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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Year-End

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles

Kevin Gausman finished the year with his best start of the season.
Kevin Gausman finished the year with his best start of the season.
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Brad Brach Downnew_medium The Toronto Blue Jays may have wrecked Brach this week, but it was still a career season for Brad.  He tossed nearly 80 innings with a 2.72 ERA (3.47 FIP) and saw a big jump in his ground ball rate.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium After going day-to-day with lat soreness, Britton returned with three strong innings.  He finished the year one off his career-high for saves (37 - set last year) and bested his career lines for most meaningful stats (just a 0.9 difference between his ERA and FIP).
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Chen's final start of the 2015 season resulted in a quality start and a win.  He tossed six innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits.  Chen both walked and struck out three in the winning effort against the New York Yankees, his 11th on the year.
Oliver Drake Upnew_medium Pitched two scoreless innings of relief.  Drake allowed five earned runs in 15.2 innings in 2015.
Jason Garcia Allowed four runs in an inning against Toronto on Wednesday, although none were earned.  He did walk two batters, however.
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Gausman finished off the season in solid fashion with a career-best start.  Kevin went eight solid innings (needing just 98 pitches) and allowed just one run (via a solo home run) and five hits.  He struck out ten and did not issue a walk.
Mychal Givens Upnew_medium Givens dropped another 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out six batters.
Miguel Gonzalez
Downnew_medium Starting for the first time in a month, Gonzalez lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits.  He also walked three.  Migo took the loss and dropped to 9-12 for the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez
Upnew_medium He wasn't efficient, but Jimenez finished the year with a quality start.  Ubaldo went six innings and allowed three earned runs.  He walked three, struck out seven, and did not factor into the decision.
Steve Johnson Got shelled in his one inning for the week.
Brian Matusz Faced three batters all week.
T.J. McFarland
Upnew_medium Did not fare well in Sunday's win over the Yankees, but came on in relief after a rain delay several days earlier and delivered an excellent four innings (11 GB to 3 FB). 
Darren O'Day O'Day allowed a run this week for the first time in a month - a span of 11 appearances.  O'Day is aging like fine wine, however - he put up his best numbers in an Oriole uniform this season, including 11.3 K/9.
Chaz Roe DNP
Jorge Rondon
Downnew_medium Got absolutely destroyed in just a third of an inning.
Chris Tillman Tillman's mediocre season ended with a mediocre start (fair to middling, at best).  He did, however, pick up the win to get to 11-11 on the year.  Allowed seven hits and two earned runs in 5+ innings.
Tyler Wilson A three hour rain delay limited his start to just one inning.
Mike Wright A little over a inning of scoreless relief.

Steve Clevenger
Downnew_medium He was just 4-19 this week, but did have his third career triple (and second of the year).
Caleb Joseph 0-6
Matt Wieters
Upnew_medium Finished the year strong at 8-15.  Included two doubles, a homer, four RBI, and six walks.

Chris Davis
Upnew_medium Davis, too, put on a show to end the year, mashing four home runs and collection seven RBI.  He has led the majors in homers for the second time in three years.
Ryan Flaherty
Downnew_medium Floundered to the finish with a 2-24.  His .637 OPS in 2015 actually managed to clock in below his .648 career number.
J.J Hardy Upnew_medium It was a pretty rough year for Hardy, but at least he ended it with a .417 October.  Limited power, of course (just 1 XBH), but at least he was getting on base.
Paul Janish
Upnew_medium Three for eight with a double and an RBI.
Manny Machado
Upnew_medium On the surface, Machado had just seven hits for a .250 BA - five of those hits, however, were homers.  That's a solid week.
Jimmy Paredes A promising first half ended in a mediocre second half.  Jimmy was 0-2 this week.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Schoop has been pretty up and down when he's been in the lineup this season, but he was 4-10 this week with three doubles.
Christian Walker 0-2
Dariel Alvarez 0-1
Adam Jones 1-4.  Back spasms ended his season a week prematurely.
Junior Lake 0-4
David Lough 1-5
Gerardo Parra Upnew_medium 12-32 (.375) this week, so at least he finished what's likely his short tenure with the O's strong.  Parra is a pending free agent.
Steve Pearce
Downnew_medium Pearce struggled for most of the year (when he wasn't injured) after emerging as a threat in 2014.  He still had decent power, launching 15 homers in 92 games (21 in 102 games last season), but never found any consistence.  He was 5-26 this week with two doubles and a home run.
Nolan Reimold
Upnew_medium The most surprising number here is the .344 OBP mark.  Easy to overlook when you note his .247/.344/.394 slash line.  Reimold finished the year 6-19 with a double, home run, four RBI, and three walks.
Disabled List

Dylan Bundy
(Shoulder) - No status change.