Slump doesn't get Jays' Carter down

October 14, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter has not had a major offensive impact on the American League Championship Series, but he isn't letting it get him down.

"I'm very happy at the current situation we're in," said Carter. "We're looking for one more victory. I don't feel any pressure. Too many guys on this team can carry a club. Devon [White]. Robby [Alomar]. It's not just one guy. You want to go out there and do well, but if you don't it's not because you're not trying. Maybe [today] will be the day."

Carter is batting .190 in the series, with four hits and one RBI in 21 at-bats. He also struggled against the Oakland Athletics during the regular season, batting just .128 with one home run.

Workout canceled

The A's intended to hold an evening workout at SkyDome last night, but called it off after the club arrived in Toronto yesterday.

Another day game

The A's and Blue Jays will play at 3 p.m. today, the fourth consecutive day game of the series. The schedule originally was set so that the game could move into prime time if the National League Championship Series ended quickly.

Short rest controversy

Blue Jays pitchers Jack Morris and David Cone both have dismissed the notion that they were adversely affected by Cito Gaston's de

cision to go with a three-man rotation and, therefore, pitch each of them on three days' rest.

Morris and Cone both pitched poorly, but Morris pointed to the early games as a more significant factor.

"I think the bigger factor was that these were all day games," Morris said after Game 5. "It's not even three full days for the pitcher, coming from the night game to the day game."

The distance

The complete game victory by Dave Stewart on Monday was the first in the American League playoffs since Boston Red Sox left-hander Bruce Hurst went the distance to defeat the California Angels on Oct. 8, 1986. In between, there have been two complete games -- one by Morris and one by Mike Boddicker -- but both were losing efforts.

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