Game 3 matchup

October 11, 1997|By Peter Schmuck

O's Mike Mussina (15-8, 3.20) vs. Indians' Orel Hershiser (14-6, 4.47)

What Mussina throws: Mussina is a big-repertoire pitcher who throws a hard fastball, a cut fastball, a curveball, a changeup and a knuckle curve. His velocity is well above average and so is the location of his breaking stuff, which is a dangerous combination.

Mussina of late: Enhanced his national reputation tremendously by out-dueling Seattle's Randy Johnson in a pair of Division Series starts. He was particularly overpowering in the decisive fourth game, even though he was pitching on short rest.

Something to look for: When his breaking stuff is really sharp -- as it was against the Mariners -- he is overpowering, but he is good enough to get by with just the fastball if necessary.

-! Indians vs. Mussina (career):

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

Sandy Alomar, .364, 11, 4, 1, 3, 0, 3

Omar Vizquel, .364, 22, 8, 0, 1, 0, 5

Brian Giles, .333, 6, 2, 1, 2, 0, 2

Kevin Seitzer, .333, 30, 10, 1, 6, 0, 2

David Justice, .333, 6, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0

Manny Ramirez, .267, 15, 4, 1, 4, 1, 4

Marquis Grissom, .250, 8, 2, 0, 1, 0, 3

Jim Thome, .240, 25, 6, 3, 9, 1, 5

Pat Borders, .200, 15, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3

Matt Williams, .167, 6, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2

Bip Roberts, .167, 6, 1, 0, 1, 0, 2

Tony Fernandez, .125, 8, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2

Jeff Manto, .000, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

What Hershiser throws: He is a sinkerball pitcher who locates his fastball well and surgically works the lower end of the strike zone. He changes speeds well and can make his fastball move side to side as well as down.

Hershiser of late: The 39-year-old right-hander pitched twice in the Division Series against the Yankees and had mixed results. He had a big hand in the Indians' Game 4 victory, but the Yankees hit a combined .318 against him, piling up 14 hits in 11 1/3 innings.

Something to look for: If Hershiser is not in command of the lower part of the strike zone, he won't be around for long. He thrives on the impatience of opposing hitters.

/# Orioles vs. Hershiser (career):

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

Surhoff, .500, 12, 6, 0, 3, 2, 1

Harold Baines, .429, 21, 9, 1, 1, 0, 2

Mike Bordick, .385, 13, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1

Rafael Palmeiro, .375, 24, 9, 1, 6, 7, 2

Eric Davis, .300, 40, 12, 0, 5, 6, 10

Geronimo Berroa, .300, 10, 3, 0, 0, 2, 1

Roberto Alomar, .268, 41, 11, 0, 1, 6, 6

Chris Hoiles, .200, 10, 2, 1, 2, 2, 3

Brady Anderson, .200, 20, 4, 1, 2, 2, 4

Jeffrey Hammonds, .143, 7, 1, 0, 0, 0, 2

Cal Ripken, .000, 16, 0, 0, 2, 4, 2

Jerome Walton, .000, 8, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2

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

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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