Week 13 Birds Up, O's Down (June 25 - July 1)

Wilson! Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

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

Rotation

Jake Arrieta The roller coaster continues. Couple of good starts, then an absolute stinker. Most recent effort consisted of 3.2 innings and 5 runs on 8 hits.

Wei-Yin Chen Rocked for 6 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Also allowed 3 BBs. Chen has now dropped two straight decisions for the first time this season.

Dana Eveland Actually pitched a couple of nice innings from the bullpen before getting smoked by Cleveland during his start. The fact that he's in the rotation at all likely means we'll be treated to Chris Tillman start this week. Ruh roh.

Jason Hammel By far his worst outing of the year, allowing 8 ER on 8 hits in just over 3 innings. Not a very solid week for anyone in the rotation.

Brian Matusz Continues to struggle with consistency, efficiency.

Bullpen

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Luis Ayala Another couple of innings, but nothing really interesting.

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Miguel Gonzalez Not particularly efficient, throwing 82 pitches over 4.1 innings, but got the job done. No complaints.

Kevin Gregg 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Tommy Hunter Demoted to the pen for two weak outings (6 ER on 10 hits over 3.2 IP) and finally just demoted to AAA. Then again, he's been optioned three times and hasn't pitched a minor league game yet.

Jim Johnson Allowed his first ER in 10 outings, but we're not going to hold that against him, considering how the rest of pitching staff performed.

Matt Lindstrom Not faring extremely well in his return to the bullpen from the DL.

Darren O'Day Suffered his worst week as an Oriole, allowing 3 ER on 7 hits in under 2 innings. Maybe he should stop riding that durned solowheel while we're trying to win ballgames.

Troy Patton Over 3 IP of relief and the only run he "allowed" was a runner he left on for Darren O'Day.

Pedro Strop Strop gets the honor of being the only member of the bullpen to not be charged with an ER this week.
Lineup

Robert Andino Got a few starts and went just 1 for 9 at the plate.

Xavier Avery Gets an up arrow for his first MLB home run.

Wilson Betemit His defense stinks, but you can't argue his bat has been outstanding lately. This week, Wilson went 11 for 23 with 4 XBH. Also added 2 walks.

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Chris Davis Went 5 for 19 with a homer and a walk, which isn't bad. Decent after pulling out of a 1 for 35 slump, but he's going to need to hit better with Jim Thome figuring to get most of the ABs at DH.

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Ryan Flaherty Not really much to note here. At the plate, he was 4 for 15 with a walk.

J.J. Hardy Yes, he was flat-out robbed of a home run by Mike Trout (if you didn't see that catch, do yourself a favor and look it up. Pretty awesome.), but a 4 for 26 week isn't good for J.J.

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Nick Johnson He's hurt again. I know...you're all surprised.

Adam Jones Started to emerge from a minor slump with an 8 for 24 week. Four of those hits went for doubles.

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Ronny Paulino You might have forgotten he's even on the team, since he rarely plays.

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Steve Pearce Fairly limited action (just two starts), but did have a home run in 8 ABs.

Mark Reynolds Hitless the entire week. Yea, yea, his .333 OBP is among the best on the team, but his sub-.400 slugging pct. sure isn't.

Brian Roberts Apparently, missing some action due to a "groin injury." And here I thought it was because he hasn't hit at all.

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Jim Thome Welcome to the team. Hope Lino isn't any good.

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Steve Tolleson Yo-yo'd back to AAA, for now anyways.

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Matt Wieters Three for 19 isn't great, but a homer, 4 RBI, and 4 BB makes that slightly more palatable.
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