Tonight's matchup

September 04, 1997

LHP Rick Krivda (2-0, 7.77) vs. LHP David Wells (14-8, 4.21)

What Krivda throws: Krivda has made five starts since his promotion from Rochester, averaging less than 4 1/2 innings per appearance, but remains undefeated. He relies on a sharp-dropping curve and a changeup. However, he has rarely taken the changeup to the mound at this level. Krivda, 27, won a huge game in Boston last Sept. 25 to keep the Orioles' lead in the wild-card race at 1 1/2 games.

Krivda of late: Krivda made his most recent start Aug. 30 against the New York Mets, a 4 1/3 -inning effort in which he allowed five runs on eight hits. Of his five starts, only two have been made on four days' rest. Tonight will be the third.

What Wells throws: Wells, who won 11 games for last year's Orioles before going to the Yankees in a free agency "trade" that brought Jimmy Key (14-8) to Baltimore, would like nothing more than to prove the Orioles wrong. To do so, the hulking left-hander must be sharp with his curveball, which sets up his fastball and occasional changeup.

Wells of late: Like many others within the Yankees' rotation, Wells has struggled recently. He enters his first appearance of the season against the Orioles having lost his last three starts. In that span, Wells has allowed 26 hits and 20 earned runs in 19 innings pitched, an 8.55 ERA. He's also surrendered eight home runs in his last four starts.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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