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Today in Hardball Times–

Fall From Grace
by John Brattain
The Decline And Fall Of Alex Rodriguez
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/fall-from-grace/

1) Yesterday’s score–

Astros 4, Cardinals 1 (series tied, 1-1)

2) Today’s schedule–

White Sox (Jon Garland, 3.50, 24 RSAA) at Angels (John Lackey, 3.44, 17 RSAA), 8:05

3) ASTROS 4, CARDINALS 1

                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R   H  E
                 - - - - - - - - -   -  --  -
Astros           0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0   4  11  1
Cardinals        0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1   6  0

* Astros P Roy Oswalt’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   21   2.97   21  21  127.1  108  7.63 10.60  10   5   0  10   5  Astros       
2004 26   22   3.49   36  35  237    206  7.82 11.62  20  10   0  18  12  Astros       
2005 27   32   2.94   35  35  241.2  184  6.85 11.14  20  12   0  21  11  Astros       
CAREER   137   3.07  155 145  980.2  850  7.80 10.95  83  39   0  79  43 
LG AVG     0   4.25           980.2  733  6.73 12.75  55  55 

* Cardinals P Mark Mulder’s line–7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   23   3.13   26  26  186.2  128  6.17 10.70  15   9   0  15   9  A's          
2004 26    6   4.43   33  33  225.2  140  5.58 12.68  17   8   0  13  12  A's          
2005 27   15   3.64   32  32  205    111  4.87 12.78  16   8   0  14  10  Cardinals    
CAREER    81   3.87  182 182 1208    779  5.80 12.02  97  50   0  83  64 
LG AVG     0   4.53          1208    854  6.36 13.01  68  68 

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Albert Pujols

5) Cardinals LF Reggie Sanders had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a lower back sprain, and is 50-50 for tomorrow’s game.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   35   22  .345  .567  .913  .629   6.81  .285  31   87   15  130  Pirates      
2004   36    4  .315  .482  .797  .529   5.42  .260  22   67   21  135  Cardinals    
2005   37   12  .340  .546  .886  .609   6.57  .271  21   54   14   93  Cardinals    
CAR        145  .344  .491  .835  .566   5.92  .267 292  923  297 1665 
LG AVG       0  .340  .426  .766  .500   5.11  .270 179  771  121 
POS AVG    104  .350  .459  .808  .547   5.74  .277 226  873  159 

6) Blue Jays INF Frank Menechino and C Ken Huckaby became free agents when they refused assignments to the minors.

MENECHINO
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32   -3  .364  .265  .630  .399   3.75  .193   2    9    0   43  A's          
2004   33    7  .371  .454  .824  .571   6.38  .275   9   26    0   84  A's/Blue Jays
2005   34   -3  .352  .345  .697  .427   4.24  .216   4   13    0   70  Blue Jays    
CAR         -6  .358  .383  .741  .482   4.89  .240  36  149    3  449 
LG AVG       0  .336  .431  .767  .500   5.09  .269  42  177   23 
POS AVG    -19  .329  .401  .730  .449   4.62  .267  29  145   34 

HUCKABY
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32   -1  .182  .273  .455  .263   3.00  .182   0    2    0    5  Blue Jays    
2004   33   -7  .218  .200  .418  .058   1.23  .140   0    0    0   24  Rangers/Orioles
2005   34   -9  .250  .253  .503  .129   1.75  .207   0    6    0   35  Blue Jays    
CAR        -36  .256  .282  .538  .178   2.17  .223   3   30    0  153 
LG AVG       0  .332  .426  .759  .500   4.94  .266  14   60    7 
POS AVG    -14  .311  .385  .695  .392   3.91  .254  11   53    2 

7) The Blue Jays removed INF Raul Tablado and P Jason Arnold from the 40 man roster and added INF Robert Cosby and P Ryan Houston to the 40 man roster.

8) The Orioles gave manager Sam Perzollo a 3 year contract.

