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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 23

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

Nolan Reimold had quite an offensive outburst from the leadoff spot
Nolan Reimold had quite an offensive outburst from the leadoff spot
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Pitchers
Brad Brach Downnew_medium It's been a tale of two Brach's over the 2015 season for Brad, who recently hit a career-high for IP in a season (68.1).  Although his basic numbers have looked better in the second half, his FIP has increased from 3.19 to 4.44 (exact opposite of his ERA).  He's been tagged for earned runs in four of his last seven outings.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Hasn't had many save opportunities in September, but that didn't stop him from posting four perfect innings this past week.  Britton struck out six in the process and notched his 31st and 32nd saves of the year.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Started the week on a poor note, allowing four earned runs (2 homers surrendered) against the New York Yankees, but bounced back with a gleaming start on Sunday.  Allowed just six hits in seven innings (fewest hits allowed since 8/10) and gave up just two runs.
Jason Garcia http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Has pitched just 3.2 innings in the month of September.
Kevin Gausman http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Picked up a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday after five innings of work - a game the Orioles went on to win 2-1.  Allowed a home run for his fifth consecutive start after a sixth inning solo shot to Alex Rodriguez.
Mychal Givens Downnew_medium Improved to 2-0 with a win on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, but struggled to get out of the inning.  He's allowed eight hits and three earned runs in just 4.2 innings for September.
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Notched his second straight victory with a solid start on Wednesday against the Yankees.  Allowed four hits and three runs (all earned) in seven innings.  Did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
Steve Johnson Downnew_medium Welcomed back to the big league to the tune of seven hits, four earned runs, and four walks - all in seven innings of relief.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Exceptionally poor week for Brian - who failed to record an out in Saturday's 14-6 loss to Kansas City.  He pitched just 1.2 innings total over the week, but still allowed three earned runs.
T.J. McFarland http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Looked good early in the week, but suffered a Matusz-like fate on Saturday, as did most of the Oriole pen (0.1 IP, four hits, five ER).
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Still teaming with Britton as the shut-down core of the Oriole bullpen.  Added another 2.2 innings of relief and could potentially achieve career-best numbers in ERA, FIP, and WAR, even though he's seen just 55 innings this year (although the season is not yet over).
Chaz Roe Downnew_medium Hasn't been entirely sharp since his return from the DL.  Did not allow an earned run this year, but did give up a single which resulted in a run charged to Matusz.  Otherwise, his time was pretty limited.
Jorge Rondon Downnew_medium Pitched once, got tagged.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium It's been a month since Tillman has delivered a seven inning start.  Not coincidentally, he's on a four-game losing streak, although his last start did end in a no-decision (the Orioles lost anyway).
Mike Wright Downnew_medium Limited effectiveness starting for Migo against Kansas City.  Start effectively ended in a no-decision for Wright, but he surrendered two home runs en route to a 5 inning, 4 ER effort.
Catchers
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium Picked up his first two hits of September this week, including a Friday night grand slam during the Orioles' 10 run eight inning.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium After a strong August, Joseph has gotten off to a poor start in September.  He's just 2-17 this month, including an 0-11 over this past week.
Matt Wieters http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png In and out of the lineup with a balky wrist, but did add three hits in 11 AB (also walked twice).
Infielders
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Sure is streaky, but his monster week included two homers, two doubles, and eight walks.  Slashing a scorching .444/.600/1.111 in September.  Guess the guy wants a contract?
Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium Not to be outdone by Davis (okay, slight exaggeration there....), Flaherty also smacked a homer in one of his 6 AB for the week - a solo shot of Tanaka on Wednesday.  Did not play since.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Another week of misery for Hardy.  While his teammate went crazy in a 14-8 win over KC on Friday, Hardy was 0-5 with 3 Ks.  Did finish the weekend with doubles in back-to-back games, but that's been about as exciting as it gets for Hardy.
Paul Janish http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 0-3
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Moved around a bit in the lineup and put together a fairly quality week.  Machado had two homers, a double, and six walks in the two-hole this week, making him 12-40 with 9 BB in September.  It hasn't been the best season for the Orioles, but the All-Star 3B has made a huge step forward at the plate - he's doubled his walks, cut back on Ks, and is primed for a career-best slash line.
Jimmy Paredes Upnew_medium He's struggled most of the second half (.299/.332/.475 versus .224/.255/.276), but he provided hits in all three games in which he played this past week and has a .384 average in September.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium He's struggling in September overall, but did have a double and a homer in very limited action this week.
Jonathan Schoop Upnew_medium Another big week (3 homers, 5 RBI) pushes Schoop's line to .291/.322/.520, a mark well above his limited career numbers.  It's a brilliant sight two see two of the Orioles' bright young infielders performing well and provides a solid core on which to build.
Outfielders
Dariel Alvarez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png His lone hit for the week was his first career home run at the MLB level.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Always seems to wear later on in the season (more strikeouts, lower OPS) - including just 8 -36 in September, but this week wasn't bad.  Jones was 5-17 with a couple of homers and seven RBI.
Gerardo Parra Upnew_medium Parra has struggled in September as well (8-41), but had a hit in each game this past week.
Nolan Reimold Upnew_medium It's too bad the O's didn't receive offensive outbursts like this all year from Reimold.  Nolan was 7-21 with 2 homers (one a grand slam), 6 RBI, and 6 walks.  He's been fairly effective as the leadoff guy since the end of August.
Disabled List
Miguel Gonzalez (Shoulder) - Reports that both his shoulder and elbow are pain-free, so it's possible he returns for 1-2 starts towards the end of the season.