Orioles' ups and downs

May 14, 2000|By Joe Strauss

Frank Wren -- UP -- Ousted general manager hit the Powerball on Monday and won $400,000. (Bud Selig calls it binding arbitration.) Wren collected when Peter Angelos' number was pulled.

The rotation -- DOWN -- The wheels came off in Toronto. Johnson's on "pause," Mussina's admittedly confused and Erickson's made two starts off rehab. Before Friday, the rotation had one win in the last 14 games, and that one required 138 pitches from Mussina on April 29.

`Big number' -- DOWN -- Cal Ripken tied Hank Aaron's career record for double plays on Tuesday. Needless to say, no one will drop "6-4-3" from the warehouse when the record comes.

B.J. Surhoff -- DOWN --Mr. Consistency entered weekend fighting a 10-for-63 funk. He's faced all comers for 360 straight games.

SkyDome blues -- DOWN -- The last time the Orioles won in Toronto, Ray Miller was managing his first game there. They're 0-14 since and have been swept the last four series there. Coming after a squandered series in New York, the latest meltdown left the Orioles 18-39 vs. the AL East the last two years.

MacTimlin -- UP -- Mike Timlin's ninth-inning stand in New York on Sunday preceded 10 1/3 scoreless bullpen innings in Toronto. Chuck McElroy's 3 1/3 shutout innings dropped his ERA almost three points to 9.53. It takes a spark to start a flame, or something like that.

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