Around the Majors: Bonds hits #700

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Devil Rays 11, BlueJays 4
Royals 6, Indians 4
Orioles 11, Twins 2
Tigers 11, Whitesox 10 (10)
Redsox 3, Yankees 2
Angels 9, Rangers 5
Mariners 6, A’s 3

NL
Cubs 12, Reds 4
Braves 8, Marlins 1
Astros 2, Brewers 1
Expos 12, Phillies 8
Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 3
Giants 4, Padres 1
Dodgers 8, Rockies 6 (10)
Mets at Pirates–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          92   55  .626   -     50-22  42-33  43-21 17-12 22-14 LOST 1
Redsox           89   57  .610   2 1/2 51-23  38-34  39-21 19-13 22-14 WON  3
e--Orioles       68   77  .469  23     31-39  37-38  31-33 17-14 15-17 WON  2
e--Devil Rays    63   82  .434  28     36-34  27-48  23-44 15-13 10-22 WON  1
e--BlueJays      60   87  .408  32     36-40  24-47  22-39 13-19 17-19 LOST 2

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            86   61  .585   -     46-30  40-31  18-13 41-25 16-16 LOST 1
Whitesox         72   74  .493  13 1/2 39-33  33-41  16-16 29-31 19-17 LOST 5
Indians          71   76  .483  15     41-34  30-42  17-15 27-34 17-19 LOST 2
e--Tigers        67   79  .459  18 1/2 34-38  33-41  10-14 33-35 15-21 WON  2
e--Royals        53   93  .363  32 1/2 32-41  21-52  10-23 29-34 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              85   62  .578   -     49-25  36-37  23-20 27-16 25-18 LOST 1
Angels           84   63  .571   1     42-31  42-32  25-18 28-15 24-19 WON  2
Rangers          80   67  .544   5     46-25  34-42  25-18 23-20 22-21 LOST 2
e--Mariners      56   91  .381  29     37-40  19-51  13-30 19-24 15-28 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           87   61  .588   -     43-29  44-32  45-23 15-15 19-13 WON  1
Marlins          77   68  .531   8 1/2 40-33  37-35  38-23 14-20 18-14 LOST 1
Phillies         75   72  .510  11 1/2 36-36  39-36  30-34 16-17 20-12 LOST 1
e--Mets          64   83  .435  22 1/2 35-40  29-43  25-42 12-18 17-15 WON  1
e--Expos         62   86  .419  25     33-38  29-48  23-39 17-19 15-17 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
y--Cardinals     96   50  .658   -     50-25  46-25  19-11 49-30 17-08 WON  1
Cubs             81   64  .559  14 1/2 43-32  38-32  13-09 45-36 15-15 WON  5
d--Astros        81   67  .547  16     40-33  41-34  16-14 48-34 10-14 WON  2
e--Reds          67   80  .456  29 1/2 38-38  29-42  16-11 31-47 15-15 LOST 3
e--Pirates       66   80  .452  30     36-35  30-45  14-10 34-46 16-14 LOST 4
e--Brewers       62   83  .428  33 1/2 34-40  28-43  11-19 31-45 12-15 LOST 4

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          85   62  .578   -     45-29  40-33  14-18 22-14 39-22 WON  1
Giants           83   65  .561   2 1/2 43-31  40-34  19-13 18-15 35-30 WON  6
Padres           79   69  .534   6 1/2 36-36  43-33  18-14 19-17 34-28 LOST 1
e--Rockies       63   84  .429  22     34-39  29-45  11-21 10-20 34-33 LOST 4
e--Diamondbacks  46  102  .311  39 1/2 25-50  21-52  09-23 12-19 19-48 LOST 1

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–

AL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Redsox           89   57  .610   -
Angels           84   63  .571   5 1/2
Rangers          80   67  .544   9 1/2

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Giants           83   65  .561   -
Cubs             81   64  .559     1/2
Astros           81   67  .547   2
Padres           79   69  .534   4
Marlins          77   68  .531   4 1/2
Phillies         75   72  .510   7 1/2

4) The Cardinals clinched a postseason berth. They will clinch the division title if they beat the Diamondbacks and the Cubs lose to the Reds.

A Cardinals win plus Cubs lose would clinch a tie for the division title. But, if they are both tied with 97 wins, both teams would go to the postseason. In case of a tie for the division title, in which both teams go to the postseason, the winner of the season series gets the division title. The Cardinals won the season series, 11-8.

5) The Twins will clinch a tie for the division title if they beat the Orioles and the Whitesox lose to the Tigers.

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

7) The Indians will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title and from the postseason if they lose to the Royals or the Twins beat the Orioles.

