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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 6

Who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles from May 5 - 11

Steve Pearce did some round-tripping this week
Steve Pearce did some round-tripping this week
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Zach Britton Upnew_medium Continues to carve out a niche in the bullpen with another three scoreless innings
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Easily his best start of the season against the Houston Astros on Friday.  Seven innings, five hits, and two earned runs.  Walked just one and struck out four.  Chen has five straight starts with 3 or fewer earned runs.
Miguel Gonzalez Upnew_medium Gonzalez, too, may have turned out his best start of the year one day after Chen.  He also went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits.  Sadly, a blown save cost him a chance at a win.
Tommy Hunter Downnew_medium Maybe we just need to acquire a taste for his pitching?
Ubaldo Jimenez Upnew_medium Normally his performance would get him an even rating, but considering his previous starts, this is a huge step forward for Jimenez.  He's allowed just one earned run in his last two starts (12.2 innings).  Not coincidentally, he's only walked three over that span.
Brian Matusz If you're going to be the lefty specialist, you need to get the lefties out.
T.J. McFarland Called up for one appearance and immediately back to AAA, as the Orioles need to add a RHP relief option.
Bud Norris Norris was decent on Wednesday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, but couldn't find the plate with any regularity.  He walked four hitters and was out of the game before the end of the sixth inning.
Darren O'Day Upnew_medium More effective this week than he has been so far this season.
Troy Patton Limited action, but Patton was mostly effective.
Chris Tillman Downnew_medium After starting the season with decent control, walks have been his undoing lately.  Tillman got two starts in week 6 and walked seven in eleven innings.  Needless to say, he did not win either start.
Ryan Webb Upnew_medium Waiting in the wings for the closer spot?
Steve Clevenger Upnew_medium He's the man now with Wieters DL'd.  Responded with a good week at the plate and seems to pretty good with the pitching staff.
Caleb Joseph Here's my shocked face....
Chris Davis Back in the lineup, which is a huge addition with Wieters out.
Ryan Flaherty With Machado back, his playing time is limited.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium About .260 for the week, but did reach base in all but one game.  Still searching for that first homer of the season to help improve that abysmal .608 OPS.
Manny Machado Downnew_medium Struggling to get going, but it's still early for Machado.
Jonathan Schoop Not providing any real offense (.664 OPS), but did have a big game-winning homer.
Nelson Cruz Downnew_medium Week 6 proved to be one of Cruz's worst as an Oriole.  He went 5-24 with multiple strikeouts in all but one game.  Defense leaves a lot to be desired.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Responded to "OPS Watch" with 3 homers and a solid .320 week.  Seemed to lay off bad pitches with greater regularity, which resulted in better contact.
David Lough Defensive replacement only this week.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Certainly didn't crush the ball, but he does have the longest hitting streak in the MLB.  SLG is a less than ideal .414, but at least he's getting on base.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium DFA'd just days ago.  Back in the lineup and hit three homers.  Ho hum.
Delmon Young Only Lough saw less playing time than Young this week.
Disabled List
Nolan Reimold A rehab assignment might be in his future, as he's taken a handful of simulated at-bats without breaking.
Matt Wieters Hit the DL with a strained elbow.  The Orioles hope the rest will allow him to avoid surgery.  One can only hope...