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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 12

Who's hot and who's not from June 16 - 22

J.J. Hardy connects on that elusive first homer
J.J. Hardy connects on that elusive first homer
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Brad Brach DNP
Zach Britton Had to figure he'd blow a save on something other than an "unearned" earned run (some questionable defense during his first blown save) at some point, but it's too bad - that could have been a sweep.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium If you're going to give up homers, you should probably do it the way Chen did on Monday and make sure there aren't a lot of guys on base.
Kevin Gausman
Upnew_medium Don't worry kids - he'll be back to the MLB ASAP, especially with a day-night doubleheader looming on Friday.  Meanwhile, another solid start for the Goose, as he allowed just five hits over six shutout innings.  Since his return to the MLB in June, Gausman has allowed just two earned runs.
Miguel Gonzalez Not impressive during his return from the DL, but lucked out as the O's scored more than he allowed.  Eight hits and four earned runs over 5 innings.
Tommy Hunter Upnew_medium Limited to just two appearances, but tackled nearly four innings and did not allow a run.
Ubaldo Jimenez Improved his season-high to 6 walks, yet somehow only allowed 1 earned run.
Brian Matusz Downnew_medium Tampa seemed to have his number.  Earned runs allowed along with multiple hits (including a home run) in both short appearances.
T.J. McFarland Upnew_medium A clean sheet for Teej over 4 innings.
Bud Norris Hoping to skip the DL after a groin strain.  Maintains he's still on track to start during the double header on Friday after the injury forced him out after just 5 innings.
Darren O'Day Downnew_medium Hoping he gets it together soon - 5 hits allowed over just 2.1 innings.  Limited effectiveness.
Josh Stinson DNP - optioned back to AAA Norfolk.
Chris Tillman Upnew_medium Seemed to be taking cues from Ubaldo with his 4 walks, but Tillman was otherwise solid (4 hits, 0 ER in 7 innings) and ended up out-dueling Tanaka.
Ryan Webb Upnew_medium Solid week.  There was some thought he was injured, but he followed up with 3.2 clean innings.
Nick Hundley Downnew_medium Looks like he's officially the backup catcher now, as Joseph seems to be getting the lion's share of work behind the plate.  Can't really argue with that, even though Joseph hasn't been anything to write home about.
Caleb Joseph He might be receiving the most work at C, but he's still struggling at the plate.  Seems to be comfortable with the pitching staff, however, and that might be the most important thing to Buck at the moment.

Chris Davis Downnew_medium The grand slam off of Erik Bedard was nice, but that was about it for the week.
Ryan Flaherty 0-6
J.J. Hardy Upnew_medium Welp, got his first home run.  Will there be more to come?
Manny Machado Downnew_medium Still doesn't appear to be making any strides at the plate and has been moved down in the order.  Has to be ruefully shaking his head at a poor month.
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Oh WHAT A GOALLLLL!!  Er, wrong sport, but you get the idea.
Jonathan Schoop Gets a hall pass this week because he homered off of Tanaka, but he's still looking overmatched at the plate.

Nelson Cruz Downnew_medium Picked up two homers, but has struggled for the majority of the month.  A 4-23 (.167) week dropped his June average to .233 overall.
Adam Jones Disappeared at the plate during the Tampa series, but was very solid against New York, picking up 5 hits (1 homer), including two multi-hit games.
David Lough 0-1
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium A couple of multi-hit games, but a typical Markakis week of 8 hits with just 2 for extra bases.
Delmon Young Upnew_medium His lone AB for the week was a pinch hit homer (somewhat of the FUHR variety)

Disabled List

Nolan Reimold On rehab with AA Bowie and hasn't hurt himself (yet).  Progress?
Matt Wieters Successful TJ surgery.  Will he make it back for Opening Day?  He's optimistic.