Quote: "I'm old school. I want to earn what I get. It was hard to sit and work on the side without really contributing to the club. It was eating me up inside." - reliever Stan Belinda, who requested and received his unconditional release from the Braves this week
It's a fact: The Astros averaged 32,277 fans while winning their third straight division championship last season. They've averaged 37,700 at brand-new Enron Field despite falling out of contention early.
Who's hot: The Reds' Alex Ochoa is 12-for-22 (.545) in the past six games.
Who's not: The Marlins' Preston Wilson has struck out 175 times, most in the majors.
On deck: The Cardinals have 84 stolen bases and are likely to finish with fewer than 100 for the first non-strike year since 1978.