At Yankee Stadium, New York
Day, Time, TV, Starters
Tonight, 7: 35, HTS, Doug Johns (0-1, 6.17) vs. David Cone (5-1, 6.46)
Tomorrow, 7: 35, HTS, Jimmy Key (4-2, 3.04) vs. Hideki Irabu (2-0, 1.11)
Thursday, 7: 35, 13, 50, Scott Erickson (4-4, 5.43) vs. Andy Pettitte (5-4, 4.42)
Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)
Could they be riding a bigger wave? They have the best record in baseball, a 3 1/2 -game lead over second-place Boston and a chance to run away from the Orioles. They're 13-3 at home, their last win coming Sunday when former Oriole David Wells pitched a perfect game. Manager Joe Torre didn't bother juggling his rotation to get Wells in this series, saying he wouldn't know whom to skip. There's no shortage of confidence in the Bronx. The Orioles, 14 games behind New York in the loss column, had better hope newly acquired leadoff hitter Chuck Knoblauch doesn't heat up -- a 1-for-18 slide has lowered his average to .238 -- and Irabu cools down. He has been practically unhittable, the polar opposite of last season. B. J. Surhoff has tormented Pettitte in the past, going 10-for-22 (.455) with five RBIs. Key is 13-8 against his former team, but had a 7.79 ERA in three starts last season. Tino Martinez is 10-for-28 (.357) with two homers against him. Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams both are 11-for-32 (.344) against Erickson. A late-inning matchup to watch: Williams is 3-for-4 against Armando Benitez.
Pub Date: 5/19/98