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Birds Up, O's Down - 2014 Week 10

Who's hot and who's not from June 2 - 8

Gausman returned from Norfolk and tossed a beauty.  Who else was hot for the Orioles?
Gausman returned from Norfolk and tossed a beauty. Who else was hot for the Orioles?
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Brad Brach Downnew_medium Really solid in Texas with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, but got hammered yesterday.  The 5 walks certainly didn't help.  Should continue to get his work, however, as he's been decent for the most part and fills a crucial long relief role.
Zach Britton Upnew_medium RHB have hit him better over the season, but he's still getting it done against RHB-heavy lineups.  Another solid week as the closer.  Can't imagine Hunter's return should jeopardize his role going forward - he's earned it.
Wei-Yin Chen Upnew_medium Two solo shots tarnished an otherwise solid start of 6.1 innings (5 hits, 2 ER).  Chen didn't issue a walk, but struck out 4 A's.
Kevin Gausman
Upnew_medium A very fastball-heavy outing, but you can't argue with the results:  4 hits, 1 ER (a Coco Crisp solo homer), 1 BB, and 6 Ks.  Certainly earned a second start against the Blue Jays.
Preston Guilmet Downnew_medium Hunter is a better option at this point, as long as he's not allowing homers....
Tommy Hunter He's been activated from the DL and returns to the bullpen.  What role he assumes will be anyone's guess.
Ubaldo Jimenez
Downnew_medium Just couldn't find the plate.  Had a hard time throwing strikes (5 walks), then got tagged for a grand slam.
Brian Matusz
Downnew_medium Ignoring the unearned runs against Texas, he's allowed runners to score in his last three outings.
T.J. McFarland
Upnew_medium Actually proved to be a serviceable mop-up guy and pitched 4.2 innings yesterday, saving the bullpen from further overwork.
Bud Norris A bruised forearm forced him from the game early, although he wasn't exactly tearing it up before that.
Darren O'Day Allowed the tying run to score in Friday night's game, but rebounded well on Saturday.
Chris Tillman
Downnew_medium Doesn't seem to be over his groin injury, but the O's don't have a lot of decent SP options right now with MiGo injured.
Ryan Webb
Upnew_medium Limited use, but pitched just fine.

Nick Hundley Downnew_medium Has just three hits since his trade to Baltimore - none of them occurred this week.
Caleb Joseph Joseph has some upside and showed that this week - he reached base in every game that he started (hits in all but one).
Chris Davis Okay, he had a couple of homers, but he also had some awful at-bats.  Davis looks like he's swinging at way too many bad pitches.  There's nothing wrong with taking walks!
Ryan Flaherty Hardly any playing time, but with a Machado suspension likely, he's probably your starting 3B.
J.J. Hardy Downnew_medium Still homer-less and had an uncharacteristically bad week in the field.
Manny Machado Downnew_medium Air traffic controllers in Baltimore are on high alert.....
Steve Pearce Upnew_medium Can't argue he doesn't make the most of his limited playing time (10 ABs, 4 hits - one double).
Jonathan Schoop Downnew_medium Just 4-20 at the plate.
Nelson Cruz Didn't hit quite as well following the hand bruise and that helped lower his OPS to a mild 1.021
Adam Jones Upnew_medium Adam's up and down cycle continues with an up week (down last week).  11-25 including a double and a homer.
David Lough Upnew_medium I'm not sure whether to give him an up or down arrow for taking old friend Jim Johnson deep.  I'm also not sure why it is I love Jim Johnson so much.
Nick Markakis Upnew_medium Any multi-homer week is probably a good one for Markakis.  10-25 with two homers, 6 RBI, and 4 walks.  Now 4th among RF with a .367 OBP (top 20 overall among all outfielders).
Delmon Young Just 7 AB, but he did have 3 hits.
Disabled List
Miguel Gonzalez
Likely to miss 1-2 starts with an oblique strain.  Will he continue his QS streak following the injury?
Nolan Reimold Expected to begin a rehab assignment with AA Bowie.
Matt Wieters Still not headed in the right direction....