Around the Majors: Bonds HR feats

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Twins 3, Orioles 1
Royals 6, Tigers 2
Yankees 11, Devil Rays 2
Rangers 10, Whitesox 3
Angels 5, BlueJays 2
Redsox 7, A’s 1

NL
Pirates 2, Brewers 0
Marlins 7, Mets 3
Astros 9, Reds 7
Expos 7, Cubs 6 (12)
Rockies 8, Giants 7
Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 2
Cardinals 4, Padres 2
Phillies at Braves–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          86   52  .623   -     48-21  38-31  39-19 15-11 22-14 WON  3
Redsox           83   54  .606   2 1/2 49-22  34-32  36-20 19-13 19-12 WON  3
Orioles          64   73  .467  21 1/2 30-36  34-37  28-30 16-13 15-17 LOST 1
d--Devil Rays    59   77  .434  26     36-34  23-43  21-40 13-12 10-22 LOST 9
e--BlueJays      57   81  .413  29     35-37  22-44  21-36 13-19 15-16 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            78   60  .565   -     43-29  35-31  17-12 34-25 16-16 WON  1
Whitesox         69   68  .504   8 1/2 39-32  30-36  16-16 29-27 16-15 LOST 1
Indians          68   71  .489  10 1/2 40-31  28-40  17-15 26-31 15-17 WON  1
Tigers           63   73  .463  14     33-33  30-40  10-14 29-29 15-21 LOST 1
e--Royals        49   88  .358  28 1/2 30-37  19-51  08-19 27-33 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              81   57  .587   -     45-21  36-36  23-19 25-15 23-15 LOST 3
Angels           79   58  .577   1 1/2 39-28  40-30  25-16 26-14 21-17 WON  4
Rangers          75   62  .547   5 1/2 43-23  32-39  22-18 23-18 20-18 WON  1
e--Mariners      51   86  .372  29 1/2 32-35  19-51  11-28 19-23 12-26 LOST 6

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           81   55  .596   -     40-26  41-29  39-17 15-15 19-13 WON  1
Marlins          71   62  .534   8 1/2 36-29  35-33  34-19 12-18 18-14 WON  8
Phillies         68   69  .496  13 1/2 36-35  32-34  24-33 15-15 20-12 LOST 1
Mets             60   77  .438  21 1/2 32-35  28-42  21-36 12-18 17-15 LOST 10
Expos            58   80  .420  24     33-38  25-42  20-33 16-19 15-17 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        93   45  .674   -     48-23  45-22  19-11 48-28 15-05 WON  1
Cubs             74   61  .548  17 1/2 38-29  36-32  11-06 40-36 15-15 LOST 1
Astros           75   63  .543  18     38-33  37-30  16-14 42-30 10-14 WON  11
d--Reds          63   74  .460  29 1/2 34-33  29-41  14-10 29-42 15-15 LOST 2
d--Pirates       63   75  .457  30     33-33  30-42  14-10 31-41 16-14 WON  1
d--Brewers       60   77  .438  32 1/2 34-37  26-40  11-19 29-42 12-12 LOST 1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          79   58  .577   -     40-25  39-33  14-18 20-13 35-19 WON  1
Giants           76   64  .543   4 1/2 42-31  34-33  19-13 15-15 31-29 LOST 1
Padres           73   65  .529   6 1/2 35-36  38-29  18-14 18-17 29-24 LOST 1
Rockies          60   77  .438  19     32-35  28-42  11-21 10-20 31-26 WON  3
e--Diamondbacks  42   96  .304  37 1/2 21-47  21-49  09-23 12-18 15-43 LOST 5

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           83   54  .606   -
Angels           79   58  .577   4
Rangers          75   62  .547   8

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Cubs             74   61  .548   -
Astros           75   63  .543     1/2
Giants           76   64  .543     1/2
Marlins          71   62  .534   2
Padres           73   65  .529   2 1/2

4) The BlueJays were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

5) The Devil Rays will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they get swept in their doubleheader against the Yankees and the Redsox beat the A’s.

6) The Expos will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title if they (1) lose to the Cubs and the Braves beat the Phillies in either game of their doubleheader or (2) the Braves sweep the doubleheader.

7) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 23
AL Central–Twins, 17
AL West–A’s, 24
AL wild card–Redsox, 22

NL East–Braves, 20
NL Central–Cardinals, 9
NL West–Dodgers, 20
NL wild card–Cubs, 26

8) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 5 game lead over the A’s for the #1 seed. The A’s have a 3 game lead over the Twins for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals have a 11 game lead over the Braves for the #1 seed. The Braves have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the #2 seed.

