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Question Baseball Rankings Week 24

Note: Weekly rankings include all games played through the date of this report. See where your favorite team ranks based on overall winning percentage, adjusted by recent play (plus or minus up to five percent based on the last ten games played). A "+" or "-" indicates that the winning percentage is higher or lower than last week.

1.--ANAHEIM ANGELS--(94-55),.620+,.660 with adjustments for the last ten games,9-1):Angels have won 16 out of their last 17 games. With Anaheim winning 13-4 over Texas on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, they are in first place by themselves in the A.L. West, by one game over Oakland. Third baseman Troy Glaus hit three homeruns in that game to give him 27 on the season. Angels also set a club record with their 94th win of the year. Pitcher Jarrod "I thought she was 18" Washburn ran his record to 18-5 with a 3-2 win over Texas Friday night. Washburn has an ERA of 3.24. With that 18th win he is one win away from tying Mark Langston, who won 19 in 1991. The most in franchise history. Closer Troy Percival earned his 38th save. Outfielder Garrett Anderson went 1-4 with one RBI. That gave him 114 RBI's on the year. He also leads the majors with 55 doubles. Great season for Anderson. By the way, all charges were dropped against Washburn.

2.--ATLANTA BRAVES--(94-53),.639+,.659 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3)itcher Tom Glavine finally won after losing a career high four straight starts. He and Atlanta beat Florida, 10-5. Gary Sheffield hit his 25th homerun of the season. Catcher Javy Lopez hit his ninth. Lopez hit a grand slam for his 10th homerun of the season in Sunday's win over Florida, 6-4. In last Tuesday's win over the New York Mets, 12-6, outfielder Andruw Jones hit two homeruns to give him 31 on the year. Those two homeruns gave him four consecutive homeruns, carrying over from last Sunday's game where he hit two.

3.--NEW YORK YANKEES--(94-55),631+,.651 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3)itcher David Wells improved his record to 17-7 with a 7-3 win over Baltimore last Thursday. He showed no ill effects from the fight he had in a cafe. He lost two teeth in that battle. Well, he beat up on the Orioles pretty good. He had six strikeouts, and allowed no walks. Rookie Nick Johnson hit his 15th homerun of the year. Slugger Jason Giambi had to leave the game after being hit on his right wrist-nothing serious. Alfonso Soriano hit his 37th homerun of the year in Saturday's loss to Chicago breaking Seattle's Bret Boone's record for most homeruns by a second baseman. He hit his 38th on Sunday, in a 8-4 win over Chicago.

4.--ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS--(92-57),617+,.627 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling made history. They are the first teammates in major league history to have 300 or more strikeouts each, in a single season. Unreal! Johnson improved his record to 22-5, and struck out 17 batters when he beat Milwaukee Saturday 5-0. He pitched a complete game and only allowed three hits. Johnson has struck out 10 batters or more 186 times in his career. He is only 29 games short of tying Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan's National League record. Second baseman Junior Spivey hit his 13th homerun of the season in that game. Outfielder Steve Finley hit two doubles to give him 21 on the year. Allow me to tell you one more record set by Johnson and Schilling. First N.L. teammates in 37 years to each win at least 22 games. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale were the last teammates to do that in the N.L.

5. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (93-56),.624,.624 with adjustment for last ten games, 5-5):A's pitcher Tim Hudson beat Seattle 1-0, while improving his record to 14-9. It was his second career shutout and his 11th career complete game. He is 11-3 in his last 22 starts. First baseman Scott Hatteberg knocked in the only run of the game for the win.

6.--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS--(86-63),.577+,.607 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2):Cardinals and Houston each won two games from each other over the past four days, but the Cardinals lead the N.L. Central over Houston by 6.5 games. Cardinals beat Houston Saturday 2-1. Pitcher Woody Williams improved to 9-4 with that win. He went seven innings, allowing five hits and allowed no walks. Jim Edmonds went 1-4 with one RBI.

