Around the Majors: Redsox clinch the playoffs

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Tigers 4, Whitesox 2
BlueJays 4, Orioles 1
Angels 5, Rangers 3
Indians 6, Royals 1
Redsox 7, Devil Rays 3
A’s 6, Mariners 5

NL
Pirates 6, Phillies 1
Marlins 4, Expos 1
Astros 10, Cardinals 3
Cubs 12, Reds 5
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 1
Dodgers 8, Rockies 7
Mets at Braves–PPD

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
y--Yankees       97   59  .622   -     54-24  43-35  48-25 17-12 22-14 LOST 2
y--Redsox        94   62  .603   3     55-26  39-36  44-26 19-13 22-14 WON  3
e--Orioles       74   81  .477  22 1/2 34-40  40-41  33-36 21-15 15-17 LOST 1
e--Devil Rays    66   88  .429  30     39-37  27-51  25-48 16-15 10-22 LOST 1
e--BlueJays      65   90  .419  31 1/2 38-40  27-50  27-42 13-19 17-19 WON  1

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         90   66  .577   -     47-31  43-35  19-14 44-29 16-16 WON  1
e--Whitesox      79   77  .506  11     46-35  33-42  16-16 36-34 19-17 LOST 1
e--Indians       77   80  .490  13 1/2 44-37  33-43  17-15 33-38 17-19 WON  1
e--Tigers        69   86  .445  20 1/2 36-40  33-46  10-17 35-39 15-21 WON  1
e--Royals        57   99  .365  33     32-42  25-57  12-24 31-39 08-24 LOST 3

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              89   67  .571   -     50-25  39-42  23-20 27-16 29-23 WON  1
Angels           88   68  .564   1     45-36  43-32  25-18 28-15 28-24 WON  3
Rangers          86   70  .551   3     50-28  36-42  25-18 23-20 28-24 LOST 2
e--Mariners      60   96  .385  29     37-42  23-54  13-30 19-24 19-33 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        92   64  .590   -     47-31  45-33  49-24 16-17 19-13 WON  3
e--Phillies      81   75  .519  11     37-38  44-37  36-36 16-18 20-12 LOST 1
e--Marlins       80   76  .513  12     42-38  38-38  40-30 15-21 18-14 WON  1
e--Mets          69   87  .442  23     37-41  32-46  27-43 15-21 17-15 WON  2
e--Expos         65   92  .414  27 1/2 35-43  30-49  26-45 17-19 15-17 LOST 3

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    103   53  .660   -     51-26  52-27  19-11 52-32 21-09 LOST 1
d--Cubs          88   68  .564  15     44-32  44-36  15-12 50-37 15-15 WON  1
d--Astros        87   70  .554  16 1/2 43-33  44-37  16-14 53-35 11-16 WON  2
e--Reds          72   84  .462  31     39-39  33-45  18-12 34-50 15-15 LOST 2
e--Pirates       70   86  .449  33     39-41  31-45  17-11 35-51 16-14 WON  2
e--Brewers       64   91  .413  38 1/2 36-45  28-46  11-19 33-52 12-16 LOST 2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          90   66  .577   -     46-29  44-37  14-18 22-14 44-26 WON  2
Giants           87   69  .558   3     47-35  40-34  19-13 20-16 37-33 LOST 1
Padres           85   71  .545   5     41-37  44-34  18-14 19-17 40-30 WON  3
e--Rockies       67   89  .429  23     38-43  29-46  11-21 10-23 38-35 LOST 4
e--Diamondbacks  48  109  .306  42 1/2 26-50  22-59  09-23 14-20 19-54 WON  1

x–clinched the division title
y–clinched a postseason berth
d–eliminated from winning the division title
e–eliminated from winning the division title and the postseason

3) Wild card standings–

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB  
Cubs             88   68  .564   -
Giants           87   69  .558   1
Astros           87   70  .554   1 1/2
Padres           85   71  .545   3

4) The Redsox clinched a postseason berth.

5) The Phillies were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

6) The Padres will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title if they lose to the Giants.

7) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 4
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–A’s, 6
AL postseason–Yankees, Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 4
NL wild card–Cubs, 6

8) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The AL champions will have the #1 seed. The Twins have a 1 game lead over the A’s for the #2 seed.

NL–The Cardinals clinched the top seed. The Braves have a 2 game lead over the Dodgers for the #2 seed.

9) Today’s schedule–

AL
Whitesox (Jose Contreras, 5.86) at Tigers (Nate Robertson, 4.80), 7:05
BlueJays (Ted Lilly, 3.92) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 4.67), 7:05
Twins (Kyle Lohse, 5.31) at Yankees (Orlando Hernandez, 2.87), 7:05
Redsox (Derek Lowe, 5.25) at Devil Rays (John Halama, 4.45), 7:15
Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 3.88) at Rangers (Chan Ho Park, 5.79), 8:05
Indians (Cliff Lee, 5.70) at Royals (Darrell May, 5.55), 8:10
Mariners (Gil Meche, 5.17) at A’s (Tim Hudson, 3.33), 10:05

