Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 8

Crush Davis is living up to his namesake - Patrick Smith

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from May 19 - 25

Pitchers
Brad Brach Upnew_medium Solid in relief, cleaning up for Tillman, et al.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Two for two on save opportunities, but then again, so was Hunter.....
Wei-Yin Chen Downnew_medium Did not have his best stuff against Cleveland this week.  Five runs allowed on eight hits and only one strikeout.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Back-to-back wins and only four earned runs allowed in 12 innings.
Preston Guilmet Upnew_medium 3.1 scoreless innings, but returned to the minors anyway.
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium Saturday's performance looked far more like his April outings than his May outings.
Brian Matusz Upnew_medium Called on to pitch quite a bit and kept them from scoring.  Used in more than his traditional LH specialist role, as well.
T.J. McFarland http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He is what he is and it's nothing exciting.
Bud Norris http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Made it through 6 innings and allowed four runs.  Spent most of the game working out of jams.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Darren goes boom?
Troy Patton http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Shipped off to San Diego for a backup catcher.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Any bets on how long he has until he ends up on the DL?
Ryan Webb http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Shaky start to the season, but he's shaped up since.  Did struggle some in a chance to get a decision on Wednesday.
Catchers
Steve Clevenger http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Technically the starter with Wieters out, but he's splitting time behind the plate with Joseph.
Nick Hundley http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Acquired this week from San Diego.
Caleb Joseph Downnew_medium Struggling to find a stroke at the plate.
Infielders
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Heating up in a big way after his oblique injury.  Eight hits this week and four were homers.
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Extremely limited playing time, but he had a homer and a double this week.
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium Big week numbers wise (10 hits, 4 RBI), but he's still homer-less, nor is he getting the extra base hits.
Steve Lombardozzi http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Recently recalled from AAA Norfolk because Machado is dealing with a groin injury.
Manny Machado http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Day-to-day with a groin injury, but it didn't keep him from homer on Sunday.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Doesn't get a lot of playing time, but makes it count when he does (6-9, 1 2B, 2 RBI).
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Really struggling at the plate and is now down to .583 OPS after just four hits in 22 AB.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium Well, he's getting paid to hit homers and he's doing just that with another four this week.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Incredibly slow start to the season, but his average is creeping back toward to .300 and his OBP is now up above .300 for the first time in a while.
David Lough Downnew_medium Sinking Lough-er and Lough-er into the hole he's dug himself.  If he wasn't the only CF replacement, I'm not entirely sure he'd still be in the MLB.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Quality week relative to the standard Markakis-ian week (9 hits, but just two for XBH).  He had a homer, though!
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Limited playing time with the interleague games.
Disabled List
Tommy Hunter DL'd with a case of the sucks strained groin.  Likely on the 15 day for the minimum.
Nolan Reimold He played an actual game (extended spring training) and didn't get hurt.  Progress!
Matt Wieters He claims his elbow is improving.  We'll see.  Happy thoughts.

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