Game 4 matchup

October 12, 1997|By Peter Schmuck

O's Scott Erickson (*1-0, 0.00) vs. Indians' Jaret Wright (8-3, 4.38)

* ALCS stats

What Wright throws: Young power pitcher who depends heavily on a good, hard fastball that he isn't afraid to throw up in the strike zone. He also throws a slider and a changeup.

Wright of late: The rookie right-hander was the hero of the Division Series, coming up big in Game 2 and again in Game 5 as the Indians came from behind to advance to the ALCS.

Something to look for: Wright pitched like a veteran in his two pressure-packed Division Series starts, which should diminish concern that he'll fall victim to nerves in Game 4. Still, manager Davey Johnson may try to rattle him by pushing some buttons in the early innings.

Orioles vs. Wright (career):

First time they have met

What Erickson throws: Erickson is a sinker, slider pitcher with an above-average fastball that he throws to the bottom of the strike zone. He'll keep batters off balance with a good changeup.

Erickson of late: Erickson was overpowering in the opener of the ALCS, combining with Randy Myers on a four-hit shutout. He gave up just four singles over eight innings after turning in a strong performance in his only appearance of the Division Series.

Something to look for: As always, if Erickson is consistent down in the strike zone, he's going to get a lot of ground ball outs and dominate the game. If he elevates the ball, he's going to be in trouble. Lately, he has been overpowering.

@4 Indians vs. Erickson (career in regular season):

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: 10/12/97

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