Birds Up, O's Down for April 11-17

Who's hot and who's not among the Orioles this week

Rotation                                       

Jake Arrieta

Can't fault him for Thursday's loss in New York.  Rebounded from a poor outing with 6 fairly solid innings (5 H and 3 ER) and should have been allowed to start the 7th. 

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Brad Bergesen

Needed as the both the 5th starter and long man from the pen.  Pitched well in both situations going two hitless innings in New York on Wednesday and making a start on three days rest. Forced 9 ground ball outs to just 2 fly ball outs.

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Zach Britton

Had to figure he was going to come back to earth eventually.  Didn't pitch horribly, but allowed 5 ER over 6 innings.

Justin Duchscherer

On the plus side of the week, the Orioles didn't send anybody home to their families depressed.  The Duke is happy.

Jeremy Guthrie

One has to feel for this guy.  Takes the loss when he pitches well and takes the loss when he doesn't.  Saturday's game in Cleveland was one of those times where he just didn't pitch well.  Ten hits (one being a HR) over 5 innings won't get it done.

Brian Matusz

Continues to be out.  In other news, water continues to be wet and the sky blue.  Although one could argue seven straight losses has made it pretty gray for the O's....

Chris Tillman

Just got rocked in New York.  No movement on his pitches and decreased velocity.  Is he injured?  Brian Matusz needs to hurry back.

 

Bullpen

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Jeremy Accardo

Didn't pitch poorly, but still has more walks than strikeouts.  Guess that's okay considering the other "assets" in the pen.

Jason Berken

Another good week for Berken.  Did allow a run in New York, but got himself out the jam and had another scoreless inning in Cleveland.  Keep it up, Jason.  This bullpen needs some good performances.

Mike Gonzalez

Just not going to cut it.  Has allowed a run in five of his six appearances and can't throw strikes.  ERA is now up to 10.38.  We're now into the second year of this - when does the team call it quits with the expensive lefty?

Kevin Gregg

Came in for the save against New York and promptly allowed a home run to a guy hitting under .200 on the year.  Just not going to.....wait, didn't we just say that?

Chris Jakubauskas

Off to the DL with a groin strain.  Clay Rapada will take his place on the roster.

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Jim Johnson

Just one appearance for JJ this week.  Not much need for your setup guy when you aren't winning games, is there?

Josh Rupe

Tagged for four hits and three earned runs in a third of inning.  Who is this guy....Mike Gonzalez?

Koji Uehara

Nobody is quite sure why he didn't get the call with the Orioles leading the Yankees by a run.  Koji is still sporting a 0.00 ERA after his 5th appearance with no ER on the season.
Lineup

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Robert Andino

Picked up his first two hits of the season on Saturday.  Hoping J.J. makes a quick return so he can go back to sitting on the bench.

Jake Fox

Can we just have Matt Wieters catch every game?

Vladimir Guerrero

OPS has now dropped below .600.  That just won't work for the team's cleanup hitter.

J.J. Hardy

Remains on the DL, but is apparently progressing.

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Cesar Izturis

Not going hit much, but did have a nice effort in New York on Thursday (both at the plate and in the field).

Adam Jones

Poor week at the plate resulted in the OPS dropping to .542.  Has a K in all but three games this season (not including yesterday's game that he missed due to "illness").

Derrek Lee

Getting some hits here and there, but just another sub-.600 OPS in the heart of the lineup.

Nick Markakis

Dazzled against Phil Hughes (who hasn't this year?), but fairly irrelevant at the plate for the remainder of the week.  At least his OPS is over .600 though. 

Felix Pie

Cost the O's a run in a game that they eventually lost.  Hitless in his other appearance this week.

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Mark Reynolds

Sporting a .721 OPS (hey, that's good for this team!) and went a whole series (three whole games!) without a strikeout. 

Brian Roberts

Lollygaggin' much?  Not this week!  Had multiple hits in three of the five games this week and got his OPS up to a team-high .762 (not including Fox's four-game OPS).

Luke Scott

Like Derrek Lee and Vlad Guerrero, scatters a few hits here and there, but the BA sits at .200 and the OPS at .672.  Showed a significant lack of range in the field.

Matt Wieters

Yet another guy who isn't hitting.  On the plus side, has an absolute cannon for an arm and will throw you out while trying to steal.  Consider yourself warned.
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