Around the Majors: Terrible behavior

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Orioles 9, BlueJays 1
Twins 5, Tigers 3
Angels 5, Mariners 1
Royals 17, Yankees 8
A’s 7, Rangers 6 (10)

NL
Marlins 6, Expos 3
Mets 9, Braves 7 (1st)
Braves 7, Mets 1 (2nd)
Reds 4, Phillies 3
Cubs 7, Pirates 2
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 2
Padres 9, Dodgers 7

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Yankees          90   54  .625   -     50-21  40-33  43-20 15-12 22-14 LOST 1
Redsox           86   56  .606   3     49-22  37-34  36-20 19-13 22-14 LOST 1
d--Orioles       66   76  .465  23     31-39  35-37  30-32 16-14 15-17 WON  1
e--Devil Rays    61   80  .433  27 1/2 36-34  25-46  21-42 15-13 10-22 WON  2
e--BlueJays      59   85  .410  31     35-38  24-47  21-37 13-19 17-19 LOST 4

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Twins            83   60  .580   -     43-29  40-31  18-12 38-25 16-16 WON  6
Whitesox         72   70  .507  10 1/2 39-32  33-38  16-16 29-27 19-17 LOST 1
Indians          70   73  .490  13     40-31  30-42  17-15 26-31 17-19 LOST 2
Tigers           64   78  .451  18 1/2 34-38  30-40  10-14 30-34 15-21 LOST 5
e--Royals        52   91  .364  31     32-39  20-52  10-21 28-34 08-24 WON  1

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
A's              84   59  .587   -     48-23  36-36  23-20 27-16 24-15 WON  3
Angels           82   61  .573   2     41-31  41-30  25-18 28-15 22-17 WON  2
Rangers          78   65  .545   6     46-25  32-40  25-18 23-20 20-19 LOST 1
e--Mariners      53   90  .371  31     34-39  19-51  13-30 19-24 12-27 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Braves           85   59  .590   -     43-29  42-30  43-21 15-15 19-13 LOST 1
Marlins          75   65  .536   8     38-30  37-35  36-20 14-20 18-14 WON  2
Phillies         74   70  .514  11     36-35  38-35  30-33 15-16 20-12 LOST 1
e--Mets          62   82  .431  23     33-39  29-43  23-41 12-18 17-15 WON  1
e--Expos         59   84  .413  25 1/2 33-38  26-46  20-37 17-19 15-17 LOST 4

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Cardinals        94   48  .662   -     48-23  46-25  19-11 48-28 16-08 WON  1
Cubs             77   64  .546  16 1/2 41-32  36-32  13-09 41-36 15-15 WON  1
Astros           78   66  .542  17     39-33  39-33  16-14 45-33 10-14 WON  1
d--Reds          66   77  .462  28 1/2 37-35  29-42  15-10 31-45 15-15 WON  1
d--Pirates       66   78  .458  29     36-35  30-43  14-10 34-44 16-14 LOST 2
d--Brewers       62   79  .440  31 1/2 34-37  28-42  11-19 31-44 12-12 WON  1

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Dodgers          83   60  .580   -     44-27  39-33  14-18 22-14 37-20 LOST 2
Giants           79   65  .549   4 1/2 42-31  37-34  19-13 15-15 34-30 WON  2
Padres           77   67  .535   6 1/2 36-36  41-31  18-14 19-17 32-26 WON  2
d--Rockies       63   80  .441  20     34-38  29-42  11-21 10-20 34-29 WON  1
e--Diamondbacks  43  101  .299  40 1/2 22-50  21-51  09-23 12-18 16-48 LOST 3

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           86   56  .606   -
Angels           82   61  .573   4 1/2
Rangers          78   65  .545   8 1/2

NL              WON  LOST  PCT  GB 
Giants           79   65  .549   -
Cubs             77   64  .546     1/2
Astros           78   66  .542   1
Marlins          75   65  .536   2
Padres           77   67  .535   2
Phillies         74   70  .514   5

4) The Mets were mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

5) The Orioles will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if the Redsox beat the Devil Rays.

6) The Tigers will be mathematically eliminated from winning the division title and from the postseason if they lose to the Indians and the Twins beat the Whitesox.

