Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 7

Preston Guilmet was one of the few bright spots this week. - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from May 12 - 18.



Pitchers
Zach Britton

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Only one appearance, but how badly did this team need a 1-2-3 inning for a save? Badly. It was Zach's first. Good on ya.
Wei-Yin Chen

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He made one start and didn't get out of the 6th on 95 pitches. Yes, he gave up just one run, but taking almost 100 pitches to get 16 outs isn't going to cut it.
Miguel Gonzalez

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Was skipped in the rotation for some reason, and mopped up after Kevin Gausman's disaster of a start. Scheduled to be back in the rotation this week.
Tommy Hunter

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Tommy Go Boom. Badly. He waited four days to pitch again, picking up one out in a loss.
Ubaldo Jimenez

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One really good start that was wasted when Tommy Go Boom, and yesterday's start that was not good. Gotta go more than five innings, Ubaldo.
Brian Matusz

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Two appearances, no hits, no runs, no walks. That'll work, Brian. That'll work.
Bud Norris

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The O's didn't win either of his two starts, but it sure wasn't Bud's fault. He pitched into the 8th in both starts, and aside from one pitch to Ian Kinsler, he had a pretty good week.
Darren O'Day

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Darren joined Brian Matusz in a clean week, pitching twice and not allowing a run or a hit or a walk.
Troy Patton

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The good news? Troy allowed just two hits in his three appearances. The bad news? Three runs. That's an ERA of 11.57 for the week, and that's definitely not good.
Chris Tillman

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It's doesn't get much better than a complete game shutout.
Ryan Webb

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Do you remember Ryan Webb pitching three times this week? Me neither. But just two hits and zero runs and walks allowed makes for a good week.
Evan Meek

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Evan is joining T.J. McFarland, Brad Brach and Josh Stinson on the 2014 taxi squad of relievers for the O's for good reason. Gave up a run in his only appearance.
Brad Brach

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One appearance, and no runs and no hits, but those two walks aren't going to do his chances of sticking any help.
Preston Guilmet

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The latest member of the Norfolk Express, the Tides closer came up and struck out three in his five outs with no hits, no runs and no walks. That's how you put the bullpen on notice you plan on sticking around.
Kevin Gausman

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Four innings, five runs, six hits, and two walks. Can we just pretend that start never happened?
Catchers
Steve Clevenger

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Our new starting catcher went 5-for-21 without a walk for a  OBP under .240. But the man can frame a pitch!
Caleb Joseph

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It's a good thing he's got a cannon for an arm (he threw out two of three would-be base stealers during the week) because he's not sticking around based on his hitting this week. His OBP of .250 was 12 points higher than #TeamSteve, though.
Infielders
Chris Davis

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Oh, Chris. That's a sad, sad looking swing you're using these days.  If not for his five walks this week, he'd be practically useless at the plate with a .125 AVG.
Ryan Flaherty

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He played twice,  and got one hit. And that's why you're on the bench, Ryan.
J.J. Hardy

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J.J. had eight hits on the week and didn't drive in a run. That tells you all you need to know about how the rest of the lineup is (not) producing.
Manny Machado

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The only other bright spot in the infield at the plate is slowly finding his swing. Nine hits in 28 at-bats is a nice start.
Jonathan Schoop

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He's learning in the field and learning at the plate, but this was an ugly week. Two hits in 18 trips to the plate. If Ryan Flaherty was even hitting his weight, Jon would have reason to worry.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz

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Not a great week for Cruz, although the two home runs were rather nice. But they were two of his just seven hits on the week in 30 trips to the plate.
Adam Jones

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Yes, he looked lost at times this weekend, but Adam still put up an 11-for-30 for the week. Because his outs look uglier than just about anyone else's in MLB, we remember the failures.  Don't forget the five runs he drove in, too.
David Lough

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So, why is he on this team again? Three hits in 16 plate appearances. Two walks are nice, but not enough.
Nick Markakis

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Nick went 4-for-28 and didn't look particularly good doing it. And he's more of a liability on the basepaths than Matt Wieters at this point. Have we ever seen a player look this old before his 31st birthday?
Steve Pearce

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#TeamSteve member only got 4 ABs this week and got one hit. Struck out twice. Seems to be the forgotten man on Buck's bench this week.
Delmon Young

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Delmon went to bat six times this week, and walked back to the dugout each time, having made an out. Why is he here again?
Disabled List
Nolan Reimold

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He's eligible to come off the disabled list next week,and has been cleared and participating in all "baseball activities" according to Ed Encina at The Sun, but he's yet to play in a game. Curious.
Matt Wieters

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He won't come of the disabled list when eligible, and he had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his ailing right elbow. Can't rule out Tommy John surgery yet, folks.
Dylan Bundy

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The young phenom hit 93 on the radar gun during his first batting practice session this week.
Henry Urritia

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He had sports hernia surgery and is expected to be out for another month.
Johan Santana

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He threw 2.2 innings on Friday in extended Spring Training and eventually hit 88 mph on the radar gun. If that change-up comes back, he could be a really interesting piece of the bulpen or a heck of a spot starter after the All-Star Break.
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