8) On Thursday, the Devil Rays clinched a losing record

9) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 14
AL Central–Twins, 3
AL West–A’s, 14
AL wild card–Redsox, 11

NL East–Braves, 9
NL Central–Cardinals, 2
NL West–Dodgers, 13
NL wild card–Giants, 16

10) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 6 game lead over the Twins for the #1 seed. The Twins lead the A’s by 1 game for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals have a 10 game lead over the Braves for the #1 seed. The Braves lead the Dodgers by 1 1/2 game for the #2 seed.

11) Today’s schedule–

AL
Royals (Denny Bautista, 11.85) at Indians (Kyle Denney, 21.60), 1:05
Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 4.09) at BlueJays (Justin Miller, 5.57), 1:05
Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.43) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4.76), 1:05
Orioles (Bruce Chen, 1.73) at Twins (Johan Santana, 2.76), 2:20
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 5.17) at Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.97), 3:05
A’s (Mark Redman, 4.94) at Mariners (Bobby Madritsch, 3.03), 4:05
Rangers (Chris Young, 5.85) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.73), 4:05

NL
Braves (Russ Ortiz, 4.04) at Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.14), 1:05
Cubs (Matt Clement, 3.48) at Reds (Paul Wilson, 4.75), 1:15
Expos (Scott Downs, 5.52) at Phillies (Kevin Millwood, 4.86), 1:35
Mets (Kris Benson, 4.29) at Pirates (David Williams, 4.56), 1:35
Diamondbacks (Mike Gosling, 4.15) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 3.99), 2:15
Dodgers (Jose Lima, 4.06) at Rockies (Jason Jennings, 5.77), 3:05
Padres (Justin Germano, 8.02) at Giants (Kirk Rueter, 5.02), 4:05
Brewers (Doug Davis, 3.60) at Astros (Roger Clemens, 3.12), 8:05

12) Yesterday’s HR–

Barry Bonds–#42
Paul Konerko–#37 & #38
Mark Teixeira–#37
Vinny Castilla–#33
Vladimir Guerrero–#31 & #32
Hank Blalock–#31
J.D. Drew–#31
Derrek Lee–#31
Carlos Delgado–#30
Chipper Jones–#29
Bobby Abreu–#29
Jose Guillen–#27
Aubrey Huff–#26
Shawn Green–#26
Geoff Jenkins–#24
Sean Casey–#24
Carlos Pena–#22
Rafael Palmeiro–#20
Craig Monroe–#17
Johnny Damon–#17
Milton Bradley–#17
David Bell–#17
Omar Infante–#14 & #15
Troy Glaus–#15
Dmitri Young–#14
Larry Bigbie–#14
Mike Lamb–#14
Michael Cuddyer–#11
John Mabry–#11
Bobby Higginson–#10
Juan Rivera–#9
John Olerud–#8
Ben Grieve–#8
Abraham Nunez–#6
Mike Matheny–#5
B.J. Upton–#4
Sandy Alomar Jr.–#2
Willie Harris–#2
Mark McLemore–#2
Eric Crozier–#1
Carlos Zambrano–#1

13) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
2) Paul Konerko–38**
T3) David Ortiz–37
T3) Mark Teixeira–37*
5) Gary Sheffield–34
6) Alex Rodriguez–33
7) Vladimir Guerrero–32**
8) Hank Blalock–31*
9) Carlos Delgado–30*
T10) Eric Chavez–28
T10) Alfonso Soriano–28
T10) Travis Hafner–28

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–44
T3) Barry Bonds–42*
T3) Adam Dunn–42
T3) Jim Edmonds–42
6) Jim Thome–41
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–35
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–35
9) Steve Finley–34
T10) Scott Rolen–33
T10) Aramis Ramirez–33
T10) Vinny Castilla–33*

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

14) Barry Bonds watch–hit #700, is 14 behind Ruth, is 55 behind Aaron

OBA–.611, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.825, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.436, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–142, is 7th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–207, new major league record
BB above average–177, new major league record
career HR above average–has 458, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1486, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                 
1    Hank Aaron                  755   
2    Babe Ruth                   714   
3    Barry Bonds                 700   
4    Willie Mays                 660   
5    Frank Robinson              586   
6    Mark McGwire                583   
7    Harmon Killebrew            573   
8    Sammy Sosa                  571   
9    Reggie Jackson              563   
T10  Rafael Palmeiro             548   
T10  Mike Schmidt                548   

Bonds’s 700th HR moved him into 2nd in HR vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                   622      714       92   
2    Barry Bonds                 458      700      242   
3    Hank Aaron                  457      755      298   
4    Mark McGwire                405      583      178   
5    Jimmie Foxx                 403      534      131   
6    Willie Mays                 389      660      271   
7    Lou Gehrig                  377      493      116   
8    Ted Williams                376      521      145   
9    Mel Ott                     373      511      138   
10   Mike Schmidt                367      548      181   

Bonds recently broke his own single season record for times reached base vs. the league average–

REACHED BASE                  YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Barry Bonds              2004      232      343      111   
2    Barry Bonds              2002      228      356      128   
3    Babe Ruth                1923      200      379      179   
4    Ted Williams             1941      188      335      147   
5    Barry Bonds              2001      180      342      162   
6    Mickey Mantle            1957      170      319      149   
T7   Ted Williams             1947      169      345      176   
T7   Babe Ruth                1920      169      325      156   
9    Ted Williams             1946      166      334      168   
10   Ted Williams             1942      165      335      170   

15) Rafael Palmeiro tied Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the all time HR list, with 548.


