Scouting report: Orioles vs. Athletics

September 08, 1998|By Joe Strauss

At Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum

Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 10:05, HTS, Doug Johns (3-2, 4.31) vs. Gil Heredia (3-0, 1.10)

Tomorrow, 3:15, HTS, Juan Guzman (9-14, 4.33) vs. Jimmy Haynes (10-7, 4.70)

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

Athletics update

The A's (66-77) already have eclipsed their win total from last season (65), thanks largely to a winning record at home. Only 25-32 since the break, the A's have won 12 of their last 19. Their most glaring deficiencies have been exposed by the AL East, against whom they are only 17-35. The .327 win percentage is their lowest ever against the division. Left fielder Rickey Henderson, 39, is hitting only .230 but enjoying an otherwise productive season. He scored the 2,000th run of his career last Monday, joining Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose and Willie Mays as the club's only members. Henderson also leads the AL in walks and stolen bases. No player since 1925 has led his league in both categories. Henderson, however, is only 15-for-108 when leading off a game this season. Third baseman Ed Sprague has been a bust since his July 31 acquisition from the Toronto Blue Jays. He was 1-for-17 on the A's recent road trip and is 11-for-77 (.143) since the trade. Closer Billy Taylor needs one save to become the third pitcher in A's history to reach 30 saves. Bill Caudill and Dennis Eckersley are the others. The Orioles have won six of nine against the A's despite surrendering a 5.29 ERA in 80 innings.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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