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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 19

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Gerardo Parra posted his best week in an Oriole uniform
Gerardo Parra posted his best week in an Oriole uniform
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Pitchers
Brad Brach Upnew_medium A bit walk-prone this week, but still finished out with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to continue his career-best season.  Allowed just one hit and struck out five.  His 10.36 K/9 is his best since 2012 when he was a member of the San Diego Padres.
Zach Britton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Obi-Wan Kenobi says in his experience, there's no such thing as luck.  Zach Britton probably disagrees, as he allowed four hits and two runs on Friday versus the Oakland Athletics, yet the ball hardly left the infield.  That's just unlucky.  That said, it's only Britton's second blown save of the year, and he sandwiched that in between his 28th save and third win of the year.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Allowed eight hits in Sunday's outing against Oakland, yet coasted to a quality start and seventh victory thanks to huge run/hit support.  Chen has now given up three or fewer runs in fourteen of his last fifteen outings.
Jason Garcia Upnew_medium Possibly showing why he was selected in the Rule 5 draft this past year, as he delivered three solid innings of relief and picked up his first win.  After spending most of the season on the DL with a shoulder injury, Garcia responded with seven ground ball outs to just one fly out.  He also struck out one.
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Didn't seem bothered with any lasting effects of his last outing against the Los Angeles Angels - delivered seven strong innings on Wednesday versus the Seattle Mariners.  Allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out a season-high eight hitters.  Unfortunately for him, he picked up his fourth loss of the year, as he just happened to be on the wrong side of Hisashi Iwakuma's no-hitter.
Mychal Givens Upnew_medium Issued the first walk of his MLB career, but finished with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, including four strikeouts.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Things were looking hairy for a bit on Saturday evening with three straight walks, but Gonzalez turned it around in a big way and ended up posting a quality start.  Did not factor into the decision, but finished with seven innings and three earned runs allowed.  Struck out five and walked three (all in a row, but mitigated with a double play grounder).
Ubaldo Jimenez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Couldn't follow the success of his previous eight inning, two hit performance, instead finishing with just five innings pitched and four earned runs allowed.  Needed 102 pitches to slog through the five innings and did not factor into the decision.  Consistency remains an issue, as does efficiency.
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium Quietly turned in over five innings of solid relief.  Didn't walk a batter and struck out nine over four outings.  Allowed just three hits.  He's turned in his best K/9 as a reliever so far this season and is closing in on exceeding his 2013 season.  All relative, of course, but he's been decent of late.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Fell to 0-2 on the year after a disastrous 10th inning on Tuesday night in Seattle.  Worked a scoreless ninth, but followed up in the 10th with a double allowed, a soft single, then gave up the game-winning hit to Austin Jackson.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Only pitched twice, but got his 10th hold of the year over two scoreless innings.  Allowed two hits and struck out two.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Plain roasted by Seattle early in the game in his Tuesday start.  Lifted after just 2.1 innings with five earned runs allowed (two homers) and getting hit on the triceps with a batted ball in the first inning (Robinson Cano line drive).  Tillman had been on a pretty solid streak before this outing, so hopefully it's just an outlier.  He'd previous gone 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA against his former organization.
Catchers
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium Recalled after the Lough DFA and Wieters injury.  Was 0-3 in his first start, but followed up with a 4-6 game on Sunday which included a double and an RBI.
Caleb Joseph http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Didn't quite follow up his solid .462 week in style, but of his four hits (18 ABs), three went for extra bases.  Had two doubles, a homer, and four RBI.  He's batting .353 in August with four homers and eleven RBI.
Matt Wieters http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Dealing with some hamstring soreness and was removed from game action early in the week.  Has not played since, ceding his normal duties to Steve Clevenger.  Expects to avoid the DL, however.
Infielders
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Completed a monster week of five homers and nine RBI.  Has multiple hits in five of his last six games.  Slashing .327/.411/.765 since the All-Star break and is 19-53 with nine homers, seven walks, and nineteen RBI in the month of August.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Not much to say here.  He's 0-8 in August after losing most of his playing time after an unfortunate series of events (for him - not the Orioles!).  Schoop's return, the Parra acquisition, and the addition of Wieters to the 1B situation have all but squeezed out Flaherty's playing time.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Miserable week for J.J. that included just one hit in 19 trips.  Was the only starter not to record a hit in Sunday's slugfest.  Instead, he went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Although his BA for the week was just .259, Machado added four XBH and two walks in the leadoff role.  Manny is batting .333 in the month of August.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Just 1-9 over the week and 4-33 in August.  Three of his four hits have been doubles.  Like Flaherty, Paredes has also struggled to crack the lineup recently in part due to his slump and the addition of other players.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Took it down a notch from his previous few weeks, but still hitting strong since his return from a knee injury.  Added six hits this week, as well as two walks.
Outfielders
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Jones may be struggling overall in the month of August, but he was back in a big way over the past week.  Blasted five homers and notched ten RBI in a 10-25 week.
Junior Lake Downnew_medium The return from the Tommy Hunter trade was 1-10 with a double before getting optioned to AAA Norfolk.
David Lough Downnew_medium DFA'd to make room for Steve Clevenger - a move necessitated by the Wieters hamstring injury.  Keep enjoying those kale smoothies.
Gerardo Parra Upnew_medium Struggled early in his move to the AL, but came on strong this week with a 12-31 that included two doubles, two homers, and four RBI.  His defensive miscue in RF on Friday was weird, but he was otherwise solid.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium He's gotten some opportunities, but hasn't really capitalized.  A 2-11 week certainly doesn't help.
Henry Urrutia http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 2-8 since his recall - all singles (although 3 RBI).
Disabled List
Steve Pearce (Oblique) - Resumed baseball activities, only to experience oblique tightness again.  Expected to have his rehab scaled back after the setback, further extending his timetable for return.
Chaz Roe (Shoulder) - Will likely receive a cortisone shot for his shoulder tendinitis, but may return on August 25th as scheduled.
Mike Wright (Calf) - Throwing again with no reported issues.