Results and Standings
The team is 18-20, currently in third place in the AL East, 2.5 games behind the Yankees and three games behind the Rays. The AL East is separated by the fewest games of any division. The Orioles' predicted record is still at 81-81, which is what it's been for the past few weeks.
Best Hitter / Worst Hitter
The Orioles' offense wasn't particularly great this week. The team's best hitter for the second week in a row, Jimmy Paredes, managed just an average batting line of .361/.320/.391 (100 wRC+). But at least that was better than Chris Davis, who is beginning to slide the wrong way in his walk year; this week he put up a team-worst line of .100/.217/.150 (8 wRC+).
Best Start / Worst Start
Technically Ubaldo Jimenez had this week's best start, which is awesome, but I'm going to give the award to Mike Wright since his FIP was only .08 runs worse and he was making his major-league debut, for cryin' out loud! Wright pitched 7.1 strong innings, giving up four hits, striking out six, and walking zero (!). The week's worst start was by Miguel Gonzalez against the Mariners. Although he pitched seven innings and struck out eight, he gave up two dingers that led to four earned runs. He also walked two batters.
Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!
Jimmy Paredes again! He performed admirably on May 18th against the Mariners. His big hit was a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning that tied the game at four against Taijuan Walker. His next time up, he socked a two-run dinger that turned a 5-4 lead into a 7-4 lead. Overall his bat increased the Orioles' chances of winning by 30%.
Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week
It was just a regular ol' save for Zach Britton on May 21st against the Mariners, but it was the biggest relief contribution of the week. He struck out Welington Castillo and Logan Morrison and got Justin Ruggiano to ground out weakly to second base.