Around the Majors: Howe could be gone

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Twins 8, Tigers 5
Rangers 7, BlueJays 6
Devil Rays 7, Royals 2
Yankees 9, Orioles 7
Mariners 2, Redsox 0
Angels 11, Whitesox 0
A’s 1, Indians 0

NL
Brewers 11, Reds 0
Phillies 4, Mets 2
Marlins 11, Cubs 1
Braves 9, Expos 8 (12)
Padres 15, Rockies 2
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 6
Astros 5, Pirates 4 (10)

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          90   53  .629   -     50-21  40-32  43-20 15-11 22-14 WON  2
Redsox           86   56  .606   3 1/2 49-22  37-34  36-20 19-13 22-14 LOST 1
d--Orioles       65   76  .461  24     31-39  34-37  29-32 16-14 15-17 LOST 2
e--Devil Rays    61   80  .433  28     36-34  25-46  21-42 15-13 10-22 WON  2
e--BlueJays      59   84  .413  31     35-37  24-47  21-36 13-19 17-19 LOST 3

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            82   60  .577   -     43-29  39-31  18-12 37-25 16-16 WON  5
Whitesox         72   70  .507  10     39-32  33-38  16-16 29-27 19-17 LOST 1
Indians          70   73  .490  12 1/2 40-31  30-42  17-15 26-31 17-19 LOST 2
Tigers           64   77  .454  17 1/2 34-37  30-40  10-14 30-33 15-21 LOST 4
e--Royals        51   91  .359  31     31-39  20-52  09-21 28-34 08-24 LOST 2

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              83   59  .585   -     47-23  36-36  23-20 27-16 23-15 WON  2
Angels           81   61  .570   2     41-31  40-30  25-18 28-15 21-17 WON  1
Rangers          78   64  .549   5     46-25  32-39  25-18 23-20 20-18 WON  3
e--Mariners      53   89  .373  30     34-38  19-51  13-30 19-24 12-26 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           84   58  .592   -     43-29  41-29  42-20 15-15 19-13 WON  3
Marlins          74   65  .532   8 1/2 37-30  37-35  35-20 14-20 18-14 WON  1
Phillies         74   69  .517  10 1/2 36-35  38-34  30-33 15-15 20-12 WON  6
d--Mets          61   81  .430  23     32-38  29-43  22-40 12-18 17-15 LOST 3
e--Expos         59   83  .415  25     33-38  26-45  20-36 17-19 15-17 LOST 3

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        94   48  .662   -     48-23  46-25  19-11 48-28 16-08 WON  1
Cubs             76   64  .543  17     40-32  36-32  13-09 40-36 15-15 LOST 1
Astros           78   66  .542  17     39-33  39-33  16-14 45-33 10-14 WON  1
d--Pirates       66   77  .462  28 1/2 36-35  30-42  14-10 34-43 16-14 LOST 1
d--Reds          65   77  .458  29     36-35  29-42  14-10 31-45 15-15 LOST 1
d--Brewers       62   79  .440  31 1/2 34-37  28-42  11-19 31-44 12-12 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          83   59  .585   -     44-26  39-33  14-18 22-14 37-19 LOST 1
Giants           79   65  .549   5     42-31  37-34  19-13 15-15 34-30 WON  2
Padres           76   67  .531   7 1/2 36-36  40-31  18-14 19-17 31-26 WON  1
d--Rockies       62   80  .437  21     34-38  28-42  11-21 10-20 33-29 LOST 1
e--Diamondbacks  43  100  .301  40 1/2 22-49  21-51  09-23 12-18 16-47 LOST 2

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           86   56  .606   -
Angels           81   61  .570   5
Rangers          78   64  .549   8

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Giants           79   65  .549   -
Cubs             76   64  .543   1
Astros           78   66  .542   1
Marlins          74   65  .532   2 1/2
Padres           76   67  .531   2 1/2
Phillies         74   69  .517   4 1/2

4) The Expos were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

5) The Orioles will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they lose to the BlueJays.

6) The Twins clinched a winning record for the 4th consecutive season.

7) The Astros moved into a virtual tie, with the Cubs, for 2nd place in the NL Central. The Cubs lead in PCT.

8) The Diamondbacks reached 100 losses for the first time.

9) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 17
AL Central–Twins, 11
AL West–A’s, 18
AL wild card–Redsox, 16

NL East–Braves, 14
NL Central–Cardinals, 5
NL West–Dodgers, 15
NL wild card–Cubs, 20

10) Race for the postseason seeds–

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

11) Today’s schedule–

AL
Twins (Brad Radke, 3.51) at Tigers (Jason Johnson, 4.99), 7:05
Orioles (Bruce Chen, 2.12) at BlueJays (Justin Miller, 5.04), 7:05
Yankees (Brad Halsey, 7.36) at Royals (Brian Anderson, 6.01), 8:10
Rangers (Juan Dominguez, 4.24) at A’s (Tim Hudson, 3.30), 10:05
Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 3.97) at Mariners (Cha Seung Baek, 7.59), 10:05

NL
Expos (Sun Woo Kim, 5.08) at Marlins (Josh Beckett, 3.78), 2:05
Braves (Jaret Wright, 3.18, and Paul Byrd, 3.54) at Mets (Aaron Heilman, 9.82, and Jae Seo, 4.71), DH, 5:10
Phillies (Gavin Floyd, 1.64) at Reds (Paul Wilson, 4.89), 7:10
Pirates (Frank Brooks, 0.93) at Cubs (Greg Maddux, 3.65), 8:05
Rockies (Joe Kennedy, 3.63) at Diamondbacks (Casey Fossum, 6.93), 9:35
Padres (David Wells, 3.57) at Dodgers (Odalis Perez, 3.22), 10:10

12) Yesterday’s HR–

Barry Bonds–#41
Mark Teixeira–#33 & #34
Gary Sheffield–#34
Todd Helton–#30
Carlos Delgado–#29
Chipper Jones–#28
Andruw Jones–#27
Craig Wilson–#27
Hideki Matsui–#26
Tony Batista–#24
Geoff Jenkins–#23
Erubiel Durazo–#22
Brian Giles–#20 & #21
Torii Hunter–#20
Pedro Feliz–#19
Raul Ibanez–#15
Larry Walker–#13 & #14
Rafael Furcal–#14
Jayson Werth–#13
Terrmel Sledge–#13
A.J. Pierzynski–#11
Russell Branyan–#9 & #10
J.T. Snow–#10
Cristian Guzman–#8
Marcus Thames–#7
Brady Clark–#7
Eddie Perez–#3
Terry Tiffee–#2

13) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
2) David Ortiz–37
3) Paul Konerko–36
T4) Gary Sheffield–34*
T4) Mark Teixeira–34**
6) Alex Rodriguez–33
7) Vladimir Guerrero–30
T8) Carlos Delgado–29*
T8) Hank Blalock–29
10) Eric Chavez–28

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–43
3) Adam Dunn–42
T4) Barry Bonds–41*
T4) Jim Edmonds–41
6) Jim Thome–40
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–34
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–34
T9) Scott Rolen–33
T9) Steve Finley–33

**-hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

14) Barry Bonds watch–hit #699, is 1 away from 700, is 16 behind Ruth, is 57 behind Aaron

OBA–.614, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.831, 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–140, is 7th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–203, new major league record
BB above average–174, new major league record
career HR above average–has 457, tied Aaron for 2nd all time
career RCAA–1484, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

15) Carlos Delgado passed Bobby Bonds into 79th place on the all time HR list, with 333.

16) Chipper Jones passed Al Simmons and Greg Luzinski and tied Edgar Martinez for 94th place on the all time HR list, with 308.

17) On Saturday, Jim Edmonds tied Rogers Hornsby for 100th place on the all time HR list, with 301.


1) According to the NY Daily News, the Mets will fire manager Art Howe when the season ends.

2) The Phillies activated P Kevin Millwood from the DL.

After 3.24 ERA/22 RSAA and 4.01 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Millwood is off to a 4.86 ERA/-8 RSAA start in his first 23 starts. He has a 3.89 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and 59 RSAA in 226 games.

3) The Tigers called up INF Ryan Raburn, OF Curtis Granderson and P Roberto Novoa.

Novoa has a 7.20 ERA/-5 RSAA in his first 10 career games.

4) Carlos SS Carlos Guillen’s knee injury is expected to keep him out for at least 10 days.

5) The Orioles are shutting down P Erik Bedard for the rest of the season.

Bedard pitched 133 innings, in his first year back after Tommy John surgery. He has a 4.77 ERA/2 RSAA in 28 career games, including a 4.73 ERA/3 RSAA in 26 starts in 2004.

6) On Saturday, Cubs P LaTroy Hawkins struck out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning.

After 2.13 ERA/20 RSAA and 1.86 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Hawkins is off to a 2.69 ERA/14 RSAA start in his first 66 games. He has a 4.86 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.66, and -5 RSAA in 432 career games, but is working on his 4th season with a double digit RSAA in the past 5.

7) The Orioles set a major league record by using 10 pitchers in a 9 inning game.

8) The Indians will call up P Kyle Denney.

9) Redsox 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to flulike symptoms, and is day to day.

After 5 RCAA/.756 OPS and 23 RCAA/.843 OPS seasons, Mientkiewicz is hitting .356 SLG, .330 OBA, .686 OPS, -16 RCAA in his first 110 games (first 78 with the Twins). He has a .770 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and 9 RCAA in 675 games.


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