Opening Week Birds Up, O's Down

Chris Davis swings halfway and hits a grand slam. ISS has been put on alert in case he actually gives us a full swing. - USA TODAY Sports

Who's hot and who's not over the Baltimore Orioles' first week in the 2013 season.

Rotation
Jake Arrieta The bad news is that four of his seven hits allowed went for extra bases. Against the Twins. Not so great. The good news is that he was victimized by a bit of bad defense (looking at you Nick....) and his FIP (2.80) reflects that.
Wei-Yin Chen Pitched a solid game on Wednesday vs. Tampa and appeared in line to get the win when the bullpen coughed it up. Appeared to tire a bit towards the end of the start (in the 6th), but allowed just 2 ERs on 7 hits (no homers). Did not walk a batter.
Miguel Gonzalez Battled an illness, yet still shut down the Rays over 6.1 innings of work. Looked very solid, allowing just 2 ER on 5 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 2 batters. Did injure a shin during the 5th inning of the start, but Buck says it fine (although Gonzalez won't pitch until Friday.....).
Jason Hammel Opening Day win aside, Hammel has not looked sharp in his first two starts. Seven runs allowed in 12.2 innings (strange outfield plays aside) and nearly a 1:1 K/BB ratio. He's also not getting the ground balls he's accustomed to, but it's still early.
Chris Tillman In his first start of the season, Tillman lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed 5 earned runs, walking 4 and striking out 4. Decent velocity, but his fastball didn't seem to move much and he was terribly inefficient.
Bullpen
Luis Ayala Picking up where he left off last year as far as allowing inherited runners to score. Came in against Tampa and was immediately tagged for 2 runs (including a homer). Pitched better in his second outing (Josh Willingham double aside).
Tommy Hunter Tommy Goes Boom.
Jim Johnson This one's a bit more difficult. Recorded two saves, but hasn't looked extremely sharp. This continued to Saturday where a bad play at first allowed a runner to reach base. A walk and a single then led to a loss. Run was unearned, but JJ's not really epitomizing "shut down closer."
Brian Matusz Icon_dash_medium Against lefties: 3 AB, 0H, 0BB, 2K. Against righties: 6 AB, 1H, 1BB, 1HBP, 1ER. Hmm....
T.J. McFarland Not sure what to make of this. Maybe it had something to do with facing the Twins....or maybe because it was his MLB debut and nobody really has any tape on him, but he was extremely impressive in his first outing. Doesn't throw hard by any means, but saw great movement on his pitches leading to just 1 hit and 5 strikeouts over 3.1 innings of relief. Huge boost considering Tillman didn't make it out of the 4th inning.
Darren O'Day Gave up an unearned run in his first appearance, but up to his usual tricks in the other two. Might have to make some adjustments as more hitters see his funky delivery, but still getting the outs.
Troy Patton Icon_dash_medium Let one of his inherited runners score, but for the most part did his job.
Pedro Strop First outing was rough, but he's looked better since.
Lineup
Alexi Casilla Icon_dash_medium Still filling the role as the utility infielder even with B-Rob out. One for four with a walk during the opening week.
Chris Davis Has now gone two straight games without a home run. Ho hum.
Ryan Flaherty Has an enormous opportunity to shine in the wake of the Roberts injury. Flaherty responds with an 0-10 week (5 strikeouts).
J.J. Hardy Icon_dash_medium Five for 24 to open the season isn't great, but he did have 2 doubles and 2 home runs (5 RBIs), so there's some promise. All 4 extra base hits came off of lefties.
Adam Jones Huge start at the plate for Jones. He's looked patient and has gotten the hits when they're needed. Fourteen for 26, 7 RBI, and 9 runs cap a great week.
Manny Machado Probably needs to be dropped in the order. He's got the tools to be a fantastic player, but he likely needs some time to adjust. Just 5-26 over the first week, but showing some solid defense.
Nick Markakis Didn't quite match the weeks from Davis and Jones, but Nicky put together a fine week of his own, going 10-27 including a 4-5 night on Saturday. Could do with some practice running down fly balls hit over his head.....
Nate McLouth Icon_dash_medium Off to a decent start as the O's lead-off man against RHP.
Steve Pearce He'll get most of his playing time against LHP, but he's going to have to hit if he wants to maintain that spot.
Nolan Reimold Icon_dash_medium Four for 17 in the first week which is okay (also took 3 BBs). Injuries remain a concern and he's listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
Brian Roberts Sigh.
Taylor Teagarden Icon_dash_medium Ron Gardenhire says he'll never send a runner against SHJ again. Apparently you can add Taylor Teagarden to that list.
Matt Wieters How many times do I have to tell you? There are no weapons of mass destwuction Don't run on Matt Wieters.
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