O's Miller gives Krivda a vote of confidence

September 04, 1997|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

MIAMI -- Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller said he has no second thoughts about inconsistent left-hander Rick Krivda opening the four-game series tonight in New York. The fifth starter will see the Yankees at some point in the series; the numbers dictate it. So why not right away?

Besides, Krivda is a better pitcher than what he's shown since being called up July 27, Miller said.

Krivda earned his first win against Texas on July 29, allowing three runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. His second victory came on Aug. 21 in Kansas City, when he limited the Royals to one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out six. But he didn't start again until Aug. 30 against the New York Mets and was torched for five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, leaving his ERA at 7.77.

"We had a real good side session [Monday] and he seemed happy with what he had," Miller said. "I was happy with what we did.

"He should be effective when you haven't seen him because he has a very different delivery. He throws a good changeup. It's a tough adjustment for anybody the first couple of times up. That's usually five innings, so you have a least five decent innings out of him."

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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