7) The Angels clinched a winning season. Starting in 1998, the Angels have been alternating between winning and losing seasons.

8) The Cubs passed the Astros into sole possession of 2nd place in the NL Central.

9) The Reds passed the Pirates into 4th place in the NL Central.

10) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, 17
AL Central–Twins, 10
AL West–A’s, 18
AL wild card–Redsox, 16

NL East–Braves, 13
NL Central–Cardinals, 5
NL West–Dodgers, 15
NL wild card–Giants, 20

11) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees have a 5 1/2 game lead over the A’s for the #1 seed. The A’s have a 1 game lead over the Twins 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.

12) Today’s schedule–

AL
Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 5.18) at Indians (Kyle Denney), 7:05
Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 5.63) at Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.44), 7:05
Yankees (Mike Mussina, 5.03) at Royals (Zack Greinke, 4.26), 8:10
Whitesox (Freddy Garcia, 3.79) at Twins (Johan Santana, 2.85), 8:10
Angels (Jarrod Washburn, 4.84) at Mariners (Bobby Madritsch, 3.15), 10:05
Rangers (John Wasdin, 6.31) at A’s (Mark Redman, 4.67), 10:05

NL
Expos (Scott Downs, 5.70) vs. Marlins (Ismael Valdez, 5.17), in Chicago, 2:05
Braves (Russ Ortiz, 3.82) at Mets (Kris Benson, 4.52), 7:10
Phillies (Cory Lidle, 5.07) at Reds (Jose Acevedo, 6.22), 7:10
Giants (Kirk Rueter, 5.07) at Brewers (Doug Davis, 3.59), 7:35
Pirates (Josh Fogg, 5.03) at Cubs (Matt Clement, 3.49), 8:05
Astros (Roger Clemens, 3.19) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 3.97), 8:10
Rockies (Jason Jennings, 5.85) at Diamondbacks (Mike Gosling, 6.00), 9:35
Padres (Justin Germano, 7.13) at Dodgers (Jose Lima, 4.12), 10:10

13) Yesterday’s HR–

Mark Teixeira–#35
Moises Alou–#35
Jeromy Burnitz–#35
Vinny Castilla–#31 & #32
Sammy Sosa–#30
Mike Cameron–#29
Andruw Jones–#28
Alfonso Soriano–#26 & #27
Phil Nevin–#24 & #25
Shawn Green–#24 & #25
Tony Batista–#25
Richard Hidalgo–#24
Pat Burrell–#22
Bobby Crosby–#20
Mike Piazza–#19
Rafael Palmeiro–#18
Lew Ford–#15
Ramon Hernandez–#15
Jayson Werth–#14
Garret Anderson–#13
Luis Gonzalez (Rockies)–#11
John Buck–#9
Jose Lopez–#5
Neifi Perez–#3
Augie Ojeda–#2
Brad Hawpe–#2
Wilson Delgado–#2

14) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–41
2) David Ortiz–37
3) Paul Konerko–36
4) Mark Teixeira–35*
5) Gary Sheffield–34
6) Alex Rodriguez–33
7) Vladimir Guerrero–30
T8) Carlos Delgado–29
T8) Hank Blalock–29
10) Eric Chavez–28

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–45
2) Albert Pujols–43
3) Adam Dunn–42
T4) Barry Bonds–41
T4) Jim Edmonds–41
6) Jim Thome–40
-) Carlos Beltran–38 (not officially in the top 10, since 15 in the AL)
T7) Moises Alou–35*
T7) Jeromy Burnitz–35*
T9) Scott Rolen–33
T9) Steve Finley–33

*–hit 1 yesterday

15) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.614, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.831, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.445, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–140, is 7th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–203, new major league record
BB above average–174, 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–1484, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795

16) Sammy Sosa watch–hit #569, is 4 behind Harmon Killebrew for 7th place on the all time HR list.

