Bird's Up, O's Down for April 25-May 1

Zach Britton is a winner this week. Actually, he was a winner twice this week. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

Rotation                                       

Jake Arrieta

Would like to see him walk fewer to get him deeper into games (and prevent the bullpen from even getting the chance to lose the game), but can't complain about the effort this week. Two games this week with 5 H and 3 ER got him his third win of the season.

Brad Bergesen

Looked pretty darn good in his lone start this week, allowing just 2 R on 6 H over 6 innings, but did not get anything to show for it (besides an up arrow).

Zach Britton

Two starts, two earned runs, two wins. Yea...that'll do, Zach. That'll do.

Justin Duchscherer

Nothing to see here, folks.

Jeremy Guthrie

A solid six innings of work and nothing to show for it.  Allowed just four free passes this year compared to 19 Ks.

Brian Matusz

Felt good in a side session this week, which is fantastic news.

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Chris Tillman

Didn't miss any bats this week, but can't complain about the effort.
Bullpen

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Jeremy Accardo

3 innings of work and 2 ER.  At least the Orioles won both game he pitched in.

Jason Berken

What happened to the Berken from the beginning of the season?  Is he lost already? Went from mowin' em down to making every at-bat an adventure.  His effort yesterday (among others) nearly cost the Orioles a five run lead.

Mike Gonzalez

Good grief.  Almost positive this guy has absolutely no clue where the ball is going once it leaves his hand.  Worked against Chicago (hard-pressed to say that's a big achievement), but not against Boston, where he allowed 2 ER and recorded just one out.

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Kevin Gregg

Three straight saves. Good man.
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Jim Johnson

Roller coaster week for JJ. Two runs here, no runs there.  Two runs here, no runs there.  Two of those runs net him his first loss of the year.

Clay Rapada

This guy has creepy teeth. This guy also has a 16.88 ERA. Hmmm...same as last week.

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Josh Rupe

Just 1 IP this week. Guess that's what happens when you don't pitch effectively.

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Koji Uehara

Blew a save against Boston and gave up another run against the White Sox.  What's up with the bullpen these days?
Lineup

Robert Andino

Hitting the ball pretty darn hard and has an .824 OPS to show for it.

Jake Fox

Sigh.  The catcher should, by definition, be able to catch the ball. Oh and how 'bout that .504 OPS.....

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Vladimir Guerrero

Rapidly approaching a record for plate appearances without a walk.

J.J. Hardy

Remains on the DL, but is apparently progressing.

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Cesar Izturis

More DNPs than Jones had hits this week.....

Adam Jones

Looked as though the bat was starting to show up, but then follows with a two hit week. Gotta love his arm though.

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Derrek Lee

Decent series against Boston, but a real stinker over the weekend.  OPS actually increased, however (up to .591 from .570)

Nick Markakis

Fewer hits than Izturis DNPs this week. Ouch. Three-run double yesterday was nice and definitely something we need to see more of.

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Felix Pie

Started once and had hits.  Ironically, the same number of hits Adam Jones picked up this week.

Mark Reynolds

K Tracker: 25

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Brian Roberts

Pretty solid week for B-Rob.  Nothing special, but did a little of everything including 5 hits, 2 stolen bases, 4 RBI, and 4 walks.

Luke Scott

Found his stroke this week and watched three swings leave the park. Also added 6 RBI which more than doubled his previous yearly total.

Matt Wieters

Failed prospect had a decent week for himself including 5 hits and 5 RBI.  OPS hanging right around .800 for the season.
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