Around the Majors: Mets set HR record

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Rangers 3, A’s 0
Royals 6, Indians 5
Mariners 5, Angels 3
BlueJays 4, Redsox 3
Devil Rays 6, Yankees 2
Orioles 8, Tigers 4
Whitesox 3, Twins 1

NL
Dodgers 8, Brewers 6 (10)
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 1
Marlins 6, Nationals 3
Mets 16, Phillies 4
Cubs 7, Reds 1
Cardinals 7, Pirates 1
Astros 5, Braves 3
Padres 5, Giants 2

2) Standings–

AL EAST        WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST  
Orioles         9     5   .643     -     7- 3   WON   1     5-  3     4-  2     7-  2     1-  1     1-  2   
BlueJays        9     6   .600     .5    6- 4   WON   1     2-  1     7-  5     5-  3     0-  0     4-  3   
Redsox          8     6   .571    1.0    6- 4   LOST  1     6-  2     2-  4     8-  6     0-  0     0-  0   
Yankees         5     9   .357    4.0    3- 7   LOST  1     4-  4     1-  5     5-  9     0-  0     0-  0   
Devil Rays      5     9   .357    4.0    3- 7   WON   1     4-  5     1-  4     3-  8     0-  0     2-  1   

AL CENTRAL     WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST 
Whitesox       10     4   .714     -     7- 3   WON   2     6-  2     4-  2     0-  0     8-  3     2-  1  
Twins           8     6   .571    2.0    6- 4   LOST  3     4-  2     4-  4     0-  0     6-  5     2-  1  
Indians         6     8   .429    4.0    4- 6   LOST  1     2-  4     4-  4     0-  0     6-  8     0-  0  
Tigers          6     8   .429    4.0    4- 6   LOST  1     3-  3     3-  5     1-  1     5-  7     0-  0  
Royals          5     9   .357    5.0    3- 7   WON   1     2-  6     3-  3     0-  0     3-  5     2-  4  

AL WEST        WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST 
Angels          7     7   .500     -     5- 5   LOST  1     4-  4     3-  3     0-  0     1-  2     6-  5  
A's             7     7   .500     -     5- 5   LOST  1     3-  3     4-  4     4-  5     0-  0     3-  2  
Mariners        7     7   .500     -     5- 5   WON   1     2-  4     5-  3     0-  0     5-  4     2-  3  
Rangers         7     8   .467     .5    5- 5   WON   1     4-  5     3-  3     2-  2     0-  0     5-  6  

NL EAST        WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST
Marlins         8     6   .571     -     6- 4   WON   3     5-  4     3-  2     8-  6     0-  0     0-  0 
Nationals       8     6   .571     -     6- 4   LOST  2     3-  2     5-  4     5-  6     0-  0     3-  0 
Braves          7     7   .500    1.0    4- 6   LOST  1     3-  3     4-  4     6-  6     1-  1     0-  0 
Mets            7     7   .500    1.0    7- 3   WON   1     5-  1     2-  6     4-  4     3-  3     0-  0 
Phillies        7     7   .500    1.0    6- 4   LOST  1     4-  4     3-  3     5-  6     2-  1     0-  0 

NL CENTRAL     WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST 
Cardinals       8     4   .667     -     7- 3   WON   5     2-  3     6-  1     1-  2     7-  2     0-  0  
Reds            7     6   .538    1.5    4- 6   LOST  1     6-  2     1-  4     3-  0     4-  6     0-  0  
Cubs            7     7   .500    2.0    6- 4   WON   1     3-  3     4-  4     0-  0     5-  3     2-  4  
Astros          6     7   .462    2.5    4- 6   WON   1     5-  2     1-  5     1-  4     5-  3     0-  0  
Brewers         5     8   .385    3.5    2- 8   LOST  5     2-  6     3-  2     0-  0     5-  6     0-  2  
Pirates         4    10   .286    5.0    3- 7   LOST  4     1-  6     3-  4     0-  0     2-  8     2-  2  

