2013 Week 2 Birds Up, O's Down: April 8-14

High fives for Manny Machado after a game-winning home run - USA TODAY Sports

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

Rotation
Jake Arrieta Icon_dash_medium Could be a down arrow, but the rain delay ended his night before any significant damage. Control was very spotty and the four walks issued contributed to the 3 ER he allowed over 5 innings.
Wei-Yin Chen Had two starts this week and delivered essentially identical lines. Not extremely solid, but both starts left the team in fine position to win and the bats went silent. Struggles still occurring later into the start.
Miguel Gonzalez Icon_dash_medium Walks will kill you. Gave up just 3 runs (two of them earned thanks to a Jones blunder), but his FIP for the game was closer to 5.00 thanks to the five free passes he issued over six innings.
Jason Hammel Allowed eight hits (two of them homers), but was largely effective over 6 innings on Saturday afternoon. Control was solid and he generated a season-high 10 groundball outs.
Chris Tillman Icon_dash_medium Apparently somebody tried to take out his taxi up in Boston, but he started the game anyways...pitched okay, too. Still extremely inefficient (101 pitches thru 5.1 innings), but this start was a major improvement over his first against Minnesota. Yielded 2 ER on 6 H while walking two and striking out five. If he can build on this success and get deeper into games, he could be very effective.
Bullpen
Tommy Hunter Icon_dash_medium Homers continue to be an obvious issue.
Jim Johnson Three innings pitched, three saves. Better week for JJ, as he faced just 10 batters.
Brian Matusz Icon_dash_medium A bunt single was his only blemish over a fairly short week.
T.J. McFarland Got another "extended" appearance with results similar to last week. We'll see how long it lasts, but solid so far. SSS exhibit 1: 13.5 K/9 and a 42.1 K%.
Darren O'Day Steady as she goes.
Troy Patton Icon_dash_medium Had two runs tagged to his name on Friday night as a result of a dropped fly ball. Beyond that, Patton pitched fine over a limited 1.2 innings.
Pedro Strop Icon_dash_medium Seems as though O'Day has assumed the role as the primary set-up guy for JJ, which has limited the number of appearances for Strop. That said, steady over 1.1 innings.
Lineup
Alexi Casilla Icon_dash_medium Got a couple of starts and went 2 for 7 with a double. Still appears to be behind Flaherty on the depth chart.
Chris Dickerson Icon_dash_medium Took the roster spot of departed reliever Ayala, got a start, and went 1 for 3.
Chris Davis Likely coming back to earth after an exceptional opening week (strikeout rate heading back to SOP), but he still went 5-19 with 2 homers and 5 walks. If that's going to be the norm, is anyone going to complain? I won't. SSS exhibit 2: leading the entire MLB with 19 RBI.
Ryan Flaherty Still stinks, still getting more ABs than Casilla. But, hey....he hit a homer! That's something.
J.J. Hardy Not off to the best start. Second week essentially mirrored the first, but without the homers. Finished 5-22 with a double and two RBI.
Adam Jones Stuck between even and up for the week. At the plate, a solid up arrow. Seven for 25 including a double and his first homer of the year. OPS at a more than acceptable .992. In the field, even. Dropped fly (his second of the year if you include balls lost in the sun) likely cost his team a winnable game.
Manny Machado Bat came around in a big way this week. After going 5-26 (all singles) in week 1, he went 8 for 25 in week 2 with a double, a homer, and 4 RBI. Homer came at a big time.
Nick Markakis Slightly below even for the week. Just 5 for 22 at the plate, but hit two solo homers and added two walks.
Nate McLouth Icon_dash_medium Getting a few hits and taking a few walks.
Steve Pearce Absent. Kinda like his bat.
Nolan Reimold May still be dealing with a hamstring issue. Just 3-13 on the week, but did hit his first homer of the year.
Taylor Teagarden Icon_dash_medium DNP
Matt Wieters Pretty ugly 2 for 21 week at the plate. SSS exhibit 3: walk rate and K rate are identical.

Removed from last week: Luis Ayala, RP (traded to Atlanta Braves), Brian Roberts, 2B (placed on 15-day DL)

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