THE CYCLE OF FAME
When the Giants' Chris Speier hit for the cycle on July 9, he joined some exclusive company. Because he had also hit for the cycle as an Expo in 1978. Speier became:
?The fourth player to perform the feat for two different teams. (The others were Joe Cronin, Washington. 1929, and Boston Red Sox, 1940; Babe Herman, Brooklyn, 1931, and Chicago Cubs, 1933; and Bob Watson, Houston, 1977, and Boston, 1979.)
?The third player to do so in seasons at least 10 years apart. (The others were Cronin and Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees, 1937 and 1948.)
A STRIKING SUCCESS
Montreal Expo first baseman Andres Galarraga finished last week as the National League's top hitter with a .335 average, but with 88 strikeouts. Only two major league batting champions struck out more than 100 times: Roberto Clemente (103) in 1967 and Dave Parker (107) in 1977.
THE BONDS MARKET
Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds has had his ups and downs. He went 14 for 34 to start the season and also had 13 consecutive extra-base hits. Then he went 7 for 60 to drop his average from .368 to .239, recovered to go 10 for 23 and followed soon with an 0 for 17 stretch. As of Sunday he was hitting .301.
?Through Sunday, the American League East teams were three games ahead of the AL West clubs in interdivisional play.
? Chicago Cub shortstop Shawon Dunston has more intentional walks (five) than unintentional walks (three).
?How often do the Philadelphia Phillies strike out? Sixteen National League pitchers reached their season highs in strikeouts against them.