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Stephen Cannella
September 10, 2001
Collision Ahead?Things are looking up for Texas, but maybe not at catcher
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September 10, 2001

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Manager Larry Bowa concedes that the Phillies are unlikely to win unless Cook and Wendell get straightened out. The Indians, on the other hand, have options, although Rocker's struggles have brought disarray to the once well-defined roles in the Cleveland bullpen. Bob Wickman (27 saves in 30 chances, 2.65 ERA), previously the full-time closer, yo-yoed from closer to setup man as Rocker was awarded and then lost the stopper's job. Since the trade Wick-man has been outstanding, with a 2.40 ERA and only four walks in 30 innings.

The saving grace for the Indians has been the emergence of rookie righthanders Danys Baez and David Riske as setup men. Baez, a 23-year-old Cuban defector, was called up from Triple A Buffalo in early July and through Sunday was 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA Riske was equally impressive since his July 23 call-up, with a 2.00 ERA in 17 appearances. Thanks to them, the Indians may survive the Rocker deal.

Sept. 10-13
Reds at Cubs
The jolt of offense Fred McGriff was supposed to give Chicago hasn't happened. Through Sunday the Cubs' average of 4.8 runs in the 33 games since he joined them on July 29 was barely more than their 4-5 rate without him. That could change in this series, when McGriff faces one of his favorite opponents. In 90 career games against Cincinnati, he has 28 home runs and 70 RBIs. Only the Astros have served up more homers and RBIs to him. In fact, this could be a banner month for McGriff. Following this series the Cubs are scheduled to face Houston seven times and the Reds three more times.

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