Orel Hershiser: The Dodger ace, who has pitched 59 consecutive scoreless innings, will have a tough time shutting out the New York Mets in Game 1 of the National League playoffs Tuesday. The Mets were shut out only four times during the regular season, fewest in the league.
Kirk Gibson: If the Dodger left fielder is voted the National League’s most valuable player, he will be the first MVP to hit under .300 and drive in fewer than 100 runs since Willie Stargell in 1979. Stargell hit .281 and drove in 82 runs.
Oakland Athletics: They are the 14th team since the start of division play to make the playoffs with 100 wins or more. Of the previous 13, only the 1977 Dodgers and 1980 New York Yankees failed to go on to win the World Series.
Joe Magrane: With a 2.18 earned-run average, the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander, injured much of the season, will win the National League’s ERA title despite a 5-9 record. That’s the fewest wins for an ERA titlist since Stu Miller, pitching primarily in relief, went 6-9 with a 2.47 ERA for the 1958 San Francisco Giants.
John Dopson: The Montreal Expos pitcher wins the hard-luck award. Dopson is 3-11 in 26 starts but gave up 3 or fewer runs in 23 of them, including 2 or fewer in 16.
Minnesota Twins: With only 82 errors, they are a cinch to break the major league record for fewest in a season. The Baltimore Orioles set it with 95 in 1964 and matched it in 1980, and the Cincinnati Reds equaled it in 1977.
Texas Rangers: After setting a club record with 837 runs last year, they will finish 13th in the league with about 225 fewer. The Rangers scored 2 runs or fewer in 57 games, more than a third of their schedule.