Results and Standings
The Orioles went 4-2 this week against Detroit and Oakland, scoring 31 runs and allowing 25. They currently are 55-52, in third place in the AL East, six games back, and 1.5 games back of Los Angeles and Toronto for a Wild Card spot. Their predicted record is 84-78, up from 82-80 last week.
Best Hitter / Worst Hitter
You know him, you love him ... ladies and gentlemen, it's CRUUUUUSH DAVIS! Thor had an awe-inspiring .318/.400/.773 line with three home runs this past week, good for a 220 wRC+. That was 15th-best in all of baseball. The team's worst hitter was Jimmy Paredes, who hit .217/.250/.304 to the tune of a 49 wRC+.
Best Start / Worst Start
This week's honor goes to Tyler Wilson, who made a spot start against Oakland in place of Chris Tillman. Wilson lasted 7.2 innings, striking out three and walking two but not allowing a home run. Importantly, he had a whopping 60% ground ball rate, allowing J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, and Jonathan Schoop to do what they do so well. This week's worst start went to Wei-Yin Chen again, whose luck seems to be evening out for the season. In 3.1 innings against the Tigers he struck out six but gave up three home runs in addition to seven hits. Thankfully the Orioles came from behind and won 8-7.
Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!
In that same game against the Tigers, Manny Machado was the real reason the Orioles ended up winning. In the bottom of of the 1st, he was hit by a pitch and made it to 3B before Matt Wieters grounded out to end the inning. He singled in the bottom of the third with the Orioles already down 4-0. In the bottom of the 5th, with the score now 6-1 Tigers, he walked and eventually scored on an Adam Jones home run. But most importantly, in the bottom of the 6th with the Tigers leading 6-5 and David Lough on base, he homered to left-center to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead. All in all he increased the team's chances of winning by nearly 37%, 10th-most by any Oriole batter this year.
Clutchiest Relief Appearance
Darren O'Day played an important role in another come-from-behind victory, this time against the Athletics on August 5th. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th, O'Day replaced Brad Brach who had allowed a single and a walk with one out. O'Day struck out Brett Lawrie and Stephen Vogt to end the inning. In the 8th, he got Danny Valencia to ground out, but Josh Phegley singled. Mark Canha grounded out, at which point Zach Britton came in to face the lefty Ike Davis. The Orioles would move ahead 7-3 in the top of the 10th on a Chris Davis grand slam and win the game by that score. But O'Day deserves credit for keeping the game tied in the late innings.
The Orioles continue their West Coast road trip in the hunt to stay in the playoff race. They travel to Anaheim to face the Angels and then to Seattle to face the Mariners before returning home for a rematch with the Athletics.