Sosa became the 3rd player with 10+ consecutive years with 30+ HR–

1    Barry Bonds              1992-04   13   
2    Jimmie Foxx              1929-40   12   
3    Sammy Sosa               1995-04   10   
T4   Lou Gehrig               1929-37    9   
T4   Eddie Mathews            1953-61    9   
T4   Mike Schmidt             1979-87    9   
T4   Rafael Palmeiro          1995-03    9   
T4   Jim Thome                1996-04    9   
T9   Babe Ruth                1926-33    8   
T9   Mickey Mantle            1955-62    8   
T9   Albert Belle             1992-99    8   
T9   Mike Piazza              1995-02    8   
T9   Jeff Bagwell             1996-03    8   

17) Rafael Palmeiro watch–hit #546, is 2 behind Mike Schmidt for 10th place on the all time HR list.

18) Mike Piazza passed Carlton Fisk and tied Norm Cash for 55th place on the all time HR list, with 377.

19) Rockies 3B Vinny Castilla hit his 300th career HR.

After -38 RCAA/.616 OPS and -9 RCAA/.771 OPS seasons, Castilla is off to a .553 SLG, .336 OBA, .889 OPS, -8 RCAA start in his first 132 games. He has Coors his way to a .814 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -158 RCAA in 1609 games.

Castilla easily broke Gary Gaetti’s career record for worst RCAA by a player with 300+ HR–

RCAA                           RCAA      HR     
1    Vinny Castilla             -158      300   
2    Gary Gaetti                -126      360   
3    Lance Parrish               -15      324   
4    Joe Carter                   28      396   
5    Ruben Sierra                 38      301   
6    Dave Kingman                 53      442   
7    Matt Williams                58      378   
8    Lee May                      86      354   
9    Cecil Fielder                96      319   
10   Ron Gant                    104      321   

1) Rangers P Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands, after A’s fans taunted him for giving up a HR. Francisco broke a woman’s nose and hit a man in the head. The woman is considering pressing charges.

According to the stupidity of Rangers manager Buck Showalter, it was the fans who “went over the line.”

Francisco has a 3.22 ERA/11 RSAA in his first 44 career games.

2) The Reds set a team record by allowing 210 HR in a season.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     HR     
1    Reds                     2004      210   
2    Reds                     2003      209   
3    Reds                     2001      198   
T4   Reds                     2000      190   
T4   Reds                     1999      190   
T6   Reds                     1953      179   
T6   Reds                     1957      179   
T8   Reds                     2002      173   
T8   Reds                     1997      173   
T10  Reds                     1998      170   
T10  Reds                     1987      170   

They’ve set the NL record for worst HR vs. the league, among non Rockies staffs–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Rockies                  2002      -64      225      161   
2    Rockies                  1999      -57      237      180   
3    Rockies                  2001      -55      239      184   
4    Reds                     2004      -51      210      159   
5    Cubs                     1968      -50      138       88   
T6   Mets                     1962      -49      192      143   
T6   Brewers                  2003      -49      219      170   
8    Astros                   2000      -48      234      186   
T9   Phillies                 1934      -47      126       79   
T9   Braves                   1970      -47      185      138   

The Reds have also moved to 7th on the NL single season list for worst team RSAA–

RSAA                          YEAR    RSAA    
1    Phillies                 1927     -210   
2    Braves                   1911     -193   
T3   Phillies                 1939     -191   
T3   Marlins                  1998     -191   
5    Cardinals                1913     -186   
6    Padres                   1974     -185   
7    Reds                     2004     -178   
8    Phillies                 1930     -174   
9    Cubs                     2000     -173   
T10  Phillies                 1928     -169   
T10  Padres                   1997     -169   

3) Mets manager Art Howe says that, if he’s going to be fired, he prefers it to happen now, instead of after the season. GM Jim Duquette says a decision hasn’t been made yet.

4) The Orioles placed DH-1B David Segui on the 15 day DL.

Segui has recurring inflammation of his left knee. After being limited to 93 games in 2002-03, he has a .441 SLG, .400 OBA, .841 OPS, 0 RCAA in 18 games.

5) The BlueJays re-signed LF Frank Catalanotto to a 2 year, $5.4 million contract extension.

Catalanotto already had his season ending surgery for a groin injury and says he will be ready for spring training. Meanwhile, GM J.P. Ricciardi says he hasn’t ruled out Catalanotto being moved to 1B, assuming that Carlos Delgado leaves as a free agent.

