Moore has done less when facing Orioles

May 31, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

After once dominating the Orioles, Detroit's Mike Moore is now experiencing the loathsome other side.

Moore, a veteran 34-year-old right-hander, tries to reverse his skid as he starts against Orioles rookie Mike Oquist tonight at Camden Yards. Oquist will be making his first career start, 400 fewer than Moore.

In 1992 against the Orioles, Moore went 3-0, but has since lost his last three decisions to them, including a 3-1 defeat on April 14. He has given up 13 runs in his past 27 2/3 innings when facing the Orioles for a 4.24 ERA.

Six Orioles are batting above .294 for their career against Moore (4-4). Cal Ripken, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles and Rafael Palmeiro have combined for nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 at-bats against him.

Although he has won at least 13 games the past five seasons, Moore has not mastered teams. He had an ERA above 4.00 in three of those years, including a 5.22 mark last year. This year, Moore has been even worse with a 5.85 ERA.

Moore usually hurts himself with his poor location. He allowed 35 home runs in 213 2/3 innings last year, and is currently on a pace for 30 this season.

The Orioles will need to take advantage of this weakness, although they have not utilized the home run recently. Palmeiro's bases-empty homer that tied last night's eventual 5-3 loss in the bottom of the 10th ended a four-game, 38-inning Orioles home run drought.

The Orioles, however, should get base runners by walks as they have become more patient at the plate. They have walked 29 times in their past five games, including seven last night.

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