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Talking Baseball Rankings Week 25

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. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (99-57),.635+,.665 with adjustment for last ten games, 8-2:A's beat Texas 7-5. Pitcher Mark Mulder improved to 18-7 with the win. He tossed six innings, allowing eight hits and striking out five. His ERA is 3.59. A's won in the season series against their division rival, the Anaheim Angels 11-9. First baseman Scott Hatteberg hit his 14th homerun in that win over Texas and Jermaine Dye hit two homeruns to give him 23 on the year. Possible A.L. MVP Miguel Tejada went 1-5 with one RBI. He leads the team with 124 RBI's and is batting .303.


2.--NEW YORK YANKEES--(98-57),632+,.642 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4)itcher David Wells having a great season ran his record to 18-7, with a 3-2 win over Detroit Sunday. Outfielder Raul Mondesi went 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He also hit two doubles to give him 33 on the year. Rondell White went 3-4 with two RBI's and hit three doubles to give him 18 on the year. Pitcher Roger Clemens won his 293rd career game against Detroit Friday night, in a 5-1 win. Closer Marino Rivera is off the DL, welcomed news in New York and for the postseason. Second baseman Alfonso Soriano could be a 40-40 man this year. He now has 39 homeruns and 41 stolen bases. He also has driven in 100 runs. Great season for Soriano.


3.--ATLANTA BRAVES--(97-57),.630,.630 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Braves beat Florida Sunday, 4-1. Greg Maddux improved to 15-6 and did something no other pitcher has done in almost 100 years. He has now won 15 games or more over 15 consecutive seasons. Cy Young is the only other pitcher to have done that. Closer John Smoltz earned his major league leading 53rd save and tied a N.L. record that was set by Randy Myers of the Chicago Cubs in 1993 and Trevor Hoffman who did it for San Diego in 1998. Man what a turn around for Smoltz, after being a starter for so many years.


4.--ANAHEIM ANGELS--(96-60),.615,.615 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5:Angels are slowly falling out of contention for the A.L. West crown. They now trail Oakland by three games. They beat Seattle Friday night, 8-1. Pitcher Ramon Ortiz won his 15th game of the year and now has a record of 15-9, with an ERA of 3.79. Outfielder Tim Salmon hit his 21st homerun of the year, Garrett Anderson hit his 27th and Brad Fullmer hit his 17th. Anderson ended the game leading the team in RBI's with 117.


5.--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS--(91-64),.587+,.607 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Cardinals won the N.L. Central over second place Houston. Redbirds beat Houston Sunday, 7-3. Pitcher Chuck Finley improved to 6-4 in the N.L. with that win. He's been a big part of this team since coming over. Albert Pujols hit his 34th homerun of the year and Tino Martinez hit his 21st. Pujols also hit his 37th double of the year. He has 124 RBI's, which leads the team.


6.--ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS--(94-61),606,.606 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5iamondbacks lost three in a row to Coloroda this weekend. They did beat San Diego Thursday, 3-1. Pitcher Randy Johnson improved his record to 23-5 with that win. He is now tied with teammate Curt Schilling in wins. Johnson worked seven innings, allowing four hits, and striking out nine batters. His September record going back to 1993 is 27-1, in 38 appearances, including 37 starts. Amazing. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez has a seperated shoulder-no word on how long he will be out-Bad news for another championship run.


7.--SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS--(90-66),.577+,.597 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):SF trails first place Arizona by 4.5 games in the N.L. West. They may win that division yet. Giants swept Milwaukee this weekend. They won Saturday, 3-1, behind the pitching of Jason Schmidt. He improved to 12-8. He had eight strikeouts through seven innings of work. Outfielder Kenny Lofton hit his third homerun of the year and shortstop Rich Aurilia hit his 15th.


8.--SEATTLE MARINERS--(90-66),577+,.587 with adjustments for the last ten games, 6-4):Mariners beat Anaheim two out of three this weekend. They won Saturday, 6-4, behind the pitching of Freddy Garcia, who improved to 16-10. He worked seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three. Closer Sasaki earned his 36th save. A throwing error by Angel's third baseman, Troy Glaus led to four unearned runs for Seattle. Thank you Troy.


9.--BOSTON REDSOX--(89-66),.574+, .584 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4): Ace pitcher Pedro Martinez joined teammate Derek Lowe as a 20 game winner. Martinez beat Baltimore Sunday, 13-2. Martinez pitched six innings, allowing seven hits. He had six strikeouts and his ERA is 2.26. His record is now 20-4. Great year for him and Lowe, who won his 21st game in Friday's victory over Baltimore, but this team is going home for the postseason. Can't understand that. In Martinez's win Sunday Nomar Garciaparra hit his 23rd homerun, Clif Floyd hit his seventh, Trot Nixon hit his 24th(hit a grand slam), and centerfielder Johnny Damon hit two to give him 14 on the year.


10.--MINNESOTA TWINS--(89-66),.574,.574 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Twins got swept by the Chicago White Sox this weekend, but a little too late for the Sox. The Twins have won the A.L. Central and are going to the postseason for the first time since 1991. Twins beat Detroit last Wednesday 2-0. Pitcher Joe Mays ran his record to 4-7 with that win. Closer Guardado earned his 43rd save, a new team record. Second baseman Luis Rivas went 1-4 with one RBI. He hit his 21st double of the year too.


