Orioles' ups and downs

June 06, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Ray's toll plaza -- UP -- Manager Miller instituted a fine structure in the aftermath of Juan Guzman's absent-minded start Tuesday in Seattle. Checks are not payable to Judy Miller's favorite charity.

The road -- DOWN -- The Orioles have won consecutive road games only once and are 8-20 for the season away from Camden Yards, worst in the majors. Boxcar Willie for team lyricist.

A-Bomb -- DOWN -- Albert Belle entered the weekend with two RBIs and no home runs in his last 15 games. He finished May with two doubles, the same as college teammate Jeff Reboulet. Everyone knew Albert isn't an April kind of guy. But it's June! The Orioles swear he's sound.

Harold Baines -- UP -- If the season ended Friday, the 40-year-old would have won the Orioles' Triple Crown. If Baines wore a glove, he'd be considered a modern-day Tony Perez. Very likely the most underrated hitter of his generation.

Doug Johns -- UP -- Winless since last July and in Rochester until May 13, Johns picked up two victories on recent 4-5 road trip. Bonus points for obeying downtown traffic signals.

Dr. Death -- DOWN -- Scott Erickson has averaged 14.5 wins the past four years and he'll earn an average $6.4 million the next four. So why is he averaging fewer than six innings per start and only 0.5 wins per month? Is there a trade in his future?

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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