Joe Strauss' O's week in review

April 13, 1997|By Joe Strauss

Ups and downs

Brady Anderson -- UP -- A candidate for the disabled list until Opening Day, Dr. Brady has justified manager Davey Johnson's faith in him by batting a league-high .520 through seven games. The leadoff hitter reached base in 22 of his first 34 plate appearances.

Cal Ripken -- EVEN -- Ripken once started 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop. Now he must readjust to the faster action of third base. Ripken made three errors in his first seven games. His third error of 1996 didn't occur until April 30, the Orioles' 26th game. Meanwhile, he's hitting everything.

Jimmy Key -- UP -- With the rotation still seeking form, Key began the weekend with two of the staff's three quality starts. While the club waits on Mike Mussina, Key's role swells. He is a lifetime 27-13 in April.

Mike Bordick -- DOWN -- The new shortstop's Baltimore baptism has been a two-week ordeal. Bordick entered the weekend hitting .074 and had as many errors (two) as hits and RBIs combined. Making matters worse, he is playing with a sore right elbow, which he refuses to use as an excuse.

Game times -- UP -- Pitching coach Ray Miller says he has urged his proteges to work faster. Imagine the alternative since the Orioles have yet to play a sub-3:00 opera. Question: What do you call an Orioles game in the National League? Answer: A doubleheader.

Quote

"He hasn't won a lot of friends over here. He tried to umpire. He tried to do a lot of things. He's a rookie as far as I'm concerned."

Orioles manager Davey Johnson, on Jose Rosado's on-field antics during the Orioles' 11-inning, 4-2 win Wednesday.

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