Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 4

Cruz really sent them flying during the Orioles fourth week of play - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from April 21 - 27

Pitchers
Zach Britton Downnew_medium Didn't allow a run over his first six appearances, then went three straight this week with a run or more allowed.  Border between down and middling this week, however, because only 2 runs were earned thanks to some poor defense.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium He sure loves to give up hits, but seems to work out of the jams.  Chen was a two start pitcher this week and allowed 13 hits, 5 earned runs, and 5 walks over 12 innings.  He also struck out 11 hitters (season-high 6 in Saturday's game).
Miguel Gonzalez http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Bad defense is killer - Migo was a victim not only of defensive miscues, but a struggling offense on Sunday.  He was saddled with the loss, although he gave up 3 earned runs over 6 innings.
Tommy Hunter http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Slash line against LHB:  .250/.286/.421.....RHB:  .400/.438/.600.  Cripes.
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium Still searching for that first win as an Oriole.  His biggest issue on Friday was again command, as he walked four hitters and threw only 61 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium He's not really being used properly by Buck (21 lefties faced, 19 righties faced), but he's not really that effective against either right now.
T.J. McFarland http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Lived on the edge with walks in one game, hits in another, but generally effective.
Evan Meek Downnew_medium Glorious start, but it's all fallen apart.  His last few outings have been absolutely terrible.  Not really sure the defense is helping out much, but he's leaving a lot of pitches in hittable parts of the strike zone.
Bud Norris Upnew_medium Even though hampered by a hamstring issue, Norris was once again pretty solid, holding the Blue Jays to 3 runs over 6 innings.  He walked only 1 batter and had just 86 pitches before leaving with the injury.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Not generating nearly the effectiveness he has in the past.  Two innings this week and he allowed 5 hits and an earned run (which came off of a home run).
Josh Stinson Downnew_medium He could be DFA fodder once Patton is activated.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium An offensive explosion got him a win, but Tillman had a rough week.  Well, rough inning, really.  Under 6 IP, 9 hits and 7 earned runs.  He allowed 3 home runs in the game.  C'mon, #stafface!
Ryan Webb http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Had some difficulty locating pitches yesterday, but he had a fairly solid week including a 3K appearance against Boston on Monday.
Catchers
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium With Steve Pearce, DFA'd, Clevenger takes the reigns as the leader of #teamsteve.  If he keeps going with his current performance, it'd be really great to give Wieters extra DH/days off to keep him fresh.  Clevenger went 3-10 in limited playing time (2 doubles and a walk).
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Spent part of the week DTD with a forearm strain/tightness, but it didn't seem to affect his performance, at least at the plate.  Wieters tacked on seven hits in 18 trips, including 2 doubles and a homer.  That said, he's still struggling to hit from the right side of the plate.
Infielders
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Best part of his week was that he took four walks, but when he actually had to swing the bat, things went south.  Flaherty is currently hitting just .188 with a .502 OPS.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Missed some time due to a hamstring strain, but returned early in the week and struggled at the plate.  Nagging injuries are likely an issue right now, but he's put up just a .548 OPS this season.
Steve Lombardozzi Upnew_medium Almost zero pop in his bat, but he has been getting on base when he does play.  With Weeks up, he might face additional competition for playing time.  Multi-hit games certainly won't hurt his cause though!
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Does he remain in the lineup with Machado's return looming?
Jemile Weeks Upnew_medium Weeks was off to a pretty good start at Norfolk and continued that in his first weekend at the MLB level.  Three hits in 8 trips, including one triple, although he was pretty close to getting picked off yesterday.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium What kind of missile was that?  Oh, look!  Jokes!
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Spotty week, both on defense and at the plate.  Just 5-31 at the plate, including 9 strikeouts (no walks).  I'd really like to see him asked to play deeper in CF, as well.
David Lough http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png O's web gem of the week, but beyond that, Lough struggled.  Sub-par week at the plate, but he was decent defensively.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Apparently he's the 1B with Davis on the DL.  Inexperience at the position aside, Nicky had a truly Markakis-ian week of 10-28 (.357) which including only one extra-base hit.  He did raise his OPS to .720 thanks to 5 walks, though!
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png It's possible he spends some extra time on the bench with Davis out, as Markakis is playing first and Young would be the lone defensive replacement for the OF.
Disabled/Inactive List
Chris Davis The O's say he's likely to miss more than the minimum 15 days.  Ruh roh.
Manny Machado On a rehab assignment with Frederick.  Allegedly, he was pretty good.
Nolan Reimold Still no timetable for a return to real baseball activities.
Troy Patton SSPD Eligible to come off of the suspended list on Wednesday.
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