Ups and downsWild-card hopes (EVEN) Didn't get over the...

Peter Schmuck O's week in review

August 18, 1996|By Peter Schmuck

Ups and downs

Wild-card hopes (EVEN) Didn't get over the top. Schedule now )) favors White Sox ... decidedly.

Eddie Murray (UP) Big week has put him on threshold of historic 500th home run.

Brady Anderson (EVEN) Calf injury is making dream season painful experience.

Chris Hoiles (UP) Career-high hitting streak, a bunch of big home runs are salvaging tough year.

New relievers (UP) Archie Corbin was effective in both appearances since his promotionfrom Rochester, picking up his first major-league win on Tuesday. Mike Milchin won his first game as an Oriole by pitching out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam on Wednesday.

Jeffrey Hammonds (DOWN) Injury-plagued outfielder seemed to be coming around after a recall from Rochester but again finds himself on the disabled list.

Quotebook

"I think we would maintain the same pace. We're still going to do everything we can to keep the team competitive and make it a winner."

Owner Peter Angelos, on how baseball's proposed luxury tax plan might affect the Orioles, who could be liable for approximately $3.5 million in tax in 1997.

Stat of the week

The Orioles hit five home runs in Thursday night's series opener against the Oakland A's, giving them 34 home runs in a span of 15 games. That raised the club's season total to 194, just four behind the major league-leading A's. Both clubs are on pace to break the major-league record for homers in a season, 240, set by the 1961 New York Yankees.

The week ahead

Tuesday-Thursday, vs. Seattle: The Orioles have won three out of five games from the Mariners this year, but they could have trouble with the struggling M's if left-hander Randy Johnson returns to the Seattle rotation during the series. Johnson already throwing well enough to dominate American League hitters again, and his presence is sure to buoy the Mariners. They are due to start winning again.

Friday-Sunday, vs. California: If ever a team was ripe for the picking, it is the Angels, who collapsed so completely that former manager Marcel Lachemann resigned in frustration. The Angels pitching is in shambles, with Jim Abbott in the minor leagues and Mark Langston sidelined again with knee problems. The only thing they do well right now is hit, but that was good enough to surprise the Cleveland Indians last week. The Orioles have split six games with the Angels.

The good

Future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray hit two homers in Wednesday's 8-5 victory over the fading Milwaukee Brewers, increasing his career total to 497 and leaving little doubt he will reach 500 this season. Murray would be only the third player in major-league history to accumulate 500 homers and 3,000 hits.

The bad

Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson allowed 16 base runners in the first 4 innings against the Chicago White Sox last week. He allowed 11 hits, four walks and hit a batter, but only three of those base runners scored.

The ugly

The outfield at the Oakland Coliseum. The turf was so chewed up after an NFL exhibition game that A's outfielder Jason Giambi suffered a knee injury after stumbling over a divot. If that wasn't bad enough, Orioles outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds sprained his left knee when he tried to make a sliding catch in left field Thursday.

A move that paid off ...

The Orioles postponed Monday's game against the Brewers well before game time, which allowed the club to rest after a grueling - but successful - 13-game road trip. The move allowed manager Davey Johnson to give his four-man rotation an extra day of rest and bought time for some of his injured players. The Orioles came back rejuvenated and swept the remaining two games of the series.

... and one that didn't

The Orioles designated veteran outfielder Luis Polonia for assignment, then found themselves short when Hammonds sprained his knee. Mark Smith still wasn't ready to return from the disabled list, so the club had to scramble to fill the open

roster spot in time for Friday's doubleheader.

By the numbers

The Cleveland Indians, who won more than 70 percent of their home games in their first two seasons at perennially sold-out Jacobs Field, are 12-13 in their past 25 games there.

The San Francisco Giants are 7-20 in games against left-handed starting pitchers.

It's been a horrible year for California Angels pitcher Jim Abbott, but he can't blame anyone but himself. He gave up five runs or more in 15 of 19 starts before he was sent to the minor leagues last week.

Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez is the sixth player in club history to reach 100 runs scored. It has been done a total of eight times, twice each by Edgar Martinez and Phil Bradley. Martinez and Ken Griffey both could get there later this season.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Pat Hentgen has won seven of his last eight decisions and is on pace to win 20 games for the first time in his career.

When John Burkett and Ken Hill pitched back-to-back shutouts last week, it was the first time Rangers pitchers have done that since Bobby Witt and Nolan Ryan pitched consecutive shutouts in 1989.

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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