Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 3

Meek allowed only 1 baserunner in 4 IP - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from April 14 - 20

Pitchers
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Dented a bit hit-wise, but both runs allowed were unearned.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Two walks, but looked much better overall on Monday, holding the Rays to 1 ER on 5 hits. Recorded 4 strikeouts through 6.1 IP.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Inefficiency killed a pretty solid start. Through 5 innings, Migo allowed just 3 hits and struck out six. Walking three batters didn't help, however, as he racked up 98 pitches and came out after 5 scoreless.
Tommy Hunter http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Pitched only once and recorded the save.
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium Got within range of his first QS, then gave up a three run shot to Johnny Gomes and was pulled. He need 107 pitches to get through 5.1 innings.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Brought in last night presumably because he had solid numbers against the guys he was expected to face. Playing the matchups didn't really work out and Matusz ended up taking the loss.
Evan Meek Upnew_medium Listed as day-to-day with an illness all week, but Meek still managed to motor through 4 scoreless innings.
Bud Norris http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Norris' line of 5 hits and 4 earned runs is a bit misleading. He actually pitched somewhat better than you'd think after looking at the box score. Additionally, 7Ks is pretty nice in 6+ innings.
Darren O'Day http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Is it just me or does it look like he's struggling some? The box score won't show it, but he just doesn't look sharp.
Josh Stinson http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Chris Tillman http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Tillman required a ton of pitches and lived on the edge during his entire start. He's been solid this season, but the Red Sox really seem to make him work.
Ryan Webb http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Just 1 IP
Catchers
Steve Clevenger http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Didn't hit for power this week, but he's making good contact and has been very productive. His current line includes a .365 OBP. For the week, he went 6-19 with 4 RBI and 2 BB.
Infielders
Chris Davis Downnew_medium It's pretty disappointing to see Davis sporting just a .373 SLG. He struggled this week at the plate, adding just 2 hits. On the plus side, he looked more selective with his swings and that resulted in 5 walks.
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Normally, I try not to use the word "I" in the BUOD column and/or use any opinions that may not reflect those of the other writers here, but I'm straying from that here. The transfer rule is awful. I'm better a better defensive player makes the play in question here, but still, Flaherty should have gotten at least one out.
J.J. Hardy http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png An up arrow for his offensive and defensive performance, but a pretty big down for his durability. Immediately upon his return from the back/neck problem, he's out again - this time with hamstring strain. Considering how the defense has performed with him out of the lineup, the O's can't afford all of these nagging injuries.
Steve Lombardozzi http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png The Orioles have already come out ahead in the Lombo-Gonzalez trade with the Tigers, simply because Lombo is still rostered. That said, he smacked five singles throughout the week.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium The down arrow might be unpopular, especially considering that Schoop had a nice week at the plate, but his defense is has been fairly inadequate.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium While yesterday's homer was one of only two XBH this week, Cruz reached base in every game he played in this week.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Jones can occasionally look really bad at the plate (see last Monday's game), but for the most part, he's a solid producer. He did just that this week, finishing 9-21 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Jones also walked once.
David Lough Downnew_medium How Lough can you go?
Nick Markakis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Nick responded to a questionable article on this very website with a 6 for 20. He even walked four times and doubled twice.
Steve Pearce http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png DNP
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png 1-8 isn't much to rate against.
Disabled List
Manny Machado Could be starting a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend.
Nolan Reimold Participating in "light" baseball activity.
Troy Patton SSPD Obviously not on the DL, but don't forget about Troy! Wouldn't it be a novelty to have a guy who can get lefties out?
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