Scouting report: Orioles vs. Devil Rays

August 10, 1998|By Joe Strauss

At Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Day...... Time.... TV....... Starters

Tonight.. 7: 05... HTS..... Juan Guzman (7-12, 4.26)

vs. Tony Saunders (3-10, 4.41)

Tomorrow. 7: 05... HTS..... Scott Kamieniecki (2-4, 7.20)

vs. Julio Santana (3-2, 4.22)

Wednesday 12: 35.. 54, 50.. Scott Erickson (11-9, 4.18)

........................... vs. Wilson Alvarez (5-10, 5.22)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Devil Rays update

Once again the Orioles happen upon a struggling team at the right time. The expansion Devil Rays, who swept four games at Camden Yards in May, are 3-6 on their 12-game homestand. The last-place Devil Rays batted .223 (58-for-260) during the previous eight games. Though they are tied with the Orioles for the most errorless games (64), they have massive offensive problems. They are batting only .259 -- 12 points below the league average -- while hitting just 80 home runs. A reflection of their first-half offensive woes, the Orioles own a .236 average and only 27 runs against Devil Rays pitching. Former Oriole Aaron Ledesma continues to thrive in a platoon role. He carries a .336 average and has hit safely in 29 of 37 starts. First baseman Fred McGriff has rediscovered his singles stroke -- he's hitting .315 (39-for-124) since his average bottomed out on June 23 -- but has only six home runs since hitting six in April. Glen Burnie High alum Saunders has won two of three starts after winning only one of his first 19. The left-hander receives an average 3.72 runs per nine innings, lowest of any AL starter.

Pub Date: 8/10/98

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