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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 14

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles heading into the All-Star break.

Jonathan Schoop and the O's walked off on Friday night
Jonathan Schoop and the O's walked off on Friday night
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Escaped damage from three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings during the 8-3 drubbing against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.  Recovered with a strong inning versus the Washington Nationals on Friday (a 3-2 Orioles win).
Zach Britton Upnew_medium One of Baltimore's four All-Stars mostly spectated this past week with the team struggling to make the ninth with a lead.  Recorded his first win of the season on Friday with a clean ninth, as the Orioles won in walk-off fashion.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Allowed just five runs (four earned) over two starts, but the Orioles supported him with only four and ended up dropping both games.  Chen fell to 4-5 after getting saddled with the lost in Sunday's matinee against Washington.  His final line totaled 15 IP, 12 H, 3 BB, 12 K, and 4 ER.
Kevin Gausman Downnew_medium Couldn't repeat the success of 6.1 solid innings (against the Texas Rangers on July 2), as he was torched by the Twins for eight runs in seven innings.  Sent back to AAA Norfolk to make some starts over the All-Star break, but expects to slot into the Orioles rotation in the second half of the season.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium Had everything working Saturday night until the sixth inning where he allowed homers to Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa.  Did not record an out in the inning and finished with 5 IP and 6 ER.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium Tommy Goes Boom, Orioles lose.  Sort of reminds you of 'Guts QS, O's lose,' eh?  Err, I guess not.
Ubaldo Jimenez Escaped Wednesday's start against Minnesota without allowing a run, despite seven hits and three walks.  Lasted only five innings, however, and needed a season-high 110 pitches to get those fifteen outs.   The Orioles went on to lose the game by a score of 5-3.
Brian Matusz Had just one inning  (scoreless) of relief, bringing his July total up to.....two innings.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium Five straight losses dating back to June 18th against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Just a horrendous first half of the season for Bud, who heads into the AS break with a 6.86 ERA (5.63 FIP, -0.4 WAR).  At least he finished up with a scoreless relief inning?
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Riding his SoloWheel right over to Cincinnati as the second of four O's All-Stars.  Also had two innings of scoreless relief.
Chaz Roe Always seems to allow his runs in twos as he was knocked around for a pair by Minnesota on Wednesday.  Enters the break, however, on a high note with two nice innings against Washington on Saturday.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Had to think about this one a bit, but Tilly gets an up arrow (just this once) for limited any damage to two runs over six innings (QS!).  He did need 107 pitches to get there and continues to be far too hittable (8 hits allowed in 6 innings).  Hopefully the second half treats Tillman far better.  The real positive here is that at least he was adept at keeping the ball on the ground, as hit fastball stayed nice and low in the zone.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Extremely limited action this week (5 AB), but gets an up arrow for taking Jordan Zimmermann deep, just over the outstretched glove of Michael Taylor in deep center.
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Started July at snail's pace, but put together a decent series against Washington, including a three-hit game.  Finished the week 7-16 with a double and a walk.  Also threw out a would-be base stealer, although that may have had more to do with Schoop's expert tag at second than Matt's bouncing throw.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Managed four hits (three in one game) before sitting out with "stomach flu."  Defense in right field has been an adventure, but he did have a nice play yesterday.
Ryan Flaherty Previously optioned to AAA Norfolk with Schoop's return from injury, but was reinstated with OF Reimold on paternity leave.  Went 1-7, but played solid defense at 2B.  Likely to head back to the minors (if he hasn't already).
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium He's playing exceptional defense at SS and he did have a home run against Minnesota, but Hardy mustered just three hits in twenty-two ABs.  J.J. is just 5-40 in the month of July.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Machado, too, has hit a rough patch in the month of July.  The third of four Oriole All-Stars has hit just .231 over the first twelve days of the month.  That hasn't kept him from contributing, however.  Manny was 6-21 this week (2 homers) and had five walks.  While his averaged slipped back below .300 for the year, his OBP did not suffer.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Like most of the Oriole offense, Paredes was mired in a July slump, but finished off his week strong with three hits against (arguably) the two top pitchers from the Nationals staff, Jordan Zimmermann and Max Scherzer.
Chris Parmelee Downnew_medium Parmelee's struggles have continued for another week.  He was 4-19 this week, although he did have two doubles.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium At 6-19 (.316), Pearce is having one of the better month's within the Oriole lineup, but two of those hits came in the last week.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Schoop's return from injury has been a huge boost.  Although he's just 5-20, he's made some big strides defensively and has several key hits, including a Friday night walk-off homer.  Schoop was 4-15 this week with a home run and a walk.
Christian Walker Got a chance to play with Reimold hitting the paternity list and had a hit plus a walk.  It's possible he returns at some point this season, maybe even before the rosters expand.
Adam Jones The fourth of four Oriole All-Stars (and newly minted ASG starter) jump started the Oriole offense with four home runs.  All six of his hits over the past week went for extra bases, although he, too, is hitting just .222 this month.
David Lough Not much to add here.  Lough was 2-7 this week.
Nolan Reimold Spent some time on the paternity list and had a hit in five at-bats.
Travis Snider 1-6.  The Orioles spread the left field love around while Davis got most of the action in RF.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia Rehabbing the shoulder at AA Bowie.  Had one scoreless relief inning on Thursday night.
Wesley Wright The Orioles must figure out what to do with him ASAP, as his rehab assignment expired yesterday.  There will be news about him.