The 3,804 runs scored in April were the third most for any single month in baseball history. There were 4,043 runs in August of last year, and 3,807 in May 1995.
Hitters are averaging 2.3 homers per game, putting them on a pace for 5,216 homers this season. The record is 4,458 homers in 1987.
The AL ERA for April was 5.30, the NL ERA 4.25. The worst AL ERA in history is 5.04 in 1936, and in the NL is 4.97 in 1930.
Three teams scored more than 20 runs in a game, the most for a single month since June of 1950.
The Oakland Athletics allowed 16 homers in six games in Las Vegas, but then gave up 17 homers in their next 17 games.
Mike Piazza is 6-for-9 against Colorado's Steve Reed during his career, with four homers.
Mickey Tettleton has a chance to lead the league in walks and strikeouts. Only six players have done this previously -- Babe Ruth, Hack Wilson, Hank Greenberg, Mickey Mantle, Mike Schmidt and Dale Murphy -- and all but Murphy are in the Hall of Fame.
Last year, Milwaukee shortstop Jose Valentin had a total of 11 hits against lefties, batting .133 (83 at-bats). This year, he had 10 hits in his first 33 at-bats vs. lefties.
Dodgers center fielder Brett Butler went on the disabled list this week because of tonsillitis, with five walks and 19 strikeouts. Butler has had more walks than strikeouts in every season since 1983.
Fred McGriff went 5-for-5 against the Astros Tuesday night, and improved his career average against Doug Drabek to .563.
Pub Date 5/05/96