Orioles' ups and downs

July 19, 1998|By Joe Strauss

The rotation -- UP -- Mike Mussina is again a presence, though his velocity still suffers from two stays on the DL. Innings monster Scott Erickson has 10 wins despite often indifferent support. Sidney Ponson shows promise if only he can remember how to use his glove.

Hoiles and Webster -- UP -- Crushed two home runs and had 12 RBIs in four consecutive wins in which the Orioles scored 39 runs. Webster accounted for eight RBIs in the stretch. Funny, their throwing doesn't look so bad now.

Super Flush -- DOWN -- Before it was a Ravens publicity stunt, the term applied to the Orioles' season.

Jesse Orosco -- UP -- As the ancient left-hander closes on his 1,000th career appearance, he has made himself one of the most valuable arms on the market. He desperately wants to stay in Baltimore, but his recent performance may make that impossible.

Wild-card fever -- UP -- A week ago it was nothing more than marketing hype. Now Baseball City believes a 10-game wild-card deficit is surmountable. Rafael Palmeiro had it right when he said they need to be within six by month's end.

B. J. Surhoff -- UP -- Enjoyed a 10-for-11 stretch last week. At some point, the Orioles might get serious about extending his contract. Could be next season's right fielder.

Raffy and Robbie -- UP -- Thanks to GM Pat Gillick, Palmeiro and Roberto Alomar on Thursday received a (temporary) stay of relocation. The club wonders: Will the two All-Stars dial it up for this team?

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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