Week 6 Birds Up, O's Down (May 7 - 13)

Since it is probably the only time you'll see a Stu Pomeranz picture. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

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

Rotation

Jake Arrieta The line wasn't pretty this week. Ten innings pitched, 19 hits allowed, 13 runs surrendered. Ouch.

Wei-Yin Chen Led the Orioles to the lone win against Texas with 7.2 innings of 6 hit ball (2 runs allowed).

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Dana Eveland Got the job done. Of course, he walked 6 guys, but limited the damage to three runs.

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Jason Hammel DNP this week due to a sore knee. Expects to pitch tonight.

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Tommy Hunter Wasn't all that bad against a solid Texas offense. The seven strikeouts were solid, plus Josh Hamilton is hitting homers off of everybody.

Brian Matusz Got thrashed by Texas in his first start of the week, but Saturday's start against Tampa Bay was definitely an improvement.
Bullpen

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Luis Ayala Had a few runs charged to him after JJ allowed a home run, but he also allowed his inherited runners to score. First earned runs of the season.

Jason Berken Yikes. Back to Norfolk with you.

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Kevin Gregg Mopping up well.

Jim Johnson Also allowed his first ER for the season (on a home run), but was otherwise solid.

Matt Lindstrom Got hit pretty hard in Texas before landing on the DL with a ligament strain in his finger.

Darren O'Day Allowed a home to Josh Hamilton (who didn't?), but was also good in his other appearances (good meaning scoreless).

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Troy Patton A little surprised he got three innings of work. Solid before allowing back-to-back home runs.

Zach Phillips Got mashed over a short period of time and sent back to Norfolk.

Stu Pomeranz Apparently back in Norfolk after 4 scoreless innings of relief.

Pedro Strop Continuing to perform well in the setup role.
Lineup

Robert Andino Just 5 for 26 on the week.

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Xavier Avery Brings a little speed to a team that hasn't been very aggressive on the basepaths.

Wilson Betemit Went 3 for 20 this week, although 2 of those hits were homers including a fairly key tater in the Orioles lone win in the Texas series.

Endy Chavez Went 1 for 5 before heading off to the DL.

Chris Davis Struggled at the plate (also did not receive any pitching opportunities).

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Luis Exposito One hit since being recalled from the minors.

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Ryan Flaherty Avoids the down arrow thanks to his first major league home run....which also happened to kick off a back-to-back-to-back homer spree.

Bill Hall Homered in his first game as an Oriole.

J.J. Hardy Looks as though he's starting to shake off the first month slump. Five of his 9 hits this week went for extra bases (2 of them didn't return to the yard).

Nick Johnson Obviously the BA stinks after going hitless for how many games, but Johnson went 3-7 this week with two home runs.

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Adam Jones Only 6 for 26 for the week, but the two homers were key components of two separate one-run wins.

Nick Markakis Also seems like he's breaking out of a slump a bit. Went 8 for 24 on the week with 2 doubles and 3 homers. Currently has the lowest BABIP of his career, but the best power numbers (SSS, of course).

Mark Reynolds Kicked off the week with a 2 for 12 before landing on the DL.

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Steve Tolleson 2 for 7 in what will likely be a short stint in the majors (unless the Reynolds injury is significant).

Matt Wieters Not one of his better weeks at the plate. Went 4 for 24, although he did break a 10-game HR drought.
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