By the numbers

April 21, 1996|By Buster Olney

Since last Aug. 1, Albert Belle has 36 homers, 70 RBIs and a .348 average -- in only 250 at-bats. That's a rate of one homer every 6.9 at-bats. Over a full 162-game season for Belle, who averaged 590 at-bats his last two full seasons, those numbers project to 86 homers and 165 RBIs.

Seattle catcher Dan Wilson had 12 homers in his first 805 major-league at-bats, then, in a recent spree, had five homers in 23 at-bats.

Houston first baseman Jeff Bagwell has six homers. Last year, he didn't hit his fifth homer until the Astros' 23rd game.

Pittsburgh's Paul Wagner picked up his third win Thursday. Last year, he didn't earn his third victory until Aug. 29.

The high life in Coors Field: Colorado's starting pitchers had an 8.34 ERA during a recently completed eight-game homestand, and the Rockies still won four of eight.

Through Wednesday, Philadelphia's cleanup hitters had combined to bat .140 (6-for-43) with no homers, two RBIs and 16 strikeouts.

Florida was shut out in five of its first 10 games.

St. Louis right-hander Todd Stottlemyre, who batted just once in all his years in the AL, had four hits in his first seven at-bats in the NL.

Padres pitcher Andy Ashby had four hits against Colorado on Tuesday, and after several days of research, members of the club's media relations personnel haven't been able to find another example of a pitcher getting four hits.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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