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Baseball Miscellany : Numbers

September 20, 1987|ROSS NEWHAN

Don Sutton: Although he is limited to about 100 pitches per start and is only averaging around 5 innings per start, the 42-year-old Angel right-hander is close to establishing a career high for home runs allowed in a season. Sutton has given up 37 home runs in 177 innings. He gave up 38 with the Dodgers in 1970, but that was in 260 innings. John Candelaria: The former Angel left-hander is scheduled to make four regular season starts for the New York Mets, including last Friday's return to Pittsburgh. Based on what is left of his $800,000 salary, he will cost the Mets $21,750 per start. The Chicago White Sox: Winners of five straight, they have a 32-31 record since the All-Star break, the best in the division known as the American League Worst, and good enough, it is now believed, to save Manager Jim Fregosi's job. Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott: If the Houston Astros pitchers remain 1-2 in the National League strikeout derby, it will mark the first time that teammates have finished on top since the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale in 1962. The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians: With respective earned-run averages of 5.12 and 5.20, they could become only the 45th and 46th teams in history to finish a season with ERAs of more than 5.00 and the first since the Mets in '62. Jimmy Key: The Toronto left-hander has tied a club record with 17 wins, is 8-0 since the All-Star break and has allowed three or more runs only once in his last 21 starts. Alan Trammell: The Tiger shortstop has gone hitless in consecutive games only once since July 9-10 and only four times all season. Trammell, with 100 runs, 26 homers, 99 runs batted in and 182 hits, has a chance to become only the third shortstop ever to score 100 runs, slug 30 homers, have 100 RBIs and collect 200 hits in the same season. Milwaukee's Robin Yount and Baltimore's Cal Ripken did it in 1982 and '83, respectively. Frank Tanana: The veteran Tiger left-hander, winless in his last seven starts, has been dropped from the rotation. Nate Snell will replace him Monday night against Boston. Jack Morris, Doyle Alexander and Walt Terrell, the other Detroit starters, are a cumulative 19-3 since Aug. 13. RBI Meter: St. Louis could have three players with 100 or more RBIs for the first time ever. Jack Clark and Willie McGee are already there. Terry Pendleton needs eight more. The Oakland A's have two players--Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire--with more than 100 RBIs for the first time since 1969, when Reggie Jackson had 118 and Sal Bando had 113. The San Francisco Giants: They are 43-26 since July 4, when club president Al Rosen made the first of a series of deals that landed pitchers Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts, Don Robinson and Rick Reuschel.

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