Scouting report: Blue Jays vs. Orioles

September 20, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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

Tonight, 7:35 ...... HTS ....... Pat Hentgen (17-10, 3.42) vs. Rocky Coppinger (8-6, 5.74)

Tomorrow, 7:05 ..... HTS ....... Woody Williams (4-3, 4.67) vs. Rick Krivda (2-4, 5.06)

Sunday, 1:35 ....... HTS ....... Paul Quantrill (5-14, 5.33) vs. Scott Erickson (12-11, 5.05)

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

Blue Jays update

If the Orioles are to lock up a playoff spot, they'll have to do it at the expense of the Blue Jays, whom they'll face in seven of their last 10 games, including four at SkyDome to close the regular season. The Blue Jays are 2-4 against the Orioles. The teams haven't met since July. Juan Guzman, the American League ERA leader, is out for the season with appendicitis, but Hentgen, the Jays' other ace, will start tonight. He leads the league with 242 innings pitched and 10 complete games. His 3.42 ERA is third in the AL. Despite Hentgen's success, the Jays have lost seven of their last 10 games and were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week. Only the Detroit Tigers, who have the worst record in baseball, have a worse team batting average. Only the Tigers have scored fewer runs. But the Blue Jays have the league's fourth-best ERA and are tied with the Texas Rangers for most complete games. The Jays have a few offensive bright spots. Carlos Delgado is hitting .274 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs. Ed Sprague has 34 home runs and 95 RBIs. Joe Carter has 29 homers and 104 RBIs. But after that, the lineup tails off significantly.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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