Birds Up, O's Down for May 23 - June 5

Congrats on your first career grand slam, Mark. More bombs, please! (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


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

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Jake Arrieta
Still getting wins even though his pitching has been inconsistent.  Allowed 4 BB to just 1K in his most recent start (allowed 3 ER) and did not make it out of the 3rd inning last week versus Seattle.
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Brad Bergesen Just couldn't seem to find what he needed to stick around.  Wasn't horrible in his last start (9H and 3ER over 5.2IP), but was returned to AAA anyways.  Might be back, as the 5th starter will be needed again this week.

Zach Britton Last two starts have not been good for Zach.  The rookie allowed 6 ER to Oakland and followed up by allowing 7ER to the Blue Jays on Friday.  Are hitters starting to figure him out?  Might be time for Zach to make some adjustments.

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Jeremy Guthrie Responded to the Camden Chat trade talk with a rough patch.  Allowed 5 runs (4 earned) against Kansas City, had a 3ER complete game against Seattle, and got shelled yesterday against Toronto.

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Brian Matusz He's back!  Too early to make any legitimate assessment of his pitching, but he didn't look half-bad in his first start this season.

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Chris Tillman Like Bergesen, couldn't find what it took to stick around.  Most recent start was okay numbers-wise, but 102 pitches over 4.1 innings?  One would expect to see more than 6 hits and 2 ER after a pitcher throws 102 pitches before the 5th inning.
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Jeremy Accardo Allowed just 1 ER over 7 innings in the past two weeks.  Much, MUCH better than the previous two weeks.
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Kevin Gregg Made it two weeks without allowing a run!  That's grounds for an up arrow.  Walk numbers are disconcerting, however.  Gregg has walked 18 in 22.2 innings.  That's 4 more than Guts......over 80 innings.

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Chris Jakubauskas Team's resident Irishman (okay, he's not actually Irish) generally serves as the mop-up guy and did that duty well in his one and only appearance since returning to the bigs.  Didn't really perform that well in his previous outings, but you have to take what you can get.

Jim Johnson Stellar two weeks for JJ.  In just under 7 innings, Johnson allowed just 3 hits and did not walk a batter or allow a run to score.

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Clay Rapada Buck seems to have figured out that Creepy Teeth can only pitch to lefties.  In two weeks, Rapada saw just three 1-out stints and got all three guys out.

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Alfredo Simon Weak Sauce Simon has been bland sauce since returning to the bigs.  Could be worse, though.

Koji Uehara Another guy who had a solid two weeks.  Unlike JJ, he did allow a run, but just one earned over 4.2 innings.  Strikeout ratio over the two weeks was awesome too.

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Pedro Viola Served little purpose other than to allow us to trumpet around the blog with musically related puns.  Also keeps Koji from being the last guy in the bullpen alphabetically.

 

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Ryan Adams Hasn't really seen much playing time....and probably won't outside from an occasion start in Dino's place.  Scattered a hit here and there.

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Robert Andino Essentially the starting second baseman with Brian Roberts out.  Grabs the occasional hit, but isn't putting up any great numbers (.671 OPS) and strikes out quite a bit.

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Jake Fox Can't hit?  Get DFA'd!  Wish similar logic would be applied to Mike Gonzalez.

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Vladimir Guerrero Hard to complain too much about his numbers since his OPS (.722) is fairly decent for this lineup, but seems good for a single or so a game.  Would be nice to see a little bit of power every once in a while.

J.J. Hardy A decent two weeks has his OPS back up near .800.  So much easier watching him play short than anyone we've had in the past few years.

Adam Jones Smoking the ball right now and playing solid defense.  Likely has the catch of the year.  Not getting a ton of XBH, but he's getting on base.

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Derrek Lee Nice to have his glove back at first base, but wish it came equipped with a bat too.  Two for eight in two games back from the DL.

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Nick Markakis You're killin' me, Smalls.  Get some hits already.

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Felix Pie Gets a hit here and there.  Not much to it.

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Nolan Reimold Welcomed himself back to the bigs with a huge game against Kansas City where he went 4 for 4 with 2 HR and a double.  Hasn't really done much since.

Mark Reynolds Getting an up arrow for his first career grand slam (and homers in back-to-back games), but probably deserves a "no change."  His bat is what it is (you gotta know what you're getting with him), but he really needs to pick it up on defense.  K Tracker:  59

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Luke Scott Probably should be on the DL if the labrum is affecting his hitting like he says it is.  Not really needed at first as long as Lee is healthy, so it might be a decent idea to get him some rest.

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Brandon Snyder Had a 2-4 game, but not much else before being dumped back in Norfolk.

Craig Tatum Tater had hits in all three games he's played during his most recent stint with the team.  Good for a .375 AVG. 

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Matt Wieters Not much change for SHJ, but that's a good thing.  Getting hits, but could add some pop.  Still in shock that somebody stole a base (not one, but TWO) against him.  Curse you, Rajai Davis.  Curse you.
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