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Week 8 Birds Up, O's Down (21 - 27 May)

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles

Patrick McDermott

Freddy Garcia Picked up his first win of the season, although there wasn't anything particularly memorable about the outing. Scattered nine hits over five innings, allowing three runs (two earned). Struck out just one batter, but didn't walk anyone.
Kevin Gausman While it wasn't a great first start, it's hard to be critical of a kid making just his 14th professional appearance and 1st MLB start. Got through 5 innings, allowing 4 earned runs while walking two and striking out five.
Miguel Gonzalez
Upnew_medium Gonzalez started two games this week in his return from the disabled list. Both were solid starts, totaling 12.2 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, and 12 SO. Second start was a bit inefficient, as he was pulled at 5.2 innings with over 100 pitches.
Jason Hammel
Upnew_medium We may finally be catching a glimpse of the 2012 version Hammel. This past week was by far his most dominant of the year with two starts totaling 14.2 IP, 14 H, and 4 ER. He walked just 2 batters while striking out 14. Yesterday's start against the Nationals was just the third time all season an O's starter has gone 8 or more innings.
Chris Tillman Friday's start in Toronto was adequate, but inefficient. Tillman required 109 pitches to complete 5 innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing 3 earned runs. He did strike out 7 without walking a batter.

Tommy Hunter Fairly solid week of 5.2 innings pitched, but it ended in potential injury, as Hunter took a ground ball off of his hand. MRI was negative, though, so stay tuned.
Jim Johnson
Downnew_medium Looked like he may have turned a corner with a win and save (both scoreless innings) after 3 blown saves, but it all came crashing back.
Steve Johnson
Downnew_medium The good news is that the 2 runs he allowed actually lowered his 13.50 ERA. Yea, that's all I've got.
Brian Matusz Sandwiched a rough outing in between two solid and scoreless innings (inning+). With Johnson struggling, it seems possible that he and O'Day could see some "closer-by-committee" action based on the platoon splits.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Saw just two innings all in the same game and was tagged for 4 runs.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium Although he did allow a late home run against the Yankees, he had a solid week of 3.1 IP. Three hits, no walks, 4 strikeouts.
Troy Patton Downnew_medium He's having a pretty significant control problem. Didn't even have to allow a hit to pick up two earned runs thanks to a lack of control. Not surprising that the inning was his only for the week.

Alexi Casilla Downnew_medium Over the past few weeks, I've questioned why he doesn't play more often, but his 1-12 week probably answers that question. His defense is good, though!
Chris Davis Upnew_medium Continues to crush monster dongs. Davis posted yet another week of fantastic hitting, boosting his slash line to .341/.436/.716. Six of his 12 hits this week went for extra bases.
Chris Dickerson Upnew_medium Four for 13, but two of the hits were homers (and came in the same game). Not bad for the fourth outfielder!
J.J. Hardy He's been steadily improving after a dismal start to the year. Not the best week (7-29, .241), but he managed a hit in all but one game. Call it an "even" week since he's technically trending upward.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium The DH role appears to have suited Jones pretty well, as he had a solid 11-31 week including 4 homers. Of course, he was in center for most of the week, but maybe a few days off to focus on hitting was a good thing?
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Continues to play like an absolute stud. He's not the "unknown star" anymore, now that he got a ton of press over about a weeks' time, but he still responded perfectly. A 14-33 week (.424) generally gets you noticed, especially when it's about where you've been all year. Glad he's on our side.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium The core of the Oriole offense had a solid week, including Nick Markakis, who got into the act himself with two home runs. Beyond that, he was 11-29 with 7 RBI and 3 walks.
Nate McLouth Upnew_medium McLouth had a solid week as well, going 8-22 with a homer, 2 walks, and 2 stolen bases. Getting slightly less playing time since he usually sits against lefties, but the platooning seems to be working pretty well.
Yamaico Navarro Upnew_medium If we're going by offense alone, advantage in the backup second baseman/current starter competition shifts back to Navarro, who had a solid-but-unspectacular 5-16 week.
Steve Pearce Downnew_medium He's around.
Chris Snyder 1-4
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium A pleasantly solid week for Wieters, including a homer, 4 doubles, and 2 walks. His 7 RBI were the most he's had in a week all year.
Disabled List

Wilson Betemit Should be starting up baseball activities this week.
Wei-Yin Chen No news, but it'd be nice to get him back and knock Freddy Garcia out of the rotation.
Nolan Reimold Eligible to return today, but that's not going to happen.
Brian Roberts Can we start taking bets on how many games he plays before another injury?
Pedro Strop Placed on the DL with a back injury.
Taylor Teagarden Expected to start catching BP this week.
Tsuyoshi Wada His rehab assignment is over, but it wasn't very good.