UPS AND DOWNSMike Mussina -- UP --...

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UPS AND DOWNS

Mike Mussina -- UP -- Quietly, he's building a case for the Cy

Young Award.

TC Roberto Alomar -- UP -- Quietly, he's building a case for the Most Valuable Player Award.

B.J. Surhoff -- UP -- Quietly, he's building a case for being the

most underrated player in the American League.

Pat Gillick -- EVEN -- Quietly, the general manager is looking around for ways to make slight alterations to this team. But he doesn't have much to trade.

David Wells -- EVEN -- If you didn't know anything about gout before, you do now - and in the end, the big lefty's problem turned out to be bursitis.

Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- The happiest .200 hitter in baseball, as he refers to himself since being moved out of the DH spot, is now the happiest .225 hitter in baseball and getting happier.

Chris Hoiles -- UP -- The last Orioles starter to get a hit, he saved the best for last Friday night.

Quote

Basically, there's a certain ingredient that goes into winning, and maybe it might be that this group hasn't found that ingredient to win, and they have to find it."

General manager Pat Gillick, assessing the Orioles. Roberto Alomar has only three strikeouts in his last 115 plate appearances.

The week ahead

Tomorrow-Wednesday, vs. California: After winning 12 of their first 20 games, the Angels have been in a free-fall, to the bottom of the AL West standings. There are numerous reasons for the collapse, but first and foremost is a lack of consistent pitching - Chuck Finley has a 4.97 ERA, Jim Abbott is at 5.81, and Mark Langston is on the disabled list. Shortstop Gary DiSarcina is off ,, to a poor start, hitting under .200, and the Angels are trying Garrett Anderson in the leadoff spot.

Friday-Sunday, vs. Oakland: Though the Orioles swept two games in Oakland last week, the Athletics still rank as one of the AL's biggest surprises. It'll be interesting to see if Oakland plays the same station-to-station baseball against the Orioles as it did on the West Coast; the A's don't seem to have the personnel to get into slugging matches with the Orioles. Mike Mussina, 9-2 lifetime against the A's, likely will start in this series.

The good

Rick Krivda thoroughly impressed manager Davey Johnson and pitching coach Pat Dobson with his strong six innings in his win over the Athletics on Monday.

The games between the Orioles and Brewers, played in extreme cold, had some of the worst baseball you'll ever see; on May 11, the two teams accumulated 16 walks and seven hits.

The ugly

The Orioles' training room, which has been overloaded with banged up and hobbled players, from Brady Anderson's strained quadriceps muscle to David Wells' swollen big toe.

A move that paid off...

Alomar has embraced his move into the No. 3 spot in the order, getting 14 hits in his first 27 at-bats, with 11 runs and seven RBI's Pitching Scott Erickson on three days' rest in Milwaukee didn't pay any dividends. The right-hander allowed six hits, five walks and six runs in six innings.

! Pub date: 5/19/96

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