Around the Majors: Angels tie the A’s

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Tigers 6, Whitesox 4
Indians 5, Royals 1
Redsox 10, Devil Rays 8 (11)
Angels 8, Rangers 2
Mariners 7, A’s 2
BlueJays at Orioles–PPD
Twins at Yankees–PPD

NL
Mets 2, Braves 1 (1st)
Braves 5, Mets 2 (2nd)
Marlins 5, Expos 2
Reds 8, Cubs 3
Astros 2, Cardinals 1
Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 8 (11)
Giants 7, Padres 5
Dodgers 5, Rockies 4
Pirates at Phillies–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
y--Yankees       97   59  .622   -     54-24  43-35  48-25 17-12 22-14 LOST 2
y--Redsox        95   62  .605   2 1/2 55-26  40-36  45-26 19-13 22-14 WON  4
e--Orioles       74   81  .477  22 1/2 34-40  40-41  33-36 21-15 15-17 LOST 1
e--Devil Rays    66   89  .426  30 1/2 39-38  27-51  25-49 16-15 10-22 LOST 2
e--BlueJays      65   90  .419  31 1/2 38-40  27-50  27-42 13-19 17-19 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         90   66  .577   -     47-31  43-35  19-14 44-29 16-16 WON  1
e--Whitesox      79   78  .503  11 1/2 46-35  33-43  16-16 36-35 19-17 LOST 2
e--Indians       78   80  .494  13     44-37  34-43  17-15 34-38 17-19 WON  2
e--Tigers        70   86  .449  20     37-40  33-46  10-17 36-39 15-21 WON  2
e--Royals        57  100  .363  33 1/2 32-43  25-57  12-24 31-40 08-24 LOST 4

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           89   68  .567   -     45-36  44-32  25-18 28-15 29-24 WON  4
A's              89   68  .567   -     50-26  39-42  23-20 27-16 29-24 LOST 1
Rangers          86   71  .548   3     50-29  36-42  25-18 23-20 28-25 LOST 3
e--Mariners      61   96  .389  28     37-42  24-54  13-30 19-24 20-33 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        93   65  .589   -     48-32  45-33  50-25 16-17 19-13 LOST 1
e--Phillies      81   75  .519  11     37-38  44-37  36-36 16-18 20-12 LOST 1
e--Marlins       81   76  .516  11 1/2 42-38  39-38  41-30 15-21 18-14 WON  2
e--Mets          70   88  .443  23     37-41  33-47  28-44 15-21 17-15 WON  1
e--Expos         65   93  .411  28     35-44  30-49  26-46 17-19 15-17 LOST 4

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    103   54  .656   -     51-26  52-28  19-11 52-33 21-09 LOST 2
d--Cubs          88   69  .561  15     44-33  44-36  15-12 50-38 15-15 LOST 1
d--Astros        88   70  .557  15 1/2 44-33  44-37  16-14 54-35 11-16 WON  3
e--Reds          73   84  .465  30     39-39  34-45  18-12 35-50 15-15 WON  1
e--Pirates       70   86  .449  32 1/2 39-41  31-45  17-11 35-51 16-14 WON  2
e--Brewers       64   92  .410  38 1/2 36-45  28-47  11-19 33-52 12-17 LOST 3

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          91   66  .580   -     47-29  44-37  14-18 22-14 45-26 WON  3
Giants           88   69  .561   3     47-35  41-34  19-13 20-16 38-33 WON  1
d--Padres        85   72  .541   6     41-38  44-34  18-14 19-17 40-31 LOST 1
e--Rockies       67   90  .427  24     38-43  29-47  11-21 10-23 38-36 LOST 5
e--Diamondbacks  49  109  .310  42 1/2 27-50  22-59  09-23 15-20 19-54 WON  2

x–clinched the division title
y–clinched a postseason berth
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  
Cubs             88   69  .561   -
Giants           88   69  .561   -
Astros           88   70  .557     1/2
Padres           85   72  .541   3

4) The Dodgers will clinch a tie for the division title if they beat the Rockies and the Giants lose to the Padres.

5) The Angels tied the A’s for 1st place in the AL West.

6) The Padres were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title.

7) The Rangers will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title and from the postseason if they lose to the Angels.

8) The Royals reached 100 losses for the 2nd time and tied the team record, set in 2002.

9) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 4
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–A’s/Angels, 6
AL postseason–Yankees, Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 3
NL wild card–Cubs/Giants, 6

10) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The AL champions will have the #1 seed. The Twins have a 1 1/2 game lead over the A’s and Angels for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals clinched the top seed. The Braves have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the #2 seed.

11) Today’s schedule–

AL
Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.95) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 4.98), 1:05
BlueJays (Ted Lilly, 3.92, and Gustavo Chacin, 3.86) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 4.67, and Bruce Chen, 3.26), DH, 3:05
Twins (Johan Santana, 2.62, and Kyle Lohse, 5.31) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4.59, and Jon Lieber, 4.37), DH, 7:05
Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.78) at Devil Rays (Todd Ritchie, 10.29), 7:05
Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.46) at Rangers (R.A. Dickey, 5.63), 8:05
Indians (Kyle Denney, 11.25) at Royals (Mike Wood, 5.82), 8:10
Mariners (Bobby Madritsch, 3.53) at A’s (Rich Harden, 4.00), 10:05

