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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 9

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over the first week of June.

Matt Wieters returned to the lineup with a bang
Matt Wieters returned to the lineup with a bang
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Brad Brach Downnew_medium Had previously been performing at a fairly high level, but struggled throughout his two appearances this week.  Took the loss (and a blown save) in both outings after a total of four earned runs on three hits and three walks.  First time since his disastrous opening to the season that he's allowed runs in consecutive appearances.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Saw 2.2 innings of relief in save situations, plus an additional non-save inning.  Went scoreless throughout, scattering just three hits.  Struck out six and did not walk a batter en route to saves 14 and 15 on the year.
Cesar Cabral Assuming the lefty specialist role with BMats suspended for eight games.  Provided an inning (over two outings) of scoreless relief, including a walk and a strikeout.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Tossed his second consecutive quality start, but once again did not come away with a victory.  The Orioles did end up winning the game 3-2, but Chen did not secure a victory even after a solid start of 6.1 innings.  Allowed five hits and two earned runs with a season-high of nine strikeouts.
Oliver Drake Downnew_medium Couldn't seem to find his control after a few good outings and was sent back down to AAA Norfolk.  Pitched 0.2 innings against the Houston Astros before leaving and walked two, letting one runner score.  Pitched for the Tides over the weekend and still struggled with control.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Gonzalez also pitched his second straight quality start, but instead was saddled with the loss (his record now stands at 5-4), as the Orioles couldn't find the bats in a 3-1 loss.  Gonzalez allowed three earned runs on four hits (three solo homers) and struck out eight.  He did not issue a walk for the second straight start, his first two no-walk games of the year.
Tommy Hunter Technically scoreless in 3.2 innings of relief, but did allow an inherited runner to score during a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.  Not a bad week for Hunter, though, as he allowed just two hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.  Also notched his third hold of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Will go ahead and give Jimenez the benefit of the doubt here for going two starts and allowing just three earned runs total.  Quality start in his first outing of the week, a start in which he allowed just two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.  Lasted just five innings in his next start (one run on six hits) thanks to six walks.  He had 107 pitches and had to leave the game - the Orioles would end up losing 2-1.
Brian Matusz Lost his appeal and the eight game suspension has been upheld.  Former New York Yankee Cesar Cabral, who has just 5 career innings, will assume his role as the lefty specialist for the next week or so.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Recalled from AAA Norfolk to replace Oliver Drake, who had been struggling with his control.  McFarland, naturally, struggled to get outs.  He picked up his first hold of the year over 1.2 innings of relief in his first outing (one walk issued plus one strikeout), but failed to record an out in yesterday's game, allowing one hit and one walk.
Bud Norris Upnew_medium Re-instated from the disabled list after a bout of bronchitis and a little time to work out the kinks in the minors.  Responded with five solid innings of one run ball, including seven strikeouts.  Pulled after just 85 pitches and a nice lead, likely to give him some time to ease back into the routine.  Ended up posting his best start of the year and is now 3-0 in three career starts against Cleveland.
Darren O'Day Not his most effective week overall.  Picked up his second win of the year on Thursday in Houston (2-0 record), but walked two.  O'Day then allowed a double to Jason Kipnis in yesterday's game.  Kipnis would score on a single from Ryan Raburn.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium Was charged with his first earned run of the year after the tandem of McFarland and Hunter couldn't get the outs needed.  Roe, however, provided a solid 3.1 innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium A lighter-hitting Cleveland Indians lineup provided Tillman with a change for a much-needed confidence boost.  The right-hander allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings.  He still walked three (three strikeouts), but produced twelve ground ball outs - an improvement from previous outings.
Mike Wright Downnew_medium After two impressive starts, Wright came back to earth with back-to-back five inning outings.  His most recent was the least effective, as Wright allowed five earned runs and eight hits.  He was optioned back to AAA Norfolk with the return of Bud Norris and pitched fairly well in his first start with the minor league club.
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium His stay with the big club was short, but Clevenger put together a number of solid offensive performances over his three starts.  He had hits in all three starts, including a double in his last outing with Baltimore on Wednesday.  Clevenger was sent back to AAA Norfolk to make room for Wieters' return from the DL.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium With Wieters' return, Joseph will likely head back to his role as the backup catcher.  He may still continue to get some extra starts in order to let Wieters ease back, but his limited offense of late may kill that.  Over the first week of June, Joseph was just 1 for 12 and his OPS has sunk below .700 for the year.
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Wieters returned from the disabled list with a huge bang, hitting for the cycle over his first week.  He had hits in all three starts (two at catcher and one as the designated hitter), including a huge burst yesterday, which included a home run and a triple on a misplayed ball by Indians RF Brandon Moss.
Everth Cabrera Downnew_medium Cabrera, one of the Orioles offseason signings, becomes the second veteran position player to be DFA'd this year.  He follows OF Alejandro De Aza, who lost his roster spot at the end of May.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Davis was unable to match his offensive outburst of last week, notching just a few singles and two doubles over 21 AB.  He did walk four times, but was quiet for the most part.  Davis also added a sacrifice fly after Wieters' triple in Sunday's game vs. the Indians.
Ryan Flaherty Flaherty's return from the disabled list has been a positive thing for the Orioles, as he's a better player than both Cabrera and Navarro at second.  He had just five hits this week, but two were triples and he added three walks and four RBI.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Another slow offensive week for Hardy, who managed just two singles and a walk (.182 BA over the week).  He went 0-3 with three strikeouts in Saturday's game.  Hardy's OPS in now down to .477 over the entire 2015 season.
Manny Machado Not a great week overall, but Machado provided key offense in the two weekend games.  His solo homer on Saturday ended up as the Orioles only run of the game.  He added two hits and an RBI in yesterday's 7-3 victory.
Rey Navarro Recalled briefly following the Cabrera DFA, but was returned to AAA Norfolk without playing to make room for Bud Norris' return.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Paredes was swinging a hot bat in early May, but has since cooled off.  His multi-hit game Sunday was his first in two weeks.  He's just 3-17 so far in June and has an incredibly pronounced split between RHP and LHP.
Steve Pearce Has struck out in each of his last 10 games, but did add a couple of hits and RBI.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Simply on fire this week against Houston and Cleveland.  Launched three homers to add alongside two triples and a double.  Jones' week included four multi-hit games - a huge turnaround after the month of May where he OPS'd just .556 (1.147 in April).
David Lough Downnew_medium Pretty limited sample, but just 2-12.
Travis Snider Limited power, but had four hits and a couple of RBI.
Delmon Young Young, too, has limited power (SLG of .371 to Snider's .341), but also had a couple of hits.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Nothing to report this week.  Does not appear that he's begun throwing yet.
Kevin Gausman (Shoulder) - Pitched three shutout innings for A (+) Frederick.  Touched 98 on the gun a few times and allowed just one hit while striking out four.
Jonathan Schoop (Knee) - Has been participating in extended spring training games.  It is possible that he returns to the Orioles around the All-Star break.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - Has presumably begun a throwing program, but no timetable for his return has been established.