Around the Majors: Johnson passes Carlton

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Yankees 3, Royals 0
BlueJays 3, Orioles 0
Indians 5, Tigers 3
Twins 6, Whitesox 1
Redsox 8, Devil Rays 6
Mariners 1, Angels 0
Rangers 10, A’s 3

NL
Phillies 9, Reds 1
Cubs 13, Pirates 5
Expos 6, Marlins 2 (1st)
Expos 10, Marlins 4 (2nd)
Giants 8, Brewers 1
Braves 2, Mets 0
Cardinals 4, Astros 2
Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 2
Padres 7, Dodgers 3

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          92   54  .630   -     50-21  42-33  43-20 17-12 22-14 WON  2
Redsox           87   57  .604   4     50-23  37-34  37-21 19-13 22-14 WON  1
e--Orioles       66   77  .462  24 1/2 31-39  35-38  30-33 16-14 15-17 LOST 1
e--Devil Rays    62   81  .434  28 1/2 36-34  26-47  22-43 15-13 10-22 LOST 1
e--BlueJays      60   85  .414  31 1/2 36-38  24-47  22-37 13-19 17-19 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            85   60  .586   -     45-29  40-31  18-12 40-25 16-16 WON  8
Whitesox         72   72  .500  12 1/2 39-32  33-40  16-16 29-29 19-17 LOST 3
Indians          71   74  .490  14     41-32  30-42  17-15 27-32 17-19 WON  1
e--Tigers        65   79  .451  19 1/2 34-38  31-41  10-14 31-35 15-21 LOST 1
e--Royals        52   93  .359  33     32-41  20-52  10-23 28-34 08-24 LOST 2

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              84   61  .579   -     48-25  36-36  23-20 27-16 24-17 LOST 2
Angels           82   63  .566   2     41-31  41-32  25-18 28-15 22-19 LOST 2
Rangers          80   65  .552   4     46-25  34-40  25-18 23-20 22-19 WON  2
e--Mariners      55   90  .379  29     36-39  19-51  13-30 19-24 14-27 WON  2

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           86   60  .589   -     43-29  43-31  44-22 15-15 19-13 WON  1
Marlins          76   67  .531   8 1/2 39-32  37-35  37-22 14-20 18-14 LOST 2
Phillies         75   71  .514  11     36-35  39-36  30-33 16-17 20-12 WON  1
e--Mets          63   83  .432  23     34-40  29-43  24-42 12-18 17-15 LOST 1
e--Expos         61   85  .418  25     33-38  28-47  22-38 17-19 15-17 WON  2

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        95   49  .660   -     49-24  46-25  19-11 49-29 16-08 WON  1
Cubs             79   64  .552  15 1/2 43-32  36-32  13-09 43-36 15-15 WON  3
Astros           79   67  .541  17     39-33  40-34  16-14 46-34 10-14 LOST 1
d--Reds          67   78  .462  28 1/2 38-36  29-42  16-11 31-45 15-15 LOST 1
e--Pirates       66   80  .452  30     36-35  30-45  14-10 34-46 16-14 LOST 4
e--Brewers       62   81  .434  32 1/2 34-39  28-42  11-19 31-44 12-14 LOST 2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          84   61  .579   -     45-28  39-33  14-18 22-14 38-21 LOST 1
Giants           81   65  .555   3 1/2 42-31  39-34  19-13 17-15 34-30 WON  4
Padres           78   68  .534   6 1/2 36-36  42-32  18-14 19-17 33-27 WON  1
e--Rockies       63   82  .434  21     34-38  29-44  11-21 10-20 34-31 LOST 2
e--Diamondbacks  45  101  .308  39 1/2 24-50  21-51  09-23 12-18 18-48 WON  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           87   57  .604   -
Angels           82   63  .566   5 1/2
Rangers          80   65  .552   7 1/2

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB  
Giants           81   65  .555   -
Cubs             79   64  .552     1/2
Astros           79   67  .541   2
Padres           78   68  .534   3
Marlins          76   67  .531   3 1/2
Phillies         75   71  .514   6

4) The Orioles were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

5) The Tigers were mathematically eliminated winning the division title and from the postseason.

6) The Pirates were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

7) The Brewers were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

8) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 14
AL Central–Twins, 6
AL West–A’s, 16
AL wild card–Redsox, 13

NL East–Braves, 10
NL Central–Cardinals, 4
NL West–Dodgers, 14
NL wild card–Giants, 18

9) Race for the postseason seeds–

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

The Twins passed the A’s into the lead 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.

