Game 4 matchup

October 05, 1997|By Kent Baker

Mariners' Randy Johnson (0-1, 9.00) vs. O's Mike Mussina (1-0, 2.57)

What Johnson throws: One of the most feared pitchers in baseball history, the Big Unit reaches 100 on the radar gun with his fastball and has a wicked slider when he's on.

Johnson of late: Became first Mariner to win 20 games with two innings of relief in regular-season finale, but struggled in Game 1 of this series after striking out first two batters. Went five innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

Something to look for: Johnson has lost three times to the Orioles and must establish himself early in the game. Has been in a win-or-else situation in postseason before, so that should not be a factor.

Orioles vs. Johnson:

(career regular-season stats)

Batter............. Avg .. AB ... H .. HR .. RBI .. BB ... K

Jeff Reboulet .... .314 .. 35 .. 11 ....1 ... 4 .... 6 ... 9

Chris Hoiles ..... .290 .. 31 ... 9 ... 4 .. 12 .... 6 .. 15

Brady Anderson ... .257 .. 35 ... 9 ... 0 ... 7 .... 5 .. 13

Aaron Ledesma .... .250 ... 4 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 1

Geronimo Berroa .. .238 .. 21 ... 5 ... 0 ... 2 .... 1 ... 5

Cal Ripken ....... .226 .. 53 .. 12 ... 1 ... 6 .... 6 ... 9

Roberto Alomar ... .216 .. 37 ... 8 ... 0 ... 3 .... 6 .. 12

B. J. Surhoff .... .167 .. 12 ... 2 ... 0 ... 0 .... 3 ... 2

Jeffrey Hammonds.. .154 .. 13 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 .... 0 ... 7

Mike Bordick ..... .139 .. 36 ... 5 ... 0 ... 2 .... 6 .. 11

Rafael Palmeiro .. .048 .. 21 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 5

Eric Davis ....... .000 ... 6 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 .... 1 ... 5

Lenny Webster .... .000 ... 6 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 .... 2 ... 4

What Mussina throws: A craftsman capable of throwing a shutout any time, Mussina has a wide array of pitches (fastballs, knuckle curves, changeups, sliders) and is not reluctant to use any of them on any count.

Mussina of late: Was strong in beating Johnson in Game 1, striking out nine and walking no one while allowing two runs in seven innings. A repeat performance would be enough.

Something to look for: With the highest winning percentage of any active pitcher, Mussina is somewhat overlooked, especially when compared with Johnson. That is a motivational tool for him.

Mariners vs. Mussina:

(career regular-season stats)

Batter........... Avg .. AB .. H .. HR .. RBI .. BB ... K

Edgar Martinez.. .419 .. 31 .. 13 .. 3 ... 8 .... 3 ... 1

Dan Wilson ..... .375 .. 24 ... 9 .. 2 ... 4 .... 1 ... 3

Jay Buhner ..... .360 .. 25 ... 9 .. 3 ... 4 .... 2 ... 8

Mike Blowers ... .300 .. 10 ... 3 .. 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 3

Brent Gates .... .273 .. 22 ... 6 .. 0 ... 1 .... 3 ... 3

Lee Tinsley .... .250 .. 12 ... 3 .. 1 ... 2 .... 2 ... 3

Joey Cora ...... .243 .. 37 ... 9 .. 1 ... 3 .... 2 ... 6

Paul Sorrento .. .233 .. 30 ... 7 .. 1 ... 2 .... 4 .. 10

Alex Rodriguez.. .211 .. 19 ... 4 .. 1 ... 2 .... 1 ... 5

Rich Amaral .... .182 .. 11 ... 2 .. 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 4

Rob Ducey ...... .167 ... 6 ... 1 .. 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 0

Ken Griffey .... .133 .. 30 ... 4 .. 1 ... 2 .... 1 .. 10

Roberto Kelly .. .133 .. 15 ... 2 .. 0 ... 1 .... 0 ... 2

Andy Sheets .... .000 ... 2 ... 0 .. 0 ... 0 .... 0 ... 1

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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