On April 7, Brady Anderson was batting .174 with no homers...

Buster Olney's O's week in review

April 21, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

On April 7, Brady Anderson was batting .174 with no homers and no RBIs. Then, during the homestand, Anderson had four homers and nine RBIs in eight games, going 15-for-31 and improving his average to .352.

Ups and downs

Jeffrey Hammonds -- UP -- Keeps hitting and hitting and hitting. Fielding better, too.

Brady Anderson -- UP -- Past managers wanted him to be more patient at the plate. He's swinging aggressively under Davey Johnson and thriving.

Bobby Bonilla -- EVEN -- Privately blames media for stirring DH/outfield controversy. Has future as revisionist historian if he ever stops driving in runs.

Jesse Orosco -- DOWN -- Lack of work isn't helping him stay sharp. But he was really bad last week.

Roberto Alomar -- UP -- Negotiations start on that lifetime contract yet?

Arthur Rhodes -- UP -- Phil Regan was right about this - Rhodes seems best-suited for the bullpen.

B.J. Surhoff -- UP -- Anybody been able to figure out why the Orioles and Brewers were the only serious bidders for this guy?

Manny Alexander -- DOWN -- Keep your day job, Manny. No more moonlighting as a pitcher.

Stat o the week

On April 7, Brady Anderson was batting .174 with no homers and no RBIs. Then, during the homestand, Anderson had four homers and nine RBIs in eight games, going 15-for-31 and improving his average to .352.

The week ahead

Monday-Tuesday, at Cleveland: The Orioles should find out if they got the Indians' attention a couple of weeks ago, when they thrashed Cleveland in a two-game series. Scott Erickson and Mike Mussina are scheduled to start for the Orioles.

Wednesday-Thursday, at Kansas City: The Silence of the Lambs, Part II. At last glance, the anemic Royals lineup had rookie Johnny Damon hitting third and utility man Keith Lockhart hitting cleanup. Orioles should sweep. Kent Mercker starts the first game, with Jimmy Haynes pitching Game 2 (and in all likelihood, Arthur Rhodes, who dominates the predominantly left-handed hitting Royals, will pitch in relief).

Friday-Sunday, vs. Texas: Last year, the Rangers lost two of three games at Camden Yards, part of a midseason slide that effectively removed them from the AL West race. The Orioles will have the Big Three of David Wells, Erickson and Mussina pitching. Texas third baseman Dean Palmer has more homers at Oriole Park (7) than any other visiting player.

The good

Not good, but great - Roberto Alomar, throwing across the infield to cut down John Valentin at third in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory over the Red Sox. Offensive-minded defense.

The bad

Rafael Palmeiro is usually steady and sure-handed, but he has three errors, after making only four last year.

The Ugly

Somewhere along the way, Roger Clemens decided hitters aren't allowed to hit against him, which is why he does dumb things like throw at Roberto Alomar's chin Tuesday night.

A move that paid off ...

Davey Johnson's decision to appease Bobby Bonilla and play him in the outfield deflated one of the few issues that could hurt this team.

... and one that didn't

Johnson brought in Jesse Orosco to face Mo Vaughn on Wednesday night with the bases loaded, and with four pitches, Orosco walked home the tying run.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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