THE ULTIMATE PLATOON
Within days of each other, Wally Backman and Tim Teufel, the Mets' second base tandem, were both placed on the disabled list with pulled hamstring muscles. Backman pulled his left, Teufel his right, which is also the way they bat in the Mets' platoon.
Jack Clark hit his 19th and 20th homers on June 18. The entire Cardinal team had amassed 21 homers by the same date last year.
Jose Oquendo has started at every position but pitcher and catcher for the Cardinals this season, and claims that he has played both of those positions in his native Puerto Rico.
In his first appearance with the Astros, righthanded reliever Ron Mathis's fastest pitch was clocked at 83 mph. Padres infielder Luis Salazar, who worked an inning in the same game, had two pitches clocked at 84.
Eastern League first baseman Jose Birriel is hitting .294 for New Britain of the Red Sox organization. Because of pitching shortages on his club, Birriel has also been used as a pitcher. He won both of his starts—one was a six-hit shutout of Glens Falls last week—and is 4-0 with an ERA of 0.90. Two years from now, figure the Red Sox to sell Birriel to the Yankees.
Mets righthander Ron Darling has more career no-decisions, 48, than wins, 46.
Since winning the 1983 World Series, the Orioles have gone 104-159 against the rest of the AL East. Through last weekend they were 2-21 in '87 against Eastern Division teams other than the last-place Indians.
Mike Pagliarulo's 13th-inning homer in the Yankees' 10-5 win over Boston on Friday was the first off Joe Sambito by a lefthanded batter since 1978.
Pittsburgh infielder Jim Morrison was twice thrown out stealing in the same inning on June 15.