Game 2 matchup

October 09, 1997|By Don Markus

Indians' Charles Nagy (15-11, 4.28) vs. O's Jimmy Key (16-10, 3.43)

What Nagy throws: He has three pitches (fastball, straight change, curveball) and can get people out with all three. But he gives up a lot of hits (253 in 227 innings) and, though considered to be the ace of the Indians' staff, his ERA is higher than that of any of the four Orioles starters.

Nagy of late: He looked shaky in Game 3 last week against the Yankees, but that might have been because of his problems with the New York lineup throughout the year. He beat the Orioles on Sept. 16 at Camden Yards, his only win in the last month.

Something to look for: If he gets behind the Orioles' hitters, as he did against the Yankees, it could be a short night for Nagy and a long night for the Indians. But if he gets off to a good start, his past success against the Orioles could help his confidence.

Orioles vs. Nagy (career):

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

B. J. Surhoff, .417, 36, 15, 1, 5, 4, 4

Jeffrey Hammonds, .385, 13, 5, 0, 1, 1, 5

Mike Bordick, .381, 42, 16, 0, 3, 2, 6

Brady Anderson, .356, 45, 16, 1, 5, 4, 7

Jeff Reboulet, .333, 18, 6, 0, 1, 1, 2

Harold Baines, .316, 38, 12, 3, 9, 4, 5

Rafael Palmeiro, .297, 37, 11, 2, 6, 3, 4

Geronimo Berroa, .292, 24, 7, 1, 2, 0, 2

Chris Hoiles, .261, 23, 6, 0, 2, 3, 8

Roberto Alomar, .258, 66, 17, 0, 5, 1, 3

Cal Ripken, .227, 44, 10, 1, 5, 4, 5

Lenny Webster, .000, 10, 0, 0, 0, 2, 3

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

What Key throws: He's a fastball-finesse pitcher and likes to work the outside corner and change speeds.

Something to look for: A lot will depend on whether the plate umpire gives Key the outside corner. Having four days off after Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners should help.

Key of late: Key's last win was Sept. 16, when he gave up two unearned runs to the Indians in 7 2/3 innings. But that's his longest outing since June, and he lost four of his last six regular-season decisions, as well as his only start in the Division Series.

Indians vs. Key (career):

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

Richie Sexson, .667, 3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0

David Justice, .600, 5, 3, 0, 1, 0, 0

Tony Fernandez, .455, 11, 5, 0, 4, 2, 0

Manny Ramirez, .400, 15, 6, 0, 2, 0, 2

Marquis Grissom, .400, 5, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0

Jim Thome, .250, 4, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0

Kevin Seitzer, .246, 57, 14, 1, 6, 4, 5

Pat Borders, .222, 9, 2, 0, 2, 1, 3

Omar Vizquel, .200, 30, 6, 1, 3, 0, 1

Jeff Manto, .133, 15, 2, 0, 1, 2, 4

Bip Roberts, .125, 24, 3, 0, 1, 2, 4

Sandy Alomar, .071, 14, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1

Jeff Branson, .000, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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