After 1 RCAA/.808 OPS and 10 RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Catalanotto hit .390 SLG, .344 OBA, .734 OPS, -5 RCAA in 75 games. He has a .815 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 39 RCA in 714 games.

6) A MRI on Braves P Mike Hampton showed he has a torn ligament in his left knee. Hampton will need offseason surgery and will see if he can pitch with the pain for the rest of the season.

7) Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his right groin and is expected to miss at least another 5 days.

8) Cubs P Kent Mercker’s suspension, for yelling at an umpire, was reduced from 3 to 2 games.

Mercker started serving it yesterday.

9) Mets P Tom Glavine was hit in the left shin by a ball, had to leave yesterday’s game and might have to miss a start.

After 2.96 ERA/19 RSAA and 4.52 ERA/-6 RSAA seasons, Glavine is off to a 3.39 ERA/19 RSAA start in his first 29 starts. He has a 3.43 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.09, and 297 RSAA in 566 games.

10) The Rangers activated P Juan Dominguez from the DL, placed INF Herbert Perry on the 60 day DL and called up 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

Dominguez has a 5.26 ERA/-1 RSAA in 10 career games, including a 3.91 ERA/3 RSAA in 4 starts in 2004.

Perry has a sore right knee. After playing in just 11 games in 2003, Perry had a .366 SLG, .307 OBA, .573 OPS, -8 RCAA in 49 games. He has a .771 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -31 RCAA in 529 games.

Gonzalez, a highly rated prospect, is off to a 0 RCAA/.805 OPS start in his first 8 career games.

11) The A’s called up C Mike Rose and designated INF Ramon Castro for assignment.

Castro had -3 RCAA/.388 OPS in his first 9 career games.

12) The Rockies called up P Chin-hui Tsao.

Tsao has a 5.89 ERA/-5 RSAA in 10 career games, including 1 shutout inning in 1 game in 2004.

13) The Padres called up C Humberto Quintero, OF Freddy Guzman and P Brian Sweeney.

Quintero has -7 RCAA/.634 OPS in 33 career games, including a .386 SLG, .303 OBA, .688 OPS, -5 RCAA in 21 games in 2004.

Guzman has a .224 SLG, .225 OBA, .449 OPS, -6 RCAA in his first 16 career games.

Sweeney has a 2.70 ERA/3 RSAA in 8 career games, including a 3.68 ERA/0 RSAA in 3 games (1 start) in 2004.

14) Angels 1B Darin Erstad was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to lower back stiffness.

After -5 RCAA/.702 OPS and -8 RCAA/.642 OPS seasons, Erstad is hitting .418 SLG, .360 OBA, .778 OPS, 8 RCAA in his first 108 games. He has a .771 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 35 RCAA in 1110 games.

15) Mets C Vance Wilson will have season ending surgery today, to repair a ruptured ligament in his left hand.

After -5 RCAA/.682 OPS and -13 RCAA/.666 OPS seasons, Wilson had a .427 SLG, .335 OBA, .762 OPS, -2 RCAA in 79 games. He has a .692 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -23 RCAA in 285 game.s

16) A’s P Arthur Rhodes hasn’t been available for the past couple of games, due to back spasms, and may be able to pitch today.

After 2.33 ERA/14 RSAA and 4.17 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Rhodes is off to a 5.25 ERA/-2 RSAA start in his first 34 games. He has a 4.37 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.55, and 9 RSAA in 548 games.

17) The Tigers sent P Lino Urdaneta to the minors and removed him from the 40 man roster.

Urdaneta allowed 6 runs, without retiring a batter, in his only career appearance.

18) Padres P Scott Linebrink hasn’t available the past couple of games, due to muscle spasms in his back, and is day to day.

After 7.03 ERA/-7 RSAA and 2.31 ERA/8 RSAA seasons, Linebrink is off to a 2.11 ERA/15 RSAA start in his first 67 games. He has a 3.42 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.32, and 16 RSAA in 161 games.

19) Ken Caminiti was arrested, and spent the weekend in jail, after alleged testing positive for drugs. This would be a violation of his probation, for cocaine possession.

Caminiti had a .794 career OPS, compared to his league average of .746, and 154 RCAA in 1760 games, from 1987-2001.


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