9) Today’s schedule–

AL
Devil Rays (Mark Hendrickson, 4.89, and Dewon Brazelton, 3.90) at Yankees (Esteban Loaiza, 5.45, and Brad Halsey, 7.23), DH, 4:05
Royals (Zack Greinke, 4.21) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 4.58), 7:05
Twins (Johan Santana, 2.95) at Orioles (Erik Bedard, 4.73), 7:05
Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.84) at Rangers (John Wasdin, 6.48), 8:05
Indians (Cliff Lee, 5.48) at Mariners (Cha Seung Baek, 12.71), 10:05
Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.55) at A’s (Tim Hudson, 2.95), 10:05
BlueJays (Justin Miller, 5.64) at Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 4.10), 10:05

NL
Reds (Jose Acevedo, 5.94) at Astros (Roger Clemens, 3.27), 2:05
Cardinals (Matt Morris, 4.40) at Padres (David Wells, 3.61), 3:35
Phillies (Vicente Padilla, 4.16, and Gavin Floyd, 1.29) at Braves (Jaret Wright, 3.19, and Mike Hampton, 4.70), DH, 4:35
Brewers (Doug Davis, 3.61) at Pirates (Oliver Perez, 3.15), 7:05
Mets (Jae Seo, 4.76) at Marlins (Josh Beckett, 4.05), 7:05
Expos (Scott Downs, 7.22) at Cubs (Greg Maddux, 3.70), 8:05
Giants (Kirk Rueter, 5.09) at Rockies (Joe Kennedy, 3.76), 9:05
Diamondbacks (Casey Fossum, 6.87) at Dodgers (Odalis Perez, 3.16), 10:10

10) Yesterday’s HR–

Barry Bonds–#40
Carlos Beltran–#38
Jeromy Burnitz–#34
Miguel Cabrera–#28
Alfonso Soriano–#25
Sean Casey–#22 & #23
Phil Nevin–#22
Jason Bay–#22
Corey Patterson–#20 & #21
Carlos Pena–#20
Alex Gonzalez (Marlins)–#19
Bernie Williams–#18
Johnny Damon–#15
Kevin Millar–#15
Craig Monroe–#14
Matt Holliday–#14
Jason LaRue–#14
Michael Tucker–#13
Garret Anderson–#12
Rocco Baldelli–#11
Mike Lamb–#11
Terrmel Sledge–#11
Michael Cuddyer–#9
Mark Sweeney–#9
Gabe Kapler–#6
Gregg Zaun–#5
Chone Figgins–#5
Robin Ventura–#5
Dee Brown–#3 & #4

11) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–38
2) David Ortiz–36
3) Paul Konerko–35
T4) Gary Sheffield–33
T4) Alex Rodriguez–33
6) Mark Teixeira–30
7) Hank Blalock–29
8) Vladimir Guerrero–28
9) Eric Chavez–27
T10) Carlos Delgado–26
T10) Jose Valentin–26
T10) Jose Guillen–26
T10) Miguel Tejada–26
T10) Carlos Lee–26
T10) Travis Hafner–26

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–44
2) Albert Pujols–43
3) Adam Dunn–41
T4) Barry Bonds–40*
T4) Jim Edmonds–40
6) Jim Thome–39
-) Carlos Beltran–38* (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
7) Jeromy Burnitz–34*
8) Moises Alou–33
9) Scott Rolen–32
T10) J.D. Drew–30
T10) Vinny Castilla–30

*–hit 1 yesterday

12) Barry Bonds watch–hit #698, is 2 away from 700, is 16 behind Ruth, is 57 behind Aaron

OBA–.611, 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–1.443, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–136, tied for 9th all time, on pace for 157, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–196, is 2nd all time, on pace for 227, Bonds holds the major league record with 198, 2002
BB above average–168, new major league record
career HR above average–has 457, tied Aaron for 2nd all time
career RCAA–1480, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

Bonds reached 40 HR for the 8th time and 5th consecutive year.

MOST TIMES WITH 40+ HR

1    Babe Ruth                11   
T2   Hank Aaron                8   
T2   Barry Bonds               8   
T2   Harmon Killebrew          8   
T5   Ken Griffey Jr.           7   
T5   Sammy Sosa                7   
T7   Willie Mays               6   
T7   Mark McGwire              6   
T7   Alex Rodriguez            6   
T10  Duke Snider               5   
T10  Lou Gehrig                5   
T10  Jimmie Foxx               5   
T10  Ernie Banks               5   
T10  Juan Gonzalez             5   
T10  Frank Thomas              5   
T10  Ralph Kiner               5   

MOST CONSECUTIVE 40+ HR SEASONS

1    Babe Ruth                1926-32    7   
T2   Sammy Sosa               1998-03    6   
T2   Alex Rodriguez           1998-03    6   
T4   Ralph Kiner              1947-51    5   
T4   Duke Snider              1953-57    5   
T4   Ken Griffey Jr.          1996-00    5   
T4   Barry Bonds              2000-04    5   
T8   Ernie Banks              1957-60    4   
T8   Harmon Killebrew         1961-64    4   
T8   Mark McGwire             1996-99    4   

