Game 1 matchup

October 08, 1997|By Peter Schmuck

Indians' Chad Ogea (8-9, 4.99) vs. O's Scott Erickson (16-7, 3.69)

What Ogea throws: He isn't a big repertoire pitcher. He throws his fastball in the mid- to high-80s and gets people out with a decent curve and a very good changeup.

Ogea of late: The right-hander won three of his last four starts during the regular season and retired the final 13 hitters he faced in his only appearance against the Yankees in the Division Series, although that string of outs came after Paul O'Neill's grand slam. He threw two-hit, complete game vs. Orioles on May 23.

Something to look for: He has to get ahead in the count to be effective, because he doesn't have enough zip on his fastball to dig himself out of deep counts. If he struggles to locate the ball, he's in trouble.

Orioles vs. Ogea (career):

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

Geronimo Berroa, .556, 9, 5, 1, 2, 1, 0

Roberto Alomar, .364, 22, 8, 0, 3, 1, 1

Rafael Palmeiro, .308, 26, 8, 2, 3, 3, 3

B. J. Surhoff, .294, 17, 5, 1, 2, 0, 4

Jeffrey Hammonds, .286, 7, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1

Chris Hoiles, .263, 19, 5, 1, 4, 2, 6

Brady Anderson, .259, 27, 7, 1, 3, 2, 3

Harold Baines, .250, 20, 5, 1, 3, 2, 4

Tony Tarasco, .250, 4, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0

Lenny Webster, .250, 4, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1

Mike Bordick, .200, 10, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1

Cal Ripken, .107, 28, 3, 0, 0, 2, 4

Eric Davis, .000, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 3

Jeff Reboulet, .000, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2

What Erickson throws: He throws a heavy fastball that drops out of the bottom of the strike zone and gets people out with his slider and changeup.

Erickson of late: He turned in a strong performance in the second game of the Division Series against the Mariners, giving up three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn his first career postseason victory.

Something to look for: If Erickson is putting the ball where he wants it, look for about 13 ground-ball outs and six strikeouts over seven innings. If he elevates the ball, he can get into trouble in a hurry.

Indians vs. Erickson (career):

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

Brian Giles, .667, 3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0

Jim Thome, .400, 25, 10, 2, 4, 9, 4

Omar Vizquel, .378, 45, 17, 0, 5, 4, 0

Bip Roberts, .333, 3, 1, 0, 2, 0, 0

Manny Ramirez, .313, 16, 5, 0, 1, 1, 2

Tony Fernandez, .278, 18, 5, 0, 1, 1, 3

Sandy Alomar, .160, 25, 4, 0, 1, 0, 2

Kevin Seitzer, .125, 32, 4, 0, 1, 3, 3

Pat Borders, .120, 25, 3, 0, 2, 2, 5

Jeff Manto, .000, 5, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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