Scouting report: Orioles vs. Mariners

September 04, 1998|By Joe Strauss

At the Kingdome, Seattle

Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 10:05, 54, 50, Juan Guzman (8-14, 4.47) vs. Paul Spoljaric (4-3, 5.94)

Tomorrow, 4:05, 45, 5, Scott Erickson (14-11, 4.10) vs. Ken Cloude (8-10, 6.54)

Sunday, 9:05, HTS, Mike Mussina (12-8, 3.51) vs. Jeff Fassero (10-11, 4.12)

Monday, 9:05, HTS, Undecided vs. Jamie Moyer (12-8, 3.64)

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

Mariners update

Hard to believe this was an intriguing playoff pairing last September. Stuck with the league's third-worst record, the 63-75 Mariners are 9-11 in their past 20 games, dropping four of their past six. They have plenty of offense, leading the majors with 207 home runs and scoring 44 percent of their runs by homers. But like many big-swinging teams, the Mariners struggle in close quarters. Their 8-20 record in one-run games is still three wins shy of the 1985 Texas Rangers' major-league record for fewest ** one-run wins in a season. Manager Lou Piniella's bullpen remains an embarrassment, having blown six ninth-inning leads and contributed to 14 losses in an opponent's final at-bat. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez needs only two home runs and one stolen base to become the third player in history to compile 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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