Around the Majors: HR feats for Sosa, Griffey & Choi

1) Yesterday’s scores–

Reds 10, Orioles 6
Astros 3, BlueJays 0
Angels 4, Mets 3
Rangers 6, Marlins 2
Nationals 3, Mariners 2
A’s 11, Braves 5
Cardinals 5, Yankees 3
Rockies 7, Tigers 3
Devil Rays 7, Pirates 5 (13)
Indians 5, Giants 3
Dodgers 4, Twins 3
Whitesox 8, Padres 5 (10)
Royals 9, Diamondbacks 4 (12)
Redsox 8, Cubs 1
Phillies 6, Brewers 2

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          36   26  .581   -     17-14  19-12  18-08 11-10 04-02 LOST 2
Redsox           33   29  .532   3     17-9   16-20  15-16 03-01 11-07 WON  1
BlueJays         31   32  .492   5 1/2 14-12  17-20  15-10 06-09 06-08 LOST 4
Yankees          30   32  .484   6     16-13  14-19  10-16 04-05 12-06 LOST 1
Devil Rays       21   42  .333  15 1/2 16-14   5-28  08-16 04-09 08-09 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         42   20  .677   -     19-8   23-12  06-04 20-05 09-09 WON  1
Twins            36   25  .590   5 1/2 18-11  18-14  10-05 16-12 05-04 LOST 1
Indians          31   30  .508  10 1/2 11-13  20-17  02-01 13-19 09-08 WON  3
Tigers           28   32  .467  13     13-16  15-16  08-10 10-11 07-05 LOST 1
Royals           21   41  .339  21     11-19  10-22  08-08 05-17 03-12 WON  2

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           36   26  .581   -     15-11  21-15  03-03 16-14 11-06 WON  1
Rangers          33   28  .541   2 1/2 17-12  16-16  06-06 14-09 09-08 WON  1
Mariners         26   35  .426   9 1/2 13-16  13-19  10-14 06-06 06-10 LOST 3
A's              25   37  .403  11     15-13  10-24  13-18 02-04 07-09 WON  1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Nationals        37   26  .587   -     24-9   13-17  16-13 06-07 08-04 WON  10
Phillies         36   28  .563   1 1/2 22-11  14-17  12-18 12-07 07-02 WON  6
Marlins          31   29  .517   4 1/2 21-15  10-14  15-16 05-05 05-05 LOST 1
Braves           32   30  .516   4 1/2 19-11  13-19  18-14 08-04 03-06 LOST 1
Mets             32   31  .508   5     22-15  10-16  15-15 11-10 04-02 LOST 1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        40   22  .645   -     21-12  19-10  07-08 21-05 06-06 WON  1
Cubs             33   28  .541   6 1/2 18-15  15-13  04-05 14-12 11-06 LOST 1
Pirates          30   31  .492   9 1/2 16-17  14-14  05-02 12-19 09-08 LOST 1
Brewers          28   34  .452  12     17-12  11-22  04-09 14-14 07-08 LOST 4
Astros           26   35  .426  13 1/2 19-12   7-23  04-11 16-17 03-04 WON  5
Reds             26   36  .419  14     20-15   6-21  09-07 09-19 02-07 WON  2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Padres           36   27  .571   -     21-12  15-15  06-00 12-09 15-12 LOST 1
Dodgers          33   29  .532   2 1/2 19-17  14-12  03-06 08-08 17-11 WON  1
Diamondbacks     33   31  .516   3 1/2 18-16  15-15  04-09 05-05 20-12 LOST 2
Giants           25   36  .410  10     15-20  10-16  02-07 07-06 13-17 LOST 3
Rockies          21   40  .344  14     17-17   4-23  04-05 07-10 08-21 WON  1

3) Today’s schedule–

Reds (Eric Milton, 7.46) at Redsox (Matt Clement, 3.79), 7:05
Astros (Brandon Backe, 4.31) at Orioles (Hayden Penn, 3.52), 7:05
Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 4.28) at BlueJays (Roy Halladay, 2.45), 7:07
Brewers (Chris Capuano, 3.40) at Devil Rays (Doug Waechter, 5.55), 7:15
Marlins (Dontrelle Willis, 2.13) at Cubs (John Koronka, 5.73), 8:05
Diamondbacks (Shawn Estes, 4.46) at Whitesox (Jose Contreras, 3.13), 8:05
Braves (Tim Hudson, 3.36) at Rangers (Chris Young, 3.06), 8:05
Nationals (Esteban Loaiza, 3.48) at Angels (Paul Byrd, 4.38), 10:05

