Scouting report: Orioles vs. Mariners

May 31, 1999|By Joe Strauss

At Kingdome, Seattle

Day -------------- Time ----- TV ---------- Starters

Tonight --------- 8 ----------- HTS -------- Sidney Ponson (5-3, 4.20) vs. Jamie Moyer (5-4, 5.50)

Tomorrow ----- 10:05 ----- HTS -------- Juan Guzman (2-4, 5.23) vs. Freddy Garcia (6-1, 4.26)

Wednesday -- 10:35 ----- HTS -------- Mike Mussina (7-2, 4.21) vs. Jeff Fassero (3-6, 7.34)

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

Mariners update

Suddenly Seattle is pushing Texas for the AL West lead. Before Tampa Bay's 15-7 rout last night, the Mariners had won four straight and 10 of their last 12 to go two games over .500 for the first time this season. Who cares if each game resembles a beer league softball game? The Mariners have smashed a major-league-leading 99 home runs while surrendering 67, meaning that an average 3.4 homers are expected in every M's game. This will be the Orioles' last trip to the Kingdome as Safeco Field nears completion. While known for their bash, the Mariners' recent success can be found in pitching. They retain the AL's highest ERA (6.17), but entered last night's game with a 3.48 ERA in their last 12 games. Center fielder Ken Griffey had his career-high 16-game hitting streak end Saturday night. The Orioles have won the last three season series from the Mariners. Because of Jeff Fassero taking a line drive to his pitching hand Saturday, the Mariners' rotation is unsettled.

Pub Date: 5/31/99

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