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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 2

See who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over the second week of the 2015 campaign

Adam Jones concentrates on another multi-hit game
Adam Jones concentrates on another multi-hit game
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium After a rather rough start to the season, Brach was able to recover and pick up both his first win and first hold of the season following 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.  Allowed a hit and walk while striking out four batters.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Line for the week was nearly identical to Brach's:  3.1 innings pitched, one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts.  The only difference?  Britton racked up three saves in the process.  Currently sporting an 8:1 K:BB ratio.  That'll do.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Inefficiency was crushed Chen in his first start, but this second opportunity was a nice change.  Although he received a no-decision, he did record a quality start following 6 innings of four-hit ball (two earned runs on two solo homers, one walk, and four strikeouts).
Jason Garcia DNP.  Has just two appearances this season, the last on April 10th.
Kevin Gausman Downnew_medium You could probably chalk up some of Gausman's misfortunes this past week to bad luck, but he's been entirely hittable this season and still does not sport an effective third offering.  Hitters currently OPS nearly 2.5 off of the slider, albeit in a very limited sample (15 pitches).
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium This is the Migo we've all come to know.  Five innings of five-hit, three-run ball, but four walks and five strikeouts.  Inefficiency may always be his game, but he's recorded wins in two straight starts.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium Fairly miserable week that Hunter probably wants to forget.  Started out with a Stephen Drew grand slam, but did end on a two inning scoreless appearance.
Ubaldo Jimenez Already well on his way to walking about 3/4 of the Boston Red Sox lineup through 3+ innings, but we didn't get the chance to find out, as he was ejected in the fourth after hitting Pablo Sandoval.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Not so great things happen when you walk a lot of guys
Bud Norris Still inefficient, but three runs over five innings is much better than eight runs through three.  He also recorded seven strikeouts.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Did pretty much what Darren O'Day does.  Four innings, a walk, and five strikeouts.  No hits.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Needed 105 pitches to get through 5.1 innings, but the result was much better than his previous trip out.  Allowed just one run on six hits and recorded 12 ground ball outs (just five total in his first two starts).
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Continues to hit the ball well and reached safely in each game he played this week.  Ended the week 10-19 with a triple, homer, four RBI, and three walks.
Ryan Lavarnway DNP.  Has just two appearances on the season.
Everth Cabrera Upnew_medium He'll get an up arrow this week for a hit in each game and his first stolen base of the season.
Chris Davis Starting to make better contact - when he actually does hit the ball, that is.
Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium Fairly limited playing time, but made an impact when he was in the lineup, going 4-8 with a homer.  Might see some additional time with Schoop (knee) hitting the DL and Hardy (shoulder) still not ready to return.
Manny Machado Really rough start to the season, but he made strides in the second week.  OPS still hangs at a dismal .507, but will improve if he continues to make solid contact.  Took a few walks and stole a base as well over week 2.
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium Returned from the DL with a bang - two multi-hit games.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium Had an okay first week - not so much in the second week.  Really struggled at the plate, which has dropped his average to .167 and OPS to .567.
Alejandro De Aza Downnew_medium A sub-.200 week and a defensive gaff.  He's seen better weeks.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Jones was the O's absolute stud of the week.  Not only did he hit safely in each game he played, he had three multi-hit games.  Picked up a few homers, RBIs, and now sports an OPS over 1.00 for the season.
David Lough Downnew_medium Returned from the disabled list to limited action - mostly PR duties.
Travis Snider Downnew_medium Nick Markakis' replacement cooled off after a blistering opening week, although he still maintains solid stats for the year.  Time will tell if he can hit lefties well enough to play every day.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium Playing time is limited, so it's nice to see hits when he does slot into the lineup.  Nothing in the way of power, but had two multi-hit games and picked up an RBI.
Disabled List
J.J. Hardy (Shoulder) - still waiting to hear about a rehab assignment.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) - Schoop becomes the latest Oriole (second infielder) to hit the DL this season.  His injury has been classified as a grade 1 strain (that's a good thing - at least among knee injuries), but he's still looking at a solid 4 weeks before he's able to return to the lineup.
Matt Wieters (Elbow) - doing all of those game things like throwing and hitting.  Appears as though he is on track to return in early May, but we'll see what his rehab assignment schedule looks like.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - MRI revealed inflammation, so he's gone for 4-6 weeks minimum, which leaves the O's a bit short in the lefty reliever department.  Brian Matusz had best learn to throw strikes.