Scouting report: White Sox vs. Orioles

September 10, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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

Tonight .. .. .. .7: 35 .. ..HTS .. .. ..Kevin Tapani (12-8, 4.41)

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..vs. David Wells (10-13, 4.69)

Tomorrow .. .. ...7: 35 .. ..HTS .. .. ..Wilson Alvarez (15-8, 4.04)

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..vs. Rick Krivda (2-4, 5.09)

Thursday .. .. ...7: 35 .. .13, 50 .. ...Alex Fernandez (13-9, 3.39)

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..vs. Mike Mussina (19-9, 4.61)

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

White Sox update: After falling back to the pack in the American League wild-card chase, the White Sox have won eight of their past 10 games, including two of three against surging Boston over the weekend. Chicago continues to rely heavily on its top four starters. Since the All-Star break, Alvarez, Fernandez, Tapani and James Baldwin have started all but nine games, and done quite well. Alvarez has gone seven or more innings in nine of his past 12 starts, and Fernandez has lasted seven innings or longer in 10 of his 12 second-half starts. Baldwin, a top AL Rookie of the Year candidate, has a 3.60 ERA in his past three starts. The bullpen is soft, though, having blown 29 save chances. Offensively, the White Sox are less proficient. They're in the bottom half of the league in batting average and home runs. However, for just the third time in team history, they have two 30-home run hitters in the same season (Robin Ventura and Frank Thomas), and are one of only three AL teams with a winning record (22-17) against left-handed starters.

(White Sox statistics, 5E)

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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