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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 11

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over week 11 of the 2015 season.

Manny Machado led the Oriole offense this week
Manny Machado led the Oriole offense this week
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Brad Brach The home run allowed in Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays hurt, but Brach was mostly sharp in three other appearances.  Amassed 4.2 innings of relief total and allowed two earned runs while striking out three.
Zach Britton Allowed his first earned run in over a month, but still picked up saves 18 and 19.  Not to mention, he's still pitching with a 1.88 ERA for the 2015 season.  Britton has posted a 35:5 K:BB ratio in 28.2 innings.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Tossed his best start of the year on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies - an 8 inning, 4 hit gem and optioned to A (+) Frederick.  Why, you ask?  Good question, although it probably has something to do with the Blue Jays and their ability to hit lefties.
Oliver Drake Recalled from AAA Norfolk as an extra bullpen arm, but he did not pitch.
Kevin Gausman Activated from the disabled list in time to make Saturday's start against the Blue Jays (previously Chen's spot).  He wasn't bad, nor was he spectacular.  Allowed four hits and two runs in five innings pitched (with one walk and one strikeout apiece).  Optioned back to AAA Norfolk after the game in favor of another bullpen arm.
Mychal Givens Recalled from AA Bowie as an additional bullpen arm after Wright's short outing, but has not pitched for the Orioles yet.
Tommy Hunter Hunter, too, was knocked around during Sunday's game for a run, but was more or less solid over 3.2 relief innings on the week.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Wasn't at his sharpest on Tuesday against the Phillies, but pitched well enough to grab his fifth win of the year.  Allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and struck out eight.  A lot of paper cuts, but the Orioles went on to win 6-4.
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium Fulfilled his assigned duties for the week adequately.
Bud Norris Upnew_medium Like Jimenez the night before, Norris wasn't razor sharp, but certainly pitched well enough to win.  Fell to 2-5 on the year after a five hit, two earned run appearance (six innings), as the Oriole bats went quiet in a 2-1 defeat.  Both walked and struck out two.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Couple of walks and hits allowed, but O'Day notched two victories and held down the fort.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium Picked up hold number two and posted three solid relief innings.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Was the benefactor of the Oriole homer fest early in the week against Philly, but was not incredibly sharp in that game.  Was even less sharp on Sunday, as he lasted just 1.1 innings and was tagged for six earned runs.  This season is certainly not going as Tillman had planned, I'm sure.
Tyler Wilson Upnew_medium Came into the game after Wright was chased early and pitched a solid 5+ innings, which really saved the bullpen.  Allowed just one run on five hits and induced 12 ground ball outs (although just one strikeout).  Sent back to AAA Norfolk following the game in favor of a less taxed arm.
Mike Wright Downnew_medium Made Friday's start against Toronto and also lasted just 1.1 innings, although he only gave up four earned runs.  Walks proved to be killer, as he allowed four during his very brief appearance.  Optioned back to AAA Norfolk after the game to make room for Gausman.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Only guy in the lineup without a hit during Homerfest 2015.  Went just 1-10 over the week.
Matt Wieters Four for fifteen (and a throwing error), as Wieters continues to split time regularly with Joseph.  Wieters contributed a double, home run, four RBI, and three walks.
Chris Davis Just five hits in 25 AB, which generally isn't great, but Davis walked five times and had two homers, including a mammoth blast on Tuesday.  Even with only five hits, he still raised his OPS, and that's rarely a bad thing.
Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium Another guy who didn't appear to have a great week just by looking at the numbers, but Flaherty was huge in yesterday's game, with two hits and three RBI.  Also had a homer against Jeff Francouer during the O's 19-3 win there.  You'd like him to hit better than .240, but his .333 OBP is well above his career average and he's playing mostly solid defense at 2B.
JJ Hardy Upnew_medium Is Hardy starting to come around?  Possibly.  Had 10 hits in 28 ABs with 4 RBI.  Power is limited at the moment, but there's much less to complain about when he's getting hits in big situations.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Machado also had a mammoth week at 13-29, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, and 4 BB.  He's taking to the leadoff role quite nicely and providing a solid OBP (well above his career average at .361).
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium Not to be outdone by others, Paredes joined the hit parade at 6-18 in fairly limited playing time. His six hits included two home runs and went for 5 RBI.
Chris Parmelee Upnew_medium The new guy shows up and drills two homers in his first game as an Oriole.  Then he shows up and drills a third homer in just his second game as an Oriole.  Then he went quiet for the rest of the week.  Still, not a bad debut.  He's certainly making that OF spot choice a tough one for the Orioles.
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Adam Jones Missed a good chunk of the week dealing with shoulder soreness.  He's likely the reason Parmelee was added to the roster and allowed us to see the full plethora of corner OF options.
David Lough Downnew_medium Filled in for Jones at CF and had a couple of hits, including a home run in that win against the Phillies (yes, you know which one that is).  He's probably among the few OFs not auditioning for a spot since he's the backup CF, but everyone got a chance to strut their stuff this week.  Oh, and his favorite food is kale.  I can't make this stuff up, people.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium His first week was hot.  His second week, less so.  Just two hits in ten ABs, although he did walk twice.
Travis Snider Upnew_medium Playing like his job is on the line? I'd say so.  Benefited greatly from the Jones injury and provided 9 hits in 22 AB, including 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, and 3 BB.  Not a bad week at all, and might have earned himself a few extra weeks with the team.
Delmon Young Downnew_medium Outside looking in?  0-7 in very limited playing time.  The O's had guys hitting far better than Young this week for him to see any substantial playing time.  Parmelee, Paredes, and Snider more than covered the lineup.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - This list is getting shorter, but Garcia's DL stint isn't.  He was transferred to the 60-day to make some roster space.
Miguel Gonzalez (Groin) - Sent to AA Bowie to make a rehab start.  No word on whether or not he'll make more than one start before returning to Baltimore, but it's likely he makes an MLB start this week.  The O's reporters said something about Friday, but also said it would come against Toronto.  The Orioles will play the Cleveland Indians on Friday, not the Blue Jays.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) Transferred to the 60-day just to make some roster space, but he's rehabbing consistently with Bowie.  Will likely make his return before the AS break, but the O's will have to clear a roster spot before that happens.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - Sent to AAA Norfolk on a rehab assignment.  He's also on the 60-day, so to bring him back, the O's would have to make a roster move.