Around the Majors: Ramirez hits #400

Today in Hardball Times–

Old(er) Man Franco
by Aaron Gleeman
Believe it or not, Julio Franco is even older this year.
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/older-man-franco/

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
BlueJays 5, Indians 2
Angels 9, Tigers 3
Royals 4, Devil Rays 3
Twins 5, Rangers 2
Orioles 6, Whitesox 2
Mariners 5, Redsox 4
Yankees 6, A’s 4

NL
Cardinals 4, Mets 2
Nationals 5, Cubs 4
Pirates 4, Brewers 2
Phillies 4, Reds 3
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 4
Braves 5, Dodgers 2
Padres 12, Marlins 4
Astros 9, Giants 0

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Orioles          24   13  .649   -     13-9   11-4   16-06 07-05 01-02 WON  2
Redsox           22   15  .595   2     11-5   11-10  11-10 03-01 08-04 LOST 1
BlueJays         20   18  .526   4 1/2  8-9   12-9   12-10 04-05 04-03 WON  1
Yankees          19   19  .500   5 1/2 12-11   7-8   09-14 00-00 10-05 WON  8
Devil Rays       14   25  .359  11     12-12   2-13  08-16 03-07 03-02 LOST 2

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Whitesox         27   11  .711   -     13-5   14-6   06-04 18-04 03-03 LOST 2
Twins            21   15  .583   5     10-7   11-8   04-02 12-09 05-04 WON  1
Tigers           17   19  .472   9      7-10  10-9   02-04 10-11 05-04 LOST 2
Indians          16   20  .444  10      5-9   11-11  02-01 09-13 05-06 LOST 1
Royals           11   27  .289  16      5-13   6-14  04-06 05-17 02-04 WON  2

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           21   16  .568   -     10-9   11-7   02-01 08-09 11-06 WON  2
Rangers          20   18  .526   1 1/2  9-12  11-6   06-06 05-04 09-08 LOST 1
Mariners         15   22  .405   6      6-11   9-11  03-06 06-06 06-10 WON  1
A's              14   23  .378   7      7-11   7-12  05-13 02-01 07-09 LOST 8

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           23   14  .622   -     13-5   10-9   13-09 07-02 03-03 WON  2
Marlins          19   15  .559   2 1/2 12-8    7-7   12-09 04-02 03-04 LOST 3
Nationals        20   17  .541   3      9-7   11-10  10-12 02-01 08-04 WON  2
Mets             19   19  .500   4 1/2 12-7    7-12  12-11 07-08 00-00 LOST 2
Phillies         17   22  .436   7      8-9    9-13  09-15 07-06 01-01 WON  1

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        24   13  .649   -     12-9   12-4   04-05 16-04 04-04 WON  2
Brewers          18   18  .500   5 1/2 11-9    7-9   03-03 13-12 02-03 LOST 2
Pirates          17   19  .472   6 1/2  5-10  12-9   00-00 10-12 07-07 WON  2
Cubs             16   20  .444   7 1/2  9-8    7-12  04-05 10-11 02-04 LOST 2
Reds             14   23  .378  10      9-10   5-13  06-04 06-15 02-04 LOST 1
Astros           14   23  .378  10     12-7    2-16  02-10 10-11 02-02 WON  2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Diamondbacks     23   16  .590   -     14-8    9-8   02-04 03-04 18-08 WON  2
Padres           22   16  .579     1/2 13-4    9-12  03-00 09-05 10-11 WON  4
Dodgers          21   16  .568   1     10-7   11-9   02-04 05-04 14-08 LOST 2
Giants           18   19  .486   4     10-10   8-9   01-02 07-06 10-11 LOST 2
Rockies          10   25  .286  11      8-10   2-15  04-05 00-00 06-20 LOST 2

3) Today’s schedule–

AL
Angels (Paul Byrd, 4.80) at Indians (Cliff Lee, 4.24), 7:05
Rangers (Chan Ho Park, 4.99) at Whitesox (Orlando Hernandez, 2.91), 8:05
Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 4.43) at Mariners (Aaron Sele, 6.31), 10:05
Redsox (Bronson Arroyo, 2.91) at A’s (Kirk Saarloos, 5.09), 10:05

