* The Astros have such a young team that they would have trouble putting together a father-son game. The 25 active players on the Astros roster have a total of 8 children.
* Giants CF Darren Lewis has played a big role in the club's return to respectability. Lewis, who has emerged as San Francisco's full-time leadoff hitter, batted .349 during the team's 11-game winning streak.
* The Dodgers got 3 hits in Monday's loss to the Mets, which means that during a 4-day span, they played 3 games in which they totaled 5 hits, an average of 1.67 hits. Of course, there was 1 big offensive performance during that 4-day period, but it has been conveniently omitted for the sake of this negative stat.
* Jack Howell became the seventh player to appear at third base for the Padres this year. They might not be in this situation if they had not left third-base prospect Dave Hollins unprotected in the 1989 Rule V draft. Hollins is playing every day in Philadelphia and batting .318.
* Red Sox P Jeff Reardon has blown 6 of 31 save opportunities, with 3 of the blown saves coming at the expense of Roger Clemens. The Boston ace's 12-7 record might look more like 15-7 if Reardon had been able to hold those 3 leads.
* Carlos Quintana's record-tying 6-RBI inning, which included a grand slam, came 1 year to the day after his previous Fenway Park home run.
* The Mariners turned in the best season series against any team in club history with a 10-2 record against the Indians this year, though that probably deserves an asterisk.