April 24, 1988
Ira Berkow of the New York Times had a hunch that the Baltimore Orioles would end their losing streak at 14 games Thursday in Milwaukee when a surprisingly upbeat Frank Robinson said before the game, "We're going to win one one of these days." Berkow: "The first batter was Jeff Stone, the Orioles' left fielder. Stone singled off Brewer pitcher Chris Bosio. Maybe Robinson's optimism was justified; maybe this just would be the day when the Orioles indeed won one.
April 14, 1988 |
Bob Horner may not have the credentials of Jack Clark, but he is beginning to look pretty good to the St. Louis Cardinals. Horner, a poor April hitter, is already making big contributions to the Cardinals. The former Atlanta Braves slugger, signed as a free agent by the Cardinals after spending a year in Japan, hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning Wednesday at St. Louis to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
April 16, 1988 |
The New York Mets expect to clinch the pennant in the Eastern Division by early September. A big reason they are so confident is Dwight Gooden. Gooden, beginning his fifth season with the Mets, appears ready for the great year everyone has been expecting from him since he won 24 games in 1985. He won 15 last season, but because of a drug problem, he didn't make his first appearance until June 5. The Mets never did catch the St. Louis Cardinals.
November 19, 1985 |
Batting champion Willie McGee, the center fielder of the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, was named the NL's Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America on Monday. McGee received 14 first-place votes from a 24-writer panel, two from each league city, and finished with 280 points. Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds, who led the league with 125 runs batted in, finished second with six firsts and 220 points.
April 15, 1986 |
New York Mets' third baseman Howard Johnson let Tito Landrum's ground ball bounce past him for an error that allowed two runs to score in the 13th inning and gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-2 victory Monday at New York. Johnson's error with the bases loaded and none out broke open the game between the two National League East teams that battled to the final weekend of last season before the Cardinals won the division.
April 9, 1986 |
Dwight Gooden, in just two seasons in the National League, is already a pitcher without a real weakness. However, it has been established that he is a better pitcher at night than he is in daylight. So, with the Pittsburgh Pirates opening the season Tuesday at twilight, it was not too surprising that former Dodger R.J. Reynolds hit his third pitch of the game for a home run.
April 25, 1986 |
The St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen was so good last season that the National League pennant winners won all of the 83 games they led going into the ninth inning. The Cardinals, however, won't be perfect this season in games they lead going into the ninth. In the opener of a four-game series with the New York Mets Thursday night at St. Louis, the Cardinals led, 4-2, going into the ninth. However, they lost, 5-4, in 10 innings.
March 23, 1986 |
Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox, who led the American League with a .368 average last year, says it may be possible to hit .400 but he probably won't do it. "It's only possible if you barely qualify for the batting title," he said. "But it's not possible for someone who plays every day, who gets around 600 at-bats. Guys just don't walk 150 times anymore. "They had good relief specialists when Ted Williams hit .
September 6, 1986 |
Dave Parker drove in five runs with a pair of home runs Friday night at Cincinnati to become the first National League batter to drive in 100 runs this season and lead the Reds to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Parker hit a two-run home run off Rick Sutcliffe (4-13) in the fifth inning and a three-run shot to right off Ron Davis in the sixth. Parker, in another big season, has 28 homers and 102 RBIs. He has a chance to surpass last season, when he had 34 homers and 125 RBIs.