Orioles' ups and downs

September 20, 1998|By Joe Strauss

Mike Bordick -- UP -- Six home runs in 22 games and a career-high 13 this season? As many homers as Roberto Alomar and one fewer than Cal Ripken? Pump it up.

Juan Guzman -- UP -- Jimmy Key and Doug Drabek will be non-tendered free agents. Scott Kamieniecki undergoes disk surgery and is a question mark for next season. Guzman's July acquisition and recent performance provides a four-deep rotation where chaos might have ruled.

Pat Gillick -- UP -- Third-year Orioles general manager will announce his decision to leave this week. Next move, LaLa Land?

Armando Benitez -- DOWN -- Benitez strikes out nine consecutive, then surrenders a game-losing homer to Ivan Rodriguez on Tuesday. His inconsistent slider remains a roadblock to holding the closer role in '99.

Ray Miller and friends -- EVEN -- Peter Angelos has declared him safe for next season. Hmmmm. Jim Bowden might think otherwise.

Clubhouse gamesmanship -- DOWN -- Swapping Tuesday's starting pitchers minutes before first pitch didn't impress the Texas Rangers, who won anyway. Rookie Chris Fussell knew about it in time to import half of Oregon, Ohio.

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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