Orioles ups and downs

April 08, 2001|By Joe Strauss

As the Rotation Turns

UP - Pat Hentgen (above), Sidney Ponson and Jason Johnson offer 24 1/3 innings in their opening starts and combine for 1.48 ERA. Three straight quality starts in April? Shades of Palmer, McGregor and Flanagan.

The beef

DOWN - Delino DeShields, David Segui and the No. 5 hole totaled one hit in three games. It's got to get better than that.

Hideo Nomo

UP - In his Red Sox debut, the Japanese Cyclone pitched the first no-hitter against the Orioles in 10 years and gave Boston a reason to smile. Now that's impressive.

Camden attendance

DOWN - The Orioles vow they'll draw 3 million for a seventh straight season. Empty seats on Opening Day suggest the over-under might come down.

Melvin Mora

EVEN - One day he's out on appeal when given two bases, and three days later he's dodging a potential game-winning inside pitch. Boring, he's not. And that's good.

Little ball

UP - Brady Anderson squares to bunt. Mike Bordick is moving runners. Jerry Hairston goes to second base on any ball in the grass. Three games, 12 hits, no home runs and two wins. The only way to beat them is to no-hit them.

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