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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 16

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles

Zach Britton continues to anchor the Oriole pen
Zach Britton continues to anchor the Oriole pen
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Pitchers
Brad Brach Upnew_medium Recorded his 7th hold of the year and hasn't allowed an earned run in over a month.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Notched save 25 on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Trails only Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins in saves (29) among AL pitchers.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Strong through his first five innings before allowing back-to-back homers.  Still, the two solo homers were his lone runs allowed and he qualified for his fifth win of the year.  Walked one and struck out six.
Kevin Gausman Downnew_medium Settled down after an ugly first, but the three runs did him in and dropped him to 1-2 on the year.  The foul pole homer might have been a bit lucky, though, and he'll get the chance to turn things around against Atlanta tonight.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Posted his second straight start with two or fewer earned runs allowed.  Went 7+ on Saturday against Tampa and allowed just a solo home run for his ninth win of the season.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Actually pretty sharp over three innings this week.  The three walks were dangerous, but allowed just one hit and struck out four (also got his 6th hold).
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium That was just ugly.  We're not going to talk about it.
Brian Matusz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Just one inning this week (scoreless).  Matusz has appeared in just five innings throughout the entire month of July.
Bud Norris Downnew_medium It would be just great if anybody outside of the Orioles would like to take flyer on him as a "change of scenery" guy....
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Picked up his third blown save and first loss of the year on Friday in a rare poor outing.
Chaz Roe Upnew_medium Another scoreless 2.1 innings has him at a fairly impressive 2.31/2.60 ERA/FIP for the year.  Not bad for a guy who had pitched just 24 MLB innings over the past two seasons (he's at 31.1 so far this year).
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Somehow ended up with a no-decision after going another 7 innings with just 2 hits allowed.  Did walk three which isn't so great, but Tillman has looked really sharp of late.
Catchers

Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium After just three hits last week, he had....one...this week.  Although that one hit was a big two-run blast of Tampa's Matt Moore in Sunday's game.
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Day-to-day as he deals with a stiff back.  Maybe that explains his 1-14 performance this week?
Infielders

Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Getting some time at first base, which is probably better than some of the other options there, but he added just two hits in 14 trips (including a two-run homer).
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium Still lacking in power, but he did have 7 hits in 22 trips, plus a walk.  J.J.'s line included a homer and three RBI.  The homer was his lone extra-base hit.
Manny Machado http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Moved to the third spot in the lineup to help jump-start the offense and responded with just four hits in 20 trips.  However, he did have a homer and walk three times.  It's hard to complain much when his walk rate is double his career average and he's at his lowest K% in his four seasons at the MLB level.
Chris Parmelee Downnew_medium Avoided DFA briefly due to injuries elsewhere, but he's got to be close, right? 
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Just two hits in twelve AB.  Paredes has struggled in the month of July, racking up only eleven hits (.186) with two going for extra bases.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Got to love his power potential, but his OBP is miserable.  Schoop has just 2 walks to 21 strikeouts over an injury-shortened season.  Struck out at least once in every game he played this week and added only three hits.
Outfielders
Chris Davis Upnew_medium On the flip side, the outfield offense was solid.  Davis now has a nine game hitting streak and had a grand slam off of Erasmo Ramirez on Saturday.
Adam Jones http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png The week started poorly for Jones with just two hits in three games against the New York Yankees, but he had back-to-back multi-hit games to finish the weekend.
David Lough Downnew_medium Only two hits in twelve ABs, but he did have a triple!
Nolan Reimold Upnew_medium A mostly poor July for Nolan, but he picked up four hits in limited playing time this week to bring his OBP back to more respectable levels.
Travis Snider Downnew_medium 0-10.  He and Chris Parmelee were the only two on the roster without hits over the 16th week of the 2015 campaign.
Disabled List
Jason Garcia (Shoulder) - Appears on track to return in late July or early August.
Steve Pearce
(Oblique) - Placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain to make room on the roster for Kevin Gausman.  Will be re-evaluated early this week.