John Smoltz

Smoltz has struck out a season-high eight three times. Jumped out to a 5-0 record before suffering his first loss, May 10 at San Francisco. In that game, Smoltz yielded three runs over seven innings while striking out eight and walking four.

Before his first loss, Smoltz had yielded a total of eight runs over 36 innings for a 1.69 ERA, striking out 39 batters and walking just seven.

Smoltz's best outing came in a 3-0, one-hit, complete-game victory against Cincinnati on April 30. Smoltz lost his no-hitter in the fifth inning on Eddie Taubensee's single.

He has won his two outings since returning from a 15-day stint on the disabled list for an inflamed elbow, yielding a total of four earned runs.

Smoltz has won no fewer than 15 games over the past three seasons, including 24 wins in his 1996 National League Cy Young Award season.

Year to date: 7-1, 2.66 ERA, 62 SO, 67.2 IP.

Smoltz's Top Performances This Season:

4/25, 5-1 win vs. Fla.: 7 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.

4/30, 3-0 win vs. Phila.: 9 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO (103 pitches).

Mike Mussina

Mussina has been one of the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. His first two wins of the season were also the Orioles' first two victories; his most impressive outing came against Toronto on April 10 when he struck out a season-high seven batters.

Mussina was an impressive 7-1 before losing his past two starts -- in which he yielded a combined six runs.

Mussina pitched five shutout innings at Florida in his most recent start, but was removed following a rain delay.

Year to date: 7-3, 4.01 ERA, 55 SO, 85.1 IP.

Mussina's Top Performances This Season:

4/10, 1-0 win vs. Toronto: 7 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.

5/23, 15-6 win vs. Texas: 7 IP, 9 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

Face to Face

Mussina and Smoltz have faced each other just once, in June 1997. Neither pitcher earned a decision, with the Orioles winning, 6-4, in 12 innings.

Smoltz is 0-0 vs. Baltimore, yielding three runs over seven innings while striking out eight in his only start. Mussina has had little success in his two starts against the Braves. He has an 0-1 record with a 9.28 ERA, Mussina's highest ERA against any team.


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