Around the Majors: Yankees clinch the division title

1) Yesterday’s scores–

AL
Tigers 8, Devil Rays 0 (1st)
Devil Rays 6, Tigers 4 (2nd)
Rangers 6, Angels 3
A’s 3, Mariners 2
Orioles 9, BlueJays 3
Yankees 6, Twins 4
Whitesox 9, Royals 2

NL
Reds 2, Cubs 1 (12)
Phillies 7, Marlins 4
Brewers 7, Cardinals 6
Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 (11)
Giants 4, Padres 1

2) Standings–

AL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Yankees      100   59  .629   -     57-24  43-35  48-25 20-12 22-14 WON  3
y--Redsox        95   63  .601   4 1/2 55-26  40-37  45-27 19-13 22-14 LOST 1
e--Orioles       77   81  .487  22 1/2 37-40  40-41  36-36 21-15 15-17 WON  3
e--Devil Rays    68   90  .430  31 1/2 41-39  27-51  26-49 17-16 10-22 LOST 1
e--BlueJays      65   93  .411  34 1/2 38-40  27-53  27-45 13-19 17-19 LOST 3

AL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Twins         90   69  .566   -     47-31  43-38  19-17 44-29 16-16 LOST 3
e--Whitesox      81   78  .509   9     46-35  35-43  16-16 38-35 19-17 WON  2
e--Indians       79   80  .497  11     44-37  35-43  17-15 35-38 17-19 WON  3
e--Tigers        71   88  .447  19     37-41  34-47  11-18 36-40 15-21 WON  1
e--Royals        57  102  .358  33     32-45  25-57  12-24 31-42 08-24 LOST 6

AL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
Angels           90   69  .566   -     45-36  45-33  25-18 28-15 30-25 LOST 1
A's              90   69  .566   -     51-27  39-42  23-20 27-16 30-25 WON  1
e--Rangers       87   72  .547   3     51-30  36-42  25-18 23-20 29-26 WON  1
e--Mariners      62   97  .390  28     37-42  25-55  13-30 19-24 21-34 LOST 1

NL EAST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Braves        94   65  .591   -     49-32  45-33  51-25 16-17 19-13 WON  1
e--Phillies      84   75  .528  10     40-38  44-37  37-36 18-18 20-12 WON  3
e--Marlins       82   77  .516  12     42-38  40-39  42-31 15-21 18-14 LOST 1
e--Mets          70   89  .440  24     37-41  33-48  28-45 15-21 17-15 LOST 1
e--Expos         65   94  .409  29     35-45  30-49  26-47 17-19 15-17 LOST 5

NL CENTRAL      WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
x--Cardinals    103   56  .648   -     51-27  52-29  19-11 52-35 21-09 LOST 4
d--Astros        89   70  .560  14     45-33  44-37  16-14 55-35 11-16 WON  4
d--Cubs          88   71  .553  15     44-35  44-36  15-12 50-40 15-15 LOST 3
e--Reds          75   84  .472  28     39-39  36-45  18-12 37-50 15-15 WON  3
e--Pirates       70   88  .443  32 1/2 39-41  31-47  17-13 35-51 16-14 LOST 2
e--Brewers       66   92  .418  36 1/2 36-45  30-47  11-19 34-52 13-17 WON  2

NL WEST         WON  LOST  PCT  GB      HOME   ROAD   EAST  CENT  WEST STREAK
z--Dodgers       92   67  .579   -     48-30  44-37  14-18 22-14 46-27 WON  1
Giants           89   70  .560   3     47-35  42-35  19-13 20-16 39-34 WON  1
d--Padres        86   73  .541   6     42-39  44-34  18-14 19-17 41-32 LOST 1
e--Rockies       68   91  .428  24     38-43  30-48  11-21 10-23 39-37 LOST 1
e--Diamondbacks  49  110  .308  43     27-51  22-59  09-23 15-21 19-54 LOST 1

x–clinched the division title
y–wild card
z–clinched a tie for the division title
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   
Astros           89   70  .560   -
Giants           89   70  .560   -
Cubs             88   71  .553   1
Padres           86   73  .541   3

4) The Yankees clinched the division title for the 7th consecutive year.

The Yankees reached 100 wins for the 18th time and the 3rd consecutive year. The Yankees joined the 1929-31 Athletics, 1969-71 Orioles and 1997-99 Braves as the only teams to win 100 games in 3 straight years.

5) The A’s tied the Angels for 1st place in the AL West.

6) The Dodgers will clinch the division title if they beat the Giants. Yesterday, they clinched a tie for the division title.

7) The Padres will be mathematically eliminated from the postseason if they lose to the Diamondbacks or the Cubs beat the Braves or the Giants beat the Dodgers.

8) Magic numbers–

AL East–Yankees, clinched
AL Central–Twins, clinched
AL West–A’s, Angels, 4
AL wild card–Redsox, clinched

NL East–Braves, clinched
NL Central–Cardinals, clinched
NL West–Dodgers, 1
NL wild card–Astros/Giants, 4

9) Race for the postseason seeds–

AL–The Yankees clinched the top seed. The Twins are tied with the Angels and 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. The Braves will clinch the #2 seed if they beat the Cubs or the Dodgers lose to the Giants.