NL
Brewers (Doug Davis, 4.89) at Expos (Tony Armas, 4.76), 7:05
Reds (Paul Wilson, 7.46) at Mets (Kris Benson, 6.75), 7:10
Braves (John Thomson, 3.55) at Padres (Tim Stauffer, 3.00), 10:05
Marlins (Brian Moehler, 2.05) at Dodgers (Brad Penny, 3.97), 10:10

4) Yesterday’s HR–

Tino Martinez–#11 & #12
Manny Ramirez–#10
Bobby Abreu–#10
David Ortiz–#10
Reggie Sanders–#10
Andruw Jones–#9
Daryle Ward–#8
Morgan Ensberg–#5, #6 & #7
Chipper Jones–#7
Craig Biggio–#7
Chase Utley–#7
Jermaine Dye–#6
Adam LaRoche–#6
Carl Everett–#5
Vernon Wells–#5
Nick Johnson–#5
Kevin Mench–#4
Shannon Stewart–#4
Angel Berroa–#4
Geoff Jenkins–#4
Mike Cameron–#3
Alex Rios–#2
John Mabry–#2
Dave Roberts–#2
Garrett Atkins–#2
Miguel Olivo–#1
Sal Fasano–#1
David Newhan–#1
Juan Rivera–#1
Craig Counsell–#1

5) HR leaders–

AL
T1) Alex Rodriguez–12
T1) Tino Martinez–12**
T3) Alfonso Soriano–11
T3) Richie Sexson–11
T5) Manny Ramirez–10*
T5) Miguel Tejada–10
T5) Brian Roberts–10
T5) David Ortiz–10*
T9) Paul Konerko–9
T9) Mike Sweeney–9

NL
T1) Troy Glaus–11
T1) Adam Dunn–11
T3) Bobby Abreu–10*
T3) Derrek Lee–10
T3) Cliff Floyd–10
T3) Milton Bradley–10
T3) Reggie Sanders–10*
T8) Albert Pujols–9
T8) Ryan Klesko–9
T8) Andruw Jones–9*

**–hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

6) Redsox LF Manny Ramirez hit his 400th career HR. Ramirez passed Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga into 39th place on the all time HR list.

After 59 RCAA/1.014 OPS and 49 RCAA/1.009 OPS seasons, Ramirez is hitting .560 SLG, .370 OBA, .930 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 36 games. He has a 1.008 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 581 RCAA in 1571 games.

7) Yankees 1B Tino Martinez hit 2 HR and had 2 BB. Martinez passed Bobby Bonds into 80th place on the all time HR list, with 334.
After 3 RCAA/.776 OPS and 13

RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Martinez is hitting .657 SLG, .374 OBA, 1.031 OPS, 9 RCAA start in his first 34 games. He has a .821 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and 127 RCAA in 1926 games.

8) Chipper Jones passed Ron Cey and tied George Brett for 90th place on the all time HR list, with 317.

9) Astros 3B Morgan Ensberg hit 3 HR in a game and had 4 hits.

After 20 RCAA/.907 OPS and -12 RCAA/.742 OPS seasons, Ensberg is off to a .581 SLG, .419 OBA, 1.000 OPS, 10 RCAA start in his first 35 games. He has a .830 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 14 RCAA in 346 games.


1) Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell will have surgery on his arthritic right shoulder next month. There are rumors that his career is in trouble and the team doctor says, “This is a last chance effort to salvage his playing career.”

Bagwell, who was placed on the DL last week, will be out for at least 3 months. After 21 RCAA/.897 OPS and 17 RCAA/.842 OPS seasons, he is hitting .398 SLG, .361 OBA, .759 OPS, 0 RCAA in his first 24 games. Bagwell has a .949 career OPS, compared to his league average of .763, and 680 RCAA in 2135 games.

Bagwell holds the modern NL record for career RCAA by a 1B–

RCAA
1    Jeff Bagwell                680   
2    Johnny Mize                 638   
3    Willie McCovey              536   
4    Bill Terry                  425   
5    Todd Helton                 406   
6    Stan Musial                 399   
7    Keith Hernandez             371   
8    Dolph Camilli               353   
9    Will Clark                  331   
10   Frank Chance                330

2) The A’s placed P Rich Harden on the 15 day DL and called up P Seth Etherton.

