Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- Even he was shocked he was still...

Buster Olney's O's week in review

August 04, 1996|By Buster Olney

Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- Even he was shocked he was still around after the trade deadline passed.

David Wells -- UP -- If the Orioles are going to make a run at the playoffs, then he and Mike Mussina must lead them.

Wild-card chances -- HORZ -- It's all in the hands of the pitchers, Wells, Mussina and the two relievers coming off the disabled list, Arthur Rhodes and Roger McDowell.

Roberto Alomar -- UP -- With all the trade talk, his on-field performance has been staggering - 18 runs scored in the last seven games, even though he's had two homers taken away at the fences.

Luis Polonia -- DOWN -- The promotion of Jeffrey Hammonds did not bode well for Luis Polonia, who was designated for assignment Friday.

Manny Alexander -- HORZ -- He's disappeared. Again.

Quote

"Seven minutes to go, Bo, and you're still an Oriole."

Bench coach Andy Etchebarren to Bobby Bonilla, shortly before Wednesday's midnight trading deadline.

Stat of the week

Beginning with last Saturday's win over Cleveland at Camden Yards, the Orioles got five straight quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three runs given up) for the first time this season - two from David Wells, and one each from Mike Mussina, Rocky Coppinger and Scott Erickson.

The week ahead

Tuesday-Thursday, at Milwaukee: The Brewers' payroll is about 40 percent of the Orioles', and last Wednesday, they traded away Greg Vaughn, who accounted for approximately one-fourth of Milwaukee's entire payroll. Nonetheless, Milwaukee remains a dangerous team, ranking among the best offensive clubs in the AL, with Jeff Cirillo and Kevin Seitzer among the top hitters in the league.

Friday-Monday, at Chicago: Turns out this may be a bigger series for the Orioles than any matchup against the Yankees. Chicago and Seattle figure to be the Orioles' top competition for the wild card, and so far this season, the White Sox have handled the Orioles easily, winning five out of six games. And Frank Thomas is back, after being on the disabled list with a stress fracture.

The good

Jeffrey Hammonds had a pinch-hit single in his first at-bat since returning to the Orioles Wednesday, and on Thursday, his RBI double was the big hit in a three-run rally that beat Minnesota.

The bad

Jimmy Haynes' demotion to Triple-A surprised no one. "I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner," said Haynes, who twice lost his spot in the rotation.

The ugly

Ugly, as in scary - the Yankees' lineup now that Cecil Fielder is in the middle of it. A big right-handed bopper in between the left-handed hitting Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez.

A move that paid off I

Jamie Moyer cost the Boston Red Sox $600,000, and now he's 8-1 and pitching for Seattle, a team the Orioles are chasing in the wildcard race. Kent Mercker cost the Orioles $2.825 million, and now he's pitching at Triple-A Buffalo.

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