10) Today’s schedule–

AL
Devil Rays (Rob Bell, 4.82) at Tigers (Mike Maroth, 4.29), 7:05
Yankees (Orlando Hernandez, 2.87) at BlueJays (David Bush, 4.06), 7:05
Redsox (Tim Wakefield, 4.94) at Orioles (Rodrigo Lopez, 3.56), 7:35
Whitesox (Jon Garland, 4.95) at Royals (Denny Bautista, 9.89), 8:10
Indians (Scott Elarton, 6.04) at Twins (Terry Mulholland, 5.34), 8:10
Rangers (Ryan Drese, 3.98) at Mariners (Ron Villone, 4.10), 10:05
Angels (Bartolo Colon, 5.19) at A’s (Mark Mulder, 4.31), 10:05

NL
Braves (Mike Hampton, 4.38) at Cubs (Kerry Wood, 3.58), 3:20
Marlins (David Weathers, 4.25) at Phillies (Cory Lidle, 4.95), 7:05
Expos (Scott Downs, 5.37) at Mets (Kris Benson, 4.33), 7:10
Pirates (David Williams, 3.89) at Reds (Paul Wilson, 4.53), 7:10
Rockies (Joe Kennedy, 3.62) at Astros (Peter Munro, 5.20), 8:05
Brewers (Ben Hendrickson, 6.35) at Cardinals (Jason Simontacchi, 5.40), 8:10
Padres (Jake Peavy, 2.25) at Diamondbacks (Mike Gosling, 4.66), 10:05
Giants (Kirk Rueter, 4.81) at Dodgers (Jeff Weaver, 4.01), 10:10

11) Yesterday’s HR–

Vladimir Guerrero–#37 & #38
Sammy Sosa–#34
Miguel Tejada–#33
Carlos Delgado–#32
Hideki Matsui–#31
Carlos Pena–#27
Jermaine Dye–#23
Torii Hunter–#23
Juan Uribe–#23
Aaron Rowand–#23
Bobby Crosby–#22
Bernie Williams–#21
Ivan Rodriguez–#19
Justin Morneau–#19
Keith Ginter–#18
Ray Durham–#16
Larry Bigbie–#15
Scott Podsednik–#12
Jay Gibbons–#10
Frank Menechino–#9
John Olerud–#9
Austin Kearns–#9
David Newhan–#8
Joe Borchard–#8
David Ross–#5

12) HR leaders–

AL
1) Manny Ramirez–43
2) Paul Konerko–41
3) David Ortiz–40
4) Vladimir Guerrero–38**
5) Mark Teixeira–37
T6) Gary Sheffield–36
T6) Alex Rodriguez–36
8) Miguel Tejada–33*
T9) Carlos Delgado–32*
T9) Hank Blalock–32

NL
1) Adrian Beltre–48
2) Albert Pujols–46
T3) Barry Bonds–45
T3) Adam Dunn–45
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) Sammy Sosa–34*
T10) Steve Finley–34
T10) Vinny Castilla–34
T10) Scott Rolen–34

**—hit 2 yesterday
*–hit 1 yesterday

13) Barry Bonds watch–

OBA–.608, Bonds holds the major league record with .582, in 2002
SLG–.819, on pace for 4th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with .863, 2001
OPS–1.427, Bonds holds the major league record with 1.381, in 2002
RCAA–151, is 6th all time, Bonds holds the major league record with 169, 2001
BB–225, new major league record
BB above average–193, new major league record
career HR–has 703, is 11 behind Ruth, is 52 behind Aaron
career HR above average–has 460, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 622
career RCAA–1495, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the record with 1795
times reached base–369, 2nd all time, Ruth holds the major league record with 379, 1923
times reached base vs. average–248, new major league record

14) Sammy Sosa tied Harmon Killebrew for 7th place on the all time HR list, with 573.

15) Carlos Delgado passed Darryl Strawberry and tied Joe Adcock for 77th place on the all time HR list, with 336.

16) Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez hit his 250th career HR.

Clarification from yesterday–Milton Bradley was only suspended for the remainder of the regular season and not the postseason.


1) Reds LF Adam Dunn set the major league record for SO in a season.

After 20 RCAA/.854 OPS and 9 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Dunn is hitting .564 SLG, .387 OBA, .951 OPS, 50 RCAA in 158 games. He has a .891 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 96 RCAA in 498 games.

