The numbers game

* Since 1992, Texas utilityman Mark McLemore has a .312 batting average when he plays the outfield (194-for-622 through Thursday's games), and .236 when playing second base (148-for-627). This year, he's 2-for-17 playing second, 42-for-120 as an outfielder.

* After going 0-for-13 against the Houston Astros last weekend, Atlanta center fielder Marquis Grissom had an on-base percentage of .268 - second-worst for any lead-off hitter in the National League.


* Colorado pinch-hitters were 25-for-61 with four homers and 22 RBIs through Wednesday.

* Before blowing an 8-0 lead to the Cleveland Indians last week, David Cone had a lifetime ERA of 1.62 against the Tribe.


* The Dodgers tried to trade reliever Todd Worrell in the offseason, but there were no takers because of his hefty salary. He's pitched 19 shutout innings this year, and is 7-for-7 in save situations.

* The homer by Milwaukee outfielder Darryl Hamilton on June 6 was his first since he hit one June 6, 1994.

* The Houston Astros have not had a player voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star Game since Cesar Cedeno in 1973.

* This is why no one pitches to Frank Thomas: Chicago's clean-up hitters combined for two homers and 17 RBIs in the first 35 games.

* The Expos are supposedly trying to trade for Cubs reliever Willie Banks, which begs one question: Why? In his first 11.2 innings this season, he has allowed 27 hits, 11 walks and his ERA is 15.43.

* When Mike Piazza is in the lineup (through games of Thursday), the Dodgers are 11-3. When he's out of the lineup, they're 9-17.

* Toronto is the only team without a homer from their designated hitter this year. Paul Molitor's ugly numbers: .238 average, no homers and 11 RBI.