7.--MINNESOTA TWINS--(87-63),.580+,.590 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Twins clenched a playoff spot with their 5-0 win over Cleveland Sunday, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wanted to contract them. Boo on him. First postseason appearance for the Twins since 1991. They won the World Series that year against Atlanta. In Sunday's victory, pitcher Kyle Lohse earned the win. He is now 13-8. He tossed six innings, allowing two hits. He had eight strikeouts. Denny Hocking went 1-4 with two RBI's.

8.--SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS--(85-64),.570+,.590 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Giants beat San Diego Friday night 10-3. Pitcher Russ Ortiz improved his record to 12-10 with that win. His ERA is 3.57. Jeff Kent hit his 34th homerun of the season. Kent had 104 RBI's after that win Friday, which leads the team. Bonds made a statement earlier this week urging the Giants to re-sign Kent. Smart move. Shortstop Rich Aurilia went 4-5 with two RBI's and hot hitting Barry Bonds went 4-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored. He leads the majors in hitting with a .372 average. I see another MVP Award going on his shelf.

9.--BOSTON REDSOX--(84-64),.568+, .588 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3)itcher Derek Lowe ran his record to 20-5, with a 6-4 win over Baltimore Saturday. His ERA is 2.45. He is the first pitcher in baseball history to win 20 games the season after saving 20 games or more. Lowe had 24 saves in 2001. Ugueth Urbina earned his 35th save. Slugger Manny Ramirez hit two homeruns to give him 31 on the year. Trot Nixon went 2-3 with two RBI's and he also hit his 33rd double of the year. A lot of speculation concerning trading Nomar Garciaparra or Pedro Martinez after the season ends. Personally, I would trade Garciaparra for a good left-handed pitcher, like Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves. With all the offensive weapons Boston had this year they should be in the thick of the pennant race, but have failed again, it seems. But it ain't over till its over.

10.--SEATTLE MARINERS--(85-64),570-,.560 with adjustments for the last ten games, 4-6):Seattle managed to win one game from Oakland this weekend, winning Sunday 6-3, behind the pitching of Joel Pineiro. He improved his record to 14-6. He had seven strikeouts. His ERA is 3.13. Mike Cameron hit his 23rd homerun of the year and Edgar Martinez hit his 14th. Second baseman Bret Boone went 3-5 with two RBI's, and one run scored. He hit his 28th double of the year too. He now has 98 RBI's on the year. Batting .269. Far cry from last season's stats.

11.--LOS ANGELES DODGERS--(84-65),.564-,.544 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7)odgers broke out the bats in a 16-3 win over Colorado Saturday. Odalis Perez earned the win. He is 14-9. Outfielder Brian Jordan hit his 17th homerun of the year and Adrian Beltre hit his 20th. Jordan had four RBI's, and hit his 23rd double of the season. First baseman Eric Karros went 2-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Dodgers lost two out of three this weekend to Colorado. Not good when your in a close pennant race.

12.--HOUSTON ASTROS--(80-70),.533+,.543 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Astros blanked St. Louis Sunday, 8-0. Pitcher Wade Miller won his 11th consecutive decision. He is now 14-3. He pitched a complete game shutout. Allowing only three hits. Miller's ERA is 3.37. Lance Berkman hit his 41st homerun of the year and now leads the National League in RBI's with 123. He also hit his 34th double of the year.

13.--CHICAGO WHITE SOX--(74-76),.493+,.503 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):White Sox beat the Yankees two out of three this weekend. Pitcher Dan Wright improved to 12-12 with a 8-1 win over New York Saturday. He pitched seven innings, allowing four hits. Jeff Liefer hit a shot into the upper deck at Yankee stadium for his sixth homerun of the year. Third baseman Joe Crede hit his 10th.