10) Today’s schedule–

AL
Rangers (Kenny Rogers, 4.60) at A’s (Rich Harden, 4.05), 3:35
Tigers (Gary Knotts) at Indians (C.C. Sabathia, 3.98), 7:05
Orioles (Rodrigo Lopez, 3.86) at BlueJays (Miguel Batista, 4.64), 7:05
Devil Rays (Mark Hendrickson, 4.93) at Redsox (Curt Schilling, 3.35), 7:05
Whitesox (Jon Garland, 4.93) at Twins (Kyle Lohse, 5.45), 8:10
Angels (Aaron Sele, 5.01) at Mariners (Jamie Moyer, 5.09), 10:05

NL
Giants (Brad Hennessey, 5.70) at Brewers (Victor Santos, 4.69), 1:05
Rockies (Jeff Francis, 7.32) at Diamondbacks (Stephen Randolph, 5.35), 6:05
Expos (Livan Hernandez, 3.75) at Marlins (Dontrelle Willis, 3.86), 7:05
Cubs (Kerry Wood, 3.45) at Reds (Josh Hancock, 5.82), 7:10
Braves (Jose Capellan, 3.60) at Mets (Steve Trachsel, 4.14), 7:10
Astros (Brandon Backe, 4.44) at Cardinals (Jason Marquis, 3.58), 8:10
Padres (Adam Eaton, 4.91) at Dodgers (Jeff Weaver, 3.77), 10:10

11) Yesterday’s HR–

Jim Edmonds–#42
Mark Teixeira–#36
Hank Blalock–#30
Sammy Sosa–#31 & #32
Derrek Lee–#30
Brad Wilkerson–#29
Alfonso Soriano–#28
Tony Batista–#27
Pat Burrell–#23
Brian Giles–#22
Jeff Kent–#22
Derek Jeter–#21
Carlos Pena–#21
Ivan Rodriguez–#18
Mark Bellhorn–#17
Tony Clark–#16
Kevin Millar–#16
Juan Encarnacion–#16
Michael Barrett–#15
J.T. Snow–#11
Ronnie Belliard–#10
Juan Rivera–#8
Jay Payton–#7
Aaron Miles–#6
Deivi Cruz–#6
Luis Terrero–#4
Neifi Perez–#4
Jorge Cantu–#2
Val Pascucci–#1
Brendan Harris–#1
Ryan Church–#1

12) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
2) David Ortiz–37
T3) Paul Konerko–36
T3) Mark Teixeira–36*
5) Gary Sheffield–34
6) Alex Rodriguez–33
T7) Vladimir Guerrero–30
T7) Hank Blalock–30*
9) Carlos Delgado–29
T10) Eric Chavez–28
T10) Alfonso Soriano–28*

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–43
T3) Adam Dunn–42
T3) Jim Edmonds–42*
5) Barry Bonds–41
T6) 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
10) Scott Rolen–33

*–hit 1 yesterday

13) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.609, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.816, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.425, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–138, is tied for 7th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–206, new major league record
BB above average–177, new major league record
career HR–has 699, is 1 away from 700, is 15 behind Ruth, is 56 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 457, tied Aaron for 2nd all time
career RCAA–1482, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

14) Sammy Sosa watch–hit #570 & #571, is 2 behind Harmon Killebrew for 7th place on the all time HR list.

15) Jim Edmonds passed Rogers Hornsby into 100th place on the all time HR list, with 302.

16) Redsox 1B Kevin Millar hit his 100th career HR.

After 19 RCAA/.875 OPS and 6 RCAA/.820 OPS seasons, Millar is hitting .475 SLG, .382 OBA, .857 OPS, 13 RCAA in his first 135 games. He has a .857 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 85 RCAA in 783 games.


1) Diamondbacks P Randy Johnson moved into 3rd place on the career SO list and set the major league record for SO by a lefthanded pitcher.

After 2.32 ERA/62 RSAA and 4.26 ERA/6 RSAA seasons, Johnson is off to a 2.7 ERA/42 RSAA start in his first 32 starts. He has a 3.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 503 RSAA in 486 games.

The new top 10–

STRIKEOUTS      
1    Nolan Ryan                 5714   
2    Roger Clemens              4287   
3    Randy Johnson              4139   
4    Steve Carlton              4136   
5    Bert Blyleven              3701   
6    Tom Seaver                 3640   
7    Don Sutton                 3574   
8    Gaylord Perry              3534   
9    Walter Johnson             3509   
10   Phil Niekro                3342   

Johnson is 2nd vs. the league average–

STRIKEOUTS                      DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Nolan Ryan                 2536     5714     3178   
2    Randy Johnson              1807     4139     2332   
3    Roger Clemens              1324     4287     2963   
4    Walter Johnson             1191     3509     2318   
5    Rube Waddell               1116     2316     1200   
6    Dazzy Vance                1086     2045      959   
7    Pedro Martinez             1014     2639     1625   
8    Steve Carlton               981     4136     3155   
9    Bob Feller                  963     2581     1618   
10   Sandy Koufax                958     2396     1438   

2) The Mets fired manager Art Howe, effective at the end of the season.

