Scouting report: Orioles vs. Royals

April 24, 1996|By Buster Olney

At Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

Tonight 8: 05 HTS - Kent Mercker (1-1, 9.00)

vs. Chris Haney (0-3, 3.91)

Tomorrow 8: 05 13, 50 - Arthur Rhodes (2-0, 0.90)

vs. undecided

Radio: Both games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Royals update

Kansas City may be the most ill-conceived team in the game, as the early results show. The Royals have good speed and almost no power (incredibly, they have hit only five homers, three fewer than Brady Anderson), the kind of team that must win with pitching and defense. However, the Royals went out and added second baseman Bip Roberts and shortstop Jose Offerman during the off-season, two poor defensive players. So the Royals are giving up a lot of runs and scoring very few, a bad combination. Kansas City had lost six straight games at home before beating the Yankees, 5-2, last night.

Key numbers: Rhodes has pitched relatively well against the Royals the past two years, holding K.C. to four runs and six hits over 9 2/3 innings in '95 and shutting them out and getting a victory April 4 of this year.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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