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Week 9 Birds Up, O's Down (28 May - 2 June)

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

Freddy Garcia takes the top spot with a 3-hit gem.  Raise your hand if you expected that start!
Freddy Garcia takes the top spot with a 3-hit gem. Raise your hand if you expected that start!
Mitchell Layton
Freddy Garcia Upnew_medium Posted his best start in the young season (and likely his best for the year) on Thursday vs. the Washington Nationals. Allowed just 3 hits over 8 shut out innings while striking out six.
Kevin Gausman On the second day of Gausmas, we outing we're not going to talk about. On the third day of Gausmas, we received just 1 run (a solo homer to Prince Fielder) on five hits and four strikeouts. Nobody really liked those turtle doves anyway.
Miguel Gonzalez Downnew_medium Walks and homers factored into a 5 ER, 7 hit performance over 6 innings Friday against Detroit. That makes back-to-back starts with 3+ free passes issued.
Jason Hammel Downnew_medium Walks and homers also factored into Hammel's three inning (5 ER, 3 HR allowed, 3 BB) disaster. He ended up getting ejected for hitting Matt Tuiasosopo in the shoulder. This start follows up a pretty solid week for Hammel, so maybe it was just a bad day. His next start should be Friday, so we'll see soon enough.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium Walks and hom.....okay, just homers in this case. Tillman allowed 4 of them in less than 5 innings of work on Wednesday vs. the Nationals. Three of the four homers came from the bat of Ryan Zimmerman. Not the best of weeks for Oriole starters.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Showed no ill effects of a ground ball off of the hand, recording two scoreless innings of relief work.
Jim Johnson Upnew_medium Recovered from a disastrous two-week stretch with three saves, all scoreless innings. Only hit allowed was a single to Miguel Cabrera.
Steve Johnson Upnew_medium Sure stymied the Nationals in big-time mop up duty for a poor Tillman start. Ended up getting the win when Crush Davis did his thing.
Brian Matusz Struggled some yesterday (albeit against the middle of a potent Tigers lineup), but already had one solid outing against the same team under his belt.
T.J. McFarland Downnew_medium Began his week with a solid mop up for the Goose against the Nationals, but ended his week with a pretty terrible mop up for Hammel.
Darren O'Day Back to his scoreless ways, although this was just for 1.1 innings. Possible he gets some save looks if Johnson cannot regain his form.
Troy Patton Saw the most time for any member of the bullpen this week (4.2 innings) and allowed a number of hits. He did, however, keep the damage to a minimum.
Alexi Casilla Buck's (or possibly DD's) management of the 2B position in the absence of B-Rob has been beyond questionable. Casilla is the one consistent member of the platoon (the others have yo-yo'd back and forth to Norfolk), yet saw nothing but pinch hit duty all week.
Chris Davis Upnew_medium The stuff he's doing at the plate is absolutely incredible. This week, it was a mere 13-27 (.481) at the plate with 4 HR and a 2B. Hopefully that Triple Crown stuff doesn't go to his head.
Chris Dickerson Upnew_medium Only 3-12 this week, but his 9th inning homer on Friday keyed the Orioles victory.
Ryan Flaherty 4-15 is actually a solid week for Flaherty. Yeah, that's all I've got on that.
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium James Jerry had a solid week of his own at the plate, including a multi-homer game. His OBP is still well below .300, but it's at least moving in the right direction.
Adam Jones Downnew_medium Week 9 was Adam's worst week at the plate so far this season. Yesterday's game included an 0-4 with 4 Ks. Ouch.
Manny Machado Upnew_medium Continues to impress with solid defense and another .300+ week at the plate. His OBP his now up to .363 after he walked 4 times and recorded another 8 hits.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Slumped a bit in the early goings, but now he's back to his usual "steady as she goes" way. This week included a 9-29 with 2 homers and 6 RBI.
Nate McLouth Upnew_medium Nate had a solid 9-26 week himself atop the Oriole lineup. The 1-2-3 punch of McLouth, Machado, and Markakis combined for 26 hits this week.
Yamaico Navarro Back to AAA.
Steve Pearce 2-11, but one hit was a homer that assisted the O's to a big comeback victory in the 3 RyZim homer game.
Chris Snyder 0-3, although he caught a solid game for Gausman and made a good defensive play.
Danny Valencia 1-3 as a pinch hitter
Matt Wieters Downnew_medium Wieters' struggles at the plate continue, as a 3-18 (.167) week with one BB has his average down to .237 and his OBP down below .300
Disabled List
Wilson Betemit He's started hitting at extended spring training. Hasn't seen live pitching yet, but he's moving in the right direction.
Wei-Yin Chen He'll do some soft tossing this week as he works his way back from an oblique strain.
Nolan Reimold Expected to begin a rehab assignment in the coming days.
Brian Roberts Still a month away from returning to action
Pedro Strop Any bets on whether or not he's actually injured?
Taylor Teagarden Rehabbing at AAA Norfolk
Tsuyoshi Wada Rehab starts have been pretty dismal