Orioles ups and downs

May 27, 2001|By Joe Strauss

UP -- Jeff Conine

When he's good, he's unstoppable. And lately he has been very good. He's hitting .475 during a 10-game hitting streak.

DOWN -- Pat Hentgen

He's got a 3.47 ERA but also elbow tendinitis that won't quit. With a telling West Coast trip approaching, this isn't good.

UP -- The Plan

Whatever it is, it's got the Orioles 3 1/2 games off the lead approaching Memorial Day. They just took a series from Minnesota and enjoyed their first winning road trip since September 1999. Remember, it's not the record that counts but games behind. Everybody up!

UP -- The King of Swing

Hitting coach Terry Crowley was Charm City's most miserable man in April. The Orioles might still be offensive bottom-feeders but have averaged nearly seven runs while hitting .289 over their past 14 games.

DOWN -- Chuck McElroy

Fans have a better chance to see the left-handed reliever in the dairy section of their local supermarket than on the mound at Camden Yards. Two appearances since May 3?

DOWN -- John Parrish

At 23, the left-handed prospect has gone from dealing against the New York Yankees to toiling in the Rochester bullpen. Something's amiss. He hasn't been right since last August.

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