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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 10

Who took flight for the Baltimore Orioles over this hot and humid June week?

Even Darren O'Day without his SOLOWHEEL is awesome
Even Darren O'Day without his SOLOWHEEL is awesome
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Roughed up a little last week, but Brach was back in form this time around with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.  Picked up his fourth hold of the year against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night and now has an OPS against of just .556 against lefties in 2015.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Steady as she goes.  Britton record saves sixteen and seventeen on the season, including at five-out effort in a 1-0 win over Boston on Tuesday night.
Wei-Yin Chen Needed 91 pitches to complete just five innings on Wednesday, but limited the damage from seven hits and walk to just two earned runs.  Chen also struck out five in what turned into just his second win of the season, even though he's tossed seven quality starts.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Completed three innings of relief on just 30 pitches and recorded his fourth hold of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez Inefficiency caught up to Ubaldo and he left the game after just five innings on Friday against the New York Yankees.  Jimenez, however, did throw fairly well and picked up his fourth win thanks to an 11-run explosion from the offense.  Ubaldo allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks in the game.  He struck out six Yankees.
Brian Matusz Returned from his eight game suspension and immediately walked in the game-tying run in Sunday's affair.  Also allowed the game-winning hit (all runs charged to Wright), but I'm not certain a bases-loaded, no outs situation was the best place to bring in a guy who hasn't pitched in a live game since May.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium Totaled 2.2 innings of relief in three appearances.  Although he walked his lone batter during his third appearance of the week (Saturday), he picked up 1.2 solid innings in a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.  Optioned back to Norfolk after the game on Saturday to make room for a fresh arm after the bullpen saw a lot of action over the week.  He'll be back on the roster soon enough, however.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium Wasn't entirely sharp during his Saturday evening start against the Yankees.  He allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.  The Orioles eventually won the game 9-4, but Norris could see some push for his rotation spot with an 8.29/4.66 ERA/FIP.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Darren O'Day is just awesome - and that's not even taking his four innings of scoreless relief (a six out save!) into account.  Oh, and he's just one of four pitchers with a 180 ERA+ over at least 400 IP.  Not that guys like Billy Wagner and Mariano Rivera were any good, though....
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium Chaz Roe is also pretty awesome.  Sure, he gave up a solo shot to David Ortiz on Thursday night (but still picked up his first hold of the year), but he quickly recovered over 2.1 innings of scoreless relief on Saturday to notch win number two.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Another Norris/Ubaldo start - 5.2 innings, four earned runs allowed, over 100 pitches.  The Oriole starters are struggling to get deep into games and that's making for some interesting situations for Buck to manage (at least as far as the bullpen is concerned).
Tyler Wilson Upnew_medium Recalled from AAA Norfolk in place of T.J. McFarland to fill the long relief/"we really need a fresh arm and live body" role.  Filled that adequately, as he pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in Sunday's game against the Yankees.  He will probably be sent right back down to the minors, but it was nice to see the Orioles' rookie pitch well against the best lineup he's seen over his four appearances this season.
Mike Wright Downnew_medium Made a start in place of the injured Gonzalez on Sunday against the Yankees.  Managed to pitch his way out of jams almost every inning until three straight walks in the fifth doomed him.  Needed 104 pitches which just isn't going to get it done.  He actually has pretty good stuff and really got hitters off-balance with 95 MPH heat following much slower breaking stuff, but he absolutely has to locate those off-speed pitches to be effective.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium His week began with an 0-3 with 3Ks, but CaJo is a certified Yankee-killer.  He finished the week 4-7 (both games against the Yankees) with two doubles, a home run, and two RBI.  If he can do this regularly, it will go a long way toward keeping both catchers fresh.
Matt Wieters Not quite the big bang of his first week back, but Wieters still added two doubles and an RBI.  He's still in a bit of a platoon with Joseph as he works his way back to full game action.  Even though Buck doesn't like putting both catchers in the lineup on the same day, I foresee Wieters getting a little more action at DH than he usually would.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium BIg week for Chris Davis.  Made a heads up play or two at first (including a really smart play in Sunday's game where he smartly got his momentum coming home on a grounder and ended up nailing the lead runner) and mashed at the plate.  Went 7-22 including a homer, four RBI, and three walks.  Inconsistency has kept his numbers down, but he does possess a .786 OPS - a number that has improved of late.
Ryan Flaherty Flaherty's bat has also been inconsistent - he had two multi-hit games and two hitless games, but his defense at 2B hasn't been insignificant.  The O's defense has been key to recent success and Flaherty, Hardy, and Machado have been a huge part of that.
JJ Hardy Upnew_medium Don't peek just yet, but he's in danger of slugging over .300 this season!  Hardy recorded a hit in each of the games he played this week and had several key RBI.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Machado, too, is in the midst of his own hitting streak, providing multiple hits in all but one game this week.  He had two home runs and five RBI to push his OPS up to .825 for the year.  Machado's throws from third have been more on target and he's been excelling in the leadoff spot.  All in all, it's good news from the hot corner.
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium Limited playing time for Paredes, as Wieters' return and a mostly healthy infield has dried up playing opportunities, but he did hit 4-12 with a couple of RBI.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Pearce rounds out a solid week for the O's infield.  He increased his hit streak to five games, going 8-26 this week, including two doubles, a couple of RBI, and two walks.
Adam Jones Just about average at the plate, although he did have a homer and three RBI.  Where Jones excelled this week was in the field, as he made a number of solid plays.
David Lough David Lough went 1-2 with a homer, but was overshadowed by Reimold's return.
Nolan Reimold Upnew_medium What a journey it's been for Moldy.  Back to the Orioles after several injury plagued years and he opens with a 5-17, including two homers, a triple, three walks, and five RBI.  Hopefully that continues, as the Orioles are in need of bats at the corner OF spots.  LHP Cesar Cabral was optioned back to AAA Norfolk to make room on the roster.
Travis Snider Downnew_medium Just two hits, although he did have a couple of RBI.
Delmon Young Downnew_medium Yes, he adds a couple of hits here and there, but his power has been non-existent (evident by a .663 OPS).  Both Young and Snider have an ISO of under .100, which rivals, well....Nick Markakis.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) Still nothing major to report on Garcia.  At last update (late May), he was performing strengthening exercises, but not yet throwing.  Unknown if that has changed.
Kevin Gausman (Shoulder) The good news is that he's felt fine in rehab starts at A (+) Frederick and AA Bowie.  The bad news is that he allowed a couple of massive homers during those rehab starts.  Hopefully that's just because he's simply working out the kinks and not spending a lot of time mixing pitches.
Miguel Gonzalez (Groin) Placed on the 15-day DL with a groin strain and will likely miss the full two weeks.  Mike Wright will assume his place on the roster for now, with spot starts possible.  Kevin Gausman has been listed as a possibility to take Migo's next start if healthy.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) Progressing well and may rejoin the team for workouts this week.  If all goes well, he'll begin a rehab assignment at AA Bowie as early as next week.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) Like Garcia, no timetable for his return has been announced.