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Carlos Lee–#16
Andruw Jones–#15
Pat Burrell–#14
Hee Seop Choi–#10, #11 & #12
Manny Ramirez–#12
Richard Hidalgo–#12
Preston Wilson–#10 & #11
Ken Griffey Jr.–#11
J.D. Drew–#11
Eric Chavez–#9 & #10
Chase Utley–#10
Tony Clark–#10
Joe Crede–#9
Phil Nevin–#9
Sammy Sosa–#7 & #8
Jorge Posada–#8
Carl Everett–#8
Jason Lane–#8
Casey Blake–#7
Bill Hall–#7
Mike Matheny–#6
Rich Aurilia–#6
Junior Spivey–#6
Aaron Rowand–#5
Alex Gonzalez (Devil Rays)–#4
Humberto Cota–#4
Craig Counsell–#4
Jay Payton–#4
Mark Kotsay–#3
Johnny Damon–#2
Scott Seabol–#1
Nook Logan–#1
Kevin Youkilis–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Alex Rodriguez–19
2) Miguel Tejada–17
T3) Mark Teixeira–16
T3) David Ortiz–16
T5) Alfonso Soriano–15
T5) Paul Konerko–15
7) Richie Sexson–14
T8) Vernon Wells–13
T8) Melvin Mora–13
T10) Manny Ramirez–12*
T10) Tino Martinez–12

NL
1) Derrek Lee–17
T2) Bobby Abreu–16
T2) Adam Dunn–16
T2) Carlos Lee–16*
T5) Albert Pujols–15
T5) Cliff Floyd–15
T5) Andruw Jones–15*
T8) Troy Glaus–14
T8) Morgan Ensberg–14
T8) Pat Burrell–14*

*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Ken Griffey Jr. passed Mel Ott and tied Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 16th place on the all time HR list, with 512. Griffey had 3 hits (1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB).

After 11 RCAA/.936 OPS and 12 RCAA/.864 OPS seasons, Griffey is hitting .504 SLG, .349 OBA, .854 OPS, 10 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .935 career OPS, compared to his league average of .760, and 557 RCAA in 2055 games.

7) Sammy Sosa hit 2 HR and had 3 hits. It was Sosa’s 68th career multi HR game, tying him with Barry Bonds for 2nd place, behind Babe Ruth (72).

After 25 RCAA/.911 OPS and 5 RCAA/.849 OPS seasons, Sosa is off to a .444 SLG, .326 OBA, .771 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 46 games. He has a .890 career OPS, compared to his league average of .761, and 352 RCAA in 2184 games.

8) Dodgers 1B Hee Seop Choi hit 3 HR. Choi hit 6 HR in the past 3 games.

After 0 RCAA/.771 OPS and 13 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Choi is hitting .532 SLG, .335 OBA, .867 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 55 games. He has a .761 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 14 RCAA in 299 games.

9) A’s 3B Eric Chavez hit 2 HR and had 5 hits (1 2B).

After 26 RCAA/.864 OPS and 21 RCAA/.898 OPS seasons, Chavez is off to a .423 SLG, .318 OBA, .742 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 62 games. He has a .848 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and 107 RCAA in 931 games.


1) The Reds sent RF Austin Kearns to the minors, placed C Jason LaRue on the bereavement list and called up OF Kenny Kelly and C Dane Sardinha.

After 6 RCAA/.819 OPS and -4 RCAA/.740 OPS seasons, Kearns is off to a .394 SLG, .306 OBA, .700 OPS, -5 RCAA start in his first 51 games. He has a .815 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and 18 RCAA in 304 games.

After -8 RCAA/.743 OPS and 1 RCAA/.765 OPS seasons, LaRue is off to a .385 SLG, .339 OBA, .724 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 44 games. He has a .733 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -48 RCAA in 577 games.

After being 0 for 1 in 2 games with the 2000 Devil Rays, Kelly was 1 for 1 yesterday.

Sardinha was 0 for 2 in 1 game with the 2003 Reds.

2) The Redsox activated C Doug Mirabelli from the DL and sent C Kelly Shoppach to the minors.

After -2 RCAA/.755 OPS and 6 RCAA/.893 OPS seasons, Mirabelli is off to a .400 SLG, .311 OBA, .711 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 14 games. He has a .755 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -6 RCAA in 409 games.

