Hard to tell exactly what sport is being played, based on...

By the numbers

April 28, 1996|By Buster Olney

Hard to tell exactly what sport is being played, based on the scores posted around baseball the past 10 days: 26-7 (Rangers/Orioles), 16-7 (Toronto/Seattle), 12-11 (Montreal/St. Louis), 24-11 (Minnesota/Detroit), 11-9 (Boston/Texas), 10-8 (Yankees/Cleveland, Philadelphia/Colorado).

In Boston's 11-7 loss to Cleveland last Sunday, three different Indians hitters were walked by three different Red Sox relievers, each on four pitches.

In Cleveland's 144 games last year and first 18 this year -- 162 overall -- Albert Belle hit 57 homers, drove in 143 runs, scored 138 runs and accumulated 56 doubles.

The Dodgers' Brett Butler is one of only 10 players at the age of 38 or older who have opened the season as an everyday center fielder.

The Reds haven't used the same lineup twice this season, pitchers not included.

Cubs center fielder Brian McRae leads the NL with 11 steals. The last Cubs player to lead the NL in steals was Stan Hack, who tied Pittsburgh's Lee Handley with 17 in 1939.

Javy Lopez caught 188 of the Braves' first 208 innings this season -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, his average (.253) is 35 points below his career mark.

The Florida Marlins' bench had two hits in its first 39 at-bats with runners on base.

Opponents are batting .068 (3-for-44) against Philadelphia's Ken Ryan.

L Houston is 10-6 against right-handers, 1-4 vs. left-handers.

The Cubs went .500 in their first 20 games, despite not getting a win from their Nos. 1 and 2 starters, Jaime Navarro and Frank Castillo.

Note: Statistics are through Thursday's games.

Pub Date: 4/28/96

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