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Orioles Weekly Wrap: June 12th - June 18th

The Orioles continued to roll this week, outscoring their opponents by over 30 runs. Manny Machado, Wei-Yin Chen, and Chaz Roe played key roles in the success.

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Results and Standings

The Orioles continued their strong run by going 5-2 against the Yankees and the Phillies. They scored an incredible 53 runs and allowed just 21.

Their winning ways pushed them above .500 to 34-32, good for third place in the AL East at three games back. They pushed their predicted final record to 84-78.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

The team's best hitter this week was easily Manny Machado, who hit .407/.429/.852 with four bombs for a 273 wRC+. Not only did he hit the crap out of the ball, he struck out only 6.3% of the time and walked 15.6% of the time. Those are superlative numbers, especially for a young hitter who's proven to be over-aggressive in his career so far. J.J. Hardy was close behind him with 158 wRC+ (.407/.429/.481). The only below-average regular was Ryan Flaherty, who hit .222/.250/.333, even though he did have a jack. That's a 59 wRC+.

Best Start / Worst Start

Wei-Yin Chen had another great start. In 8 innings against the Phillies, he struck out nine, walked one, and didn't give up a home run. Nearly 70% of balls in play against him were grounders. On the flip side, Chris Tillman didn't do nearly as well in his start against the same team the following night. He went six innings, but he struck out only three and also walked three in addition to giving up a home run. He could only manage a 22% ground ball rate.

Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!

Manny Machado showcased his offensive talents against CC Sabathia and the Yankees on June 13th. In the bottom of the first, he singled to lead off the inning. He singled again in the bottom of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 5th, with Ryan Flaherty on first base, he cranked a 3-1 pitch over the left-center wall to put the Orioles up 4-2. In the bottom of the 6th, with the score now 5-4 Orioles, he singled to drive in Hardy and Flaherty again and put the Orioles up 7-4. The Yankees finally retired him in the 8th, when he lined out to left field. Overall he improved the Orioles' chances of winning by 33%.

Clutch Relief Appearance of the Week

On the mound, Chaz Roe helped the Orioles win that same game. Bud Norris had started the top of the 6th with the Orioles ahead 4-2 after Manny's home run. He gave up a game-tying two-run shot to Alex Rodriguez and subsequently allowed a double, fielder's choice, lineout, and double to the next four batters. That put runners on second and third with two outs, whereupon T.J. McFarland entered the game and walked Stephen Drew to load the bases.

Buck brought in Roe to face Mason Williams, for whom Chris Young pinch-hit. Roe squiggled out of the jam by getting Young to fly out to center field. He stayed on to pitch the 7th, allowing only a single to Chase Headley, and then the 8th, allowing two more singles. Meanwhile, as we already know, the Orioles scored five times to make the score 9-4. Overall he didn't let a runner past second base and improved the Orioles' chances of winning by 16%.

Upcoming

The Orioles travel to Toronto for a three-game set, have an off day Monday, then travel to Boston for three games against the Red Sox.