Buster Olney's O's week in review

September 08, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

(Through Friday's game)

UPS AND DOWNS

The Trade -- Up -- Project the first-week production of Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia over a whole season and they'd hit about, oh, 130 homers between them.

Brady Anderson -- Up -- Barring some Maris-like finish, he's not going to be the AL MVP. But he's going to get his share of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place votes.

4-Man Rotation -- HORZ -- Helped the Orioles get back in the race, but it's time to drop it and give Coppinger, Mussina their usual rest.

Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- He doesn't need any cork to hit 30 homers, about .300 with 120 RBI. All in all, quite a year.

Eddie Murray -- UP -- On the first anniversary of Cal Ripken's 2,131, he hit No. 500

Jimmy Haynes -- DOWN -- Might be time to sit him down and let him get his confidence back for '97.

Home runs -- HORZ -- They're a lot like sunny days: Love 'em, but you can't count on them.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Only the 1961 Yankees, who hit 240 homers, have hit more homers than the 1996 Orioles; the O's went into last night's game with 227 homers.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm in the big leagues, and I just caught a fly ball!" Eugene Kingsale, 20, to teammate Brent Bowers in the eighth inning Tuesday. Kingsale became the first native of Aruba to play in the majors.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday-Thursday, vs. Chicago

If the Orioles can't catch the Yankees, then they're going to have to beat out the White Sox for the wildcard title. It's a daunting task for the Orioles, who have not played well against Chicago this year, probably because the White Sox have the best starting pitching in the AL and the Orioles don't do much when they don't hit homers. The White Sox took two of three from the Orioles the last time these teams played, last month, and swept three games the last time they played the Orioles in Camden Yards.

Friday-Saturday, at Detroit

The Tigers have proven to be a much more competitive team than they were in June, the last time the Orioles visited Detroit. Scott Erickson likely will pitch the first game of this series, with Rick Krivda possibly pitching Game 2 and David Wells Game 3.

The Good

Despite constant leg strains and alleged appendicitis or

whatever it was that ailed him in Boston, Brady Anderson has remained among the AL leaders in homers.

The Bad

Maybe he's tired from the four-man rotation, maybe he's tired from pitching so many innings this year, or maybe he's just going to through a dead-arm stage. But Rocky Coppinger is struggling.

The Ugly

The Orioles are finally through the most trying portion of their schedule, which took them to the West Coast four times and kept them on the road through much of August and early September.

A move that paid off...

Orioles manager Davey Johnson did a masterful job of mixing and matching his corps of relievers in the four-game series at Seattle, placing his pitchers in situations in which they had a good chance to succeed...

... and one that didn't

... But Johnson didn't do that Tuesday in California, when he brought struggling right-hander Jimmy Haynes into a game the Orioles trailed by only two runs. Haynes was charged with five runs in two-thirds of an inning and the Orioles lost, 10-2.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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