Around the Majors: Angels take over first

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Devil Rays 4, Tigers 1
BlueJays 7, Yankees 0
Twins 4, Indians 3
Whitesox 4, Royals 2
Redsox 8, Orioles 3
Mariners 8, Rangers 3
Angels 10, A’s 0

NL
Braves 5, Cubs 4
Reds 5, Pirates 1
Phillies 6, Marlins 2
Expos 4, Mets 2
Cardinals 4, Brewers 1
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2
Giants 4, Dodgers 2
Astros 4, Rockies 2

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Yankees      100   60  .625   -     57-24  43-36  48-26 20-12 22-14 LOST 1
y--Redsox        96   63  .604   3 1/2 55-26  41-37  46-27 19-13 22-14 WON  1
e--Orioles       77   82  .484  22 1/2 37-41  40-41  36-37 21-15 15-17 LOST 1
e--Devil Rays    69   90  .434  30 1/2 41-39  28-51  26-49 18-16 10-22 WON  1
e--BlueJays      66   93  .415  33 1/2 39-40  27-53  28-45 13-19 17-19 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         91   69  .569   -     48-31  43-38  19-17 45-29 16-16 WON  1
e--Whitesox      82   78  .513   9     46-35  36-43  16-16 39-35 19-17 WON  3
e--Indians       79   81  .494  12     44-37  35-44  17-15 35-39 17-19 LOST 1
e--Tigers        71   89  .444  20     37-42  34-47  11-19 36-40 15-21 LOST 1
e--Royals        57  103  .356  34     32-46  25-57  12-24 31-43 08-24 LOST 7

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           91   69  .569   -     45-36  46-33  25-18 28-15 31-25 WON  1
A's              90   70  .563   1     51-28  39-42  23-20 27-16 30-26 LOST 1
e--Rangers       87   73  .544   4     51-30  36-43  25-18 23-20 29-27 LOST 1
e--Mariners      63   97  .394  28     38-42  25-55  13-30 19-24 22-34 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        95   65  .594   -     49-32  46-33  51-25 17-17 19-13 WON  2
e--Phillies      85   75  .531  10     41-38  44-37  38-36 18-18 20-12 WON  4
e--Marlins       82   78  .513  13     42-38  40-40  42-32 15-21 18-14 LOST 2
e--Mets          70   90  .438  25     37-42  33-48  28-46 15-21 17-15 LOST 2
e--Expos         66   94  .413  29     35-45  31-49  27-47 17-19 15-17 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    104   56  .650   -     52-27  52-29  19-11 53-35 21-09 WON  1
d--Astros        90   70  .563  14     46-33  44-37  16-14 55-35 12-16 WON  5
d--Cubs          88   72  .550  16     44-36  44-36  15-13 50-40 15-15 LOST 4
e--Reds          76   84  .475  28     40-39  36-45  18-12 38-50 15-15 WON  4
e--Pirates       70   89  .440  33 1/2 39-41  31-48  17-13 35-52 16-14 LOST 3
e--Brewers       66   93  .415  37 1/2 36-45  30-48  11-19 34-53 13-17 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
z--Dodgers       92   68  .575   -     48-31  44-37  14-18 22-14 46-28 LOST 1
Giants           90   70  .563   2     47-35  43-35  19-13 20-16 40-34 WON  2
e--Padres        87   73  .544   5     42-39  45-34  18-14 19-17 42-32 WON  1
e--Rockies       68   92  .425  24     38-43  30-49  11-21 10-24 39-37 LOST 2
e--Diamondbacks  49  111  .306  43     27-52  22-59  09-23 15-21 19-55 LOST 2

x–clinched the division title
y–wild card
z–clinched a tie for the division title
d–eliminated from winning the division title
e–eliminated from winning the division title and the postseason

3) Wild card standings–

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB   
Astros           90   70  .563   -
Giants           90   70  .563   -
Cubs             88   72  .550   2

4) The Angels passed the A’s into 1st place in the AL West. The Angels will clinch the division title if they beat the A’s.

5) The Dodgers will clinch the division title if they beat the Giants. They will clinch a spot in the playoffs if the Astros lose to the Rockies.

6) The Padres were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

7) The Cubs will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they lose to the Braves or the Astros beat the Rockies or the Giants beat the Dodgers.

8) The Orioles clinched a losing record for the 7th consecutive year.

9) The Whitesox clinched a winning record for the 2nd consecutive year.

10) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, clinched
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–Angels, 2
AL wild card–Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 1
NL wild card–Astros/Giants, 3

11) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees clinched the top seed. The Twins are tied with the Angels for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals clinched the top seed. The Braves will be the #2 seed.

12) Today’s schedule–

AL
Indians (Jake Westbrook, 3.28) at Twins (Carlos Silva, 4.16), 12:10
Redsox (Bronson Arroyo, 4.10, and Pedro Astacio, 11.57) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 4.67, and Sidney Ponson, 5.28), DH, 1:25 and 7:05
Yankees (Kevin Brown, 4.25) at BlueJays (Roy Halladay, 4.39), 4:05
Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 3.86) at A’s (Barry Zito, 4.54), 4:10
Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 5.60) at Tigers (Gary Knotts, 5.50), 7:05
Whitesox (Jason Grilli, 6.75) at Royals (Brian Anderson, 5.85), 7:10
Rangers (Kenny Rogers, 4.75) at Mariners (Jamie Moyer, 5.07), 8:35

