IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
When Houston's Glenn Davis hit a 10th inning leadoff homer on July 22, he broke up a scoreless duel in which the Astros' Nolan Ryan had thrown 78 pitches over 90 mph and Montreal's Floyd Youmans had 63 over 90.
The National League's hardest throwers, as registered on the Expos' radar gun, are: Lee Smith, Chicago, who has a high of 98 and is consistently in the 94-95 range; Todd Worrell, St. Louis, 93-94; Dwight Gooden, New York, and Youmans, 92-94; Ryan, 92-93; Ken Howell, Los Angeles, 92-93; Steve Bedrosian, Philadelphia, 90-92; Mike Scott, Houston, 91; Lance McCullers, San Diego, 90-91; and Jeff Reardon, Montreal, 90.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"Maybe we have some devil worshipers on this team."—Yankee Don Mattingly (before his team's 4-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday, July 27) on his team's 5-11 record in games on Sundays. That run included being outscored 61-18 on seven consecutive Sundays dating back to June 8.
?" Richard Nixon asked me at Anaheim Stadium why they [the newspapers] always list the Top 10 hitters, and not the Top 10 pitchers or defensive players. Pitching's the whole game of baseball. Hitting means nothing. It's almost a useless art."—Tiger manager Sparky Anderson, recalling a conversation with the former president in 1979.
?"I am not a Triple A pitcher. Why don't they get that veteran pitcher they wanted and let me go make a name for myself somewhere else?"—Ron Romanick, after being demoted from California to Triple A Edmonton because he 1) had won only 6 of 28 starts since July 31, 1985, and 2) had been 2-7 with a 6.21 ERA since May 13. Romanick may be right. In his first outing for Edmonton, he gave up 15 hits and 8 earned runs in 7? innings.
?" Brian Downing is one of those guys who probably even brushes his teeth hard."—Angel manager Gene Mauch.
SAN FRANCISCAN KNIGHT
Roger Craig's favorite expression, "humm-babe" is becoming a cult phrase in San Francisco. Pitcher Mark Davis had T-shirts printed for his teammates; bumper stickers with the slogan are popping up; and someone replaced the nameplate at the entrance of Craig's office with one that simply reads HUMM-BABE.
GOINGS AND COMINGS