Scouting report: Blue Jays vs. Orioles

July 15, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

$ Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7: 35 HTS Huck Flener (season debut)

Rick Krivda (2-4, 4.67)

Tomorrow 7: 35 13, 50 Juan Guzman (8-6, 3.21)

vs. Mike Mussina (11-6, 4.86)

Wednesday 7: 35 HTS Erik Hanson (8-11, 6.55)

Kent Mercker (3-6, 7.20)

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

Blue Jays update

Don't look now, but fourth-place Toronto is closer to the Orioles than the Orioles are to first place. The Jays are playing poorly, though, losing nine of their last 16 games and they are a season-high 16 games behind the New York Yankees. The pitching staff has held together well. The Jays went into the All-Star break fifth in the league in ERA. Their road ERA (4.76) is third in the league. Guzman has bounced back from a terrible 1995 and leads the league with a 3.21 ERA. Blue Jays starters average more than six innings per start and the bullpen has made fewer appearances than any other in the AL. Mike Timlin is anchoring the relievers with 16 saves in 18 chances. The Jays' problem is with their bats. They hit a league-low .256 in June. Overall, the Blue Jays team batting average of .265 is second worst in the league. Joe Carter, one of the players the Orioles are rumored to be interested in, leads the team with 75 RBIs, and is hitting .288 with 21 homers. Ed Sprague (.267, 24 homers, 67 RBIs) and Carlos Delgado (.285, 17 HRs, 64 RBIs) are the only other regulars causing problems for opposing pitchers. Delgado has five homers in his last four games. Otis Nixon is third in the league with 22 stolen bases.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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