NL
Mets (Steve Trachsel, 4.07, and Tom Glavine, 3.55) at Braves (Paul Byrd, 3.40, and Jaret Wright, 3.33), DH, 4:35
Pirates (Ian Snell, 2.57) at Phillies (Vicente Padilla, 4.40), 7:05
Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.11) at Expos (Tomo Ohka, 3.27), 7:05
Cardinals (Dan Haren, 4.76) at Astros (Brandon Backe, 4.58), 8:05
Reds (Josh Hancock, 5.50) at Cubs (Greg Maddux, 3.70), 8:05
Brewers (Jorge De La Rosa, 8.49) at Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb, 3.67), 9:35
Giants (Jason Schmidt, 3.21) at Padres (Brian Lawrence, 3.92), 10:05
Rockies (Jamey Wright, 4.33) at Dodgers (Kazuhisa Ishii, 4.84), 10:10

10) Yesterday’s HR–

Adrian Beltre–#48
Manny Ramirez–#43
Adam Dunn–#43
Vladimir Guerrero–#34
Vinny Castilla–#34
Derrek Lee–#32
Miguel Cabrera–#31
Melvin Mora–#27
Kevin Mench–#25
Corey Patterson–#24
Jermaine Dye–#22
Joe Crede–#20
Johnny Damon–#19
Jason Varitek–#18
Dmitri Young–#18
Ty Wigginton–#16
Todd Walker–#15
Chad Tracy–#8
David DeJesus–#7
Marco Scutaro–#7
Gregg Zaun–#6
David McCarty–#4
Jason Lane–#4
Jose Macias–#3
Brad Hawpe–#3
Willie Bloomquist–#2
Midre Cummings–#2

11) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43*
T2) Paul Konerko–40
T2) David Ortiz–40
4) Mark Teixeira–37
5) Gary Sheffield–36
6) Alex Rodriguez–35
7) Vladimir Guerrero–34*
T8) Hank Blalock–32
T8) Miguel Tejada–32
10) Carlos Delgado–30

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48*
2) Albert Pujols–46
3) Barry Bonds–45
4) Adam Dunn–43*
T5) Jim Thome–42
T5) Jim Edmonds–42
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–37
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–37
9) Aramis Ramirez–35
T10) Steve Finley–34
T10) Vinny Castilla–34*

*–hit 1 yesterday

12) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.614, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.839, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.453, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–155, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–222, new major league record
BB above average–191, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 461, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1499, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

13) Manny Ramirez passed Johnny Bench and tied Graig Nettles for 43rd place on the all time HR list, with 390.

14) Vinny Castilla tied Jim Edmonds and Ruben Sierra for 100th place on the all time HR list, with 302.


1) Dodgers 3B Adrian Beltre set the LA record for total bases in a season.

After -8 RCAA/.729 OPS and -14 RCAA/.714 OPS seasons, Beltre is hitting .647 SLG, .395 OBA, 1.042 OPS, 68 RCAA in 150 games. He has a .797 career OPS, compared to his league average of .780, and 48 RCAA in 960 games.

The new top 10–

TOTAL BASES                   YEAR     TB     
1    Adrian Beltre            2004      374   
2    Shawn Green              2001      370   
3    Tommy Davis              1962      356   
4    Mike Piazza              1997      355   
5    Raul Mondesi             1997      333   
6    Shawn Green              2002      325   
T7   Steve Garvey             1979      322   
T7   Gary Sheffield           2000      322   
T7   Steve Garvey             1977      322   
10   Steve Garvey             1978      319   

Counting when the team was in Brooklyn, Beltre is 3rd, with Babe Herman (1930, 416) holding the record.

Beltre tied the record vs. the league average–

TOTAL BASES                   YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
T1   Mike Piazza              1997      148      355      207   
T1   Adrian Beltre            2004      148      374      226   
3    Shawn Green              2001      113      370      257   
4    Gary Sheffield           2000      112      322      210   
T5   Tommy Davis              1962      108      356      248   
T5   Pedro Guerrero           1985      108      281      173   
7    Mike Piazza              1995      103      263      160   
8    Pedro Guerrero           1982      102      308      206   
9    Mike Piazza              1993       98      307      209   
10   Mike Piazza              1996       96      308      212   

Counting when the team was in Brooklyn, Beltre is tied for 3rd, with Babe Herman (1930, 165) holding the record.

2) Cubs 2B Mark Grudzielanek has been out of the lineup, due to a strained right hamstring, and is expected to return today.

After -16 RCAA/.665 OPS and 6 RCAA/.782 OPS seasons, Grudzielanek has a .422 SLG, .345 OBA, .767 OPS, -4 RCAA in 77 games. He has a .718 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -79 RCAA in 1295 games.

3) The Cardinals called up P Jason Simontacchi.

Simontacchi has a 4.76 ERA/-24 RSAA in 81 career games, including a 5.14 ERA/-2 RSAA in 11 games in 2004.

4) The Brewers have reportedly accepted an offer from LA investor Mark Attanasio to buy the team and are working on drafting a sale agreement.

5) The Expos rumored move to Washington is rumored to be on Thursday.

6) Cardinals 2B Tony Womack left yesterday’s game, after being hit in the hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative.

After -23 RCAA/.678 OPS and -34 RCAA/.558 OPS seasons, Womack has a .382 SLG, .348 OBA, .729 OPS, 1 RCAA in 140 games. He has a .680 career OPS, compared to his league average of .777, and -127 RCAA in 1162 games.

7) According to the Denver Post, the Rockies are going to try to trade C Charles Johnson during the offseason.


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