NL WEST        WON  LOST   PCT.    GB    LAST 10  STREAK     HOME      ROAD    vs EAST   vs CENT   vs WEST 
Dodgers        11     2   .846     -     9- 1   WON   7     5-  0     6-  2     0-  0     2-  0     9-  2  
Diamondbacks    7     7   .500    4.5    5- 5   LOST  1     6-  3     1-  4     0-  3     2-  1     5-  3  
Padres          7     7   .500    4.5    5- 5   WON   2     4-  2     3-  5     0-  0     4-  3     3-  4  
Giants          6     7   .462    5.0    5- 5   LOST  2     4-  2     2-  5     0-  0     0-  0     6-  7  
Rockies         3    10   .231    8.0    2- 8   WON   1     3-  4     0-  6     0-  0     0-  0     3- 10 

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Redsox (David Wells) at Orioles (Bruce Chen), 7:05
Whitesox (Jon Garland) at Tigers (Wilfredo Ledezma), 7:05
Yankees (John Pavano) at BlueJays (Ted Lilly), 7:07
Rangers (Ryan Drese) at Devil Rays (Brandon Webb), 7:15
Royals (Jose Lima) at Twins (Johan Santana), 8:10
A’s (Barry Zito) at Mariners (Joel Pineiro), 10:05
Indians (Jake Westbrook) at Angels (Bartolo Colon), 10:05

NL
Braves (Horacio Ramirez) at Nationals (Zach Day), 7:05
Rockies (Jamey Wright) at Phillies (Cory Lidle), 7:05
Mets (Aaron Heilman) at Marlins (Josh Beckett), 7:05
Pirates (Oliver Perez) at Reds (Paul Wilson), 7:10
Cubs (Carlos Zambrano) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan), 7:10
Brewers (Ben Sheets) at Astros (Roy Oswalt), 8:05
Dodgers (Derek Lowe) at Padres (Woody Williams), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Javier Vazquez) at Giants (Noah Lowry), 10:15

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Paul Konerko–#7
Brian Roberts–#6
Manny Ramirez–#5
Jim Edmonds–#5
Vladimir Guerrero–#5
Milton Bradley–#5
Chipper Jones–#4
Richie Sexson–#4
Miguel Tejada–#4
David Ortiz–#4
Derrek Lee–#4
Jose Reyes–#2 & #3
Victor Diaz–#2 & #3
Jason Giambi–#3
Raul Ibanez–#3
Vernon Wells–#3
Corey Patterson–#3
David Wright–#3
Eduardo Perez–#1 & #2
Mike Piazza–#2
Carlos Delgado–#2
Steve Finley–#2
Corey Koskie–#2
Michael Barrett–#2
Doug Mientkiewicz–#2
Chase Utley–#2
Daryle Ward–#2
Rafael Palmeiro–#1
Alberto Castillo–#1
Jason Grabowski–#1
Chris Magruder–#1
Willy Taveras–#1
Brian Schneider–#1
David Bell–#1
Michael Restovich–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
1) Paul Konerko–7*
2) Brian Roberts–6*
T3) Manny Ramirez–5*
T3) Vladimir Guerrero–5*
T5) Alex Rodriguez–4
T5) Carl Everett–4
T5) Dmitri Young–4
T5) Richie Sexson–4*
T5) Miguel Tejada–4*
T5) David Ortiz–4*

NL
T1) Jim Edmonds–5*
T1) Jose Guillen–5
T1) Troy Glaus–5
T1) Pat Burrell–5
T1) Milton Bradley–5*
T6) Chipper Jones–4*
T6) Adam Dunn–4
T6) Jeff Kent–4
T6) Reggie Sanders–4
T6) Clint Barmes–4
T6) Jason Lane–4
T6) Joe Randa–4
T6) Derrek Lee–4*

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Mike Piazza passed Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda into 52nd place on the all time HR list, with 380.

7) Chipper Jones tied Reggie Smith for 92nd place on the all time HR list, with 314.

