Scouting report: Angels vs. Orioles

September 11, 1998|By Joe Strauss

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 7:35, 13, 50, Chuck Finley (11-6, 3.08) vs. Scott Erickson (14-11, 4.08)

Tomorrow, 1:15, 45, Steve Sparks (9-3, 4.47) vs. Mike Mussina

(13-8, 3.45)

Sunday, 1:35, 54, 50, Jack McDowell (4-3, 4.12) vs. Sidney Ponson (7-8, 5.40)

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

Angels update

In explaining their disappointing season, the Orioles claim no team could lose three of its five Opening Day starting pitchers and remain competitive. But the Angels have overcome the losses of Finley, McDowell and Ken Hill to cling doggedly to the American League West lead. Manager Terry Collins has held together a solid club racked by injuries. Finley is the staff's only 10-game winner, and no one has more than 80 RBIs. Yet the Angels, the Boston Red Sox and Yankees are the only AL teams to rank in the top five in hitting and pitching. Call-ups Sparks and Jarod Washburn have helped save the situation. The acquisition of Gregg Jefferies (.455) has reaped quick dividends. Closer Troy Percival (39 saves) is questionable for the series because of tired arm. He played catch on Tuesday but has not pitched since last weekend. First baseman Darin Erstad is still suffering from a strained hamstring and is likely lost for the next two weeks. After a 6-4 road trip to New York, Cleveland and Boston, the Angels lost three of five to Kansas City and Minnesota. Sound familiar?

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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