9) Today’s birthdays–

HARRY BRECHEEN, 1914-2004
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1946 31   28   2.49   36  30  231    117  4.56 11.03  15  15   3  20  10  Cardinals    
1948 33   43   2.24   33  30  233    149  5.76  9.42  20   7   1  20   7  Cardinals    
1949 34   26   3.35   32  31  215     88  3.68 11.68  14  11   1  16   9  Cardinals    
CAREER   210   2.92  318 240 1905.1  901  4.26 10.88 133  92  18 142  83 
LG AVG     0   3.83          1905.1  777  3.67 12.67 106 106 

HUGH CASEY, 1913-51
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1939 25   28   2.93   40  25  227     79  3.13 11.62  15  10   1  16   9  Dodgers      
1942 28   12   2.25   50   2  112     54  4.34 11.01   6   3  13   6   3  Dodgers      
1946 32   17   1.98   46   1  100     31  2.79 12.24  11   5   5  12   4  Dodgers      
CAREER    46   3.44  343  56  941    349  3.34 12.27  75  42  55  67  50 
LG AVG     0   3.76           941    370  3.54 12.55  52  52 

RYAN CHURCH, 1978, AGE: 27
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2004   25   -7  .257  .238  .495  .094   1.45  .175   1    6    0   30  Expos
2005   26    8  .353  .466  .820  .597   5.85  .287   9   42    3  102  Nationals    
CAR          1  .335  .423  .758  .512   4.90  .266  10   48    3  132 
LG AVG       0  .339  .430  .769  .500   5.11  .269  10   43    5 
POS AVG      7  .351  .458  .809  .557   5.77  .270  14   50    5 

MIDRE CUMMINGS, 1971, AGE: 34
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   29   -3  .286  .350  .636  .089   1.59  .300   0    1    0   20  Diamondbacks 
2004   32    3  .361  .463  .824  .650   6.92  .278   2    7    1   22  Devil Rays   
2005   33    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0    2  Orioles      
CAR        -30  .318  .385  .703  .407   4.40  .257  22  124    9  460 
LG AVG       0  .342  .430  .772  .500   5.19  .272  34  150   24 
POS AVG      9  .350  .437  .787  .518   5.47  .273  36  151   33 

FRANK DUFFY, 1946, AGE: 59
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1974   27  -26  .272  .310  .582  .295   2.61  .233   8   48    7  158  Indians      
1975   28  -23  .283  .303  .586  .293   2.65  .243   1   47   10  146  Indians      
1977   30  -26  .247  .287  .535  .199   2.13  .201   4   31    8  122  Indians      
CAR       -123  .279  .311  .590  .306   2.72  .232  26  240   49  915 
LG AVG       0  .324  .376  .700  .500   4.16  .258  60  318   53 
POS AVG    -79  .300  .319  .619  .377   3.21  .243  26  237   62 

JOE GIRARDI, 1964, AGE: 41
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1990   25  -24  .300  .344  .644  .295   3.27  .270   1   38    8  133  Cubs         
1994   29  -23  .321  .364  .685  .278   3.59  .276   4   34    3   93  Rockies      
1995   30  -44  .308  .359  .667  .229   3.48  .262   8   55    3  125  Rockies      
CAR       -223  .315  .350  .666  .312   3.52  .267  36  422   44 1277 
LG AVG       0  .340  .423  .762  .500   5.06  .270 127  559   93 
POS AVG   -104  .321  .390  .711  .412   4.23  .254 111  530   25 

TOMMY HARPER, 1940, AGE: 65
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1970   29   46  .377  .522  .899  .697   7.22  .296  31   82   38  154  Brewers      
1972   31   15  .341  .388  .730  .589   5.03  .254  14   49   25  144  Red Sox      
1973   32   18  .351  .422  .774  .592   5.62  .281  17   71   54  147  Red Sox      
CAR         60  .338  .379  .717  .526   4.75  .257 146  567  408 1810 
LG AVG       0  .324  .381  .704  .500   4.23  .256 150  708   96 
POS AVG     61  .330  .400  .730  .529   4.57  .261 179  766  124 

