DOWNSCal Ripken -- UP -- Fended off the proposed...

UPS AND

June 02, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

UPS AND DOWNS

Cal Ripken -- UP -- Fended off the proposed move to third, with a little help from brother Bill. If he keeps on hitting three homers a day, nobody will bother him again.

Bill Ripken -- UP -- If he doesn't contribute like he has, Cal's streak of games at shortstop probably would've ended by now.

Cal, Sr. and Vi -- UP -- They were up to see the Ripken brothers fireworks display.

Davey Johnson -- UP -- Even without actually moving Cal, the skipper created the competition he thinks will keep his everyday players like Ripken hungry.

Manny Alexander -- DOWN -- He always maintained, through all the speculation, that this wouldn't happen. Little consolation.

Bobby Bonilla -- DOWN -- From the most inspiring figure in the clubhouse, as he was last year, to trade bait. Go figure.

Jimmy Haynes -- UP -- He's coming along fine, thank you very much.

Orioles vs. Seattle -- EVEN -- Can you imagine a playoff series between these two teams? Interminable, exhausting and exhilerating.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If I've got to hack him off to have him hit three homers every night, I'll try to do it. Maybe I'll ask him to DH tomorrow." Orioles manager Davey Johnson, after Cal Ripken hit three homers and drove in eight runs in Tuesday's 12-8 win over Seattle. In five games this year, the Orioles and Mariners have combined to hit 28 homers. In two different games, Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez and right fielder Jay Buhner have homered off Mike Mussina on consecutive pitches.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday-Thursday, vs. Detroit: Hide your children. Cover your eyes. Save the whales. The carnage is inevitable in this series, with the meeting between the AL's second-best home-run hitting team and the worst pitching staff ever in the smallest ballpark in the league. Brady Anderson may pass Roger Maris' single-season record by the time the Tigers leave town.

Friday-Sunday, vs. Chicago: The White Sox are quietly having a very good season and while they probably aren't going to win the AL Central _ leave that to the Cleveland Indians _ they are getting a leg up on the wildcard race. A big reason for the Chicago success is former Orioles designated hitter Harold Baines, who is destined to have a good series against his old teammates; it just seems to work out that way, doesn't it?

The Good

Roberto Alomar sat down on the bench before Wednesday's game and said to no one in particular that he needed two hits that night. He got two hits that night, extending his hitting streak to 14 games and keeping his batting average at .400.

The Bad

Bad, as in good Brady Anderson. Unbelieveable. He's one short of his career high for home runs already. He may never bunt again.

The Ugly

Rarely do umpires draw sympathy, but you had to feel a little bit for rookie umpire Ray DiMuro Wednesday night, who was having a bad game and absolutely getting blasted by hitters and pitchers from both sides.

A Move That Paid Off...

Bill Ripken has played well defensively since taking over at third for B.J. Surhoff, playing errorless baseball, and he's even contributed his fair share of hits, as well. Ripken will hold down the job until Surhoff gets back today.

Perhaps Johnson is saving Randy Myers and Jesse Orosco for the second half, but it's still hard to explain his rather infrequent use of these two lefties. Myers went 10 days between appearances, and naturally, he had trouble with his command in blowing a lead Wednesday night.

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