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Orioles Weekly Wrap: September 4th - 9th

T.J. McFarland was clutch against the Yankees, and Chris Davis is putting on an offensive show to (maybe) cap his Orioles career.

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Results and Standings

The Orioles went 3-3 against the Blue Jays and Yankees this past week, which isn't great, but it was a much better showing than in August. The team scored 28 runs and allowed 29, so a .500 week is about right.

The Orioles are currently 67-72, barely avoiding last place in the AL East. They are six games out of a Wild Card spot behind five other teams. Their predicted end-of-season record is still 78-84.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

Offense, thy name is Chris Davis. If fans are indeed watching his final days in an Orioles uniform, then he is giving them something to cheer about. This past week he's hit .421/.593/.1000 with three dingers, good for an astounding 310 wRC+. He also walked seven times in 27 plate appearances. Yowza.  Gerardo Parra brought up the rear of the team with a wRC+ of -3 (.160/.160/.240).

Best Start / Worst Start

The rotation wasn't great this past week. Ubaldo Jimenez had this week's best start, in which he lasted seven innings against the Yankees, striking out 8, walking none, and giving up one home run. That'll do. Chris Tillman was the opposite, lasting just three innings against the Blue Jays. He struck out three, walke done, and gave up three, count 'em, three over-the-wall blasts.

Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!

Chris Davis was last week's award winner, and he takes the cake here again this week. He was key in the Orioles' 2-1 victory over the Yankees on September 8th. Against Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning, he lined out. In the fifth inning, he walked. In the top of the 6th, he appeared to reach base safely on a ground ball, but manager Joe Girardi challenged the call and it was overturned. But in the top of the 9th, with the game tied 1-1, he blasted a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence to give the Orioles the lead, and eventually, the game.

Clutchiest Relief Appearance

As you can imagine, in a game that was tied for most of its length, a reliever is going to get the chance to shine. And that's what T.J. McFarland did here. He replaced Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the 6th, immediately after Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a solo shot. He proceeded to face 8 batters while allowing only one of them to reach base, and that was a walk to Chris Young.

Upcoming

The Orioles return home to face the scuffling Kansas City Royals and then battle the Boston Red Sox for last place in the AL East.