Shoppach was 0 for 11, with -2 RCAA, in 6 career games.

3) Yankees LF Hideki Matsui had to leave yesterday’s game, due to an injured right ankle, and he expects to be in the lineup tomorrow (the team is off today).

After starting his US career with 5 RCAA/.788 OPS and 44 RCAA/.912 OPS seasons, Matsui is hitting .401 SLG, .330 OBA, .730 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 62 games. He has a .829 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 49 RCAA in 387 games.

4) The Rangers placed P Joaquin Benoit on the 15 day DL and designated OF Andres Torres for assignment.

Benoit has elbow tendinitis. After 5.49 ERA/-6 RSAA and 5.68 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Benoit has a 0.63 ERA/7 RSAA in his first 6 games. He has a 5.37 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and -13 RSAA in 77 games.

Torres has -22 RCAA/.534 OPS in 89 career games, including a .211 SLG, .190 OBA, .401 OPS, -2 RCAA in 8 games i 2005.

5) The Braves sent P Roman Colon to the minors and called up P Blaine Boyer.

Colon has a 5.84 ERA/-6 RSAA in 36 career games, including a 8.50 ERA/-8 RSAA in 18 games in 2005.

Boyer gave up 1 R in 1 IP in his major league debut.

6) Giants RF Michael Tucker reached 1000 career hits.

After -13 RCAA/.771 OPS and -1 RCAA/.765 OPS seasons, Tucker is off to a .374 SLG, .346 OBA, .720 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 51 games. He has a .768 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -41 RCAA in 1307 games.

7) The Giants released P Jim Brower and called up P Jesse Foppert.

After 3.96 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.29 ERA/12 RSAA seasons, Brower is off to a 6.53 ERA/-7 RSAA start in his first 32 games. He has a 4.36 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.39, and 4 RSAA in 296 games.

Foppert has a 4.98 ERA/-10 RSAA in 24 career games.

8) The Cardinals activated P Cal Eldred from the DL and designated P Gabe White for assignment.

After 3.74 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.76 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, Eldred is off to a 0.00 ERA/1 RSAA in his first 2 games. He has a 4.48 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.50, and 9 RSAA in 312 games.

9) The Diamondbacks activated P Greg Aquino from the DL, sent P Edgar Gonzalez to the minors and moved P Brandon Lyon from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Aquino has a 4.91 ERA/-2 RSAA in 36 career games, including a 54.00 ERA/-7 RSAA in 2 games in 2005.

Gonzalez has a 8.58 ERA/-29 RSAA in 20 career games, including a 108.00 ERA/-4 RSAA in 1 game in 2005.

10) The Devil Rays called up P Franklin Nunez and placed P Jesus Colome on the 15 day DL, retroactive to June 10.

Nunez has a 4.73 ERA/-1 RSAA in 9 career games, including a 0.00 ERA/1 RSAA in 1 game in 2005.

Colome has shoulder inflammation. After 4.50 ERA/0 RSAA and 3.27 ERA/5 RSAA seasons, Colome is off to a 7.16 ERA/-5 RSAA start in his first 14 games. He has a 4.91 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.51, and -11 RSAA in 163 games.

11) The Rockies called up 1B Ryan Shealy and sent INF Tim Olson to the minors.

Olson had a .320 SLG, .301 OBA, .620 OPS, -8 RCAA in 48 games with the 2004 Diamondbacks and has played 1 game in 2005, with no PA.

12) Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre had to leave yesterday’s game, due to tightness in his left hamstring, and could be out for a few days.

After -14 RCAA/.714 OPS and 64 RCAA/1.017 OPS seasons, Beltre is off to a .361 SLG, .279 OBA, .640 OPS, -7 RCAA start in his first 60 games. He has a .785 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 37 RCAA in 1026 games.

13) Giants 3B Edgardo Alfonzo had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a quadriceps injury and could be headed for the DL.

After -9 RCAA/.726 OPS and -7 RCAA/.757 OPS seasons, Alfonzo is hitting .403 SLG, .370 OBA, .772 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .796 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 112 RCAA in 1425 games.

14) Padres 3B Geoff Blum was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a bruised leg, and it sounds like he’ll be back tomorrow (they are off today).

After -23 RCAA/.674 OPS and -20 RCAA/.614 OPS seasons, Blum is off to a .407 SLG, .333 OBA, .740 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 42 games. He has a .716 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -69 RCAA in 724 games.

15) Brewers 3B Jeff Cirillo sprained his left wrist while trying to steal a base on Friday and could be out until this Friday.

