Performance and workload hurting Poole


August 10, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

Orioles left-hander Jim Poole has not pitched often enough to stay effective and has not pitched effectively enough to be used often.

"He hasn't pitched much lately," Orioles manager Johnny Oates pTC said. "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

Poole, who failed to retire either of the left-handed hitters he faced Monday night, has 38 appearances but has pitched only 20 1/3 innings.

Poole already has allowed more hits (32) this season than he did last season (30) and he pitched 30 more innings last season.

"There were more left-handed hitters in the league last year than this year," Oates said. "There were teams he got to pitch two or three innings against last year. There just haven't been as many situations this year."

Poole watched Mark Eichhorn and Alan Mills break from early-season slumps after three-inning outings and hoped to have the same chance to straighten himself out.

He wasn't given that chance. At the same time, he hasn't used his lack of activity as an excuse for not getting the desired results. "I have a job to do and I'm not doing it," is Poole's standard response.

That good, huh?

The sensational major-league start of right-hander Armando Benitez has generated much excitement in the organization.

Oates, however, has not gone overboard.

Oates was asked when the last time he was this excited about a young pitcher.

"Brad Pennington, Arthur Rhodes," Oates said. "I really liked what I saw of [Rick] Forney in spring training. [Rick] Krivda. We have a lot of good young arms."

Small group

If the expected strike wipes out the remainder of the regular season, the Orioles will be the only one of four teams with winning records in each of the past three seasons not to have qualified for a playoff spot.

The Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Montreal Expos are the only other teams with winning records in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Yankees have team effort

Randy Velarde, who hit a two-out single to drive in the winning run in the 11th inning for the Yankees in Monday night's 6-5 series opener, was not in the starting lineup against left-hander Sid Fernandez, the first time he didn't start against a left-hander.

Yankees manager Buck Showalter called Velarde into his office before the game to explain to him that he needed him on the bench to give him more flexibility in the late innings. Velarde responded with the game-winner.

'Nightline' to visit Oriole Park

Ted Koppel, host of ABC's "Nightline," plans to broadcast his show live from Oriole Park at Camden Yards tomorrow night. Orioles owner Peter Angelos is among those who will be interviewed earlier in the day.

The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox in one of the four scheduled games tomorrow, the final day of games before the expected strike.

Scooter honored

Yankees broadcaster Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, was honored in a pre-game ceremony that delayed the start of last night's game by an hour.

Rizzuto began playing in the Yankees' farm system in 1936 for about $75 a month. In his remarks, he saluted Cal Ripken for approaching Lou Gehrig's mark, and the 56-game hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio, who also was in attendance.

Around the horn

Brady Anderson's three-hit night was his first multi-hit game since July 17. Chris Hoiles had two hits, his fifth straight multi-hit game. . . . Wade Boggs' home run was just the fourth Jamie Moyer has allowed to a left-handed hitter this season. He has given up 19 to righties.

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