Week 5 Birds Up, O's Down (April 30 - May 6)

Too bad this image doesn't show Wieters' face. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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

Rotation

Jake Arrieta Exceptional start up in New York on Wednesday. Pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits. Also struck out 9 without walking a batter.

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Wei-Yin Chen Friday's start in Boston was possibly his least solid so far this season. Allowed 4 runs (3 earned) over 5 innings. With the tight schedule the Orioles are facing, it puts added importance on the starters going deeper in ball games.

Jason Hammel Took the hard-luck loss on Tuesday in New York (just 2 earned runs over 6 innings), but picked up right where he left off on Saturday in Boston (2 runs on 4 hits in 6.2 innings).

Tommy Hunter Had to figure living up in the zone was going to catch up to Hunter eventually.

Brian Matusz Continues to build on previous outings. Tuesday's start in New York was even better than his previous in Toronto. Stuff like this is huge if the Orioles want to hang around atop the AL East.
Bullpen

Luis Ayala Totaled 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Has yet to allow an earned run as an Oriole.

Kevin Gregg Pitched on back-to-back days for the first time in a while. Got through all three innings without allowing runs to score.

Jim Johnson Picked up 5 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just 1 batter to reach base. Only 1 of the four appearances was a save opportunity.

Matt Lindstrom Another 4.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Darren O'Day Pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief. Never thought repeating the exact same line five times in a row would be this fun!

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Troy Patton Of course, TP had to come along and be the combo breaker as the only member of bullpen to allow a run this week. The sac fly came off of Strop, but David Ortiz kicked it off with a double against Patton. No down arrow though, since every guy in the bullpen got a lot of time this week and still performed well.

Pedro Strop Got the blown save for allowing the inherited runner to score, but still pitched 4 scoreless (mostly) innings.
Lineup

Robert Andino Just 6 for 23 (.261) on the week, but maintains that up arrow for the big three run homer yesterday.

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Wilson Betemit Nice to see him getting hits (5 for 14 with 3 RBI), but defense is a key part of baseball too. It gets even more important in the 16th inning when you've got your normal first baseman on the mound. When you've got plenty of time to get in front of the ball, you get in front of the ball. None of that backhanded junk.

Endy Chavez Continues to do very little. With only three natural OFs on the current roster, expect he'll see more time. What he does with it is another story.

Chris Davis ERA matched his average yesterday.

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Luis Exposito
Actually got an AB after his call up on Friday, but did not reach base.

Ryan Flaherty
Still struggling at the plate, although he isn't getting much playing time.

J.J. Hardy
Solid week for JJ, who really needed one after a poor start to the season. His game yesterday was the highlight (2 solo home runs), but he went 10-32 with 3 home runs and two doubles. Was a triple short of the cycle in yesterday's game.

Nick Johnson
First hits as an Oriole capped off a 5-13 week (3 doubles).

Adam Jones
Just .222 for the week, but the home run yesterday was huge. His throw from CF yesterday was perfect as well (we all know the results of that play).

Nick Markakis
Hit only .214 for the week. Home run against the Yankees was nice, but he's got to hit better than .236 if the Orioles want to continue excelling. Sure, they've got other guys who can pick up the slack (obviously they have), but you need your top OBP guys getting on base.

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Ronny Paulino
Did not reach base this week (0-5). Have to imagine he starts in tonight's game after Wieters caught all 17 innings yesterday.

Mark Reynolds Looks as though he's starting to see the ball better which is a great sign.

Matt Wieters Extremely solid week has boosted his OPS to just under 1.000 (3 doubles, a triple, and a home run). Still, his best play of the week was yesterday's block of the plate. Marlon Byrd didn't stand a chance.

Notables on the DL: Zach Britton (SP - shoulder), Brian Roberts (2B - post-concussion issues), Taylor Teagarden (C), Tsuyoshi Wada (RP - elbow surgery, out for the season), Nolan Reimold (OF - back/neck)

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