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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 25

Who's hot and who's not from September 22 - 28

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Brad Brach Downnew_medium

Struggled through 2.1 innings in the final week, but wasn't helped out by the defense behind him.  Finished with 62.1 innings and a number of career-best marks.

Zach Britton Upnew_medium

Three scoreless innings helped Britton close out an exceptionally solid 2014 season.

Wei-Yin Chen

Lost in back-to-back games for the first time all season.  Allowed 7 runs in 12 innings, yet only 4 were earned.  His game FIPs were 2.83 and 2.60 (both solid marks), but it's clear the defense needs to step up, especially with Chen, who doesn't miss a lot of bats.

Kevin Gausman

He's struggled early in back-to-back games now.  His final lines have been solid, but efficiency is an issue.  Gausman needed 97 pitches to complete 5 innings and seems likely to begin the post-season in the bullpen.

Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium

Received a very short start on Sunday vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.  It appears the Orioles were careful with his pitch count should he be needed in relief early in the post-season.  Gonzalez, however, was excellent in his limited outing, completing 5 innings in just 62 pitches (5 hits, 2 strikeouts).

Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium

Hunter closed out 2014 with 1.2 scoreless innings, wrapping up a "shut-out" month of September.  Although he struggled with the closer role in the first half, Hunter came up big in the second half and appears primed for the playoffs.

Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium

One start and one relief appearance helped Ubaldo finish out a tumultuous 2014 season.  He's not expected to pitch in the post-season, but he totalled 6 innings with just 2 earned runs allowed (6 strikeouts to 3 walks).

Brian Matusz Upnew_medium

Two scoreless relief innings broken up over three appearances.

T.J. McFarland

Allowed 2 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings, which resulted in three runs (all unearned).

Evan Meek Downnew_medium

This guy is going to be known as the "guy who gave up a walk-off to Cap'n Jeets in his last game at Yankee Stadium" for the rest of his career.

Andrew Miller

A solo shot marred Miller's recent strikeout frenzy, but he still managed to record an additional 3Ks.  Since joining the Orioles, Miller has recorded a whopping 34 Ks (15.3 per 9 innings).

Bud Norris Upnew_medium

Might not have been at his best, but tossed a quality start that included 9Ks.

Darren O'Day

It's possible that it is just me, but O'Day doesn't appear as sharp as he was earlier in the year.  Hopefully everything is okay for post-season play, as O'Day is a huge member of the Oriole bullpen.

Joe Saunders

Closed out his short stint with Orioles on 2 scoreless relief innings.

Chris Tillman

Tillman, the O's Game 1 starter for the ALDS, suffered through 6 innings, in which he allowed 11 hits (4 earned runs).  First time this season that Tillman allowed double-digit hit totals.

Ryan Webb Downnew_medium

Allowed 1 earned run in an inning of work out of the bullpen.

Steve Clevenger Downnew_medium

Saw some time at 1B and went 1-9 at the plate.

Nick Hundley Upnew_medium

Was 4-13 at the plate, including a big 3-4 game against the New York Yankees.

Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium

Finished the season with an 0-11 week.  He's just 5-50 in the month of September.

Chris Davis Downnew_medium


Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium

Batted .278 (5-18) at a variety of spots in the final week.

J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium

Went 3-19 to complete a poor 10-61 month.  Hopefully he's healed enough for the playoffs, where his bat will play a vital role.

Kelly Johnson

Had a quality week at the plate, but his defense remains a question mark.

Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium

Just 2-15 in the final week.  Appears to be tailing off after a hot start to his Oriole career.

Steve Pearce

Only 2-11, but was dealing with a nagging wrist injury that had him in and out of the lineup.  Still put together a solid month of September and should be the starting 1B in the ALDS.

Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium

Struggled in some limited playing time (gave most of the regular 2B time up to Kelly Johnson).  Was 2-13 at the dish, but provided a solo homer (the lone run of the game) in Sundays 1-0 victory to close the year.

Christian Walker Downnew_medium

An 0-4 week ends his short call-up stint at 3-18.  Needs some swing improvements before he's going to be a regular, but could push for some playing time next season.

Quintin Berry

With Chris Davis out for the ALDS, does he make the roster as a dedicated PR?

Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium

A solid week capped a big month of September for Cruz.  He dropped off considerably mid-season, but has returned with a bang to finish the year.

Alejandro De Aza Downnew_medium

Only 4-25 in the last week of the season.  He did, however, manage a good September, and likely starts at LF.

Adam Jones Downnew_medium

Saw some extra rest and provided a few homers.  Otherwise, it's been a slow month for Jones.

David Lough Upnew_medium

Went 3-7 in a couple of games replacing Adam Jones, who was held out to keep him fresh.  Lough has really stepped up his game in September, which could make post-season roster selections tough.

Nick Markakis Upnew_medium

He was having a pretty dismal month of September before lighting up in the final week.  Two home runs brought his total to 14 for the year, his most since 2011.  At 2.5 WAR, he also provided his best value since 2008.

Delmon Young

Limited action, but hit 2-7.

Disabled List
Manny Machado
Matt Wieters