Today's games: Orioles vs. Yankees

September 19, 1996|By Buster Olney

Doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, 4: 05 p.m.

Game 1:

Mike Mussina (19-10, 4.77) vs. Kenny Rogers (10-8, 4.94)

What Mussina throws: Fastball, knuckle-curve, changeup.

Mussina of late: He is 8-2 over his last 10 starts, but he's had mixed results in his last two outings, shutting out Detroit Sept. 7, before getting pounded by the White Sox (eight hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings) last Thursday.

Yankees he loves to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Cecil Fielder ..... .167 ..... 6 ........ 36

Wade Boggs ........ .188 ..... 6 ........ 32

Pat Listach ....... .133 ..... 2 ........ 15

Yankees he hates to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Bernie Williams ... .412 ..... 7 ........ 17

Tino Martinez ..... .320 ..... 8 ........ 25

Pat Kelly ......... .429 ..... 6 ........ 14

Something to look for: When Mussina's at his best, he's throwing his curveball for strikes in the early innings. When he's not, he has to rely on his fastball.

What Rogers throws: Fastball, slider and changeups that fishtail away from right-handed hitters.

Rogers of late: Overall, he's been a disappointment. But in his last start, against Toronto, Rogers pitched well for four innings, throwing fastballs inside to right-handed hitters.

Orioles he loves to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Chris Hoiles ...... .167 ..... 3 ........ 18

B. J. Surhoff ..... .182 ..... 4 ........ 22

Brady Anderson .... .172 ..... 5 ........ 29

Orioles he hates to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Mike Devereaux .... .351 ..... 13 ....... 37

Rafael Palmeiro ... .333 ..... 5 ........ 15

Bill Ripken ....... .364 ..... 4 ........ 11

Something to look for: Rogers needs to keep hitters off-balance by throwing enough fastballs inside to keep right-handed hitters from hammering away at his outside changeups. But with his shoulder trouble, Rogers isn't always able to do this.

Game 2:

David Wells (11-13, 4.72) vs. David Cone (6-2, 2.21)

What Wells throws: Fastball, several different speeds of curveballs.

Wells of late: He's won only two of his last nine starts, but has pitched better than his record shows. He's given up more than four runs in only two of his last 15 starts.

Yankees he loves to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Cecil Fielder ..... .167 ..... 6 ........ 36

Wade Boggs ........ .188 ..... 6 ........ 32

Pat Listach ....... .133 ..... 2 ........ 15

Yankees he hates to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Bernie Williams ... .412 ..... 7 ........ 17

Tino Martinez ..... .320 ..... 8 ........ 25

Pat Kelly ......... .429 ..... 6 ........ 14

Something to look for: Wells has dominated the Yankees in the past, but if he's going to have problems, it's going to be because he's having trouble throwing his breaking ball for strikes early in the game.

What Cone throws: Fastball and an array of breaking pitches, thrown from different angles.

Cone of late: Out since May after having surgery for an aneurysm in his pitching arm, Cone came back Sept. 2 and pitched seven no-hit innings. Five days later, he threw well in a loss against Toronto.

Orioles he loves to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Roberto Alomar .... .159 ..... 7 ........ 44

Cal Ripken ........ .111 ..... 2 ........ 18

B. J. Surhoff ..... .133 ..... 2 ........ 15

Orioles he hates to face:

................... Avg. ..... Hits ..... AB

Brady Anderson .... .368 ..... 7 ........ 19

Eddie Murray ...... .317 ..... 13 ....... 41

Rafael Palmeiro ... .276 ..... 8 ........ 29

Something to look for: Cone has only pitched three games since coming back and it may take him several innings to achieve his usual command. If the Orioles are going to get him, they'll get him early, particularly since he's coming back on diminished rest.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.