Meanwhile, the Bonds watch had contained an error ever since it started at the beginning of the month. I had forgotten about Hank Aaron’s last couple of years being in the AL, so I erroneously equated Aaron’s figure on the HR vs. the league average list as also representing the NL record. Bonds tied Aaron for 2nd all time yesterday, but had already passed him for the NL record.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Barry Bonds                 457      698      241   
2    Hank Aaron                  450      733      283   
3    Willie Mays                 389      660      271   
4    Mel Ott                     373      511      138   
5    Mike Schmidt                367      548      181   
6    Willie McCovey              334      521      187   
7    Sammy Sosa                  330      539      209   
8    Willie Stargell             305      475      170   
9    Eddie Mathews               280      503      223   
10   Ernie Banks                 266      512      246   

1) Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki has become the first player ever to have 100 singles above the league average.

After 30 RCAA/.813 OPS and 22 RCAA/.788 OPS seasons, Suzuki is hitting .472 SLG, .417 OBA, .890 OPS, 51 RCAA in his first 136 games. He has a .831 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 149 RCAA in 609 games.

The new top 10–

SINGLES                       YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Ichiro Suzuki            2004      100      191       91   
2    Wade Boggs               1985       87      187      100   
3    Ichiro Suzuki            2001       85      192      107   
T4   Lloyd Waner              1927       76      198      122   
T4   Rod Carew                1974       76      180      104   
6    Rod Carew                1977       75      171       96   
7    Richie Ashburn           1958       73      176      103   
T8   George Sisler            1922       71      178      107   
T8   Tony Gwynn               1984       71      177      106   
T8   Richie Ashburn           1951       71      181      110   
T8   Jesse Burkett            1901       71      181      110   

2) The Mets losing streak reached 10 games.

3) The Brewers called up INF Trent Durrington, C Mark Johnson and P Travis Phelps and released minor league P Nick Neugebauer.

Durrington has -20 RCAA/.519 OPS in 100 career games, including a .431 SLG, .290 OBA, .721 OPS, -2 RCAA in 41 games in 2004.

Johnson has -51 RCAA/.635 OPS in 315 career games.

Phelps has a 4.34 ERA/2 RSAA in 78 career games, including a 13.50 ERA/-4 RSAA in 3 games in 2004.

Neugebauer had a 4.99 ERA/-7 RSAA in 14 games with the 2001-02 Brewers.

4) The Pirates called up INF Freddy Sanchez, OF Tony Alvarez, C J.R. House and P Mark Corey.

Sanchez has -4 RCAA/.510 OPS in 32 career games.

Alvarez has 1 RCAA/.807 OPS in 28 career games, including a .429 SLG, .313 OBA, .741 OPS, 0 RCAA in 14 games in 2004.

House is 2 for 6 in 4 career games, including 1 for 5, with a 2B and -1 RCAA, in 3 games in 2004.

Corey has a 6.37 ERA/-18 RSAA in 70 career games, including a 4.84 ERA/-2 RSAA in 20 games in 2004.

5) The Rockies called up 3B Garrett Atkins and Andy Tracy, OF Brad Hawpe and Ps Allan Simpson, Chris Gissell and Adam Bernero and moved CF Preston Wilson from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Atkins has -10 RCAA/.394 OPS in 25 career games.

Tracy has -6 RCAA/.732 OPS in 122 career games.

Hawpe is off to a .390 SLG, .333 OBA, .723 OPS, -4 RCAA start in his first 23 career games.

Simpson has a 6.59 ERA/-4 RSAA in his first 23 career games.

Gissell has a 6.00 ERA/0 RSAA in his first 2 career games.

Bernero has a 5.87 ERA/-49 RSAA in 106 career games, including a 6.12 ERA/-2 RSAA in 12 games in 2004.

6) The Redsox activated 2B Pokey Reese from the DL.

After -11 RCAA/.681 OPS and -8 RCAA/.533 OPS seasons, Reese has a .315 SLG, .274 OBA, .590 OPS, -18 RCAA in his first 77 games. He has a .661 career OPS, compared to his league average of .781, and -123 RCAA in 837 games.

7) Cubs P Matt Clement had to leave yesterday’s game, in the 3rd, due to muscle stiffness and discomfort in his back and neck.

After 3.60 ERA/9 RSAA and 4.11 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, Clement is off to a 3.49 ERA/19 RSAA start in his first 28 starts. He has a 4.31 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and -9 RSAA in 192 games.

