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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 18

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

Caleb Joseph stole the show this week for the Orioles
Caleb Joseph stole the show this week for the Orioles
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Had a minor hiccup on Friday, allowing a two-run homer to pinch hitter C.J. Kron, but was otherwise solid in four innings.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Just one extended outing for the Oriole closer.  Britton pitched 2.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics and allowed one hit (two strikeouts).
Wei-Yin Chen Downnew_medium Although Chen allowed only three earned runs (baserunners galore), Wednesday start marked three straight shorter than six innings.  Naturally, the Orioles won all three starts - Chen factored into the decision just once.
Jason Garcia Pitched for the first time since May after an extended stint on the DL.  The O's Rule 5 pick tossed one inning of scoreless relief.
Kevin Gausman Downnew_medium After two straight dominant starts, Gausman couldn't solve the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, allowing six earned runs in 5.2 innings.  Inconsistency has been an issue, but we'll get a better look as he fills the starter role for an extended period.
Mychal Givens Upnew_medium Only pitched once this week, but we'll give him an up arrow anyway for three strikeouts in just 1.1 innings.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium Lasted just 4.2 innings and needed 102 pitches at that.  Did have six strikeouts, which is great, but Gonzalez has just one quality start in his last six outings.  The Orioles have dropped his last three starts.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Ubaldo seems to be a tale of two pitchers.  When he's off, he's really off.  When he's on, he's really on.  Lucky for the O's, Jimenez was on this time around, dominating the Angels for eight innings of two hit ball, earning him his ninth win of the year.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Mostly ineffective, allowing two hits and two walks in relatively limited time on the mound.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium Doesn't miss a lot of bats, but T.J. can be an effective long relief option.  He displayed that this week with 4.1 innings of scoreless relief over two separate outings.  Allowed three hits and struck out two.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Allowed hits in all three outings this week, but nobody crossed the plate.  Struck out four over three outings.
Chaz Roe Downnew_medium The left coast did not treat Roe quite well.
Chris Tillman DNP due to an ankle injury.  Expected to start early this week against the Seattle Mariners.
Tyler Wilson Upnew_medium Picked up a spot start due to the Tillman injury and held the A's to two runs on six hits in 7.2 innings.  Wilson doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he did keep the ball on the ground for 16 of his 30 TBF.  Optioned back to Norfolk, but was scratched from his start there due to oblique soreness.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Caleb had a masterful week at and behind the plate this week.  Got three starts and had multiple hits in all three games.  Batted .462 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 4 RBI.  Also caught two runners trying to steal and picked off another (then again, the Chen/Joseph combo gave up three stolen bases, so maybe that's a wash?).
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium 5-22 at the plate (1 homer) and now being out-slugged by Joseph.  Many of his ABs came as the DH with CaJo getting three starts behind the plate.  Wieters also went 1-3 against base stealers.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Pretty masterful west coast swing for Davis, who now maintains a seven game hitting streak.  Davis mashed three homers (good for eight RBI), including a 10th inning grand slam in Oakland.  Also took four walks which helped up his OBP to .334 for the year.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Hasn't had a hit since July 24th.  Now 0 for his last 27.
J.J. Hardy Not quite dead yet, but not yet alive either.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Completely owned the Angels (9-15, 1 2B, 1 HR) and has a six game hitting streak of his own.  Mostly singles this week, but it's hard to complain about the lead-off guy getting on base regularly.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Picked up just two hits in 17 AB.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Schoop has been on fire since his return from the DL and has an eight game hitting streak to show for it.  Since he missed a good chunk of the year with a knee injury, we're talking SSS here, but his slash line stands at .314/.341/.576 at the moment.
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Bit of a down week for Adam - started hot with a three hit game in Oakland, but couldn't maintain the momentum.  His BA has slipped below his career average, but his OPS remains above.
Junior Lake Downnew_medium The 25 year old OF acquired in the Tommy Hunter trade with the Chicago Cubs was 1-7 with a double and a walk.
David Lough 0-4
Gerardo Parra It's a bit deceptive, as his AL slash line is terrible, but Parra actually recorded a hit in five of six games this week.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium 2-10 with an RBI
Travis Snider Downnew_medium Follows Bud Norris and Chris Parmelee as the latest DFA.
Disabled List
Steve Pearce (Oblique) - Still on the DL, but expected to resume baseball activities soon.  Buck Showalter believes he'll be back before September.
Mike Wright (Calf) - Expected to resume throwing from the mound this week.