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Orioles Weekly Wrap: September 11th - 17th

Jonathan Schoop, Wei-Yin Chen, Nolan Reimold, and Brad Brach all had big contributions this week as the Orioles went 5-2 against the competition.

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Results and Standings

The Orioles righted the ship this week, going 5-2 against the Royals, Red Sox, and Rays. Things could've gone much differently though, because they scored 41 runs and allowed 42.

Overall the team is 72-74, inching towards .500 while moving up to 4.5 games back in the Wild Card race. (Hey, it's possible!) Their predicted final record is 80-82.

Best Hitter / Worst Hitter

The offense was firing on all cylinders this week. Jonathan Schoop led the way with 197 wRC+ and a batting line of .393/.433/.643. Nolan Reimold and his 194 wRC+ deserve special mention here as well. Manny Machado notched a wRC+ of 183, and Chris Davis and Adam Jones had values of 137 and 130, respectively. Bringing up the rear though was J.J. Hardy and his by-now-familiar wRC+ of 13 (.148/.207/.222).

Best Start / Worst Start

Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod here for his game against the Royals on September 13th. In 7 innings he struck out only two batters but walked none and didn't give up a home run. He also kept the ball on the ground at a 41.7% pace. Mike Wright had this week's worst start though, getting crushed in Boston by striking out just one, walking one, and giving up two dingers. He left the ball in the air a lot and as a result lasted just three innings.

Have a Game, Why Don't Ya!

Nolan Reimold isn't often mentioned in these pages, because he doesn't play a lot and when he does he usually isn't good enough to get a mention. That all changed on Friday against the Royals. Nolan was a big part of the team's 14-6 win. He walked in the first inning but didn't come around to score. He grounded out in the bottom of the 3rd and walked again in the bottom of the 5th.  In the bottom of the 7th, he popped out to shortstop.

So far, not a very interesting game. But then the bottom of the 8th inning came, and with the Orioles behind 6-4 Jonathan Schoop doubled and Steve Clevenger reached on an error. J.J. Hardy struck out, but Gerardo Parra singled to load the bases. All Reimold did next was yank a 2-0 pitch from Kelvin Herrera, one of the game's best relievers, down the left field line for a go-ahead grand slam. Nothing special.

In total, Reimold added 57.3% to the Orioles' chance to win the game. It was the fourth-highest single-game addition of the season.

Clutchiest Relief Appearance

In Boston four days later, the Orioles were tied 5-5 with the Red Sox after Brian Matusz surrendered a solo shot to Travis Shaw in the top of the 8th. No one could score for a few innings, so in came Brad Brach to pitch the top of the 11th,where he retired Rusney Castillo, Ryan Hanigan, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order. He came back for the top of the 12th and struck out Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia before giving up a double to Xander Bogaerts. Buck ordered David Ortiz walked intentionally though, and Shaw grounded out to end the inning. The Orioles would go on to win 6-5 on a walkoff single by Chris Davis.

Upcoming

The Orioles finish out a four-game set against the Rays, then travel down I-95 to DC to take on the Nationals before going even farther up I-95 to play the Red Sox again.