1) Rangers P Frank Francisco was suspended for the remainder of the season.

Since our horse and buggy world’s gravel roads and paths through wooded forests make travel and communication so difficult, it’s hard to imagine his appeal being heard before the end of the season. So, it’s a 16 game suspension, the bulk, if not all, of it will be applied to 2005.

Meanwhile, Rangers Ps Doug Brocail (7 games) and Carlos Almanzar (5 games) and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo (5 games) were also suspended.

All of the players are appealing.

2) Expos P Tony Armas was scratched from yesterday’s start, due to tendinitis in his shoulder.

After being limited to 5 starts in 2003, Armas has a 4.88 ERA/-6 RSAA in 16 starts. He has a 4.21 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and 17 RSAA in 102 games.

3) The Royals called up 2B Donnie Murphy.

4) Indians P C.C. Sabathia will miss at least 1 start, and possibly the rest of the season, due to a strained left hamstring.

After 4.37 ERA/4 RSAA and 3.60 ERA/13 RSAA seasons, Sabathia has a 4.12 ERA/8 RSAA in 30 starts. He has a 4.12 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and 28 RSAA in 126 games.

5) Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki set the modern major league record for singles in a season.

The new top 10–

SINGLES                       YEAR     1B     
1    Ichiro Suzuki            2004      199   
2    Lloyd Waner              1927      198   
3    Ichiro Suzuki            2001      192   
4    Wade Boggs               1985      187   
5    Willie Wilson            1980      184   
6    Matty Alou               1969      183   
7    Sam Rice                 1925      182   
T8   Lefty O'Doul             1929      181   
T8   Pete Rose                1973      181   
T8   Jesse Burkett            1901      181   
T8   Richie Ashburn           1951      181   
T8   Lloyd Waner              1929      181   

Including the 19th century, Willie Keeler holds the record, with 206 in 1898.

Suzuki still hasn’t even made it into the top 800 on the single season RCAA list and isn’t even in the top 3000 in OPS vs. the league average.

6) Astros P Roy Oswalt had to leave yesterday’s game, after aggravating a rib injury, and is day to day. The injury has been bothering for a few weeks, but he hasn’t had to miss any starts.

After 3.01 ERA/33 RSAA and 2.97 ERA/21 RSAA seasons, Oswalt has a 3.48 ERA/23 RSAA in his first 32 starts (33 games). He has a 3.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 106 RSAA in 117 games.

7) Phillies P Billy Wagner was suspended for 2 games for an ejection last weekend.

Wagner is not appealing and started serving the suspension yesterday. After 2.52 ERA/15 RSAA and 1.78 ERA/26 RSAA seasons, he has a 2.75 ERA/7 RSAA in his first 36 games. Wagner has a 2.55 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 106 RSAA in 500 games.

8) Padres 3B Sean Burroughs had season ending surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

9) Indians RF Jody Gerut had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a right knee injury.

After starting his career with 12 RCAA/.830 OPS in 127 games in 2003, Gerut is hitting .405 SLG, .334 OBA, .739 OPS, -5 RCAA in his first 134 games.

10) The Expos called up INF Josh Labandeira.

11) On Thursday, the Cubs set their team record for HR in a season.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     HR     
1    Cubs                     2004      216   
2    Cubs                     1998      212   
3    Cubs                     1987      209   
4    Cubs                     2002      200   
5    Cubs                     2001      194   
6    Cubs                     1999      189   
7    Cubs                     2000      183   
8    Cubs                     1958      182   
9    Cubs                     1970      179   
10   Cubs                     1961      176   

12) Twins LF Shannon Stewart had to leave yesterday’s game, after a nasty fall while chasing a foul ball into the team’s bullpen.

After 19 RCAA/.813 OPS and 14 RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Stewart is hitting .455 SLG, .378 OBA, .833 OPS, 11 RCAA in his first 86 games. He has a .818 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 105 RCAA in 1006 games.

13) Angels CF Garret Anderson was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a sore knee, and if he plays this weekend, it will probably be as the DH.

After 28 RCAA/.871 OPS and 33 RCAA/.885 OPS seasons, Anderson is hitting .463 SLG, .355 OBA, .819 OPS, 13 RCAA in his first 99 games. He has a .808 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 35 RCAA in 1464 games.

14) The Giants activated P Jerome Williams from the DL.

After starting his career with a 3.30 ERA/14 RSAA in 21 starts in 2003, Williams has a 4.41 ERA/1 RSAA in his first 21 starts.


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