Birds Up, O's Down for September 5th - 13th

Congrats on the win, Troy. See also: proof he really did pitch. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Sorry about the tardiness of your favorite weekly article.  "Upgrade" to Windows 7 caused all sorts of computer issues.  Better late than never, here's who's hot and who's not for your Baltimore Orioles:

Rotation                                        

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Zach Britton Two starts...nearly identical lines in both.  Four earned runs over 5 innings.  It isn't awful, but it isn't getting the job done completely.  Needs to find a way to go deeper into games on a consistent basis.

Jeremy Guthrie Guts knows how to win!  In his lone start this week, he allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings.

Tommy Hunter Started twice and took two losses after allowing 4 earned runs (5 and 6 runs total) in each game.  Allowing far too many home runs.

Brian Matusz Made one start and immediately allowed 5 runs.  ERA is cruising up towards 10.....can it get any worse?

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Alfredo Simon First start this week was short and marred with control issues (6 walks in just 4 innings).  Last night was a good rebound (2 walks to 9 strikeouts).

Rick VandenHurk Suppose the start last week was to determine his viability for the starting rotation.  After just 2.1 innings, nobody is convinced.
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Jeremy Accardo He's back and already up to his old antics.

Brad Bergesen 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

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Jason Berken Returned from the DL for his first appearance in nearly a month and pitched one scoreless inning.

Willie Eyre Three innings of uneventful relief.  Its good when relievers aren't allowing runs.

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Kevin Gregg You know you're doing something wrong you're a pitcher on a baseball team normally forgotten by the media and they're writing articles about how you should never be allowed to close a baseball game again.

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Chris Jakubauskas Got hammered in his first appearance (3 runs in less than an inning), but recovered nicely with 2 straight scoreless outings.

Jim Johnson Doing a much better job closing games than Kevin Gregg was.

Troy Patton Pitched very well from the pen.  Even picked up his first career win last night.  Not bad for a guy who doesn't exist.

Zach Phillips Has yet to allow a run during his short tenure on the Baltimore staff.

Clay Rapada You can essentially repeat the previous comments.  Hey......the bullpen has actually been sort of decent lately!

Jo-Jo Reyes Bumped from the starter role and picked up 2+ scoreless relief innings.

Pedro Strop Also has not allowed a run during his short tenure on the Baltimore staff.
Lineup

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Ryan Adams Saw limited playing time and added a few hits.

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Robert Andino Very limited power, but he gets the job done.  OBP holding around .330, which isn't too bad.

Matt Angle He's fast........but that's about it.  Hasn't hit much since making the roster and has made some questionable defensive plays in the outfield.

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Josh Bell More K's....but has hardly played since the September call up.

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Chris Davis Has shown a few flashes of competency at the plate, but strikes out far too much.  Not to hit on the whole "soul-crushing" strikeouts thing again, but a sub-.300 OBP isn't going to get it done.

Pedro Florimon He's also fast.....but that's about it.  Three ABs and 3 Ks.  Also made an error in that one game he played in.

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Jake Fox Has exactly one AB in the month of September.  It was a double.  An RBI double, at that.

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Vladimir Guerrero OPS might be at a season high right now (all of .725).

J.J. Hardy Quite possibly the first down arrow he's received all season.  Hasn't homered in the month of September and has just two XBHs.  

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Kyle Hudson Stinks, but did pick up his first two career RBI.

Adam Jones Just one hit this week.  OPS dipping back down away from .800

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Nick Markakis Had a number of hits to bring his OBP close to .350, but the OPS is still holding well below .800

Nolan Reimold Walk Machine didn't pick up a ton of hits, but added 7 walks.

Mark Reynolds Outside of the game on Sept. 5th, did not hit the ball well this week.  Well....he really didn't hit the ball at all.  181 soul-crushing strikeouts.

Craig Tatum Maximum Tater:  OPS holds at an Izturian .515

Matt Wieters We'd all love to see him get on base more often, but no complaints here. 
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