Scouting report: Mariners vs. Orioles

September 10, 1999|By Joe Strauss

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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

Tonight ...................7: 05 ......................54, 50 ..........Paul Abbott (5-2, 3.64) vs.

........................................ ............................................Doug Linton (1-2, 5.71)

Tomorrow................4: 05 ........................45 ..............Freddy Garcia (14-7, 4.28) vs.

........................................ ............................................Doug Johns (4-3, 4.67)

Sunday....................1: 35 .....................54, 50 ..........John Halama (11-6, 4.06) vs.

........................................ ...........................................Scott Erickson (12-11, 5.00)

Monday ...................7: 05 ......................HTS ...........Gil Meche (6-4, 5.46) vs.

........................................ ..........................................Sidney Ponson (11-11, 4.42)

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

Mariners update

The Mariners are 28-24 since the All-Star break but their belated run at wild-card contention appears to have exhausted itself. Shortstop Alex Rodriguez is struggling, having just completed a 2-for-25 homestand. Ken Griffey has a shot at joining Cal Ripken in the 400 club before season's end. He enters the series with 394, two behind Joe Carter, four behind Dale Murphy, five behind Al Kaline and six behind Ripken. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez is on a predictable tear. He is batting .361 since May 17, the last time his average dipped below .300. Closer Jose Mesa has 32 saves, joining Mike Schooler as the only closers in M's history to save 30 games. Mesa blew a save chance Wednesday when he surrendered a two-out, ninth-inning home run to Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado. Mesa needs two more saves to establish a franchise record. The Orioles enter the series only 1-5 against the Mariners this season, primarily because of a 6.06 team ERA and 13 home runs surrendered in 49 innings. The Mariners have hit a major-league-high 213 home runs and are on pace to threaten last year's 234 blasts.

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