8) Jim Edmonds passed Fred Lynn, Jeff Kent and Vinny Castilla and tied Al Simmons and Greg Luzinski for 96th place on the all time HR list, with 307.

9) The Mets set a team record with 7 HR in a game.

10) Mets SS Jose Reyes and RF Victor Diaz both hit 2 HR. Reyes and Diaz became the first set of Mets teammates to each hit 2 HR in a game since 1997.

After starting his career with 4 RCAA/.769 OPS and -9 RCAA/.644 OPS seasons, Reyes is off to a .492 SLG, .286 OBA, .778 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 14 games. He has a .721 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -6 RCAA in 136 games.

Diaz has 7 RCAA/.972 OPS in 26 career games, including a .686 SLG, .452 OBA, 1.138 OPS, 8 RCAA in 11 games in 2005.

11) Devil Rays 1B Eduardo Perez hit 2 HR.

After playing in just 13 games in 2004, Perez is hitting .611 SLG, .316 OBA, .927 OPS, 2 RCAA in his first 6 games. He has a .745 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and -23 RCAA in 603 games.


1) Angels RF Vladimir Guerrero has homered in 3 consecutive games for the 10th time in his career.

After 28 RCAA/1.012 OPS and 56 RCAA/.989 OPS seasons, Guerrero is hitting .667 SLG, .393 OBA, 1.060 OPS, 9 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .978 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 326 RCAA in 1177 games.

2) The Mets placed P Felix Heredia on the 15 day DL and called up P Heath Bell.

Heredia has a sprained thumb. After 2.69 ERA/15 RSAA and 6.28 ERA/-8 RSAA seasons, Heredia has a 0.00 ERA/1 RSAA in his first 3 games. He has a 4.42 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.41, and -8 RSAA in 511 games.

Bell has a 3.20 ERA/3 RSAA in 18 career games.

3) The Devil Rays placed P Mark Hendrickson on the 15 day DL and called up P John Webb and moved CF Rocco Baldelli from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Hendrickson has inflammation in his shoulder.

Webb has a 7.00 ERA/-3 RSAA in 4 career games and is scheduled to make his first career start today.

4) Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a stiff back.

After 17 RCAA/.843 OPS and 29 RCAA/.893 OPS seasons, Rodriguez is hitting .558 SLG, .389 OBA, .947 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 12 games. He has a .838 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 117 RCAA in 1770 games.

5) The Cardinals activated P Matt Morris from the DL and sent P Carmen Cali to the minors.

After 3.42 ERA/10 RSAA and 3.76 ERA/7 RSAA seasons, Morris had a 4.72 ERA/-12 RSAA in 32 starts. He made his 2005 debut yesterday (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO) and has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 84 RSAA in 207 games.

Cali has a 7.56 ERA/-4 RSAA in 11 career games.

6) The Pirates placed C Benito Santiago on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 15, and activated C Humberto Cota from the DL.

Santiago has a viral infection.

Cota has -2 RCAA/.723 OPS in 61 career games, including a .500 SLG, .271 OBA, .771 OPS, -1 RCAA in 36 games in 2004.

7) Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a bruised left knee.

After 32 RCAA/.863 OPS and 0 RCAA/.807 OPS seasons, Soriano is off to a .508 SLG, .318 OBA, .826 OPS, -1 RCAA start in his first 14 games. He has a .820 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 51 RSAA in 660 games.

8) On April 13, Don Blasingame died at the age of 73.

Blasingame was a 2B for 5 teams from 1955-66. He had a .656 career OPS, compared to his league average of .739, and -113 RCAA in 1444 games.

9) Redsox LF Manny Ramirez had to leave yesterday’s game, due to tightness in his quadriceps muscle.

10) The Phillies activated P Vicente Padilla from the DL and sent P Pedro Liriano to the minors.

After 3.28 ERA/11 RSAA and 3.62 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Padilla had a 4.53 ERA/-3 RSAA in 20 starts. He made his 2005 debut yesterday (3 IP, 8 H, 8 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) and has a 3.87 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 14 RSAA in 168 games.

