Orioles' ups and downs

August 15, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Jesse Orosco - UP - The ancient left-hander entered this weekend's three-game series two games removed from setting the all-time appearance record by a pitcher. In a season where even three-homer games have represented a stage for dour dispositions, Orosco's moment should be savored.

The Bullpen `Torch Award' - DOWN - Recipient Ray Miller cost himself two games last Sunday by removing Ricky Bones after surrendering (gasp!) two runs in 3 2/3 innings. Jason Johnson was charged with nine earned runs in the next night's 10-9 loss in St. Petersburg. Hello.

Phil Garner - UP - No longer tolerant of "mediocrity," the Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager Thursday after 7 1/2 seasons. Hmmm mediocrity would be a step up locally.

Ryan Minor - EVEN - The next six weeks may say much about his standing within the organization. With Cal Ripken's future at third base uncertain, the club must start examining alternatives. Minor, 26 next January, has to make his case now.

Mike Bordick - UP - On the brink of a career high in RBIs, Bordick also deserves consideration for his first Gold Glove. Worst secret in baseball: It's really an offensive award.

Mike Timlin - UP -How tough was his first half? Even Timlin's mom called with a reminder that he leads the majors in blown saves. A narrower focus has restored his effectiveness.

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