14.--CINCINNATI REDS--(73-76),.490-,.500 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Reds beat the Cubs Saturday, 3-1 behind a fine pitching performance by Ryan Dempster. he is now 9-13. He tossed seven innings, allowing only three hits. He had 10 strikeouts. Outfielder Reggie Taylor went 1-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Jose Guillen went 1-4 with one RBI and his seventh double of the year. First baseman Russell Branyan went 1-3 with one RBI, and he hit his eighth double of the season. This past Thursday, Cincinnati beat Chicago 15-12. Came from behind and beat them at that. Trailed 12-11 in the eighth inning. Second baseman Todd Walker went 4-6 with four RBI's and one run scored. Many others contributed too.

15.--MONTREAL EXPOS--(74-76),.493-,.493 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Expos ripped the Mets Friday night, 11-8. Pitcher Bartolo Colon improved to 9-3 with the win. He was 10-4 with Cleveland before coming to Montreal. So he is 19-7 overall. Second baseman Jose Vidro hit his 18th homerun of the season. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero hit his 37th. Guerrero reached 100 RBI's for the fifth straight year. He also hit his 32nd double of the year. Expos also beat the Mets Sunday, 10-1. Outfielder Matt Cepicky hit a grand slam in the first inning, it was his third homerun of the year. Ex-Montreal players Tim Wallach, Charlie Lea, and Dennis Martinez threw out the ball before the start of Sunday's game.

16.--PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--(74-76),.493-,.483 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6)hillies beat Pittsburgh Saturday 4-1. Rookie pitcher Eric Junge filled in for an ailing Brandon Duckworth. First M.L. win for Junge. Outfielder Pat Burrell hit his 37th homerun of the year. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-3 with one RBI and one run scored. He also hit his 31st double of the year.

17.--FLORIDA MARLINS--(72-77),.486-,.476 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Outfielder Kevin Millar has a 21 game hitting streak going still, after going 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Atlanta.

18.--TEXAS RANGERS--(69-80),.463+,.473 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Shortstop Alex Rodriquez leads the majors with 55 homeruns and 134 RBI's. He's batting .310.

19.--NEW YORK METS--(70-79),.470,.470 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Mets committed a season high six errors in that 11-8 loss to Montreal Friday. Three were by 10-time Gold Glove winner, second baseman Roberto Alomar. Mets got swept by Montreal this weekend. Team is in bad shape. First baseman Mo Vaughn did hit two homeruns in that loss Friday, to give him 24 on the year. His bat has been finally coming alive, but a little too late. Same for Jeromy Burnitz, who hit several homeruns in the last week or so.

20.--CLEVELAND INDIANS--(66-83),.443-,.433 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Indians jumped all over Minnesota Saturday in a 12-5 win. Pitcher Terry Mulholland earned the win. He is 3-1. He pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out five. First baseman Jim Thome hit his 45th homerun of the year. Leads the team with 105 RBI's. Karim Garcia went 1-4 with four RBI's and two runs scored. Travis Fryman hit his 10th homerun of the season. He also hit two doubles to give him 13 on the year. Ellis Burks went 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

21.--COLORADO ROCKIES--(69-81),.460+,.470 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Rockies rocked the Dodgers 5-4 Sunday. Denny Neagle got the start, but had a no decision. Relief pitcher Justin Speier earned the win to improve to 5-0. Closer Jose Jimenez earned his 40th save of the year. Second baseman Brent Butler hit his eighth homerun of the year. Todd "I can still steal" Zeile hit his 17th. Zeile had three RBI's and also hit his 21st double of the year.

22.--TORONTO BLUEJAYS--(68-81),.456+, .476 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):BlueJays beat lowly Tampa Bay Saturday, 8-4. Ex-NBA player and now strting pitcher, Mark Hendrickson won his first major league game by beating Tampa. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits. He only allowed one walk. He played in the NBA from 1996-2000, for New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and the Cleveland Caveliers. Outfielder Carlos Delgado hit two homeruns in that game to give him 27 on the year. Josh Phelps hit his 14th. Delgado also hit his 32nd double and Phelps his 16th double of the season.

