NICKNAME OF THE WEEK
"Pickles," given to Vince Coleman by Whitey Herzog after the Cardinal outfielder was tagged out in three rundowns in four games.
?The Giants, who stole only 99 bases all last year, stole 59 in their first 55 games.
?Through last weekend, the Cubs' Bob Dernier was batting .171 (27 for 158) with 13 runs, 36 total bases, 6 doubles, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 1 game-winning RBI. Meanwhile, the club's starting pitchers were hitting .198 (19 for 96), with 12 runs, 31 total bases, 4 doubles, 3 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 game-winning RBIs.
?Seventeen different starting pitchers have had their season strikeout high against the Seattle Mariners.
?Mariner pitchers have retired the side in order in the first inning four times in the last 30 games.
?What trade? As of last weekend, Giants shortstop Jose (Don't Call Me Gonzalez) Uribe had more RBIs (21) than Jack Clark (16).
?Expo reliever Dan Schatzeder had a home run, triple, double and single before every Cardinal except Clark, Willie McGee and Mike Heath. Schatzeder is 6 for 13.
?The Reds have lost 16 games at Riverfront Stadium, one less than they lost there the entire 1975 season.
? Mike Scott passed the 100-strikeout mark earlier than any other pitcher in Houston history. This is a team for which James Rodney Richard (313 strikeouts in 1979), Don Wilson and Nolan Ryan have pitched.