Game 6 matchup

October 15, 1997|By Don Markus

Indians' Charles Nagy (0-0, 6.35)

vs. O's Mike Mussina (0-0, 1.29)

What Nagy throws: A sinkerball, slider pitcher who gets by more on location than velocity.

Nagy of late: After winning three of his last five decisions during the regular season, Nagy has not pitched well in the postseason. His penchant for trying to hit the corners, and his inability to hit them, has gotten him into trouble against the New York Yankees and Orioles.

Something to look for: It will be interesting to see how long manager Mike Hargrove stays with Nagy if he continues to nit-pick and not attack the Orioles' hitters. Mike Bordick certainly wants to see Nagy, considering his bases-loaded single in Game 2.

Orioles vs. Nagy (career in regular season): son): Batter Avg AB

What Mussina throws: Just about everything, for strikes. But his fastball, knuckle curve and changeup are his best. They've been downright nasty of late.

Mussina of late: He has been the Orioles' MVP of the postseason, taking his game to another level with his performances against Randy Johnson in the Division Series.

Something to look for: The most telling factor will be whether Mussina struggles with his location because of only three days' rest.

Indians vs. Mussina (career in regular season):

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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