NL
Pirates (Josh Fogg, 4.75) at Reds (Todd Van Poppel, 6.12), 1:15
Braves (John Thomson, 3.73) at Cubs (Carlos Zambrano, 2.60), 1:25
Giants (Brett Tomko, 4.19) at Dodgers (Elmer Dessens, 4.46), 4:10
Brewers (Ben Sheets, 2.80) at Cardinals (Jason Marquis, 3.66), 4:15
Marlins (Josh Beckett, 3.87) at Phillies (Eric Milton, 4.73), 7:05
Rockies (Shawn Estes, 5.73) at Astros (Roy Oswalt, 3.56), 7:05
Expos (Livan Hernandez, 3.63) at Mets (Al Leiter, 3.19), 7:10
Padres (Brian Lawrence, 4.12) at Diamondbacks (Randy Johnson, 2.65), 10:05

13) Yesterday’s HR–

Adam Dunn–#46
David Ortiz–#41
Mark Teixeira–#38
Steve Finley–#35
Craig Wilson–#29
Jeff Bagwell–#27
Corey Koskie–#25
Vernon Wells–#23
Johnny Damon–#20
Keith Ginter–#19
Placido Polanco–#17
Rocco Baldelli–#16
Shea Hillenbrand–#15
Jimmy Rollins–#13
Ronnie Belliard–#12
J.T. Snow–#12
Olmedo Saenz–#8
Barry Larkin–#8
Miguel Ojeda–#7
DeWayne Wise–#5
Juan Castro–#5
Xavier Nady–#3
Alfredo Amezaga–#2
Mike Hampton–#2
Andres Galarraga–#1

14) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43
T2) Paul Konerko–41
T2) David Ortiz–41*
T4) Vladimir Guerrero–38
T4) Mark Teixeira–38*
T6) Gary Sheffield–36
T6) Alex Rodriguez–36
8) Miguel Tejada–33
T9) Carlos Delgado–32
T9) Hank Blalock–32

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48
T2) Albert Pujols–46
T2) Adam Dunn–46*
4) Barry Bonds–45
T5) Jim Thome–42
T5) Jim Edmonds–42
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–37
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–37
T9) Aramis Ramirez–35
T9) Steve Finley–35*

*–hit 1 yesterday

15) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.609, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.817, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.426, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–152, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–228, new major league record
BB above average–196, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 460, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1496, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795
times reached base–372, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the major league record with 379, 1923
times reached base vs. average–251, new major league record

16) Andres Galarraga passed Dale Murphy and tied Al Kaline for 39th place on the all time HR list, with 399.

17) Indians 2B Ronnie Belliard hit his 50th career HR.

After -25 RCAA/.544 OPS and -6 RCAA/.760 OPS seasons, Belliard has a .427 SLG, .349 OBA, .776 OPS, 1 RCAA in 151 games. He has a .749 career OPS, compared to his league average of .782, and -37 RCAA in 756 games.

18) Phillies 2B Placido Polanco hit his 50th career HR.

After -3 RCAA/.733 OPS and 8 RCAA/.799 OPS seasons, Polanco is hitting .438 SLG, .343 OBA,. 780 OPS, -1 RCAA in 125 games. He has a .747 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -32 RCAA in 789 games.

Correction from yesterday–The 1942-44 Cardinals should have been on the list of teams with 3 consecutive 100 win seasons.


1) Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season.

After 30 RCAA/.813 OPS and 22 RCAA/.788 OPS seasons, Suzuki is hitting .456 SLG, .415 OBA, .872 OPS, 55 RCAA in 159 games. He has a .828 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 153 RCAA in 632 games.

The new top 10–

HITS                          YEAR      H     
1    Ichiro Suzuki            2004      259   
2    George Sisler            1920      257   
T3   Bill Terry               1930      254   
T3   Lefty O'Doul             1929      254   
5    Al Simmons               1925      253   
T6   Chuck Klein              1930      250   
T6   Rogers Hornsby           1922      250   
8    Ty Cobb                  1911      248   
9    George Sisler            1922      246   
10   Ichiro Suzuki            2001      242   

He ranks 9th vs. the league average (since 1900, he’s 12th including the 19th century)–

HITS                          YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Ty Cobb                  1911      116      248      132   
2    Nap Lajoie               1901      111      232      121   
3    Joe Jackson              1911      105      233      128   
4    Nap Lajoie               1910      104      227      123   
T5   Rod Carew                1977      103      239      136   
T5   George Sisler            1920      103      257      154   
7    Ty Cobb                  1917      102      225      123   
8    George Sisler            1922      101      246      145   
9    Ichiro Suzuki            2004       99      259      160   
10   Rogers Hornsby           1924       98      227      129  

Suzuki’s OPS vs. the league average still hasn’t cracked the top 3000. His RCAA is out of the top 600. He’s only tied for 71st in times reaching base, but compared to the league average, he can’t even make it into the top 300. His OBA vs. the league average is just barely in the top 700.

2) The Tigers claimed OF Alexis Gomez off waivers from the Royals.

Gomez, who was on the Royals active roster, but won’t report to the Tigers before the season ends, has -3 RCAA/.575 OPS in 18 career games, including a .310 SLG, .323 OBA, .633 OPS, -1 RCAA in 13 games in 2004.

3) Orioles C Javier Lopez was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a sore left ankle.

After -18 RCAA/.670 OPS and 55 RCAA/1.065 OPS seasons, Lopez is hitting .490 SLG, .367 OBA, .857 OPS, 17 RCAA in 147 games. He has a .841 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 66 RCAA in 1303 games.

4) Twins RF Jacque Jones was out of yesterday’s lineup, after his father died.

After 20 RCAA/.797 OPS and 8 RCAA/.797 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .427 SLG, .314 OBA, .741 OPS, -16 RCAA in 150 games. He has a .786 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -17 RCAA in 833 games.

5) According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will fire manager Larry Bowa after the season.


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