Liriano has a 4.87 ERA/-1 RSAA in 14 career games, including a 7.71 ERA/-2 RSAA in 3 games in 2005.

11) Royals C Alberto Castillo hit a walkoff HR and had 3 hits, along with a SB.

Castillo, who hasn’t had 100 AB in a season since 2001, has -66 RCAA/.597 OPS in 375 career games. It was his 11th career HR and 3rd SB.

12) Yankees P Randy Johnson allowed 2 HR and has given up 5 in 3 starts.

After 4.26 ERA/6 RSAA and 2.60 ERA/50 RSAA seasons, Johnson is off to a 5.13 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 3.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 509 RSAA in 493 games.

Johnson is still close to breaking into the top 10 for best HR vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Roger Clemens               174      337      511   
2    Greg Maddux                 160      273      433   
3    Kevin Brown                 145      205      350   
4    Tommy John                  129      302      431   
5    Nolan Ryan                  123      321      444   
6    Tom Glavine                 104      288      392   
7    Pedro Martinez               98      176      274   
8    Eppa Rixey                   92       92      184   
9    Andy Pettitte                86      152      238   
10   Mark Gubicza                 82      155      237   
T11  Dean Chance                  80      122      202   
T11  Al Leiter                    80      186      266   
13   Randy Johnson                78      306      384   
T14  Bob Gibson                   75      257      332   
T14  Whitey Ford                  75      228      303

13) A’s P Joe Blanton took a shutout into the 7th. His line–6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.

Blanton has a 3.16 ERA/4 RSAA in 6 career games, including a 2.04 ERA/5 RSAA in 3 starts in 2005.

14) Rangers P Pedro Astacio (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) combined with Francisco Cordero to shutout out the A’s, and passed 2000 career IP.

Astacio, who only appeared in 12 games in 2003-04, is off to a 1.64 ERA/8 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.58 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 14 RSAA in 354 games.

15) Reds P Brandon Claussen became the last player who was on the Opening Day rosters to make his 2005 debut.

Claussen has a 5.70 ERA/-15 RSAA in 16 career games.


1) The Redsox re-signed P Tim Wakefield to a 1 year, $4 million contract for 2006. Then, the team has an option for each subsequent season, and whenever they exercise the option, they then get another one for the next year.

2) The Nationals will place P T.J. Tucker on the 15 day DL, call up P Hector Carrasco and move OF Alex Escobar from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Tucker has a strained groin. After 4.73 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.72 ERA/3 RSAA seasons, he has a 0.00 ERA/2 RSAA in his first 6 games. Tucker has a 4.35 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 3 RSAA in 164 games.

Carrasco, who didn’t pitch in the majors in 2004, has a 4.21 ERA/24 RSAA in 498 career games.

3) Devil Rays P Hideo Nomo made his first career start on 3 days rest. He set the major league record with 302 starts before his first on 3 days rest. His line–5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.

After 3.09 ERA/22 RSAA and 8.25 ERA/-38 RSAA seasons, Nomo is off to a 6.59 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.07 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.35, and 5 RSAA in 304 games.

4) Dodgers P Elmer Dessens had to leave yesterday’s game, due to muscle spasms in his shoulder.

After 5.07 ERA/-6 RSAA and 4.46 ERA/-1 RSAA seasons, Dessens has a 4.00 ERA/0 RSAA in his first 2 starts. He has a 4.46 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.32, and 9 RSAA in 251 games.

5) Brewers P Ben Sheets has a virus and is 50-50 to be able to make his start tonight.

After 4.45 ERA/-1 RSAA and 3.70 ERA/45 RSAA seasons, Sheets is off to a 3.38 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 2 starts. He has a 3.91 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 36 RSAA in 130 games.

6) The Yankees scored 19 runs in Monday, the Mets scored 16 yesterday. According to Elias, the last time New York teams scored 16+ on back to back days was 1947 (Giants and Dodgers).

7) BlueJays 3B Corey Koskie had 4 hits (1 HR).