8) The Giants called up Ps Jesse Foppert and David Aardsma, OF Todd Linden and C Justin Knoedler.

Foppert, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, had a 5.03 ERA/-10 RSAA in his first 21 starts (23 games) in 2003.

Aardsma has a 6.75 ERA/-3 RSAA in his first 11 career games.

Linden has -6 RCAA/.558 OPS in 28 career games, including a .217 SLG, .345 OBA, .562 OPS, -2 RCAA in 10 games in 2004.

9) The Reds called up SS Anderson Machado and P Aaron Myette.

Myette has a 8.11 ERA/-58 RSAA in 43 career games, including 1 shutout inning in 1 game in 2004.

10) The Rangers activated P Joaquin Benoit from the DL.

Benoit has a 5.76 ERA/-23 RSAA in 66 career games, including a 6.22 ERA/-10 RSAA in 13 starts (23 games) in 2004.

11) The A’s called up P Justin Lehr.

Lehr has a 4.85 ERA/-1 RSAA in his first 23 career games.

12) The Angels released P Ben Weber. Weber had been removed from the 25 and 40 man rosters when he was designated for assignment on September 1.

13) The Cardinals called up P Al Reyes.

Reyes has a 4.04 ERA/14 RSAA in 221 career games, including 1 shutout inning in 1 game in 2004.

14) The Diamondbacks called up Ps Randy Choate and Mike Gosling and activated utilityman Robby Hammock from the DL.

After pitching in just 23 games in 2002-03, Choate has a 5.31 ERA/-4 RSAA in 62 games. He has a 4.70 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.50, and -2 RSAA in 144 games.

After starting his career with -1 RCAA/.820 OPS in 65 games in 2004, Hammock is off to a .365 SLG, .268 OBA, .633 OPS, -14 RCAA start in his first 48 games.

15) The Dodgers called up 2B Joe Thurston, SS Antonio Perez, INF Jose Flores and OF Chin-Feng Chen, activated P Edwin Jackson from the DL and moved P Darren Dreifort from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Thurston has 2 RCAA/.812 OPS in 30 career games, including 3 for 9, with a 2B, 3B and 1 RCAA, in 10 games in 2004.

After having -1 RCAA/.705 OPS in 48 games with the 2003 Devil Rays, Perez is 1 for 1 in 1 game in 2004.

Flores was 0 for 3 in 7 games with the 2002 A’s.

Chen has -2 RCAA/.071 OPS in 10 career games, including 0 for 7, with -1 RCAA, in 6 games in 2004.

Jackson has a 2.94 ERA/4 RSAA in 7 career games, including a 3.86 ERA/0 RSAA in 3 starts in 2004.

16) The Expos called up 3B Brendan Harris.

Harris was 2 for 9, with a BB, in his first 3 career games, with the Cubs.

17) Reds C Jason LaRue set a team record with his 21st HBP of the season.

After -14 RCAA/.729 OPS and -8 RCAA/.743 OPS seasons, LaRue is hitting .440 SLG, .333 OBA, .773 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 99 games. He has a .734 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -48 RCAA in 518 games.

The new top 10–

HIT BY PITCHES                YEAR     HBP    
1    Jason LaRue              2004       21   
T2   Frank Robinson           1956       20   
T2   Jason LaRue              2003       20   
4    Red Killefer             1915       19   
5    Frank Robinson           1965       18   
T6   Bobby Tolan              1969       15   
T6   Ival Goodman             1938       15   
8    Frank Robinson           1963       14   
T9   Jason LaRue              2002       13   
T9   Heine Groh               1914       13   

LaRue tied the record for HBP vs. the league average–

HIT BY PITCHES                YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
T1   Frank Robinson           1956       17       20        3   
T1   Jason LaRue              2004       17       21        4   
3    Jason LaRue              2003       15       20        5   
T4   Red Killefer             1915       14       19        5   
T4   Frank Robinson           1965       14       18        4   
6    Ival Goodman             1938       12       15        3   
T7   Bobby Tolan              1969       11       15        4   
T7   Frank Robinson           1963       11       14        3   
9    Bubbles Hargrave         1923       10       12        2   
T10  Heine Groh               1914        9       13        4   
T10  Jason LaRue              2002        9       13        4   
T10  Frank Robinson           1957        9       12        3   

18) The Twins removed minor league INF Alex Prieto from the 40 man roster.

19) The Marlins designated minor league Ps Michael Tejera and Tommy Phelps for assignment.

20) The Astros called up INF Jason Alfaro.

21) Astros P David Weathers became a free agent after he cleared waivers. Weathers had been removed from the 25 and 40 man rosters when he was designated for assignment on August 27.

22) The Orioles called up P Eddy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has a 5.01 ERA/-1 RSAA in his first 26 career games.


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