Results and Standings
The Orioles had an excellent week, going 5-1 against Cleveland and Boston, including a sweep of the latter. They scored 25 runs and allowed just 14. The team is now 29-30, 4 games back in the tightly spread AL East. Their predicted final record is up to 82-80.
Best Hitter / Worst Hitter
Adam Jones struggled in May (52 wRC+) but has come back with a bang. This past week he hit .348/.400/.913 with three dingers for an incredible 262 wRC+. Delmong Young, who carried the team last week, stunk up the joint this week with a 40 wRC+. An honorable mention goes to Matt Wieters, who announced his return with a .316/.286/.632 line (135 wRC+).
Best Start / Worst Start
Bud Norris was good this week in his return to the majors, but Wei-Yin Chen gets this week's honors with his start against Boston on June 10th. He went just five innings, but that's par for the course for Orioles starters. He struck out five, walked one, and didn't give up a home run. The same can't be said about Ubaldo Jimenez, who walked an incredible six batters in his start, although he struck out five also.
Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!
Adam Jones had some great moments this week. In addition to his stellar glovework against the Red Sox, he powered the Orioles past the Indians on June 5th. His biggest contribution was a leadoff home run in the top of the 6th that broke a 2-2 tie. His next time up in the 8th, with the Orioles still leading by one, he tripled to drive in Travis Snider and raise the Orioles' lead to 4-2. The team would eventually go on to win 5-2, the final run coming on a Matt Wieters sac fly that drove in Jones himself.
Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week
Zach Britton keeps getting better and better. On Tuesday June 9th against the Red Soz, he entered the game in the top of the 8th with one out and runners on first and second, trying to protect a 1-0 lead. He struck out both David Ortiz (looking) and Mike Napoli (swinging) to move the game along to the 9th, where he picked up a regular ol' save, allowing only a walk to Mookie Betts.