NL
Mets (Aaron Heilman, 4.57) at Braves (Russ Ortiz, 4.19), 1:05
Reds (Luke Hudson, 2.55) at Cubs (Glendon Rusch, 3.59), 2:20
Pirates (Ian Snell, 2.57, and Ryan Vogelsong, 6.68) at Phillies (Vicente Padilla, 4.40, and Brett Myers, 5.60), DH, 5:05
Brewers (Gary Glover, 4.50) at Diamondbacks (Casey Fossum, 6.65), 6:05
Marlins (Carl Pavano, 3.05) at Expos (Sun Woo Kim, 4.51), 7:05
Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 4.03) at Astros (Roger Clemens, 2.89), 8:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis, 6.16) at Dodgers (Odalis Perez, 3.35), 10:05
Giants (Noah Lowry, 3.77) at Padres (David Wells, 3.65), 10:05

12) Yesterday’s HR–

Adam Dunn–#44
Paul Konerko–#41
Vladimir Guerrero–#35 & #36
Casey Blake–#28
Geoff Jenkins–#26
Bret Boone–#24
Joe Crede–#21
Eric Munson–#19
Kevin Millar–#18
Larry Walker–#17
Ramon Hernandez–#17
Omar Infante–#16
Garret Anderson–#14
Jeff Conine–#14
David Wright–#13
Eric Valent–#13
Bobby Higginson–#12
D’Angelo Jimenez–#12
Ronnie Belliard–#11
Juan Rivera–#11
Adam LaRoche–#11
Marcus Giles–#8
Gerald Williams–#4
Dallas McPherson–#3
Darren Bragg–#3
Ryan Ludwick–#2
Brook Fordyce–#2
Chris Aguila–#2
Gerald Laird–#1
Alan Zinter–#1

13) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43
2) Paul Konerko–41*
3) David Ortiz–40
4) Mark Teixeira–37
T5) Gary Sheffield–36
T5) Vladimir Guerrero–36**
7) Alex Rodriguez–35
T8) Hank Blalock–32
T8) Miguel Tejada–32
10) Carlos Delgado–30

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48
2) Albert Pujols–46
3) Barry Bonds–45
4) Adam Dunn–44*
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
9) Aramis Ramirez–35
T10) Steve Finley–34
T10) Vinny Castilla–34

**—hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

14) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.613, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.832, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.445, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–153, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–224, new major league record
BB above average–192, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 461, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1497, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795
times reached base–367, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the major league record with 379, 1923
times reached base vs. average–249, new major league record


1) MLB will hold a press conference today to announce the Expos move to Washington.

2) Expos GM Omar Minaya has reportedly decided to leave the team and become head of baseball operations for the Mets.

3) Giants P Dustin Hermanson was suspended for 3 games for hitting Jeff Kent with a pitch on September 23. He’s appealing.

After 7.77 ERA/-8 RSAA and 4.06 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Hermanson has a 4.37 ERA/1 RSAA in 43 games (18 starts). He has a 4.29 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and 10 RSAA in 290 games.

4) Yankees P Brad Halsey and Redsox P Pedro Astacio were both suspended for 3 games, for throwing at batters on Sunday. They are both appealing.

Halsey has a 7.33 ERA/-9 RSAA in his first 6 career starts (7 games).

After pitching in just 7 games in 2003, Astacio has a 11.57 ERA/-3 RSAA in 4 games. He has a 4.60 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 8 RSAA in 350 games.

5) Braves P Jaret Wright had to leave yesterday’s game, after being hit in the ankle by a line drive, and is day to day.

After 15.71 ERA/-23 RSAA and 7.35 ERA/-21 RSAA seasons, Wright has a 3.28 ERA/22 RSAA in 32 starts. He has a 5.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and -44 RSAA in 180 games.

6) Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a tight right hamstring, and is day to day.

After 10 RCAA/.895 OPS and 17 RCAA/.843 OPS seasons, Rodriguez has a .509 SLG, .384 OBA, .893 OPS, 28 RCAA in 132 games. He has a .837 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and 111 RCAA in 1755 games.

7) Yankees P Orlando Hernandez was going to be scratched from yesterday’s start, before the game was rained out. He may be able to start tomorrow.

After missing the 2003 season, Hernandez has a 2.87 ERA/14 RSAA in 14 starts. He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.72, and 63 RSAA in 138 games.

8) Mets P Mike Stanton set the team record for games in a season.

After 3.00 ERA/12 RSAA and 4.57 ERA/-2 RSAA seasons, Stanton has a 3.23 ERA/9 RSAA in 81 games. He has a 3.76 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and 64 RSAA in 966 games.

The new top 10–

GAMES                         YEAR      G     
1    Mike Stanton             2004       81   
2    Turk Wendell             1999       80   
T3   David Weathers           2003       77   
T3   Armando Benitez          1999       77   
T3   Turk Wendell             2000       77   
T6   Armando Benitez          2000       76   
T6   Jeff Innis               1992       76   
8    Roger McDowell           1986       75   
T9   Armando Benitez          2001       73   
T9   Dennis Cook              1998       73   
T9   Greg McMichael           1997       73   

9) The Cubs placed INF Ramon Martinez on the 15 day DL, retroactive to September 16.

Martinez has a strained left groin. After 3 RCAA/.749 OPS and -8 RCAA/.709 OPS seasons, he has a .346 SLG, .313 OBA, .659 OPS, -15 RCAA in 102 games. Martinez has a .717 career OPS, compared to his league average of .780, and -31 RCAA in 578 games.

10) Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli is expected to miss the next 3 games, to attend to a family matter.

After starting his career with -3 RCAA/.742 OPS in 156 games in 2003, Baldelli has a .433 SLG, .328 OBA, .761 OPS, 0 RCAA in 133 games.


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