THT Daily: Chipper Ties Record

Major League News for July 16

Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Top Minor League Performances
Player News
Stats


Yesterday’s Results
American League
TOR     4  SEA     3    (Recap and Boxscore) 11 innings; Burnett: 7 IP, 2 R
BAL     4  TEX     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Lopez: 5.2 IP, 0 R
LAA     7  TB      5    (Recap and Boxscore) Kendrick: 2 2B, GW hit
OAK     8  BOS     1    (Recap and Boxscore) Blanton: 7 IP, 1 R; Kotsay: 4-5, 3 RBI
NYA     6  CHA     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
MIN     5  CLE     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Silva: 6 IP, 2 R
KC      9  DET     6    (Recap and Boxscore) Thame: 2 HR, 5 RBI; Gathright: 4 RBI

National League
PHI     6  SF      2    (Recap and Boxscore) Myers returns: 7 IP, 2 R; Bonds: HR 721
ATL    10  SD      5    (Recap and Boxscore) Chipper: 3-3, 3 RBI
STL    11  LAN     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Pujols: 4-5, 3 RBI; STL sweep
WAS     8  PIT     4    (Recap and Boxscore) 11 innings; Johnson: 3-5, 2 2B
NYN    13  CHN     7    (Recap and Boxscore) Mets: record 11 R in 6th, 2 GS HR
MIL    10  ARI     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     9  HOU     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Ramirez: HR, 3 RBI
CIN     6  COL     4    (Recap and Boxscore) CIN sweep; Fogg: 7 IP, 1 R


Today’s Games
Time    Visitors                         Home
7:05    COL - Kim B. (5-5, 4.89)         PIT - Wells K. (0-4, 12.42)
7:05    WAS - Armas T. (6-4, 4.44)       FLA - Nolasco R. (6-6, 5.00)
7:05    ATL - Ramirez H.* (4-3, 4.65)    STL - Weaver J. (0-0, -)
7:05    KC - Hudson L. (2-3, 5.79)       BOS - Wakefield T. (7-8, 4.05)
7:05    OAK - Windsor J. (0-0, -)        BAL - Loewen A.* (0-2, 7.12)
7:05    SEA - Washburn J.* (4-9, 4.58)   NYY - Wang C. (9-4, 4.00)
7:07    TEX - Koronka J.* (6-5, 4.63)    TOR - Lilly T.* (8-8, 4.07)
8:10    TB - Corcoran T. (4-0, 1.57)     MIN - Baker S. (2-5, 6.06)
9:40    LAD - Sele A. (6-2, 2.91)        ARI - Gonzalez E. (2-2, 5.14)
10:05   CLE - Westbrook J. (7-4, 4.19)   LAA - Moseley D. (0-0, -)
10:05   PHI - Hamels C.* (2-4, 5.44)     SD - Williams W. (4-1, 3.08)
10:15   MIL - Jackson Z.* (1-2, 5.94)    SF - Schmidt J. (6-5, 2.78)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and gray bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     54  36 .600    0.0   51      3      
NYA     53  36 .596    0.5   53      0      
TOR     51  40 .560    3.5   49      2      
BAL     43  51 .457   13.0   41      2      
TB      39  53 .424   16.0   37      2      
American League Central
DET     62  30 .674    0.0   59      3      
CHA     57  34 .626    4.5   54      3      
MIN     50  40 .556   11.0   48      2      
CLE     41  50 .451   20.5   49     -8      
KC      32  59 .352   29.5   33     -1      
American League West
OAK     48  44 .522    0.0   46      2      
TEX     47  45 .511    1.0   48     -1      
LAA     46  45 .505    1.5   46      0      
SEA     44  48 .478    4.0   46     -2      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     55  37 .598    0.0   53      2      
PHI     42  48 .467   12.0   43     -1      
ATL     43  49 .467   12.0   47     -4      
FLA     40  50 .444   14.0   43     -3      
WAS     39  54 .419   16.5   40     -1      
National League Central
STL     52  39 .571    0.0   48      4      
CIN     49  44 .527    4.0   46      3      
MIL     45  48 .484    8.0   39      6      
HOU     45  48 .484    8.0   45      0      
CHN     35  56 .385   17.0   36     -1      
PIT     32  61 .344   21.0   40     -8      
National League West
SD      48  43 .527    0.0   46      2      
SF      46  46 .500    2.5   46      0      
LAN     46  46 .500    2.5   50     -4      
ARI     45  46 .495    3.0   44      1      
COL     44  47 .484    4.0   46     -2      


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
BOS AA  Brandon Moss       RF  5  4  2  0  0  0  0  3 runs scored
BOS AA  Chad Spann         3B  5  3  1  2  0  0  0  4 RBI
BOS AA  L. Jimenez         DH  4  3  1  1  1  0  1   
CIN A+  Marland Williams   CF  5  4  2  1  1  0  1  3 runs scored
CLE AA  Trevor Crowe       CF  4  3  2  0  0  1  0  3 runs scored
HOU A-  Justin Tellam       C  2  2  0  0  1  0  0   
LA  AA  Anthony Raglani    LF  4  3  2  0  1  0  0   
LAA A+  Sean Rodriguez     SS  4  3  0  0  1  1  0   
NYY AA  Vince Faison       RF  5  3  1  1  1  0  1  3 runs scored
NYY AA  Jason Brown         C  5  4  1  0  1  0  1  3 runs scored
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ATL A   Jairo Cuevas       5.0  0  0  0  3  2  0   
BAL AA  Radhames Liz       6.0  4  0  0  5  2  0   
CLE A-  Luis Valdez        5.0  1  0  0  5  3  0  1.38 ERA over past month
CLE A   Thomas Cowley      7.0  1  0  0  7  2  0   
FLA A+  Daniel Barone      5.0  1  0  0  6  2  0   
FLA A   Ryan Tucker        7.0  2  0  0  6  2  0   
HOU A-  Douglas Arguello   6.0  1  0  0  8  1  0   
LAA A   Robert Mosebach    8.0  5  0  0  7  1  0   
MIN A   Ryan Mullins       6.2  4  2  1 10  2  1   
SD  A   Jarrett Gardner    7.0  1  0  0  5  2  0 


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

Mariano Rivera recorded the final six outs of the Yankees’ victory to notch the 400th regular-season save of his career.

