Around the Majors: Braves clinch

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Devil Rays 4, BlueJays 2
Twins 8, Indians 2
Yankees 6, Redsox 4
Orioles 7, Tigers 5
Royals 8, Whitesox 6
Mariners 8, Rangers 7
A’s 6, Angels 3

NL
Expos 8, Phillies 1
Cubs 2, Mets 1 (10)
Braves 8, Marlins 7
Cardinals 5, Rockies 4
Reds 14, Pirates 8
Astros 1, Brewers 0 (10)
Dodgers 3, Giants 2
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
y--Yankees       97   57  .630   -     54-24  43-33  48-23 17-12 22-14 WON  2
Redsox           91   62  .595   5 1/2 53-26  38-36  41-26 19-13 22-14 LOST 2
e--Orioles       72   80  .474  24     32-39  40-41  33-35 19-15 15-17 WON  2
e--Devil Rays    65   87  .428  31     38-36  27-51  24-47 16-15 10-22 WON  1
e--BlueJays      64   89  .418  32 1/2 38-40  26-49  26-41 13-19 17-19 LOST 1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         89   65  .578   -     47-31  42-34  19-14 43-28 16-16 WON  1
e--Whitesox      77   76  .503  11 1/2 44-35  33-41  16-16 34-33 19-17 LOST 1
e--Indians       75   79  .487  14     43-36  32-43  17-15 31-37 17-19 LOST 1
e--Tigers        68   84  .447  20     35-40  33-44  10-15 34-39 15-21 LOST 3
e--Royals        57   96  .373  31 1/2 32-41  25-55  12-24 31-36 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              88   65  .575   -     49-25  39-40  23-20 27-16 28-21 WON  1
Angels           85   68  .556   3     43-36  42-32  25-18 28-15 25-24 LOST 3
Rangers          85   68  .556   3     49-26  36-42  25-18 23-20 27-22 LOST 1
e--Mariners      59   94  .386  29     37-42  22-52  13-30 19-24 18-31 WON  3

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        90   64  .584   -     45-31  45-33  47-24 16-17 19-13 WON  1
d--Marlins       79   74  .516  10 1/2 42-38  37-36  39-28 15-21 18-14 LOST 5
d--Phillies      79   74  .516  10 1/2 37-37  42-37  34-36 16-17 20-12 LOST 1
e--Mets          67   87  .435  23     35-41  32-46  27-43 13-21 17-15 LOST 1
e--Expos         65   89  .422  25     35-40  30-49  26-42 17-19 15-17 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    101   52  .660   -     51-26  50-26  19-11 52-31 19-09 WON  3
d--Cubs          87   66  .569  14     43-32  44-34  15-10 49-37 15-15 WON  5
d--Astros        85   69  .552  16 1/2 42-33  43-36  16-14 51-34 11-16 WON  2
e--Reds          71   82  .464  30     39-39  32-43  18-12 33-48 15-15 WON  3
e--Pirates       68   85  .444  33     38-40  30-45  16-11 34-50 16-14 LOST 4
e--Brewers       63   89  .414  37 1/2 35-44  28-45  11-19 32-51 12-15 LOST 3

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          88   65  .575   -     45-29  43-36  14-18 22-14 42-25 WON  2
Giants           86   68  .558   2 1/2 46-34  40-34  19-13 20-16 36-32 LOST 2
Padres           83   71  .539   5 1/2 39-37  44-34  18-14 19-17 38-30 WON  1
e--Rockies       67   86  .438  21     38-41  29-45  11-21 10-21 38-34 LOST 1
e--Diamondbacks  47  107  .305  41 1/2 25-50  22-57  09-23 13-20 19-52 LOST 4

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–

AL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Redsox           91   62  .595   -
Angels           85   68  .556   6
Rangers          85   68  .556   6

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Cubs             87   66  .569   -
Giants           86   68  .558   1 1/2
Astros           85   69  .552   2 1/2
Padres           83   71  .539   4 1/2
Marlins          79   74  .516   8
Phillies         79   74  .516   8

4) The Braves clinched the division title for the 10th consecutive year.

5) The Marlins will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they lose to the Braves and the Cubs beat the Mets.

6) The Phillies will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they lose to the Expos and the Cubs beat the Mets.

7) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 4
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–A’s, 7
AL wild card–Redsox, 4

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 7
NL wild card–Cubs, 8

8) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 8 game lead over the Twins for the #1 seed. The Twins have a 1/2 game lead over the A’s 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.

9) Today’s schedule–

AL
A’s (Mark Redman, 4.81) at Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.46), 4:10
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 5.20) at Orioles (Matt Riley, 6.28), 4:35
BlueJays (David Bush, 3.81) at Devil Rays (Dewon Brazelton, 4.58), 6:15
Royals (Denny Bautista, 12.23) at Whitesox (Mark Buehrle, 4.12), 7:05
Twins (Brad Radke, 3.51) at Indians (Scott Elarton, 6.27), 7:05
Yankees (Javier Vazquez, 4.77) at Redsox (Tim Wakefield, 4.96), 7:05
Mariners (Ryan Franklin, 5.09) at Rangers (Chris Young, 4.50), 8:05

NL
Cubs (Mark Prior, 4.59) at Mets (Aaron Heilman, 4.86), 1:25
Astros (Peter Munro, 5.23) at Brewers (Wes Obermueller, 6.35), 1:25
Cardinals (Randy Flores, 2.25) at Rockies (Joe Kennedy, 3.46), 3:05
Dodgers (Jose Lima, 4.06) at Giants (Brad Hennessey, 4.40), 4:10
Phillies (Kevin Millwood, 4.86) at Expos (Scott Downs, 5.98), 7:05
Marlins (Carl Pavano, 3.11) at Braves (Mike Hampton, 4.58), 7:05
Reds (Paul Wilson, 4.67) at Pirates (David Williams, 3.64), 7:05
Diamondbacks (Stephen Randolph, 5.45) at Padres (Adam Eaton, 4.69), 10:05

