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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 20

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

Steve Clevenger provided some quality offense for the Orioles this week
Steve Clevenger provided some quality offense for the Orioles this week
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Brad Brach Winning run in Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Twins came off of a hit allowed by Brach.  Otherwise good for two scoreless relief innings and his eight hold of the year (a game that Orioles ended up losing).
Zach Britton Spanned the whole map with his 29th save, 4th win, and 3rd blown save of year all in one week.  Tying run in Sunday's game allowed to reach base on an infield single.
Wei-Yin Chen
Upnew_medium Gave the Orioles six quality innings in Friday's 4-3 loss.  Allowed seven hits, but just one earned run (two walks, three strikeouts).  Of the seven hits allowed, only two went for extra bases.
Jason Garcia Downnew_medium Struggled, as did most of the team, in a 15-2 drubbing on Thursday.  Allowed lots of solid contact, even his first inning, which was a 1-2-3 frame.  Got worked for two earned runs in frame number two, but got a chance to pitch again two days later and provided four outs of relief.
Kevin Gausman Upnew_medium Picked up his third straight quality start on Sunday, giving seven solid innings and tying his career-high in strikeouts.  A two-run blast to Miguel Sano in the first was his lone mistake.  He remains, however, 2-5 on the year, as he did not factor into the decision.
Mychal Givens He was bound to get hit eventually and started out his week with back-to-back appearances in which he allowed runs.  Recovered from his New York Mets appearances with three good innings against the Twins, in which he allowed just one hit and struck out five total.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium Fell to 9-9 after getting worked for seven runs in just five innings.  A five run second inning did him in for good and the game only got worse after that.  The O's have won just once in his last five starts.
Ubaldo Jimenez Managed five innings in Wednesday's game, but it was a laborious process.  Jimenez needed 94 pitches to complete five, walking four batters and striking out six.  Allowed three earned runs on five hits and did not factor into the decision.  Not a terrible outing overall, just inefficient.
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium Won't fault him for poor defense behind him.  Victimized by two errors in the 12th inning of Sunday's game and took the loss.  Did his job as the lefty specialist all week in fine fashion, including striking out his lone batter in two straight outings.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Dominated in his mop up duty against the Twins in the 15-2 loss.  Wasn't a pretty sight for any of the three Oriole pitchers that day.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Friday night's loss/blown save was the first time O'Day allowed an earned run since July 24th - a span of eleven appearances, ten of which were at least a full inning.  Everybody has tough nights occasionally.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Tillman delivered two quality starts of 7 and 6.2 innings (both 101 pitches), but finished the week 1-1.  Allowed five runs on seven hits during his 13+ innings.  Did walk five to just nine strikeouts (total) and allowed two solo shots, but he minimized the damage well.
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium Buck chose to rotate catchers with Wieters still smarting a bit from a leg injury, so Clevenger was featured in six games - all as the DH.  Provided hits in all six games and finished the week 8-23 (.348) with a double, homer, four RBI, and two walks.  Not bad for your third catcher.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Not his best week - just 2-16 - but Joseph is hitting .280 in the month of August with four homers and 13 RBI.
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Essentially a repeat of above - just 4-17 with a double this week, but .294 with a homer and a handful of RBI in August.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium Fresh off of a monster week, Davis only managed four hits this time around (just one for extra bases).  He did, however, walk six times.
Ryan Flaherty Picked up his first two hits of August this week.  In line for the starting nod at SS with Hardy likely to hit the DL.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Hitting the DL with a groin injury harder than he was hitting any baseballs this week.  Hardy's rough season continues.
Manny Machado Displaying some frustration after an average week at the plate (7-28, 1 2B, 3 BB) and a game in which he committed two errors.  Unlikely we'll see him at SS again.  Not sure whether the errors had anything to do with the mental aspects of changing positions, but they were rough either way.
Jimmy Paredes Downnew_medium Not sure I even want to list him as an infielder, but that's where he plays if he's not DHing.  0-1 for the week with a game-ending error.
Jonathan Schoop
Upnew_medium Fair to middling this week, both at the plate and defensively, but getting an up arrow for a few clutch hits.  Came through with the RBI when needed, even if the team couldn't put them to good use.
Adam Jones Cooled off after a big week, as Davis did.  Went 7-28 at the plate with a double and a homer.
Gerardo Parra Upnew_medium Producing nicely now that he's in the swing of things with the Orioles.  9-33 with a double, two homers, five RBI, and a walk.  Also had a stolen base earlier in the week.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium Mostly invisible during a 1-6 week.
Henry Urrutia Upnew_medium Making his presence known with hits in 5 of 6 games this week.  Ended the week 7-23 at the plate, including his first MLB home run.  Henry is 9-31 since his recall from AAA Norfolk.
Disabled List
Steve Pearce (Oblique) - Expected to return from the DL today in place of Hardy (DL - groin).
Chaz Roe (Shoulder) - Will throw a simulated game in Texas and could return to the team this week.
Mike Wright (Calf) - Tossed a three-inning simulated game on Saturday.