Orioles ups and downs

April 22, 2001|By Joe Strauss

UP -- Greg Myers

Trade him? Release him? Who would suggest such folly? One day he's Crash Davis and the next he's The Natural. Eight RBIs in three days makes him the team RBI leader.

DOWN -- McStarter

It took 602 relief appearances for the Orioles to give Chuck McElroy a start. They needed to watch only three starts this season to return him to the 'pen. As experiments go, this one wasn't exactly out-of-the-box thinking at its best.

DOWN -- Delino DeShields

Why do bad things happen to every year's Most Valuable Oriole? Randy Myers, Rafael Palmeiro and B. J. Surhoff went elsewhere. DeShields' stroke has vanished.

DOWN -- Lineup intrigue

Mike Hargrove intended to sit a struggling Cal Ripken for consec- utive games before reversing course Thursday. Conspiracy theories have sprouted over less.

UP -- J.J.

After a 1-10 2000, Jason Johnson leads the rotation in wins. Even more remarkable, through 16 games he was the only starter who had a win.

EVEN -- Pat Hentgen

He can do it all except hit for himself and prevent a pop-up from falling untouched. His four winless starts are the most telling indictment of a sleepy offense.

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