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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 15

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles over an ASG-shortened week

Tillman unleashed a masterful appearance on the Detroit Tigers
Tillman unleashed a masterful appearance on the Detroit Tigers
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Opened the second half with a ten pitch inning in a 7-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Picked up save 24 in his first action of the second half.  Needed 13 pitches to strike out two batters and induce a ground out.
Wei-Yin Chen DNP
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Inefficiency was an issue, as Gonzalez needed 90 pitches to complete five innings, but only allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks.  Run support wasn't an issue - the O's backed him up with nine runs.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium One inning in which he induced more ground ball outs than fly ball outs.  That's usually good.
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium Left far too many pitches over the plate and the Tigers tagged him for three homers.  Ubaldo failed to finish the fifth inning and left with seven earned runs to his line.
Brian Matusz A two-out infield single kept his most recent inning alive and cost him a run, but he did have an effective inning earlier in the weekend.
Bud Norris Hard to rate him on two batters worth of work, but he issued a walk among those two hitters.  Standard.
Darren O'Day Allowed a walk and a hit during his one inning of work, but got through it just fine.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium While he gave up four hits in a two-inning stint, he got the needed outs and helped preserve a series win for the O's.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Easily the O's pitcher of the weekend.  Dominated the Tigers through eight innings giving him three quality starts in his last four outings.  Issued one walk, but struck out eight.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Started Saturday's game and went 1-4 with a two RBI single.
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Saw action in all three games (2 at C, 1 at DH), but had just 3 hits in 14 trips with more strikeouts than Dustin Johnson missed birdie opportunities (6 strikeouts).
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Started once and went 0-4 with 2 Ks.
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium 3-11 with a couple of doubles and RBI isn't a bad way to start the second half.  A lot of missed time and a slow recovery probably aren't the things Hardy had in mind coming into the season, but his play has improved.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Picking up where he left off, Machado had 4 hits in 11 trips, including a double and a homer.  He also walked four times.  His 9.9 BB% is now quite a bit above his career average.
Chris Parmelee Probably playing his way off the team, but he did have a couple of RBI in Sunday's blowout.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium One of the top hitters on the team for the first half, but went cold towards the end.  Opened with a 2-11 line.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium His miserable first half makes last year look more and more like a fluke.  What will the second half bring?  The first weekend brought a hit in five trips.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Schoop stayed hot with three straight multi-hit games to open the second half.  His plate discipline still needs work, but it's hard to argue with the current results.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Like Schoop, Davis had hits in all three games over the weekend.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Another Oriole kicking off the second half with three multi-hit games.  O's fans could get used to this!
David Lough Saw more time in the game than Tiger Woods saw at The Open this weekend!  Ah....that's setting the bar low, isn't it?
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium 0-3 with a couple of Ks in his lone start.
Travis Snider 1-5 with a bunch of walks.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Still rehabbing in the minors, but his assignment will expire soon enough.
Wesley Wright (Shoulder) - Not actually on the DL anymore.  Wright was re-instated from the 60-day DL and immediately DFA'd.