Birds Up, O's Down for May 24

Here’s a weekly look at players making an impact, for good and bad, for the Orioles this week. All stats through Saturday's game.

Birds Up

Cesar Izturis (SS) - Cesar had a pretty good week, going 6-for-17 with 3 walks as well. The defense is usually still there, with a notable exception or two this year, so any week Izzy is above .300 batting, I'll take it.
  Luke Scott (1B/DH) - Luke is on another one of his streaks, batting over .400 for the week and and 2 HRs and 4 walks. A 1.273 OPS ain't shabby, either.
Nick Markakis (RF) - Nick's putting together a pretty nice month of May, following last week's .333 AVG with a week of .375. He got on base in half his plate appearances, and had a .917 OPS. By the end of the year, I'm betting he's right back to a .302 AVG and about 20 HR.
Adam Jones (CF) - Adam's struggling with the glove (including Sunday's miscue), but he's finding success at the plate, if not power. He was 7-for-22 for the week, and did have 2 HRs to bring his season total to 5. A little more consistency in fielding would be nice, though.
Craig Tatum (C) - Sure, he's only been in 2 games, but he's 3-for-4 and had an OPS of 1.500. Enjoy it, Craig, I doubt it will ever happen again.

O's down

Koji Uehara (RHP) - Stop this if you've heard it before. Koji had to come out of a game in Texas after 30 pitches after nearly having a heat stroke, then reported forearm soreness that will most likely end up with him being placed on the DL. Delicate Flower indeed.
Alberto Castillo (LHP) - Alberto earned his bus ticket to Norfolk after appearing in 2 games last week, and having a 54.00 ERA. He pitched to 7 batters, got only 2 out, and allowed 1 HR, 4 hits, and 1 walk while recording only 1 strikeout. Why he's still on the 40-man roster is still a bit of a question.
Ty Wigginton (2B) - The Ty Roller Coaster continues, as Ty went 6-for 28 over the week. Yes, he had 7 RBI, which is pretty tough to do on the Orioles, but a .563 OPS for the week from our best hitter this season?
  Brad Bergesen (RHP) - Two starts, two Orioles losses, and 9 ER surrendered in just 11.2 IP. His WHIP was over 2.00 and his sinker just didn't sink. Get it together, Brad, or there's another bus ticket with your name on it.
Garrett Atkins (1B) - Atkins was .000/.167/.000/.167 for the week. He lost his 1B job to Luke Scott for the weekend against the Nationals, and Scott Moore's recall moves him even further down the depth chart. He's like a couch you put out on your lawn, free to any takers, and it's still there three weeks later. I doubt Andy MacPhail could give him away at this point, even eating his contract.
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