Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 10

Gausman returned from Norfolk and tossed a beauty. Who else was hot for the Orioles? - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Who's hot and who's not from June 2 - 8

Pitchers
Brad Brach Downnew_medium Really solid in Texas with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, but got hammered yesterday.  The 5 walks certainly didn't help.  Should continue to get his work, however, as he's been decent for the most part and fills a crucial long relief role.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium RHB have hit him better over the season, but he's still getting it done against RHB-heavy lineups.  Another solid week as the closer.  Can't imagine Hunter's return should jeopardize his role going forward - he's earned it.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Two solo shots tarnished an otherwise solid start of 6.1 innings (5 hits, 2 ER).  Chen didn't issue a walk, but struck out 4 A's.
Kevin Gausman
Upnew_medium A very fastball-heavy outing, but you can't argue with the results:  4 hits, 1 ER (a Coco Crisp solo homer), 1 BB, and 6 Ks.  Certainly earned a second start against the Blue Jays.
Preston Guilmet Downnew_medium Hunter is a better option at this point, as long as he's not allowing homers....
Tommy Hunter
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's been activated from the DL and returns to the bullpen.  What role he assumes will be anyone's guess.
Ubaldo Jimenez
Downnew_medium Just couldn't find the plate.  Had a hard time throwing strikes (5 walks), then got tagged for a grand slam.
Brian Matusz
Downnew_medium Ignoring the unearned runs against Texas, he's allowed runners to score in his last three outings.
T.J. McFarland
Upnew_medium Actually proved to be a serviceable mop-up guy and pitched 4.2 innings yesterday, saving the bullpen from further overwork.
Bud Norris
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png A bruised forearm forced him from the game early, although he wasn't exactly tearing it up before that.
Darren O'Day
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Allowed the tying run to score in Friday night's game, but rebounded well on Saturday.
Chris Tillman
Downnew_medium Doesn't seem to be over his groin injury, but the O's don't have a lot of decent SP options right now with MiGo injured.
Ryan Webb
Upnew_medium Limited use, but pitched just fine.
Catchers

Nick Hundley Downnew_medium Has just three hits since his trade to Baltimore - none of them occurred this week.
Caleb Joseph http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Joseph has some upside and showed that this week - he reached base in every game that he started (hits in all but one).
Infielders
Chris Davis http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Okay, he had a couple of homers, but he also had some awful at-bats.  Davis looks like he's swinging at way too many bad pitches.  There's nothing wrong with taking walks!
Ryan Flaherty http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Hardly any playing time, but with a Machado suspension likely, he's probably your starting 3B.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Still homer-less and had an uncharacteristically bad week in the field.
Manny Machado Downnew_medium Air traffic controllers in Baltimore are on high alert.....
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Can't argue he doesn't make the most of his limited playing time (10 ABs, 4 hits - one double).
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Just 4-20 at the plate.
Outfielders
Nelson Cruz http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Didn't hit quite as well following the hand bruise and that helped lower his OPS to a mild 1.021
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Adam's up and down cycle continues with an up week (down last week).  11-25 including a double and a homer.
David Lough Upnew_medium I'm not sure whether to give him an up or down arrow for taking old friend Jim Johnson deep.  I'm also not sure why it is I love Jim Johnson so much.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Any multi-homer week is probably a good one for Markakis.  10-25 with two homers, 6 RBI, and 4 walks.  Now 4th among RF with a .367 OBP (top 20 overall among all outfielders).
Delmon Young http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Just 7 AB, but he did have 3 hits.
Disabled List
Miguel Gonzalez
Likely to miss 1-2 starts with an oblique strain.  Will he continue his QS streak following the injury?
Nolan Reimold Expected to begin a rehab assignment with AA Bowie.
Matt Wieters Still not headed in the right direction....
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