Harden has a strained stomach muscle. After starting his career with 4.46 ERA/-2 RSAA and 3.99 ERA/14 RSAA seasons, Harden is off to a 2.80 ERA/8 RSAA start in his first 7 starts. He has a 3.93 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 20 RSAA in 53 games.

Etherton has a 5.98 ERA/-13 RSAA in 18 career games.

3) Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez (bruised left big tie) and DH Dmitri Young (twisted left ankle) both had to leave yesterday’s game. The team’s hoping they can both return tomorrow (they are off today).

After 17 RCAA/.843 OPS and 29 RCAA/.893 OPS seasons, Rodriguez is off to a .420 SLG, .279 OBA, .699 OPS, -5 RCAA start in his first 32 games. He has a .834 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 107 RCAA in 1790 games.

After 35 RCAA/.909 OPS and 7 RCAA/.816 OPS seasons, Young is hitting .492 SLG, .353 OBA, .845 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 33 games. He has a .831 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 56 RCAA in 1037 games.

4) The Mariners called up C Rene Rivera when they sent P Joel Pineiro to the minors.

Rivera was 0 for 3 in 2 games with the 2004 Mariners.

5) The Rangers placed OF Gary Matthews Jr. on the 15 day DL and called up OF Andres Torres.

Matthews has a strained left hamstring. After -11 RCAA/.675 OPS and 4 RCAA/.811 OPS seasons, Matthews is off to a .339 SLG, .267 OBA, .607 OPS, -8 RCAA start in his first 32 games. He has a .708 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and -34 RCAA in 629 games.

Torres has -20 RCAA/.545 OPS in 81 career games, including 3 games, with no PA, in 2005.

6) The Whitesox record streak of having the lead in each of their first 37 games of the season ended. They tied the 1934 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for 3rd longest overall streak.

7) The Rangers signed P Steve Karsay to a minor league contract.

After missing 2003 and pitching in just 7 games in 2004, Karsay had a 6.00 ERA/-1 RSAA in 6 games with the Yankees. He has a 3.89 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 47 RSAA in 334 games.

8) Rangers SS Michael Young had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a stiff lower back.

After 0 RCAA/.785 OPS and 13 RCAA/.836 OPS seasons, Young is off to a .419 SLG, .308 OBA, .727 OPS, -7 RCAA start in his first 38 games. He has a .759 career OPS, compared to his league average of .762, and -39 RCAA in 622 games.

9) The Nationals placed INF Henry Mateo on the 15 day DL and added newly acquired CF Marlon Byrd to the roster.

Mateo has a right shoulder injury. He has -18 RCAA/.583 OPS in 168 career games, including 0 for 1 in 1 game in 2005.

10) A’s RF Bobby Kielty had to leave yesterday’s game, due to sore ribs.

Kielty described the pain as “unbearable” and will have more tests. After -1 RCAA/.758 OPS and -8 RCAA/.691 OPS seasons, Kielty is hitting .410 SLG, .391 OBA, .802 OPS, 1 RCAA in his first 25 games. He has a .774 career OPS, compared to his league average of .762, and 11 RCAA in 394 games.

11) Cardinals CF Jim Edmonds had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a sprained left foot.

After 42 RCAA/1.002 OPS and 73 RCAA/1.061 OPS seasons, Edmonds is hitting .500 SLG, .391 OBA, .891 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 35 games. He has a .927 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and 361 RCAA in 1480 games.

12) The BlueJays sold minor league P Ryan Glynn to the A’s.

Glynn has a 6.19 ERA/-28 RSAA in 47 career games.

13) Orioles P Erik Bedard’s line–7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

Bedard has a 3.99 ERA/15 RSAA in 37 career games, including a 2.35 ERA/13 RSAA in 8 starts in 2005.

14) BlueJays P Roy Halladay’s line–7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

After 3.25 ERA/45 RSAA and 4.20 ERA/11 RSAA seasons, Halladay is off to a 3.13 ERA/11 RSAA start in his first 9 starts. He has a 3.84 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.59, and 106 RSAA in 174 games.

15) Tigers RF Craig Monroe reached base all 4 times up–1 H (2B), 3 BB.

