Week 4 Birds Up, O's Down (April 23-29)

Fist bumps all around for Nate's week. - USA TODAY Sports

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

Rotation
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium

First Oriole starter to exceed 7 innings this season. Still allowing tons of fly balls, so it's a good thing his next start will be at Safeco. Still can't complain about 2 hits over 8 innings.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium

Breezed through 5 innings in Sunday's game at Oakland, then ran into serious trouble and was not able to avert crisis. Migo continues to struggle late into his starts and hasn't pitched past the 6th since his first start.
Jason Hammel Upnew_medium Had his best start of the season on Thursday in Oakland, allowing just two runs (both unearned) in 6 innings. Just the second time in 5 starts he's had more ground ball outs than fly ball outs. 1:1 K/BB ratio is a bit troublesome, but if he's getting the ground ball outs, he can continue to be effective.
Josh Stinson Downnew_medium I still don't understand how you can give up just 5 hits and have 4 of them go for homers. Can't see him getting an encore start any time soon....if at all.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Two starts this week and both ended in equal success. Eleven hits and 5 walks over 12.2 innings. Produced a large number of ground balls during start 1, but notched 7 strikeouts in the second start. Hopefully he's righted the ship after an extremely rocky start to the season.
Bullpen
Zach Britton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Tommy Hunter http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Seven games in seven days and Hunter only gets 1.1 innings?
Jim Johnson Upnew_medium Maybe undeserving of an up arrow after that 10th inning situation against Toronto early in the week, but the guy has been pretty close to perfect this year (all relative considering the O's pitching) and now has an MLB-leading 10 saves.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Left in too long yesterday, which isn't really his fault, but he allowed runs in two straight appearances.
T.J. McFarland http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Seemingly relegated to nothing but mop up duty for short starts. Appears that the team is saving him for those situations, but when you've got limited recovery time, why not utilize the entire bullpen?
Darren O'Day http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Pitched 4 innings and ended with 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. Didn't allow any runs, which is good, but that's playing with fire.
Troy Patton Downnew_medium Walks and homers....yeah, they'll kill you. His 4.1 innings puts him second on the team for relief time this week. Buck has his three guys he wants to get out there as much as possible, but it seems as though he might be overloading his better guys.
Pedro Strop Downnew_medium It's totally possible that the only reason he's still on the team is due to his lack of options.
Lineup
Alexi Casilla Downnew_medium Had more hits than strikeouts, but didn't really play much.
Chris Davis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 5-24 marks his worst week at the plate over the young season, but still put up 2 HR, 7 RBI, and took 4 walks.
Chris Dickerson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Did he actually get in a game?
Luis Exposito http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Anyone know when Brian Roberts is expected back?
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Kinda scary when 6-29 (.207) is a good week for you.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium His "lack of focus" in the outfield (for lack of a...ahem....better term) is extremely troublesome, but his focus at the plate, on the other hand, isn't. Hit his 4th homer of the year, which, when combined with Nicky's homer, puts the duo in the O's record books for most homers in the same game by any pair.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium He might have been over-matched earlier in the season, but he was downright impressive over the past week. A .433 week 4 doubles, a triple, 5 RBI, and 3 walks.
Nick Markakis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Not really his best week at the plate, which ended 7-30, but he did have a homer, 7 RBI, and a big game winning hit. Outfield defense remains an adventure.
Nate McLouth Upnew_medium Best week of any Oriole at the plate. Finished with a .545 BA, which included a homer, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, and 4 walks. His current OBP of .455 has him among the league leaders for regular lead off guys.
Steve Pearce http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Experiment as the platoon DH appears to be over.
Nolan Reimold Downnew_medium Still waiting for the bat to return. No rush or anything. Nobody's watching, nobody cares....
Taylor Teagarden Placed on the 15-day DL with a dislocated thumb. Hard to have tea when you can't use your thumb.
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium He's looking absolutely brutal at the plate right now. Another troubling week, but he's had streaks like this in the past.

And finally, congrats to CC regular AMD on his recent.....life event.

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