After -19 RCAA/.555 OPS and -5 RCAA/.553 OPS seasons, Cirillo is hitting .449 SLG, .385 OBA, .834 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 52 games. He has a .802 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and 12 RCAA in 1402 games.

16) Devil Rays P Mark Hendrickson had to leave yesterday’s game, due to an apparent left leg injury.

After 5.51 ERA/-13 RSAA and 4.81 ERA/-8 RSAA seasons, Hendrickson is off to a 5.86 ERA/-12 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 5.02 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and -25 RSAA in 89 games.

17) Royals 3B Mark Teahen and 1B Tony Graffanino had 3 hits.

Teahen is off to a .381 SLG, .303 OBA, .683 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 39 career games.

After 4 RCAA/.759 OPS and -7 RCAA/.667 OPS seasons, Graffanino is hitting .407 SLG, .387 OBA, .794 OPS, 5 RCAA start in his first 41 games. He has a .723 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -25 RCAA in 690 games.

18) Diamondbacks RF Shawn Green had 3 hits, including a 2B.

After 15 RCAA/.814 OPS and 9 RCAA/.811 OPS seasons, Green is off to a .451 SLG, .332 OBA, .783 OPS, -3 RCAA start in his first 63 games. He has a .861 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 221 RCAA in 1577 games.

19) Royals P D.J. Carrasco’s line–6 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After starting his career with 4.82 ERA/3 RSAA and 4.84 ERA/-2 RSAA seasons, Carrasco has a 2.33 ERA/8 RSAA in 6 starts. He has a 4.20 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.51, and 9 RSAA in 86 games.

20) Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb’s line–8 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

After starting his career with 2.84 ERA/39 RSAA and 3.59 ERA/20 RSAA seasons, Webb is off to a 3.24 ERA/12 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 3.24 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 71 RSAA in 77 games.


1) Astros P Roy Oswalt (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) pitched a shutout against the BlueJays.

After 2.97 ERA/21 RSAA and 3.49 ERA/22 RSAA seasons, Oswalt is off to a 2.85 ERA/17 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 3.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 122 RSAA in 134 games. It was his 4th career SHO.

2) A’s C Jason Kendall reached base safely 4 times (1 H (1 2B), 3 BB).

After 21 RCAA/.815 OPS and 15 RCAA/.789 OPS seasons, Kendall is off to a .295 SLG, .335 OBA, .630 OPS, -10 RCAA start in his first 56 games. He has a .797 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 104 RCAA in 1308 games.

3) Redsox CF Johnny Damon (3 H (1 2B, 1 HR), 1 BB) and 3B Kevin Youkilis (1 2B, 1 HR) had 3 hits.

After 2 RCAA/.750 OPS and 25 RCAA/.857 OPS seasons, Damon is hitting .469 SLG, .395 OBA, .864 OPS, 16 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .785 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 88 RCAA in 1465 games.

Youkilis has 7 RCAA/.807 OPS in 94 career games, including a .490 SLG, .431 OBA, .921 OPS, 5 RCAA in 22 games in 2005.

4) Redsox P Tim Wakefield’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO.

After 4.09 ERA/15 RSAA and 4.87 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Wakefield is off to a 4.80 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.31 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.58, and 92 RSAA in 437 games.

5) Cubs P Glendon Rusch took a pounding–5 2/3 IP, 11 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

After 6.42 ERA/-28 RSAA and 3.47 ERA/16 RSAA seasons, Rusch is off to a 2.57 ERA/15 RSAA start in his first 19 games (8 starts). He has a 4.80 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.42, and -53 RSAA in 244 games.

6) Reds 1B Sean Casey had 3 hits.

After -2 RCAA/.915 OPS and 40 RCAA/.915 OPS seasons, Casey is hitting .436 SLG, .380 OBA, .816 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .837 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and 92 RCAA in 1002 games.

7) Orioles P Sidney Ponson took a pounding–6 IP, 11 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.75 ERA/13 RSAA and 5.30 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Ponson is off to a 5.36 ERA/-7 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.71 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.64, and -27 RSAA in 223 games.

8) Tigers P Nate Robertson took a pounding–5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Robertson has a 4.96 ERA/-21 RSAA in 60 career games, including a 3.99 ERA/2 RSAA in 12 starts in 2005.

9) Rockies P Byung Hyun-Kim’s line–6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO.

