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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 2

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from April 7 -13

Bud dropped 7 shutout innings this week - his first start with 0 ER in an O's uniform.  Keep it up!
Bud dropped 7 shutout innings this week - his first start with 0 ER in an O's uniform. Keep it up!
Patrick Smith
Zach Britton Upnew_medium He's allowed just 4 baserunners over 8.1 innings this season. Meanwhile, he's got 16 grounders to just 4 flies. That'll play.
Wei-Yin Chen Downnew_medium One might disagree, but I don't think his start this week versus the Yankees was very good. He's throwing tons of pitches in short starts and giving up quite a few hits. The good news is that he's not walking guys, but he's allowed 21 hits in just over 10 innings of work. Way too many.
Miguel Gonzalez Shaky first few innings for Migo, but he didn't give up and managed to get through 6 innings. Lots of hits (7), but he minimized the damage (3 ER). Still though....four homers allowed in two starts....
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium Tommy Goes Boom. We've seen this movie before.
Ubaldo Jimenez Downnew_medium It's getting pretty difficult to watch the 50 million dollar guy pitch. He struggled through 10 innings this week, allowing 9 earned runs in the process. The 1:1 SO/BB ratio isn't helping, either.
Brian Matusz We'll give him a small pass for pitching through an illness this week that required hospitalization.
Evan Meek Upnew_medium You can't help but think that the walks are eventually going to catch up to him (5 per 9 innings), but at least he's getting the outs.
Bud Norris Upnew_medium The Blue Jays don't have quite the offense that the Tigers sport, but Norris was far better in this second start than he was in his first. While he did issue three walks (one looked pretty borderline from the 300s...), he limited the Jays to just 5 hits in 7 innings. Seemed like a perfect opportunity to get the bullpen some rest before a blown save quashed that idea.
Darren O'Day O'Day still hasn't provided a clean inning to this point, but he is indeed getting the outs, provided he's not coming into the game with guys in scoring position....
Josh Stinson Downnew_medium The game looked pretty bad when Jimenez left, but it looked even worse after Stinson did so.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium The defense giveth, the defense taketh away. One week after the defense provided a few gems to back up Tilly, they produce three errors and cost him a chance at a win after a pretty solid start. Three hits, a walk, and six strikeouts over 8 innings is usually enough to get you a win.
Ryan Webb Upnew_medium Seems to have steadied the ship after a volatile first week.
Steve Clevenger Certainly not the performance he provided in his first game action this year, but he walked once and had a few good swings.
Matt Wieters Upnew_medium Question for the group: is Wieters simply hitting his stride after a couple of years in the majors or is he pressing for a big extension? Another solid week has him up to a .960 OPS. He's taking some good swings (even shortening up when he needs to protect the plate!) and displaying a pretty solid eye (3 walks this week).
Chris Davis Upnew_medium As somebody who hit 53 homers last season, Davis has to know he's going to see a lot of bad pitches because nobody wants to make a mistake that he can crush. It's up to him to lay off of that stuff and, to be honest, he hasn't so far. He's taking a lot of bad swings at bad pitches that aren't conducive for power hitting. A little patience certainly won't hurt him. That said, he still picked up six hits (including his first homer) and walked three times.
Ryan Flaherty Downnew_medium Flaherty is going to find himself stapled to the bench if he doesn't start hitting the ball and/or making questionable plays in the field. Of course, Hardy's health will play into this.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Missed a bunch of games due to some back/neck problems, then went hitless in two games. Having his glove back was huge, however.
Steve Lombardozzi It wasn't likely Lombo would hit .340 all year and he did indeed fall back after his first week, but he still provides good defense at a number of positions. Oh and that 12th inning triple on Saturday was huge.
Jonathan Schoop On one hand, he looked much, much better at the plate this week. On the other hand, his throws almost have me wishing the O's had Ryan Zimmerman throwing from 3B. Offense.....defense.....they kinda even out, right?
Nelson Cruz Not a ton from the plate with 9 hits in nearly 40 trips (.237), but he did walk 5 times. That's big for a team struggling to score runs.
Adam Jones A little patience really couldn't hurt. Jones had an average week at the plate, but he really presses at times. For example, he took just 6 pitches in 4 ABs during yesterday's game. Yep, 6 pitches.
David Lough I had all of the jokes ready for this week. Stuff like "Lough-est common denominator" or "how Lough can you go," but then he goes and knocks in the game-winning run after missing a number of games with concussion symptoms. All I can say is that at least we don't have to play that game Lough mo'. Okay, I'll stop.
Nick Markakis Maximum Markakis. Eight hits, seven of which were singles.
Steve Pearce Guessing he was on the bench for most of the season so far because he's the emergency infielder? He finally got a start and roped a double to left.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium This is probably one of the most tentative up arrows I've ever doled out in three years of BUOD history.
Disabled List
Manny Machado He's running again and taking some simulated ABs.
Nolan Reimold Transferred to the 60 day DL to make some additional room on the 40 man.
Troy Patton SSPD Obviously not on the DL, but don't forget about Troy! Wouldn't it be a novelty to have a guy who can get lefties out?