10) Yesterday’s HR–

Albert Pujols–#45
Barry Bonds–#44
Manny Ramirez–#42
Aramis Ramirez–#35
Miguel Tejada–#31
Todd Helton–#31
Aubrey Huff–#29
Andruw Jones–#29
Carlos Lee–#28
Shawn Green–#28
Hideki Matsui–#27
Casey Blake–#27
Carlos Pena–#26
Jason Bay–#25
Jacque Jones–#24
Alex Gonzalez (Marlins)–#22 & #23
Juan Uribe-#21
Javier Lopez–#21
Eric Byrnes–#20
Johnny Damon–#18
Matt Stairs–#18
Rob Mackowiak–#17
Terrmel Sledge–#15
Jose Hernandez–#13
John Buck–#11 & #12
Carl Crawford–#11
Austin Kearns–#7
Felipe Lopez–#7
Yorvit Torrealba–#6
Trot Nixon–#5
Brian Jordan–#5
Charles Thomas–#5
Dallas McPherson–#2
Jorge Piedra–#2

11) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–42*
T2) Paul Konerko–40
T2) David Ortiz–40
4) Mark Teixeira–37
5) Gary Sheffield–36
6) Alex Rodriguez–35
7) Vladimir Guerrero–33
8) Hank Blalock–32
9) Miguel Tejada–31*
10) Carlos Delgado–30

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–47
2) Albert Pujols–45*
3) Barry Bonds–44*
T4) Jim Thome–42
T4) Adam Dunn–42
T4) 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*
10) Steve Finley–34

*–hit 1 yesterday

12) Barry Bonds watch–hit #702, is 12 behind Ruth, is 53 behind Aaron

OBA–.611, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.834, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.446, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–150, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–216, new major league record
BB above average–185, new major league record
career HR above average–has 460, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1494, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

13) Manny Ramirez tied Johnny Bench for 44th place on the all time HR list, with 389.

14) Braves CF Andruw Jones hit his 250th career HR.

After 25 RCAA/.878 OPS and 13 RCAA/.851 OPS seasons, Jones is hitting .500 SLG, .353 OBA, .853 OPS, 2 RCAA in 149 games. He has a .838 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and 83 RCAA in 1286 games.

15) Rockies 1B Todd Helton hit his 250th career HR.

After 53 RCAA/1.006 OPS and 80 RCAA/1.088 OPS seasons, Helton is hitting .615 SLG, .466 OBA, 1.081 OPS, 71 RCAA in 145 games. He has a 1.047 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 388 RCAA in 1126 games.


1) The Whitesox set the team record for HR in a season.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     HR     
1    Whitesox                 2004      222   
2    Whitesox                 2003      220   
3    Whitesox                 2002      217   
4    Whitesox                 2000      216   
5    Whitesox                 2001      214   
6    Whitesox                 1998      198   
7    Whitesox                 1996      195   
8    Whitesox                 1977      192   
9    Whitesox                 1987      173   
10   Whitesox                 1984      172   

They are 2nd vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Whitesox                 1977       49      192      143   
2    Whitesox                 2004       46      222      176   
3    Whitesox                 2003       43      220      177   
4    Whitesox                 2002       42      217      175   
5    Whitesox                 2001       37      214      177   
6    Whitesox                 1984       30      172      142   
T7   Whitesox                 2000       23      216      193   
T7   Whitesox                 1983       23      157      134   
9    Whitesox                 1974       20      135      115   
10   Whitesox                 1998       19      198      179   

2) The Pirates extended manager Lloyd McClendon’s contract through 2005, with a team option for 2006.

3) Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra played in his 1000th game.

After 30 RCAA/.880 OPS and 26 RCAA/.870 OPS seasons, Garciaparra is hitting .484 SLG, .359 OBA, .843 OPS, 5 RCAA in 72 games (first 38 with the Redsox). He has a .919 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 248 RCAA in 1000 games.

4) Astros 2B Jeff Kent (2 games) and P Dan Wheeler (3 games) started serving suspensions.

Kent had been suspended for an argument with an umpire.

Wheeler had been suspended for hitting Cubs 1B Derek Lee.

5) The Brewers claimed minor league P Sam Narron off waivers from the Rangers.

6) Cardinals P Julian Tavarez’s suspension, for putting a foreign substance on the ball, was reduced from 10 to 8 games and he started serving it yesterday.

After 5.39 ERA/-24 RSAA and 3.66 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, Tavarez has a 2.45 ERA/12 RSAA in 75 games. He has a 4.39 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.42, and 6 RSAA in 566 games.

7) The Rockies released P Jeff Fassero.

After 5.35 ERA/-10 RSAA and 5.68 ERA/-13 RSAA seasons, Fassero has a 5.51 ERA/-4 RSAA in 40 games (12 starts). He has a 4.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and 74 RSAA in 661 games.

8) Orioles P Jorge Julio started serving a 4 game suspension, for throwing at Twins INF Augie Ojeda on September 10.

After 1.99 ERA/18 RSAA and 4.38 ERA/-1 RSAA seasons, Julio has a 4.06 ERA/6 RSAA in 61 games. He has a 3.47 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.55, and 24 RSAA in 210 games.

9) The Mets activated 2B Jose Reyes and SS Kaz Matsui from the DL.

Reyes has -3 RCAA/.721 OPS in 114 career games, including a .378 SLG, .274 OBA, .652 OPS, -7 RCAA in 45 games in 2004.

Matsui has a .404 SLG, .336 OBA, .740 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 107 career games.


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