After 3.31 ERA/20 RSAA and 6.23 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Kim is off to a 5.91 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 21 games (4 starts). He has a 3.60 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.40, and 57 RSAA in 320 games.

10) Astros CF Willy Taveras and RF Jason Lane (1 2B, 1 HR) had 3 hits.

After starting his career 0 for 1 in 10 games in 2004, Taveras is off to a .392 SLG, .336 OBA, .729 OPS, -1 RCAA start in 58 games.

After a 3 RCAA/.812 OPS season in his first year as a starter. Lane is off to a .470 SLG, .288 OBA, .758 OPS, -5 RCAA start in his first 52 games. He has a .825 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 5 RCAA in 221 games.

11) BlueJays P Josh Towers’s line–7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Towers has a 4.86 ERA/-14 RSAA in 77 career games, including a 4.42 ERA/2 RSAA in 13 starts in 2005.

12) Mets P Pedro Martinez’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.

Martinez took a no hitter into the 7th. After 2.22 ERA/53 RSAA and 3.90 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Martinez is off to a 2.56 ERA/18 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 2.70 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.47, and 495 RSAA in 401 games.

13) Pirates RF Matt Lawton had 4 hits, including a 2B.

After 6 RCAA/.762 OPS and 5 RCAA/.787 OPS seasons, Lawton is hitting .466 SLG, .380 OBA, .847 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 58 games. He has a .793 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 55 RCAA in 1240 games.

14) Whitesox RF Carl Everett had 3 hits (1 2B, 1 HR) and 1B Paul Konerko reached base safely 4 times (2 H, 2 BB).

After 24 RCAA/.876 OPS and -9 RCAA/.721 OPS seasons, Everett is off to a .454 SLG, .322 OBA, .776 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 53 games. He has a .815 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and 80 RCAA in 1238 games.

After -22 RCAA/.704 OPS and 14 RCAA/.894 OPS seasons, Konerko is hitting .475 SLG, .355 OBA, .830 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 61 games. He has a .824 career OPS, compared to his league average of .770, and 29 RCAA in 1033 games.

15) Padres SS Khalil Greene had 3 hits, including a 2B.

After a 9 RCAA/.795 OPS rookie season, Greene is off to a .412 SLG, .304 OBA, .717 OPS, -2 RCAA start in his first 40 games. He has a .768 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 3 RCAA in 199 games.

16) Whitesox P Freddy Garcia took a pounding–6 IP, 10 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.51 ERA/-2 RSAA and 3.81 ERA/19 RSAA seasons, Garcia is off to a 3.78 ERA/9 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 79 RSAA in 199 games.

17) Indians P Cliff Lee’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

After a 5.43 ERA/-18 RSAA in his first full season, Lee has a 3.09 ERA/10 RSAA in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and -2 RSAA in 57 games.

18) Giants P Kirk Rueter took a pounding–6 IP, 6 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.53 ERA/-4 RSAA and 4.73 ERA/-6 RSAA seasons, Rueter is off to a 4.88 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.20 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and -13 RSAA in 333 games.

19) Cardinals C Yadier Molina had 3 hits, including a 2B.

Molina has -16 RCAA/.654 OPS in 104 career games, including a .337 SLG, .294 OBA, .631 OPS, -11 RCAA in 53 games in 2005.

20) Yankees P Carl Pavano’s line–6 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.30 ERA/-7 RSAA and 3.00 ERA/27 RSAA seasons, Pavano is off to a 4.17 ERA/0 RSAA start in his first 14 starts. He has a 4.21 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and -4 RSAA in 181 games.

21) Cardinals P Matt Morris’s line–6 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 SO.

After 3.76 ERA/7 RSAA and 4.72 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Morris is off to a 3.27 ERA/7 RSAA start in his first 11 starts. He has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 89 RSAA in 217 games.

22) Nationals P Tony Armas’s line–5 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

After pitching in just 21 games in 2003-04, Armas is off to a 4.32 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 7 starts. He has a 4.21 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and 16 RSAA in 109 games.

23) Brewers P Ben Sheets’s line–7 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

After 4.45 ERA/-1 RSAA and 2.70 ERA/45 RSAA seasons, Sheets is off to a 3.51 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 3.90 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 39 RSAA in 135 games.

24) Phillies P Cory Lidle’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After 5.75 ERA/-21 RSAA and 4.90 ERA/-19 RSAA seasons, Lidle is off to a 4.18 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 13 starts. He has a 4.50 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.46, and -3 RSAA in 228 games.


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