Labor Day Birds Up, O's Down

Why can't we have nice things, Brian? (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Zach Britton Gold star for Britton as he notched his third straight solid start, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits.  Still high in the walk department, but no significant complaints.

Jeremy Guthrie Pitched a decent game in Toronto before totally losing it during Sunday's game.  Line may only say 3 ER, but Guts allowed runners to reach base left and right via XBHs and walks.

Tommy Hunter Sigh....at least Koji hasn't been incredible for Texas.

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Brian Matusz Yet another game where he leaves with an ERA greater than when he started.  The likely result of throwing Tillman-like meatballs all game.

Jo-Jo Reyes Had to debate who to give Mr. Yuck to this week...Matusz or Reyes.  Matusz won since nobody really expected Reyes to be any good.  How bad was he?  Seven earned in less than 3 innings.

Alfredo Simon Pummeled by Tampa, allowing 6 earned runs in 5 innings (also walked 4 batters).  Guess it isn't hard to tee off on a guy when he's only throwing one below-average pitch though.
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Jeremy Accardo Can't imagine anyone is excited to see this guy back in uniform.  Hopefully this lasts just a few more weeks.

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Brad Bergesen Something of a roller coaster, but not pitching terribly from the pen.

Willie Eyre Has already allowed 6 runs in just 12 innings pitched.

Kevin Gregg Up to his usual antics.  Got a few saves, but really tried to blow them.  Has issued 5 straight walks without recording a strikeout.

Chris Jakubauskas Has allowed 4 runs in his last 2.1 innings of work.

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Jim Johnson Guy was throwing great until allowing two jacks to Jesus Montero in yesterday's game.  Don't let it happen again, JJ.

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Troy Patton A little sloppy in that 13-0 loss to Toronto (who wasn't?), but beyond that, he was fairly effective over the course of the week.

Zach Phillips Who is this guy?  Where did he come from?

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Clay Rapada Creepy Teeth is back on the roster.  Hopefully everyone has learned he can't pitch to right-handed batters this time around.

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Pedro Strop Last game before his one inning on Sept. 3 was May 3.  He allowed 3 runs in that game.

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Rick VandenHurk The Hurk is back as well.  Kinda cool that he was born in Eindhoven.
Lineup

Ryan Adams Not a lot of power, but he's handling the bat okay.

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Robert Andino More or less the same as above.

Matt Angle He's got speed, but hasn't shown much of anything in his short MLB debut.

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Josh Bell Nugget is back as well with the other September call-ups.

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Pedro Florimon Could stick around based on who he's competing with for the job.

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Jake Fox Actually has his average over .200 in his latest stint with the club!

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Vladimir Guerrero Had a few decent games this past week to bring his OPS back over .700.  Beyond that, he's still irrelevant.

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J.J. Hardy Hasn't homered in a while, but added a few key hits.

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Kyle Hudson Won't judge him on just a few ABs, but you really need to do better than GIDP if you're going to stay at the MLB level.

Adam Jones Hacked at pretty much everything over the past week and didn't make a whole lot of contact.

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Nick Markakis Also did a lot of hacking and didn't collect many hits, but picked up a number of walks and added two home runs.

Nolan Reimold Essentially silent bat for Nolan this week.

Mark Reynolds Inching closer to 40 home runs.  Showing better defense at first than he did at third.  169 soul-killing strikeouts.

Craig Tatum Barely played.

Matt Wieters Collected a couple of home runs.  OPS creeping towards the .800 mark.
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