23.--PITTSBURGH PIRATES--(65-84,.436-,.426 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):-GM David Littlefield and owner Kevin McClatchy have a lot to discuss during the off-season. Former GM, Cam Bonifay really blew some money when he signed Derek Bell for $10 million, another $14 million for Pat Meares and a $60 million dollar contract for no slugging catcher Jason "I'm real weak" Kendall. Mr. McClatchy will collect some $8 million in revenue sharing for next year. Still losing a ton. More bad news. In the Pirates 115 year old history, they have never endured 10 consecutive losing seasons.

24.--SAN DIEGO PADRES--(63-87),.420,.400 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7):My homeboy, pitcher Jake Peavy beat San Francisco Sunday, 4-1. Mr. Peavy was my next door neighbor here in Mobile for a while, as he grew up. Use to throw the ball over our privacy fence. We would have to throw it back over in his yard. He was nice enough to send me an autograph Bowman baseball card of himself. Thanks. Anyhow, he improved his record to 6-7. He pitched five innings, allowing six hits. This kid is good. He's only 21 I believe, and has a bright future ahead of him. Closer Trevor Hoffman earned his 37th save. Another favorite of mine, Ryan Klesko hit his 29th homerun of the year. Wish the Braves still had him.

25.--BALTIMORE ORIOLES--(66-82),.446-,.416 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8):Rookie pitcher Rodrigo Lopez improved to 15-7, with a 8-3 win over Boston Friday night. He pitched six innings, allowing five hits. Catcher Geronimo Gil hit his 11th homer of the year. Second baseman, Jerry Hairston Jr. went 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored. He hit two doubles to give him 23 on the year. Shortstop Mike Bordick set an A.L. record with his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop, breaking a tie with former teammate Cal Ripken Jr.

26.--CHICAGO CUBS--(64-86),.427-,.417 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Slugger Sammy Sosa leads the N.L. with 46 homeruns. He's really been in a slump the past couple of weeks, concerning hitting homeruns. We all have our dry spells. Sosa with that 46th homerun, help beat Cincinnati Sunday, 6-0. Sosa leads the team in RBI's with 102. First baseman Fred McGriff has 101. Second baseman Bobby Hill hit his third of the year. Carlos Zambrano earned the win. He is now 4-7. He had eight strikeouts in the game.

27.--KANSAS CITY ROYALS--(58-91),.389-,.369 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7):Royals beat Detroit Sunday, 9-3. Pitcher Runelvys Hernandez improved to 4-4. I did not mispell his first name. Odd name. Outfielder Dee Brown hit his first homerun of the year. Catcher Brent Mayne went 2-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored. He hit his eighth double too. Outfielder Aaron Guiel went 1-4 with two RBI's.

28.--MILWUAKEE BREWERS--(52-97),.349-,.319 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8):-Sure do make some good beer in that town. Robin Yount and Paul Moliter did you have to retire so soon?

29.--DETROIT TIGERS--(53-96),.356-,.326 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8):-I wrote the GM Don Dombrowski asking him for a scouting job. I'm serious. No reply yet. They need all the help that can get in finding talent, and I'm just the man that can find it. Plenty of it here in Mobile, and surrounding areas. Hope to hear from you soon Mr. Dombrowski.

30.--TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS--(49-100),.329-,.299 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8):-Devil Rays beat Baltimore Sunday, 7-4. Pitcher Joe Kennedy improved to 8-11. He worked seven innings, allowing three hits. He had three strikeouts. Outfielder Randy Winn went 2-5 with two RBI's. Outfielder Carl Crawford went 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored, and 23-year old shortstop Felix Escalona went 3-4 with one RBI and three runs scored. He hit his seventh double of the year too.

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Old 09-16-2002, 11:31 PM   #2
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Could the A's have peaked at the wrong time? Once red-hot SP Corey Lidle has an ERA of 6.97 in his last two starts, but at least they still have the Big Three.
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Lilly is back for the A's, too. He could help them in the post-season. I do agree that they could have peaked too early. The Yankees, too.
The Angels are peaking right now, as are the Twins. Both teams are getting healthy at the right time of the season.
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