Scouting report: Mets vs. Orioles

July 18, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day ............Time ..............TV ...............................Starters

Tonight .......8: 05 ...........ESPN ......................Masato Yoshii (6-7, 5.02)

........................................................................vs. Juan Guzman (4-7, 4.31)

Tomorrow....7: 35 ............HTS .......................Octavio Dotel (1-1, 6.61)

........................................................................vs. Jason Johnson (1-3, 5.93)

Tuesday ......7: 35 ...........HTS .......................Al Leiter (8-6, 4.76)

.......................................................................vs. Sidney Ponson (8-6, 3.94)

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

Mets update

The Mets are five games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. Before yesterday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay, the Mets had won seven of their past 10 games, including two straight, and were 10-4 in interleague play. Part of their success this year can be attributed to a 26-19 road record. Additional credit goes to former Orioles reliever Armando Benitez, who has been dominant in a setup role. He has inherited the closer's job because of an injury to John Franco, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to a save situation at Camden Yards, which wasn't always kind to him in the past. The top of the Mets' lineup has been treacherous for opposing pitchers. Rickey Henderson (.311), Edgar Alfonzo (.302), John Olerud (.310) and Mike Piazza (.318) all are hitting over .300. At the bottom, Roger Cedeno is hitting .332 and leads the majors in steals with 50. New York's .276 batting average ranks third in the NL, and a .988 fielding percentage leads the league. The Mets took three of four from the Orioles last season, with Benitez absorbing one of the losses.

Pub Date: 7/18/99

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