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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 12

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

Chris Parmelee has been racking up the hits over his first few weeks with the O's
Chris Parmelee has been racking up the hits over his first few weeks with the O's
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Better starting pitching limited Brach to just two innings of relief work.  He completed those without allowing a run and recorded his fifth and sixth holds of the year.  Finished the week with two hits and a walk allowed to accompany a pair of strikeouts.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium A minor hiccup cost him a run against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, but he recorded the save, his twentieth, anyway.  Went on to pick up two more saves and end the week with three innings, three hits, and one run allowed.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Fresh off of his brief exile to the minors, Chen made Friday's start against the Cleveland Indians and scattered seven hits and two earned runs over six innings.  Both runs allowed came off of solo home runs (Brandon Moss and Ryan Raburn) during the Orioles 4-3 win.  Chen also walked two while striking out five.
Oliver Drake Spent the week with the team after a brief call up from AAA Norfolk, but has returned to the Tides without pitching at the MLB level.
Mychal Givens Upnew_medium A nice up arrow for recording his first inning as an MLB player.  Did so in scoreless fashion and had one strikeout.  He's back at AAA Norfolk now, with the Orioles returning two pitchers from the DL/minor league exile.
Miguel Gonzalez Returned from the DL to do his usual Migo thing.  Scattered eight hits and four earned runs in five innings of work.  Did not walk any hitters and struck out five.  Managed to pick up the win anyway - his sixth of the year - as the Orioles won the game 8-6.
Tommy Hunter Even with a double header yesterday, Hunter only saw an inning's worth of work this week, which he completed in scoreless fashion for his fifth hold of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Wasn't razor sharp on Tuesday, but still managed his sixth win of the year.  Yesterday, however, was a completely different story.  Jimenez worked his former team over quite well, going a solid eight shutout innings and recording seven strikeouts (no walks!).  He's now 7-3 on the year with a 3.09 ERA.
Brian Matusz Just shy of two innings worth of scoreless relief has Matusz's season ERA down to 2.55, although Fangraphs has his FIP north of four.
T.J. McFarland Gave up two runs in two innings earlier in the week en route to his third hold, then was optioned to make room for Chen's return from minor league assignment.  Returned to pitch an additional two innings yesterday thanks to the double header and allowed four hits.  Not incredibly sharp, but he did record the necessary outs.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium Has allowed just two earned runs in his last twelve innings.  Thanks to offensive weakness and defensive issues (and a few of his own woes....), however, he lost both starts (now 2-6 for the year) and allowed seven runs total.
Darren O'Day Picked up his seventh hold over a clean inning on Tuesday, then got his fifth win after blowing a save on Friday.  The homer he allowed to Carlos Santana was just his second earned run of June (10.2 innings).
Chaz Roe Just 1.2 innings in a light bullpen week.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Probably his best start of the year in the second game of yesterday's double header (an 8-0 victory for the O's).  Just four hits allowed over seven innings with six strikeouts.  Shutout was kept alive by some nice defensive work, but Tillman was solid throughout.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Still struggling with the bat (1-10 on the week), but his defense isn't bad!
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Just four hits total from the O's catchers this week.  Wieters had three of them, including a double and a homer.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Might have to move him to the outfield section soon enough, as he's been getting some reps in RF lately.  Davis was 7-22 (.318) this week with a homer and a couple of doubles.  He's posted a .350 OBP in the month of June and looks to be seeing the ball pretty well, even if the average (and overall OPS) isn't quite there yet.
Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium A solid week for Flaherty littered with multi-hit games.  Ryan was 6-17 (.353) with 5 RBI and 2 walks.  His power remains limited, but he's manning second well and has upped his OBP to .344 for the season.
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium Hardy continues to emerge from his early season issues.  He mentioned a few weeks back that it was almost as though he was still in spring training, and that's a possibility considering his recent success at the plate.  He went 6-22 this week (.273) with a home run and two doubles, making him 25-83 in the month of June (12 RBI).
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Manny continues to assert himself atop the Oriole lineup with another nice week (8-25, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI).  He had a hit in every game in which he played this week and RBI in all but two.
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium Likewise, Paredes remains a regular contributor in the lineup despite more limited playing time.  Paredes hit 9-18 this week with a homer and three doubles.  As mentioned during yesterday's game 1 broadcast, Paredes has actually hit better in more important situations than without.  He's posted a 252 wRC+ with runners in scoring position (.467 BA).
Chris Parmelee Upnew_medium Parmelee's scorching start to begin his O's career continued with a 7-24 week.  He added four doubles, a triple, and a homer to go with his two RBI.  He's also been playing first base, which gives Buck another corner OF option (Chris Davis).
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Limited playing time, but Pearce did get one start and was 3-5 in that game with two doubles and a stolen base.  Finished the week 3-8.
Adam Jones Played just once this week while resting an ailing shoulder.  Was 0-4 in the game, but it does appear as though he's staved off a trip to the DL.
David Lough Downnew_medium Only had one hit (a home run), but still managed to score three times.  While filling in mostly at CF, Lough was 1-12 with a homer, 3 RBI, and 2 walks.
Nolan Reimold A suddenly crowded OF limited Reimold just one start.  He was 2-5 with a double.
Travis Snider Downnew_medium Although Snider was just 3-14 on the week, he played an instrumental part in game 2 of yesterday's double header.  He had a solo home run and later made an impressive diving grab out in LF.
Delmon Young Didn't see much of Delmon this week.  In one start, he was 1-4.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) - Appears ready for activation, but the Orioles would have to clear roster space to make that happen.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - He's been on rehab assignment with AAA Norfolk, but hasn't been entirely effective.