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Peter Schmuck's O's week in review

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Statistics through Thursday

Ups and downs

Jeff Reboulet UP

Took over for injured Roberto Alomar and had 10 hits in his first 24 at-bats as the regular second baseman.

Mike Bordick UP

Really coming on at the plate. Career-high five-RBI game last weekend. Batting .295 in last 19 games.

Kevin Malone UP

Took a vocal stand last week when Jerry Reinsdorf broke up his club, then stood by his comments under fire afterward.

Ray Miller UP

Should get an up arrow every week for the masterful way he has handled the pitching staff.

Rick Krivda EVEN

Club is 2-0 in his starts, but young left-hander still needs to step up to a higher level.

Rafael Palmeiro DOWN

Really struggling right now - 2-for-his-last-26 through Wednesday but run-production numbers still good.

Scott Erickson UP

Bounced back from tough four-game stretch to run off string of 27 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run.

Quote of the week

"It felt great to be part of the team. I was like a kid in a candy store. To be through what I've been through and to be out there again, it was a big emotional uplift for me and I think for the team, too."

Outfielder Eric Davis, after traveling to Oakland last weekend and suiting up for a game for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon.

The good

Shortstop Mike Bordick and Jeff Reboulet are the small-timers in the Orioles' offense, but both have been productive of late. Bordick had a career-high five RBIs in a game last weekend against the Oakland Athletics and has swung the bat well the past three weeks. Reboulet has stepped in for the injured Roberto Alomar and played so well that the club has not missed an offensive or defensive beat. He batted over .400 during his first week in the starting lineup and played steadily at second.

The bad

The Orioles can't seem to get left-hander Jimmy Key a victory. He pitched great in back-to-back starts July 26 and 31, giving up just one run in 14 innings, but the club scored just one run in those 14 innings and he did not get a decision in either game. He didn't pitch quite so well on Tuesday night in Seattle, but again fell victim to light support and got his third straight no-decision.

The ugly

Terry Mathews hung a slider to Seattle Mariners third baseman Russ Davis in the ninth inning of a tie game on Tuesday night and Davis cranked it over the center-field fence for a game-winning home run. It was a discouraging way to lose a tight ballgame, but it was only the third loss in 14 games for the Orioles and it was a rare lapse by the strong bullpen. Mathews, for instance, has allowed runs in just three of his past 23 appearances.

By the numbers

1: AL teams that have yet to lose a game at Camden Yards this season.

6: AL teams that have yet to win a game at Camden Yards this season.

40: Number of saves by Randy Myers and Armando Benitez in 41 save opportunities.

111: Home runs given up by Orioles pitchers this year.

120: Average number of home runs given up by AL pitching staffs this year.

.476: Winning percentage of Big Three starters over the past 29 games, despite combined 2.97 ERA.

Stat of the week

The Orioles have the best won-lost record in baseball and the fourth best by an Orioles team at this point in the season, but they defy science. Their record in one-run games -- thought by some to be the true gauge of a quality team -- is only .500 at !! 15-15.

Moment of the week

First-round draft choice Darnell McDonald showed up in Seattle unexpectedly to work out with the major-league club, signaling a change of heart that resulted in his signing a contract with the Orioles on Friday and passing on an opportunity to play football and baseball at the University of Texas.

The week ahead

Tuesday-Wednesday, vs. Athletics: The Orioles return home after a grueling three-week stretch to face the undermanned A's, who have little to play for and proved that during a four-game series against the Orioles last weekend at the Oakland Coliseum. The Orioles won three of four and are 7-2 overall against the A's this season. Former Orioles right-hander Jimmy Haynes pitched well in his first start against the Orioles and probably will open the series against Orioles right-hander Scott Erickson.

Thursday-Friday, vs. Mariners: The vagaries of this year's interleague schedule force the Orioles to play a rare Thursday/Friday series against the Mariners, who took some of the wind out of the Orioles' sails last week at the Kingdome. The Orioles were fortunate to miss left-handers Randy Johnson and Jeff Fassero, but didn't take advantage. They probably will miss Johnson again.

Saturday-Monday, vs. Angels: The Orioles won two of three against the Angels at Camden Yards earlier this season, but were 0-2 at Anaheim Stadium when they arrived at the Big A for three games this weekend. Jimmy Key is 14-7 lifetime against the Angels, but likely will miss them at Camden Yards.

Pub Date: 8/10/97

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