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Ron Fimrite
September 20, 1971
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September 20, 1971

The Week

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Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver, marking time until the season ends, found he had pitching problems, of all things. He has four pitchers who might win 20 games apiece, but he probably will be able to use only three of them in the playoff series with Oakland. "What a dilemma," cried Weaver, "the more they pitch, the less I know who to start." Other managers should have such problems. Billy Martin of DETROIT, for example. He only has two reliable pitchers, Mickey Lolich and Joe Coleman. When Lolich won his 23rd game he threw a champagne party for his teammates. But his bubble burst after five innings against BOSTON in his next start; he gave up all six runs in a 6-1 loss. WASHINGTON and CLEVELAND have no pitching at all. The Senators' bonus boy, Pete Broberg, lost his fourth in a row, and onetime 31-game winner Denny McLain dropped his 19th. In Cleveland they talk about hitting, not pitching. The Indians have a valid Rookie of the Year prospect in First Baseman Chris Chambliss, who boosted his average close to .295. He may get some competition from NEW YORK'S Ron Blomberg who, with Bobby Murcer ill, took over as the team's big (by modern Yankee standards) hitter with a .320 average.

BALT 88-51 DET 81-64 BOST 76-71 NY 72-73 WASH 58-85 CLEV 56-88

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