KEN HEINTZELMAN, 1915-2000
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1940 24  -13   4.47   39  16  165     71  3.87 14.29   8   8   3   7   9  Pirates      
1942 26  -17   4.57   27  18  130     39  2.70 14.26   8  11   0   7  12  Pirates      
CAREER   -20   3.93  319 183 1502    564  3.38 13.09  77  98  10  87  88 
LG AVG     0   3.82          1502    617  3.70 12.60  83  83 

HENRY MATEO, 1976, AGE: 29
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26  -12  .304  .273  .576  .253   3.40  .240   0    7   11  100  Expos
2004   27   -4  .289  .318  .607  .182   2.19  .273   0    0    2   40  Expos   
2005   28    0  .500  .000  .500  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0    1  Nationals    
CAR        -18  .297  .286  .583  .243   3.12  .242   0    7   15  168 
LG AVG       0  .341  .432  .772  .500   5.16  .268   8   31    4 
POS AVG     -3  .337  .403  .739  .462   4.76  .272   5   25    4 

AL OLIVER, 1946, AGE: 59
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1974   27   30  .358  .475  .832  .650   6.11  .321  11   85   10  147  Pirates      
1978   31   32  .358  .490  .848  .689   6.38  .324  14   89    8  133  Rangers      
1982   35   50  .392  .514  .906  .715   7.77  .331  22  109    5  160  Expos
CAR        251  .344  .451  .795  .588   5.38  .303 219 1326   84 2368 
LG AVG       0  .331  .389  .720  .500   4.47  .263 195 1009  174 
POS AVG    122  .340  .416  .756  .541   4.96  .271 240 1135  196 

IVY OLSON, 1885-1965
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1912   26  -28  .291  .285  .575  .295   3.02  .253   0   33   16  123  Indians      
1920   34  -30  .278  .314  .592  .310   2.92  .254   1   46    4  143  Dodgers      
1921   35  -33  .301  .345  .646  .323   3.50  .267   3   35    4  151  Dodgers      
CAR       -229  .295  .318  .613  .359   3.28  .258  13  446  156 1572 
LG AVG       0  .334  .366  .700  .500   4.46  .274  43  671  201 
POS AVG   -106  .320  .339  .659  .439   3.90  .262  28  570  184 

PAUL RADFORD, 1861-1945
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1883   21  -24  .232  .252  .484  .232   3.17  .205   0   14    0   72  Braves       
1886   24  -26  .310  .284  .594  .374   4.99  .229   0   20   39  122  Cowboys      
1894   32  -22  .378  .311  .689  .359   5.75  .240   0   49   24   95  Senators     
CAR        -39  .351  .308  .660  .485   6.00  .242  13  417  346 1361 
LG AVG       0  .333  .367  .699  .500   6.42  .269  40  616  257 
POS AVG     11  .337  .366  .703  .510   6.53  .270  42  610  291 

DUANER SANCHEZ, 1979, AGE: 26
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 23   -8  16.50    6   0    6      3  4.50 27.00   1   0   0   0   1  Pirates      
2004 24    7   3.38   67   0   80     44  4.95 12.83   3   1   0   2   2  Dodgers      
2005 25    3   3.73   79   0   82     71  7.79 12.51   4   7   8   6   5  Dodgers      
CAREER    -1   4.19  161   0  174    124  6.41 13.40   8   8   8   8   8 
LG AVG     0   4.27           174    129  6.66 12.79  10  10 

JOE START, 1842-1927
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1878   35   25  .355  .439  .794  .716   9.14  .351   1   27    0   61  Cubs         
1881   38   24  .345  .397  .741  .688   7.89  .328   0   29    0   79  Grays        
1882   39   25  .349  .407  .756  .685   8.27  .329   0   48    0   82  Grays        
CAR        166  .330  .370  .699  .641   6.97  .300   7  357    4  798 
LG AVG       0  .287  .342  .629  .500   5.49  .260  15  340    5 
POS AVG    118  .313  .383  .696  .602   6.77  .285  19  411    5 
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