Birds Up, O's Down for April 11

Here’s a weekly look at players making an impact, for good and bad, for the Orioles this week:

Birds Up

Matt Wieters (C) - He's batting over .400 after 5 games and has been told that the pitching staff is his. And he's acted on that. Good first week.
David Hernandez (RHP) - The O's #5 starter had the best start of the five Saturday with 6.0 IP and just 2 runs allowed. It wasn't always pretty, but it was one out shy of the longest any O's starter lasted for the week.
Miguel Tejada (3B) - The bat started slow, but the glove's been there all week, and O's fans welcomed him cheerfully upon his return to Baltimore. And he's taking the sure out instead of attempting the flashy play.
Mark Hendrickson (LHP) - He's done his job flawlessly so far. Come in, stick around 2 innings, get people out. Mission accomplished so far.
Garrett Atkins (1B) - Believe me, I'm as shocked as anyone to list him here. But he's rocking an almost .400 AVG and come through with some timely hits. Not hate for the G-Man this week.

O's down

Mike Gonzalez (LHP) - So, about his first week...when you get booed in pre-game introductions AND on your way to the mound before you throw your first pitch at home AND then blow the save? You've had a bad week.
Brad Bergesen (RHP) - Not what we're used to seeing from Brad. He got knocked around pretty good in the home opener.
Adam Jones (CF) - He's not hurt, he's just not producing at the plate after getting 3 hits in the opener. It's more likely than not just a slump, but many more swings in the dirt will earn the ire of his manager and hitting coach.
Brian Roberts (2B) - Rough week with the bat, now out for 4-6 games with an abdominal strain.
Luke Scott (LF/DH) - He may have 1 HR, but that's half his hits for the season. If Scott and Jones slump at the same time, as they are now, that's a serious power drain on a lineup that needs all the help it can get.
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