The new top 10–

STRIKEOUTS                    YEAR     SO     
1    Adam Dunn                2004      191   
2    Bobby Bonds              1970      189   
3    Jose Hernandez           2002      188   
T4   Preston Wilson           2000      187   
T4   Bobby Bonds              1969      187   
6    Rob Deer                 1987      186   
T7   Jose Hernandez           2001      185   
T7   Pete Incaviglia          1986      185   
T7   Jim Thome                2001      185   
T10  Cecil Fielder            1990      182   
T10  Jim Thome                2003      182   

He’s 12th vs. the league average–

STRIKEOUTS                    YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Dave Nicholson           1963      106      175       69   
2    Rob Deer                 1987      105      186       81   
3    Mike Schmidt             1975      104      180       76   
4    Gorman Thomas            1979      101      175       74   
5    Rob Deer                 1986      100      179       79   
6    Gary Alexander           1978       98      166       68   
7    Rob Deer                 1991       96      175       79   
T8   Pete Incaviglia          1986       94      185       91   
T8   Jose Hernandez           2002       94      188       94   
T10  Jim Thome                2001       93      185       92   
T10  Bobby Bonds              1970       93      189       96   
12   Adam Dunn                2004       92      191       99  

2) The Yankees set a team record for HR in a season.

The new top 10–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     HR     
1    Yankees                  2004      241   
2    Yankees                  1961      240   
3    Yankees                  2003      230   
4    Yankees                  2002      223   
5    Yankees                  1998      207   
6    Yankees                  2000      205   
7    Yankees                  2001      203   
8    Yankees                  1962      199   
9    Yankees                  1987      196   
T10  Yankees                  1960      193   
T10  Yankees                  1999      193  

They are only tied for 15th vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Yankees                  1927      102      158       56   
2    Yankees                  1936       79      182      103   
3    Yankees                  1931       77      155       78   
4    Yankees                  1961       75      240      165   
5    Yankees                  1921       72      134       62   
6    Yankees                  1928       70      133       63   
7    Yankees                  1920       66      115       49   
8    Yankees                  1932       65      160       95   
T9   Yankees                  1926       64      121       57   
T9   Yankees                  1933       64      144       80   
T11  Yankees                  1937       63      174      111   
T11  Yankees                  1929       63      142       79   
13   Yankees                  1930       62      152       90   
14   Yankees                  1939       61      166      105   
T15  Yankees                  1980       58      189      131   
T15  Yankees                  2004       58      241      183  

3) The Yankees set the major league record for worst RSAA by a 100 win team.

The new top 10–

RSAA                          YEAR    RSAA       W     
1    Yankees                  2004      -44      100   
2    Yankees                  1928      -17      101   
3    Dodgers                  1962       -5      102   
4    A's                      1911        2      101   
5    Braves                   2003        8      101   
T6   Reds                     1976       13      102   
T6   Giants                   1993       13      103   
8    Yankees                  1932       17      107   
9    Mets                     1988       19      100   
10   Giants                   1962       23      103   

4) A’s 1B Erubiel Durazo was out of yesterday’s lineup, due to a sore left wrist, and C Damian Miller has missed the past 2 games, due to a thumb injury.

After 18 RCAA/.944 OPS and 18 RCAA/.804 OPS seasons, Durazo is hitting .527 SLG, .399 OBA, .926 OPS, 38 RCAA in 141 games. He has a .886 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 106 RCAA in 582 games.

After -8 RCAA/.775 OPS and -18 RCAA/.680 OPS seasons, Miller has a .400 SLG, .336 OBA, .736 OPS, -12 RCAA in 109 games. He has a .749 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and -57 RCAA in 715 games.

5) Giants RF Dustan Mohr has a strained tendon in his left knee and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

After 1 RCAA/.759 OPS and -11 RCAA/.714 OPS seasons, Mohr hit .442 SLG, .397 OBA, .840 OPS, 6 RCAA in 116 games. He has a .756 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and -8 RCAA in 377 games.

6) Cardinals P Chris Carpenter has been sidelined, due to nerve damage in his right biceps, since September 18 and is out for at least the Division Series.

After missing the 2003 season, Carpenter had a 3.46 ERA/15 RSAA in 28 starts. He has a 4.59 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and 8 RSAA in 180 games.

7) The Whitesox activated P Scott Schoeneweis from the DL.

After 4.88 ERA/-7 RSAA and 4.18 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Schoeneweis has a 5.56 ERA/-8 RSAA in 19 starts. He has a 5.15 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.64, and -33 RSAA in 222 games.

8) Twins SS Cristian Guzman was scratched from yesterday’s lineup, due to a stiff neck.

After -24 RCAA/.677 OPS and -18 RCAA/.676 OPS seasons, Guzman has a .389 SLG, .311 OBA, .699 OPS, -23 RCAA in 142 games. He has a .686 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -132 RCAA in 838 games.

Guzman is tied for 5th in AL history for worst RCAA through the age of 26–

RCAA      
1    Alfredo Griffin            -171   
2    Jim Levey                  -157   
3    Ed Brinkman                -153   
4    Ozzie Guillen              -137   
T5   Cristian Guzman            -132   
T5   Aurelio Rodriguez          -132   
7    Bill Knickerbocker         -128   
8    Bob Kennedy                -123   
9    Jimmy Bloodworth           -120   
10   Charley O'Leary            -119   

9) Twins LF Shannon Stewart has been out of the lineup since last Saturday, due to a tight right hamstring, and says he expects to be ready for the start of the postseason.

After 19 RCAA/.813 OPS and 14 RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Stewart has a .447 SLG, .379 OBA, .825 OPS, 11 RCAA in 91 games. He has a .818 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 105 RCAA in 1011 games.


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