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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 11

Who's hot and who's not from June 9 - 15

Only Martin Kaymer was stroking better than Adam Jones this week
Only Martin Kaymer was stroking better than Adam Jones this week
Rob Carr
Brad Brach After allowing 4 runs in a drubbing courtesy of the Oakland Athletics last Sunday, Brach was optioned to Norfolk and did not pitch this week.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium Be honest, who was at least slightly nervous after that walk he allowed on Saturday afternoon?  (Even if those low pitches to Jose Reyes were strikes, not balls.....robot umpires.....)
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Stifled the bats wielded by familiar foes - the Boston Red Sox.  Fought through a rainy evening and allowed just 4 hits in 7 innings.  Did not walk a batter and struck out seven en route to a 6-0 Orioles win.
Kevin Gausman
Upnew_medium Picked up his second straight QS and victory.  Although he walked 3 this time around, his last 13 innings have yielded 2 ER on 9 hits.  Now scheduled for a start this Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tommy Hunter
Downnew_medium Now getting used in non-save situations, but the same results.
Ubaldo Jimenez The end result was actually palatable (2 ER on 5 hits - 6 IP), but the walks are just ridiculous.  He's now pitched two straight starts with 5 BB.
Brian Matusz
Upnew_medium Sometimes he lives on the edge, but he - at least for one week - managed to get guys out on both sides of the plate.
T.J. McFarland Perfectly fine during his standard once-a-week appearance.
Bud Norris
Upnew_medium Raise your hand if you thought you'd read the following line - 14.2 IP, 10 H, ONE ER, 4 BB, 11 K - and associate said line to Mr. Norris.  I certainly didn't, but I'm not one to complain!
Darren O'Day Charged with one earned run thanks to a Webb inherited runner scored, but he was fine through just two innings.
Josh Stinson Recalled to replace Brad Brach.  1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Chris Tillman Not great by any means, but serviceable.  7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER.  No walks or strikeouts.
Ryan Webb Limited effectiveness.  Somewhat middling between even and trending down for the week. 

Nick Hundley Three for thirteen at the plate (.231 BA)
Caleb Joseph I'm actually mildly impressed with his defense, but 1-10 at the plate certainly needs work.  It's hard to be too critical with the catchers however, as nobody expected this kind of contribution would be required.
Chris Davis Downnew_medium The great news is that half of his hits were homers.  The bad news is that he only had 4 hits.  Davis is now batting just .228 with a sub .800 OPS.
Ryan Flaherty Upnew_medium Flaherty had as many hits as Davis - in a third of the ABs.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Maybe I'm over-thinking this, but it looks as though his struggles at the plate have him pressing throughout his entire game.  For somebody who's normally an excellent defender, he's struggled in the field as well as at the plate.
Manny Machado Still going to be suspended, but he was at least slightly better at the plate this week with 3 2B and didn't throw any bats.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium It's SSS theatre, but Pearce sports an .844 OPS through 97 ABs.
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Continues to look over-matched at the plate.
Nelson Cruz Upnew_medium Seven hits, but all singles.  Actually got to play a little LF too, with Young getting that call at DH in a few games.
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Broke the up-down cycle with his second straight up week.  Hit almost as well as Martin Kaymer this week with an 8-26 including 2 homers.
David Lough Downnew_medium Don't look now, but he's putting together a decent month of June (.286, 2 HR, 3 BB, 5 RBI).  That said, Lough for seven at the plate this week.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium After a few solid weeks in a row, Nick slowed down with a .185 week, which dropped his average below .300 for the season.  He did still have 5 hits and 4 RBI, though.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium His Mark Buehrle dominance continues.
Disabled List
Miguel Gonzalez
The likely starter for Tuesday's game.
Nolan Reimold On rehab with AA Bowie and hasn't hurt himself (yet).  Progress?
Matt Wieters Seems like he may as well just have the surgery and stop wasting time.