After 24 RCAA/.845 OPS and 8 RCAA/.837 OPS seasons, Koskie is hitting .385 SLG, .350 OBA, .735 OPS, -1 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .834 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and 72 RCAA in 830 games.

8) Redsox P Bronson Arroyo’s line yesterday–7 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

After a 4.03 ERA/18 RSAA in his first full year in the rotation, Arroyo is off to a 3.86 ERA/2 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 4.59 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and 4 RSAA in 94 games.

9) Twins P Brad Radke pitched a complete game–8 IP, 11 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

After 4.49 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.48 ERA/31 RSAA seasons, Radke is off to a 4.94 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 4 starts. He has a 4.24 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.69, and 140 RSAA in 323 games.

10) Whitesox P Orlando Hernandez pitched a shutout for all 6 innings he appeared.

After a 3.30 ERA/11 RSAA in 15 starts, Hernandez is off to a 2.50 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.71, and 65 RSAA in 142 games.

11) Cubs P Mark Prior’s line–7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

After 2.43 ERA/42 RSAA and 4.02 ERA/7 RSAA seasons, Prior is off to a 0.00 ERA/7 RSAA in his first 2 starts. He has a 3.00 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 65 RSAA in 72 games.

12) Rockies LF Matt Holliday reached base safely all 5 times up–4 hits (1 3B), 1 BB.

After starting his career with -4 RCAA/.837 OPS in 121 games in 2004, Holliday is off to a .415 SLG, .373 OBA, .788 OPS, 0 RCAA start in his first 13 games.

13) Rockies P Jeff Francis’s line–7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

Francis has a 4.89 ERA/2 RSAA in 10 career games, including a 4.32 ERA/2 RSAA in 3 starts in 2005.

14) Dodgers CF Milton Bradley hit a game winning extra inning HR in the top of the 10th against the Brewers.

15) Brewers 1B Lyle Overbay reached base safely 4 times–2 H (1 2B), 2 BB.

After 24 RCAA/.863 OPS in his first year with 100+ games, Overbay is hitting .489 SLG, .441 OBA, .930 OPS, 3 RCAA in his first 13 games. He has a .833 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 21 RCAA in 270 games.

16) Mets 1B Doug Mientkiewicz reached base safely 4 times–2 H (1 2B, 1 HR), 2 BB

After 23 RCAA/.843 OPS and -19 RCAA/.676 OPS seasons, Mientkiewicz is hitting .458 SLG, .364 OBA, .822 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 14 games. He has a .769 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and 7 RCAA in 706 games.

17) Cardinals SS Abraham Nunez reached base safely all 5 times up–4 hits, 1 BB.

After -14 RCAA/.667 OPS and -15 RCAA/.593 OPS seasons, Nunez is off to a .667 SLG, .462 OBA, 1.128 OPS, 1 RCAA start in his first 6 games. He has a .626 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -88 RCAA in 636 games.

18) Padres P Brian Lawrence’s line–8 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.19 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.12 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Lawrence is off to a 5.60 ERA/-3 RSAA start in his first 3 starts. He has a 3.95 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and -4 RSAA in 132 games.

19) On Monday, Ryan Langerhans became the 20th player whose first career HR came in a 1-0 win.

Rick Auerbach       09/24/1971
Phil Cavarretta     09/25/1934
Spud Chandler       05/21/1938
Jim Fridley         04/16/1952
Dick Hoblitzell     05/25/1909
Jim Kelly           05/11/1915
Jack Kubiszyn       08/03/1962
Ryan Langerhans     04/08/2005
Darren Lewis        08/07/1991
Don Lock            07/17/1962
Harry McCormick     07/26/1879
Orlando Merced      05/03/1991
Odalis Perez        08/28/2002
Old Hoss Radbourn   08/17/1882
Bill Taylor         06/10/1954
Mike Tyson          06/18/1973
Jimmy Walsh         04/29/1914
Bob Welch           06/17/1983
Chief Wilson        04/23/1908
Del Young           06/12/1914

Source–David Vincent, SABR


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