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Weekly Wrap: April 17th - April 23rd

It was a rough week for Orioles pitching, but a few bright spots shone for the team.

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Results

The Orioles went a miserable 2-5 against the Red Sox and Blue Jays this past week. They scored 29 runs but allowed 38.

Standings

The team currently sits in last place in the AL East with a 7-9 record, 1 game behind the Rays and 2 games out of first place. Right now their predicted end-of-season total is 82 wins.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

Adam Jones continued his hot start to the season with a week of 223 wRC+ (.444/.483/.667). Surprisingly for Jones he walked nearly 7% of the time. Everth Cabrera struggled at the plate, putting up just 2 wRC+: .192/.192/.192. Yeah, you read that right.

Best Start / Worst Start

It was a bad week for pitching. Chris Tillman owned the week's best start against the Red Sox on April 18th. In 5.1 innings he struck out five, walked two, allowed six hits, but gave up just one run. He did not allow a home run. Bud Norris unquestionably had the week's worst start, giving up 9 runs on six hits against the Blue Jays, striking out just two.

Clutch PA of the Week

Who else but Dr. Jones? In the top of the first inning on Sunday, April 19th in Boston, Jones drilled a two-run shot to deep left field to put the Orioles up 2-0. The early dinger increased the O's chances of winning the game by 18%, and win they did, 8-3.

Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week

On April 18th in Boston, Brad Brach recorded the highest WPA of the young season. He entered in the bottom of the 6th with the Orioles up 2-1, runners on first and second, and only one out. He very quickly got Daniel Nava to ground into a double play that ended the inning and preserved the lead. In the 7th, he gave up just a single to Brock Holt, keeping the game within reach for the Orioles. Chris Davis would later extend the lead with a two-run shot, but Brach deserves credit for not letting a runner cross the plate.

Upcoming

The Orioles try to shake off their four-game losing streak with a long homestand, first against Boston, then against their first non-AL East opponent of the year, the Chicago White Sox.