After -8 RCAA/.736 OPS and 10 RCAA/.824 OPS in his first couple of years as a starter, Monroe is off to a .473 SLG, .366 OBA, .840 OPS, 4 RCAA start in his first 34 games. He has a .773 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 0 RCAA in 330 games.


1) Angels P John Lackey’s line–7 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 5 BB, 5 SO.

After 4.63 ERA/-10 RSAA and 4.67 ERA/-2 RSAA seasons, Lackey is off to a 4.40 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 4.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.54, and -5 RSAA in 92 games.

2) Royals Zack Greinke’s line–6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO.

Greinke has a 3.76 ERA/12 RSAA in 32 career games, including a 3.09 ERA/5 RSAA in 8 starts in 2005.

3) Twins P Brad Radke’s line–7 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

After 4.49 ERA/3 RSAA and 3.48 ERA/31 RSAA seasons, Radke is off to a 3.71 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 9 starts. He has a 4.22 career ERA, compared
to his league average of 4.69, and 146 RSAA in 328 games.

4) Yankees 2B Robinson Cano had 4 hits, including a 2B.

Cano is off to a .450 SLG, .317 OBA, .767 OPS, 0 RCAA start in his first 11 career games.

5) Mariners C Miguel Olivo had 3 hits, including a HR and a 2B.

After -14 RCAA/.646 OPS and -10 RCAA/.725 OPS seasons, Olivo is off to a .238 SLG, .191 OBA, .429 OPS, -9 RCAA start in his first 28 games. He has a .655 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -34 RCAA in 244 games.

6) Redsox P Tim Wakefield took a pounding–7 IP, 11 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.

After 4.09 ERA/15 RSAA and 4.87 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Wakefield is off to a 3.61 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 4.28 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.59, and 100 RSAA in 432 games.

7) Giants P Jeff Fassero took a pounding–3 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

After 5.68 ERA/-13 RSAA and 5.46 ERA/-4 RSAA seasons, Fassero is off to a 3.86 ERA/1 RSAA start in his first 14 games (2 starts). He has a 4.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and 75 RSAA in 676 games.

8) Astros P Brandon Backe (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) pitched a shutout against the Giants.

After 5.44 ERA/-5 RSAA and 4.30 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Backe is off to a 4.97 ERA/-4 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 4.98 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and -13 RSAA in 78 games. It was Backe’s first career SHO and CG.

9) Braves P Tim Hudson’s line–6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

After 2.70 ERA/41 RSAA and 3.53 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Hudson is off to a 3.18 ERA/6 RSAA start in his first 8 starts. He has a 3.30 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.61, and 175 RSAA in 191 games.

10) Dodgers P Scott Erickson’s line–6 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

After missing 2003 and pitching in 6 games in 2004, Erickson is off to a 6.57 ERA/-10 RSAA start in his first 7 starts. He has a 4.57 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.53, and -21 RSAA in 368 games.

11) Cardinals P Matt Morris’s line–7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

After 3.76 ERA/7 RSAA and 4.72 ERA/-12 RSAA seasons, Morris is off to a 2.95 ERA/5 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and 87 RSAA in 212 games.

12) Reds P Elizardo Ramirez’s line–6 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

Ramirez has a 4.30 ERA/0 RSAA in 9 career games, including a 3.38 ERA/1 RSAA in 2 games (1 start) in 2005.

13) Phillies P Vicente Padilla’s line–6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 6 BB, 3 SO.

After 3.62 ERA/10 RSAA and 4.53 ERA/-3 RSAA seasons, Padilla is off to a 7.52 ERA/-9 RSAA start in his first 6 starts. He has a 3.92 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 12 RSAA in 173 games.

14) Pirates 1B Daryle Ward had 3 hits, including a HR.

After -13 RCAA/.403 OPS and -3 RCAA/.780 OPS seasons, Ward is hitting .594 SLG, .333 OBA, .928 OPS, 4 RCAA in his first 31 games. He has a .765 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -27 RCAA in 580 games.

15) Pirates P David Williams’s line–5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 SO.

Williams has a 4.06 ERA/6 RSAA in 48 career games, including a 3.73 ERA/2 RSAA in 7 starts in 2005.


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