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Peter Gammons
October 05, 1987
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKESIn our last look inside the 1987 season, we note that as the final week began, three of the '86 division champions, the Red Sox, Angels and Astros, had losing records. Only the Mets were above .500.
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?Going into the season's final week, the Baltimore Orioles were 8-50 against the five teams ahead of them in the AL East.

?The Tigers have gotten at least 21 homers and 85 RBIs from every spot in their batting order from No. 2 through No. 8.

? Willie McGee has 16 stolen bases and has grounded into 23 double plays.

? Cardinals utilityman Jose Oquendo has started games at seven different positions and appeared in one game as a relief pitcher.

? Milwaukee's Mike Felder has seven triples and three doubles. Explain that.

? Minnesota's Juan Berenguer threw 114 pitches in a start against Boston—and lasted 3? innings.

? Boston's Bob Stanley allowed 10 hits in seven of his 20 starts, including five consecutive games in which he allowed exactly 10 hits. The Mets' Dwight Gooden has allowed 10 hits five times in his career.

?The Cardinals' Tito Landrum struck out in 10 consecutive at bats over two months, ended the streak by hitting into a double play, and then was released.

?Four former Cy Young Award winners, Gooden, Flanagan, Ron Guidry of the Yankees and Willie Hernandez of the Tigers, all pitched in the minor leagues this season.

Infielder Juan Bonilla played in Class A, AA, AAA and the majors in a 13-day span that took him from Prince William of the Carolina League to the Yankees. "I don't think there's anywhere further up I can go," said Bonilla. Oh, no? Five days later he was in Coopers-town—playing in the Hall of Fame exhibition game for the Yanks and hitting a homer, too.

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