Scouting report: Orioles vs. Mariners

August 29, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At the Kingdome, Seattle.

Day ...... Time ..... TV ...... Starters

Tonight .. 10:05 .. 54, 50 .... Scott Erickson (8-11, 5.39) or Jimmy

................ .............. Haynes (3-6, 7.29) vs. undecided

Tomorrow .. 10:05 .. 54, 50 ... Rocky Coppinger (7-5, 5.66) vs.

................ .............. Sterling Hitchcock (12-6, 5.18)

Saturday ... 4:05 .. 45, 5 .... David Wells (10-12, 4.70) vs.

................ .............. Jamie Moyer (11-2, 4.12)

Sunday ..... 8:05 ............. ESPN Mike Mussina (17-9, 4.79) vs.

................ .............. Terry Mulholland (2-1, 5.05)

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

Mariners update

Seattle just can't get healthy. It looked like ace Randy Johnson was returning to form in the bullpen, but on Tuesday the Mariners found out he will be out for the rest of the season. Even with Johnson's short-lived return from the disabled list, the Mariners still have lost 13 of their last 21 games. Despite the slide, the Mariners are still just one game behind the Orioles in the wild-card race after last night's 10-2 rout of New York. Last year they were 9 1/2 games behind first-place California in the division, but managed to beat the Angels for the AL West crown. The Mariners bullpen has become a strength. Their relievers are 3-0 with five saves and a 3.42 ERA in their last 16 games. Closer Norm Charlton has regained his composure and has thrown 8 1/3 shutout innings in his last seven games. Setup guy Mike Jackson has allowed just one run in 9 2/3 innings, a span of nine appearances. The relievers are getting all the work because the Mariners starters have pitched the fewest innings of any starting staff in the league, an average of 5.4 innings per start. Going into last night, the Mariners were tied for third in the league with a .288 team batting average and were third with 198 home runs. They lead the majors with 816 runs.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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