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Birds Up, O's Down - 2015 Week 24

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

Chen dominated the Rays for seven innings over the weekend
Chen dominated the Rays for seven innings over the weekend
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Brad Brach Upnew_medium Continues a career year in the Orioles bullpen with another five innings of scoreless relief.  Allowed just two hits in the process and struck out seven.  Recorded his tenth and eleventh holds of the year, leaving him four away from his season high - established back in 2012 as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Zach Britton The homer he coughed up during Sunday's blown save was his first allowed since July.  Britton has been mostly stellar in September, however, recording two saves earlier in the week with just one hit allowed.  He remains in the midst of his best season as a reliever and appears poised to set career-best marks in K/9, BB/9, and GB%.  He's three saves off of last year's mark with thirteen games left to play.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Chen dominated the Tampa Bay Rays for seven innings on Saturday night, allowing just six hits (no walks) and one earned run.  He improved to 10-7 with the win.
Oliver Drake
Upnew_medium Two scoreless innings has his ERA back down below 4.00 for the year.  Pretty non-stellar numbers, but he's got just 12.2 innings under his belt.
Jason Garcia Another inning bringing his total to.....4.2 for the month.
Kevin Gausman The four walks weren't pretty, but Gausman held the Boston Red Sox to just two hits in six innings on Monday and got his third win of the year.  Not quite as sharp in Sunday's game against the Rays with four runs allowed on eight hits (one homer and one walk allowed).
Mychal Givens Upnew_medium Pretty sharp all week until getting slightly derailed in Sunday's contest.  Started the week with three solid innings of one-hit ball (six strikeouts), but a walk and two hits cost him a run yesterday.
Ubaldo Jimenez Actually pitched better than his line would indicate.  Threw a lot of strikes and did not surrender a home run, but still fell victim to three walks and six hits over five innings.  Ubaldo remains 11-9 for the year with a 4.31 ERA (4.06 FIP).
Steve Johnson Saw just one inning of work after a dismal return to the bigs last week.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Blew his second save in three days and finished the week with two hits and a run allowed in just 1.1 innings.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Allowed a run in a drubbing at the hands of the Red Sox on Wednesday, then failed to record an out over two batters on Friday against the Rays.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Rock of the Oriole pen added another four innings of scoreless relief to his ledger.  Allowed just three baserunners in the process, while striking out six.  We're used to this stuff by now.
Chaz Roe Pitched two quality innings to start the week and picked up wins in both games before struggling to get outs in Friday's game.
Jorge Rondon Downnew_medium Pounded again for his second time in two outings.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium The implosion continues - Tillman has allowed 24 runs over his last five starts (which total 24.2 innings).  He's allowed five homers in the process and hasn't missed many bats.  After a great July, he's winless since mid-August.  Thursday's game against the Rays marked the first time the Orioles have even won a Tillman start since August 17.
Tyler Wilson Downnew_medium Wilson pitched in the MLB for the first time since August 3rd (partly due to injury), but couldn't find the success he previously achieved.  Allowed a lot of fly balls and made it just 4.1 innings (6 earned runs allowed).
Mike Wright Downnew_medium Pounded early and often by the Red Sox on Wednesday en route to a 10-1 loss.  Hasn't pitched more than five innings in a start since May 23rd (including a month gap in August due to a calf injury).
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium He's had a rough September, but was moderately effective this week with five hits (including a triple) in 17 trips.
Caleb Joseph Upnew_medium Playing time has been reduced with the Orioles rotating the catchers heavily, but Joseph managed five hits in thirteen at-bats, including a multi-hit game in a narrow victory over the Red Sox.  He also walked once.
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Saw the short-end of the playing time among the catchers thanks to his various injuries.  Not that it mattered anyway - Wieters went hitless in 11 AB with just a sacrifice fly to his name.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Good week with a couple of extra-base hits and a number of walks.  Hit .280 on the week with three RBI to continue what's been an extremely solid month for Chris.
Ryan Flaherty 0-1
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Hit his 8th homer of the year, but was otherwise silent in what continues to be a dismal season.  His .554 is nearly two hundred points below his career average.
Paul Janish Upnew_medium Active in just two games, but was 3-5 with a double and an RBI.
Manny Machado Fair to middling in the two spot this week.  Seven hits, including a homer and a couple of walks - good for a .259 average.
Jimmy Paredes 0-1
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium While just 5-25 (.200) for the week, Pearce made them count with a double and three homers.  He accounted for 6 RBI and also walked three times.
Jonathan Schoop 7-25 - all singles.
Christian Walker 0-1 with a walk.
Dariel Alvarez 2-8
Adam Jones Jones struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just 5-29, but he did have key hits in a couple of close games.  While just .200 for the month of September, he's knocked in fifteen runs.
Junior Lake 0-4 with a walk.
Gerardo Parra Six hits in 24 trips plus a walk.  The O's need more than they've gotten from their deadline acquisition.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium Got a huge jump from his move to the leadoff spot, but cooled off substantially this week at 3-15.