10-28 week which included 3 doubles and a homer.  Also made some solid plays at 3B.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Second base is a huge hole in the Orioles lineup.  Defensively, both Flaherty and Schoop have been adequate, but both hits from the position over the entire week came from Flaherty.  Schoop was 0-9 with a walk.
Nelson Cruz Downnew_medium Cruz has certainly cooled off from his hot start and has just 1 homer in his last ten games.  For the week, he was 1-21 with a double at the plate.
Adam Jones Jones, too, cooled off from a solid previous week.  He did, however, add homers during two separate one run games.
David Lough Got a couple of starts thanks to a LH starter and the decision to give the slumping a Cruz a day off.  Had two hits and was caught stealing once.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Certainly one of Markakis' better weeks.  The O's leadoff man recorded 8 hits in 26 ABs, including a double, two homers, and three walks.  A leadoff homer in yesterday's game turned out to be the only run of the game.  Markakis now has 9 homers for the season.
Steve Pearce It could be that with more playing time, pitchers are figuring him out a bit better as the past few weeks haven't been on par with his 1st half play.  Added 2 hits in 14 ABs, but did walk three times.
Delmon Young Downnew_medium Saw what has to be the most consistent playing time he'll get all year and responded with a 1-11 week.
Disabled List
Ubaldo Jimenez Expected to rejoin the Orioles today.
Matt Wieters Progressing with rehab.