Pedro Martinez (hip, food poisoning) tosses 45 pitches in a bullpen session before Sunday’s game at Chicago Cubs. Pitching coach Rick Peterson told the New York Times that Martínez probably needed to throw one more bullpen session and a simulated game to build arm strength.

Ben Sheets (right shoulder tendinitis) is scheduled to make his third, and probably final, rehab start for Triple-A Nashville at Omaha on Wednesday night. He has allowed eight runs in 7 1-3 innings in his first two rehab starts. He has been on the DL since May 10.

Howie Kendrick struggled the first time he came up from the minors. He’s off to a flying start the second time around. Just two days after getting recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, Kendrick doubled twice and singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels take a 7-5 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. “The first time I was up here, I went 3-for-26. This time, I’ve helped win a game.”

After Sunday’s game, the Angels assigned Erick Aybar to Salt Lake to clear a roster spot to call up RHP Dustin Moseley on Monday. Moseley is to make his first major league start that night against Cleveland. He will start in place of rookie RHP Jered Weaver, who will miss his turn because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.

Chipper Jones tied a 79-year-old record on Sunday, as he collected an extra-base hit for the 14th consecutive game. He was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run (14), two runs scored, two walks and three RBI (57) in Sunday’s game at San Diego.

Cardinals LHP Randy Flores, who underwent an MRI exam on Friday for elbow pain, threw in the bullpen Sunday and could be cleared to pitch on Monday.

Boof Bonser won’t be serving as the Twins’ No. 5 starter because Scott Baker has retaken that role.

LHP Mike Venafro requested and got his release from the Reds’ Triple-A team on Sunday. Venafro was released by the Mets on March 30 and signed a minor league deal. He had a 2.45 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Louisville.

B.J. Upton went 0-for-3 with a sac fly Sunday, but most importantly, he didn’t make an error for the fourth consecutive game after his move to third base.

The Marlins optioned RHP Yusmeiro Petit to Triple-A Albuquerque after the game and recalled RHP Chris Resop from Triple A.

Outfielder Wily Mo Pena was batting .242 with one home run and five RBI in 33 at-bats on his Triple-A rehab assignment. “Soon,” manager Francona told MLB.com. “I think he’ll definitely be back soon.”

Right-hander Ryan Drese, who missed almost three months because of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, pitched three scoreless innings in his first rehab start in Double-A. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out two.

Shawn Hill (elbow) threw from 60 feet Saturday. “If it feels good, maybe we’ll stretch it out to 90 feet,” Hill told MLB.com. He’s anxious to start a rehab assignment but that won’t come until he stretches it out and does a bullpen session from the mound.

Nats OF Ryan Church continues to struggle at Triple-A New Orleans, and club officials have no plans to recall him anytime soon. Church, who was supposed to be the Nationals’ everyday center fielder this season, is hitting just .232 at New Orleans (.337 OBP and .361 SLUG).

Jay Payton, who had a couple of nice catches in right field, appears to be the biggest beneficiary of Dan Johnson’s demotion to Triple-A.

Tony Batista, released by the Twins, was not picked up by another U.S. pro team.

Bill Mueller is considering another knee surgery to salvage one last season of his career. “I’m still trying to figure out the best road to take as far as the procedure for myself that would give me the best scenario short term as well as long term,” Mueller told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m trying to figure out if there’s an answer out there. Whatever’s possible.”

Rich Harden (elbow) looks like no better than a mid-August return either at this point, so the A’s are giving rookie Jason Windsor a look as their No. 5 starter. Kirk Saarloos is back in the bullpen now.


THT Stats

The name is wrong, but “Clutch” is what it’s called for now. In the THT Annual, we called it “Sit” for Situational Hitting. Whatever it’s called, it’s a stat that reflects how much better each batter has batted with runners on base. A part of Bill James’s most recent Runs Created formula, it is the number of runs created by a batter who hits relatively better with runners in scoring position, or hits relatively more home runs with runners on base.

Here’s a list of the top twenty batters in “Clutch,” as well as each batter’s BA with runners in scoring position. Maybe you didn’t know that Michael Young has been the best clutch/situational hitter in the majors this year.

Last        First    Team   Clutch    BA/RISP
Young       Michael  TEX      11.4       .400
Berkman     Lance    HOU      10.8       .412
Pujols      Albert   STL       9.7       .463
Lopez       Jose     SEA       9.3       .356
Crawford    Carl     TB        8.9       .392
Thome       Jim      CHA       8.3       .375
Polanco     Placido  DET       7.9       .391
Blalock     Hank     TEX       7.8       .352
Ibanez      Raul     SEA       7.6       .343
Abreu       Bobby    PHI       7.5       .337
Furcal      Rafael   LAN       6.5       .333
Jenkins     Geoff    MIL       6.4       .318
Teixeira    Mark     TEX       6.4       .323
Helton      Todd     COL       6.3       .344
Hernandez   Ramon    BAL       6.0       .333
Boone       Aaron    CLE       5.9       .313
Rodriguez   Alex     NYA       5.8       .314
Zimmerman   Ryan     WAS       5.7       .333
Uribe       Juan     CHA       5.6       .291
Giambi      Jason    NYA       5.5       .293

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