Buster Olney's O's Week In Review

May 21, 1995

Ups and downs

Mike Mussina -- Winner -- Two exceptionally pitched games in a week. The three-hitter against Cleveland was near-perfection. Get the long-term deal signed.

Jeffrey Hammonds -- Loser -- Maybe he's physically able, maybe not. But if hewasn't going to play for the O's, sending him down was the right thing to do.

Leo Gomez -- Loser -- Tough week. He loses arbitration case, makes big error and the gets benched...

Jeff Manto -- Winner -- ...in favor of this guy. They call him Mickey Manto.

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Rafael Palmeiro -- Winner -- Mission control, we have liftoff.

Brady Anderson -- Winner -- Season's hottest Oriole contributes

game winning home run and 30th straight steal.

Luck -- Even -- Strange happenings had owner talking mojo, but strange win against Detroit kind of evened things out.

QUOTE

"Baseball doesn't have a justice system."

Closer Doug Jones, who blew a save try on Tuesday night and nTC then came back to save Thursday's unorthodox victory. In each of his starts, Mussina made 100 pitches, and threw 67 strikes and 33 balls. (His string of 24 straight innings without a walk came to an end.)

The Week ahead

At Oakland: For two years, Mark McGwire has been sitting out with a variety of injuries, but now he's back with a vengeance, ranking among the major-league leaders in homers and RBIs. Orioles will start their best two pitchers, Kevin Brown and Mussina, against the Athletics. Over the last two seasons, the O's are 17-7 vs. Oakland.

At Seattle: The Orioles typically play well against Seattle. Ben McDonald in the Kingdome usually isn't pretty: He's 1-3 with a 6.31 ERA during his career. On the flip side, Rafael Palmeiro loves hitting in Seattle; he's got a .331 lifetime average, with a .516 slugging percentage. This is a road trip on which the Orioles need to succeed, because these are some of the weaker teams they will see in '95.

A move that paid off...

On Thursday night against Detroit, Orioles manager Phil Regan ordered a double steal with two outs, Brady Anderson and Kevin Bass taking third and second, respectively. Both runners subsequently scored on an infield error.

... and the one didn't

On May 12, Regan had Bass moving on a 3-1 count to Harold Baines, with two outs, figuring that Baines would get a pitch to hit. Baines sweung throguh the ball, and Bass was thrown out at third to end the inning

The good

Last Tuesday, the Orioles hammered out a season-high 16 hits. First baseman Rafael Palmeiro had two home runs and four

RBIs, and the O's scored eight runs. Big Night Nevertheless, they still lost. Starter Ben McDonald was awful, struggling for his control and departing after 22Z3 innings, and then the Tigers scored a couple of runs in the ninth inning against Doug Jones on an error, a bloop single by Kirk Gibson and a flair double by Travis Fryman.

The Ugly

Cleveland's Kenny Lofton hadn't hit into a double play this season, but against Kevin Brown last Friday, Lofton hit into two double plays. He had problems vs. Mussina Saturday, and was benched Sunday.

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