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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 24

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from September 15 - 21.

Christian Walker celebrates his first career home run.  Way to go, Christian!
Christian Walker celebrates his first career home run. Way to go, Christian!
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Closing in on a career-high for innings pitched in a season (2012 with San Diego Padres - 66.2 innings) and in the midst of his best season to date.  He added 3.2 scoreless innings this week to push his ERA back down to 3.00 (3.65 FIP).
Zach Britton Upnew_medium With the extra arms and some losses this week, his action was limited to just two appearances.  Scoreless in both with a hit and a walk.
Wei-Yin Chen Chen has a knack for picking up victories even when he's not sharp.  Lasted fewer than 6 innings in Toronto on Monday, yet still recorded his 16th win of the year.  Allowed 9 hits and 2 earned runs.
Kevin Gausman Knocked around somewhat by the Boston Red Sox and only hung in for 5 innings (needed 91 pitches).  Allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs.  Earned runs came off of solo shots to David Ortiz and Yoenis Cespedes.  Purely opinion, but it looked like his pitches were simply catching too much of the plate.
Miguel Gonzalez First time in seven starts that Migo has gone fewer than 6 innings.  Lasted 5.2 innings and allowed 8 hits, 3 earned runs.  Seven strikeouts were great, but he, too, allowed 2 home runs.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Three solid innings and picked up his 9th hold of the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez Picked up a spot start on Tuesday because of Friday's doubleheader.  Things went....about as expected.  Two runs, two hits, but four walks allowed.
Brian Matusz Allowed an earned run while recording his 13th hold of the season.  Still being left in to face too many right-handed batters, which makes less sense given the extra arms in the bullpen for September.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium Three scoreless relief innings brings TJ closer to securing a spot on the Orioles playoff roster.
Evan Meek Upnew_medium He's been surprisingly adequate during his September call up stint, but likely will not factor into the Orioles playoff roster.
Andrew Miller Upnew_medium Possibly limited slightly by a leg injury, but he still managed to rack up 3 strikeouts in 1.2 innings.  He's pitched just 6 innings in the month, but he has 14 strikeouts.  That's not a typo.
Bud Norris Limited the "damage" to just 2 hits, but 5 walks is usually pretty dangerous.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Down arrow might be slightly harsh, but he allowed an extra innings homer.  He's allowed 6 earned runs in September.
Joe Saunders DNP
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Rattled a bit early, but fought back and recorded the quality start.  Seven IP, 5 hits, and 2 ER.  Struck out 6 and moves closer to a game 1 start in the ALDS.
Ryan Webb Three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings pitched.
Steve Clevenger 102
Nick Hundley Downnew_medium 1-10 this week, bringing him to just 5 for 27 in September (although he does have 2 homers).
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Even worse is Caleb Joseph:  0-13 for the week and 4 for 39 in September.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Suspended.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Not great this week, but he's pretty solid in September as a whole (and throughout his career).
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Noticing a theme here?  Hopefully these bats heat up for the playoffs....
Kelly Johnson Downnew_medium 1-10.
Jimmy Paredes .866 OPS in 50 ABs for the Orioles.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium One of the few guys in the lineup swinging a hot bat.  6 for 13 with three homers.  Pearce has now gone 15-43 in the month of September.  Getting some needed rest to heal a wrist injury.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Limited playing time, but he had as many hits as Flaherty, Hardy, and Johnson combined.
Christian Walker Upnew_medium Yes, he was only 3-14, but he hit his first career home run and that always deserves an up arrow.
Quintin Berry 0-1
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium 2014's Most Valuable Oriole certainly put up quality numbers this week and is having a pretty solid month overall.
Alejandro De Aza .250 for the week as he continues to make a push for a playoff roster spot.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Limited his contributions to two multi-hit games, but came up big in both.
David Lough Upnew_medium Lough.  De Aza.  Who will own it?
Nick Markakis Spent most of the week on the bench to rehab a shoulder injury in preparation for the playoffs.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium Got some extra time in the field with Markakis/Pearce resting and got to showcase his apparently good arm.  Also hit safely in all four games he saw time in.
Disabled List
Manny Machado
Matt Wieters