3) Cardinals 3B Scott Rolen’s strained calf is expected to keep him for at least another week. He’s been out of the lineup for the past 4 games and had been considered day to day.

4) The Yankees-BlueJays series for next week was changed from Tuesday-Thursday to Monday-Wednesday. The Yankees will play a makeup game against the Devil Rays on Thursday, which will avoid the need for a 3 team doubleheader.

5) Padres SS Khalil Greene is expected to be out of the lineup for the remainder of the season, after breaking a bone in his right index finger. Manager Bruce Bochy says Greene could be used as a pinch runner.

Greene has 6 RCAA/.781 OPS in 157 career games, including a .446 SLG, .349 OBA, .795 OPS, 10 RCAA in 137 games.

6) Phillies 1B Jim Thome (bruised chest) and C Todd Pratt (bruised left shoulder) had to leave yesterday’s game, after a collision. Later in the game, LF Pat Burrell had to leave, due to a sore foot.

After 88 RCAA/1.122 OPS and 53 RCAA/.958 OPS seasons, Thome is hitting .594 SLG, .400 OBA, .994 OPS, 44 RCAA in his first 135 games. He has a .980 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 572 RCAA in 1671 games.

After 12 RCAA/.949 OPS and 7 RCAA/.864 OPS seasons, Pratt is off to a .297 SLG, .324 OBA, .620 OPS, -8 RCAA start in his first 42 games. He has a .748 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -3 RCAA in 537 games.

After 44 RCAA/.920 OPS and -15 RCAA/.713 OPS seasons, Burrell is hitting .476 SLG, .371 OBA, .847 OPS, 12 RCAA in his first 113 games. He has a .825 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and 52 RCAA in 682 games.

7) The Phillies called up C A.J. Hinch.

Hinch has -58 RCAA/.638 OPS in 347 career games.

8) The Cubs got back to back to back HRs in the 1st inning yesterday, from Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett.

9) The Mariners called up C Rene Rivera and designated minor league P Brett Everet for assignment.

10) The Royals re-signed OF Matt Stairs to a 1 year, $1.2 million contract extension.

After 7 RCAA/.827 OPS and 24 RCAA/.950 OPS seasons, Stairs is hitting .444 SLG, .336 OBA, .780 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 110 games. He has a .853 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and 116 RCAA in 1156 games.

11) On Monday, Orioles 1B Rafael Palmeiro hit his 200th HR as an Oriole. He also hit 321 with the Rangers and joined Mark McGwire and Jimmie Foxx as the only players with 200+ HR with a couple of teams.

12) Reds LF Adam Dunn set the team record with his 171st SO of the season.

After 20 RCAA/.854 OPS and 9 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Dunn is hitting .581 SLG, .398 OBA, .978 OPS, 51 RCAA in his first 144 games. He has a .898 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 97 RCA in 484 games.

The new top 10–

STRIKEOUTS                    YEAR     SO     
1    Adam Dunn                2004      171   
2    Adam Dunn                2002      170   
3    Mike Cameron             1999      145   
4    Lee May                  1969      142   
5    George Foster            1978      138   
T6   Reggie Sanders           1998      137   
T6   Greg Vaughn              1999      137   
8    Lee May                  1971      135   
T9   Tony Perez               1970      134   
T9   Eric Davis               1987      134   

Dunn also broke his own record for SO above the league average–

STRIKEOUTS                    YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Adam Dunn                2004       82      171       89   
2    Adam Dunn                2002       70      170      100   
3    Eric Davis               1987       61      134       73   
T4   Lee May                  1971       59      135       76   
T4   Nick Cullop              1931       59       86       27   
6    Wally Post               1956       58      124       66   
7    George Foster            1978       57      138       81   
8    Nick Esasky              1983       55       99       44   
T9   Adam Dunn                2003       54      126       72   
T9   Eric Davis               1988       54      124       70   

13) Twins P Carlos Silva had to leave yesterday’s game, after being hit in the shin by a grounder, and is day to day.

After starting his career with 3.21 ERA/5 RSAA and 4.43 ERA/-4 RSAA seasons as a reliever, Silva is off to a 4.33 ERA/9 RSAA start in his first 30 starts. He has a 4.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.42, and 10 RSAA in 160 games.

14) Redsox 3B Bill Mueller had to leave Tuesday’s game, due to a sore right knee, and has gone to Arizona for a second opinion. An MRI, given by the team physician, showed no damage.

After 0 RCAA/.743 OPS and 38 RCAA/.938 OPS seasons, Mueller is hitting .448 SLG, .363 OBA, .809 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 97 games. He has a .798 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 68 RCAA in 1021 games.

15) Marlins P A.J. Burnett will miss his next start, due to elbow inflammation.

After being limited to 4 starts in 2003, Burnett is off to a 3.74 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 19 starts. He has a 3.84 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.33, and 23 RSAA in 101 games.


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