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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 8

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over week 8 of the 2015 season.

Chris Davis was really the lone offensive force for the Orioles this week.
Chris Davis was really the lone offensive force for the Orioles this week.
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium A solid week for Brad Brach: four scoreless innings of relief (no hits allowed) and three strikeouts.  Picked up two wins, improving to 3-0 for the year, and his third hold.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Like Brach, Britton tossed a handful of scoreless innings and recorded three saves in three opportunities.  Allowed just one hit and struck out two hitters without a walk.
Wei-Yin Chen Reported some soreness after Monday's start vs. the Houston Astros in which he was tagged for eleven hits in just five innings of work (three earned runs, no walks, and six strikeouts).  He was much better on Saturday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, recording his fifth quality start in his last seven outings.  The lineup, however, failed to produce any run support and Chen fell to 1-4 on the year.  No fault of Chen's - he tossed seven solid innings of three-run ball and needed just 88 pitches.
Oliver Drake Downnew_medium Week started off hot with a quick inning and two strikeouts, but things got hairy after that.  In his second relief inning, he somehow avoided damage after three walks and was then tagged for a homer in yesterday's 9-5 loss.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Standard Migo:  a week after a four inning start, Gonzalez went eight innings (96 pitches) and allowed only a solo home run to Steven Souza Jr.  Did not earn the victory for that outing, but he did strike out six while avoiding any walks.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium This is approaching DFA territory, right?  Saw relief appearances in three close games this week and allowed runs to score in two of the three appearances.  Managed just two outs in his first appearance (Matusz allowed the run-scoring hit), but struggled to get anyone out.
Ubaldo Jimenez Allowed ten hits in seven innings (five went for extra bases including a two-run shot from Evan Gattis), but somehow managed to limit the damage to just four runs.  We'll call it even since it's not like he's been pitching poorly thus far.  Hasn't missed a lot of bats recently, but went five straight starts with three earned runs or less up until Wednesday.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium I never know what to say here.....I suppose he's got an appeal on his eight game suspension coming up.  That's about it.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Got a win and a hold over two scoreless relief appearances.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium I kind of feel bad for this guy - even though he's yet to allow a run in seven plus innings of work, he hasn't pitched in a game that the Orioles have won this year.  Recorded 5.1 innings of relief this week and although he allowed four hits and walked three (six strikeouts), he kept his clean sheet going.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Thought he might start turning the corner after seven quality innings against Houston early in the week, but got hammered yesterday to the tune of five earned runs (six total).  He's walking 4.8 per nine innings this year and it's really hurting him.
Tyler Wilson Upnew_medium I know what the line says and I know that Jones probably should have made a play on the Adam LaRoche double, but Wilson survived almost exclusively on quality control as opposed to quality stuff.  That said, he allowed just two runs in his first MLB start, but Chris Sale was just better.  Only had one strikeout in six innings, but did mix his pitches pretty well.  Wilson is back at AAA Norfolk for the near future.
Mike Wright After his first two scoreless starts, it was a shame to see him allow three to the Chicago White Sox.  Easily the least quality of his three outings, as he allowed two homers and struck out just two in five innings.  Certainly earned another start, however.
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium Why wasn't this guy here from the beginning of the year?  Jumps right back into the lineup after starting the season with AAA Norfolk and has two multi-hit games.
Ryan Lavarnway Downnew_medium Bye bye, Ryan Lavarnway. He was DFA'd in favor of Steve Clevenger and has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Just 3 for 18 this week (1 homer, 2 RBI).  Struggled throughout the entire month of May, hitting just .208, although he has maintained a .340 OBP for the entire season.
Everth Cabrera Really didn't see much in the way of playing time during the week, not that it's such a bad thing.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Pretty hot this week, picking 7 hits (4 homers and 2 doubles, 8 RBI).  He also walked 5 times, bringing his OBP back to a slightly respectable .314 after it dipped below .300 for a bit.
Ryan Flaherty Returned from the DL and was immediately inserted into the lineup full time.  Responded fairly well, with four hits and a walk.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Hardy's poor season continues.  His OPS has dipped to .483 after only a handful of singles in 29 at-bats.  The game winner on Friday night was nice to see, though.
Manny Machado Downnew_medium Manny, too, failed to put much together over the week.  Although he launched two home runs in yesterday's game, it was his only multi-hit game of the week.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Struggles all around the Oriole infield - Paredes put up just a couple of hits in over 30 at-bats.
Steve Pearce Received among the least amount of playing time and had three hits over fifteen ABs.  Two of those hits left the park.
Alejandro De Aza Downnew_medium De Aza was DFA'd to make room on the roster for Ryan Flaherty, who returned to the lineup after a groin injury.
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Not sure how much of his weekly struggles to chalk up to his ankle injury, but Jones had just four singles in 22 ABs.
David Lough Downnew_medium With Jones missing time and De Aza off the roster, Lough saw the field a bit more than he normally would, but added just three singles in 16 ABs.
Travis Snider Had what I guess would pass as an okay week as far as offense is concerned, as he did have one extra base hit (4-18, 1 2B, 1 RBI).
Delmon Young Upnew_medium Well, he owns Jake Odorizzi, so I guess that's something.  Still don't understand why he's playing in the outfield so much, however, since that hasn't been a particularly pretty sight.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Has yet to begin a throwing program.
Kevin Gausman (Shoulder) - Will join the Orioles in Houston to pitch a simulated game before starting at AA Bowie on June 11.
Bud Norris (Illness) - Expected to make a rehab start at AAA Norfolk this week.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) - Taking part in light baseball activities, but no timetable for his return has been established.
Matt Wieters (Elbow) - May rejoin the Orioles as soon as Thursday in Houston.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - Remains sidelined with a shoulder strain.