11.--LOS ANGELES DODGERS--(88-68),.564-,.564 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):They trail first place Arizona by 6.5 games. They beat San Diego Sunday, 4-3. Pitcher Omar Daal started, but did not figure in the decision. Reliever Paul Quantrill earned the win. He is 5-4. Closer Eric Gagne earned his 51st save. Shortstop Alex Cora hit his fifth homerun of the year. Catcher Paul Lo Duca went 1-4 with one RBI and hit his 38th double of the year.


12.--CHICAGO WHITE SOX--(79-77),.506+,.536 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2:White Sox beat Minnesota Sunday, 8-2. pitcher Mark Buehrle improved his record to 19-11 with that win. Buehrle ERA is 3.58. Frank "the big hurt" Thomas hit his 27th homerun of the year. Thomas has 90 RBI's. Magglio Ordonez hit his 36th. Ordonez leads the team with 128 RBI's. He's batting .320. He hit two homeruns on Saturday, in a 14-4 win.


13.--MONTREAL EXPOS--(79-77),.506+,.536 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2):They beat the Mets, 6-1 on Friday night. Pitcher Tony Armas, Jr earned the win. His record is 11-12. He pitched seven innings, allowing nine hits. Vladimir Guerrero went 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored. He stole three bases to give him 39 on the year. He also hit his 34th double of the year. He leads the team with 37 homeruns. He's doing his best to be a 40-40 man. Rookie third baseman Jamey Carroll went 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He hit his first triple in that game.


14.--PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--(78-78),.500+,.520 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3)hillies beat Reds Sunday, 4-3. Outfielder Bobby Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games, by going 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Pitcher Brandon Duckworth improved to 7-9 with the win and Jose Mesa earned his 44th save. Duckworth's ERA is 5.53.


15.--HOUSTON ASTROS--(82-74),.526-,.516 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Astros did beat St. Louis Saturday, 6-3. Pitcher Wade Miller improved to 15-3 with the win. He pitched eight effective innings, allowing six hits and striking out five batters. Outfielder Lance Berkman hit his 42nd homerun of the year. He went 2-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Berkman leads the N.L. with 128 RBI's. Miller helped his cause by knocking in two runs.


16.--FLORIDA MARLINS--(75-81),.481-,.471 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Marlins beat Atlanta Saturday, 6-4. Pitcher Brad Penny improved his record to 8-6. Closer Braden Looper earned his 11th save. Kevin Millar went 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored. He hit his 38th double of the year. Millar had a 25 game hitting streak going, but was stopped by Atlanta on Friday night, when he went 0-3.


17.--CINCINNATI REDS--(75-81),.481-,.461 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7):Got swept by Philadelphia this weekend. Beat Pittsburgh Thursday, 5-4. Ryan Dempster earned a no-decision. Reliever Joey Hamilton earned the win for his fourth victory of the year. Scott Williamson earned his sixth save. Catcher Kelly Stinnett hit his second homerun of the year. The homerun he hit was a much needed grand slam. His first career slam. Reds played their final series in Cinergy Field, which opened as Riverfront Stadium.

li>18.--NEW YORK METS--(74-81),.477,.477 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Mets are in dead last in the N.L. East. They trail first place Atlanta by 23.5 games. A story came out this week saying marijuana use was running rampant on the Mets team. No wonder Mo Vaughn is so big. Just kidding, I think.


19.--COLORADO ROCKIES--(72-84),.462+,.472 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Rockies swept Arizona this weekend. They beat Arizona Saturday, 15-8. Pitcher Brian Fuentes earned the win in relief. His first of the season. Todd Zeile went 2-3 with three RBI's and one run scored. Sandy Alomar Jr. went 1-5 with three RBI's and one run scored. First baseman Todd Helton leads the team with 30 homeruns and 107 RBI's. He's batting .333.


20.--TORONTO BLUEJAYS--(72-84),.462+, .472 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4:BlueJays beat Tampa Bay Sunday, 12-6. Pitcher Justin Miller improved to 8-5. He pitched six and 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and striking out five. Catcher Ken Huckaby hit his third homerun of the year, Orlando Hudson hit his fourth and outfielder Jayson Werth went 2-4 with two RBI's and one runs scored. Shortstop Felipe Lopez went 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored.


21.--CLEVELAND INDIANS--(70-86),.449-,.449 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5):Indians are in third place in the A.L. Central, trailing first place Minnesota by 19.5 games. Indians beat Kansas City Sunday, 6-5. Karim Garcia hit a tie-breaking, two-run homerun off Royals Jason Grimsley(4-7) in the eighth inning to win the game for the Indians. It was Garcia's 15th homerun of the year.


22.--PITTSBURGH PIRATES--(69-87,.442,.442 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5irates beat Cincinnati last Tuesday, 11-3. Pitcher Kris Benson ran his record to 8-6 with the win. He will be a good steady pitcher for years to come or should. Shortstop Pokey Reese went 4-6 with five RBI's. Outfielder Rob Mackowiak went 1-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. He also hit his 21st double of the year. Outfielder Adrian Brown went 2-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored. He hit two doubles to give him 10 on the year.


23.--TEXAS RANGERS--(70-86),.449-,.409 with adjustments for the last ten games,1-9:Rangers got swept by Oakland this weekend. Shortstop Alex Rodriquez leads the majors with 56 homeruns and 139 RBI's. He's batting .304. He has 382 total bases on the year. His OBP is .391. Great player and will only get better.


24.--BALTIMORE ORIOLES--(67-88),.432-,.412 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7):Orioles were swept by Boston this weekend, but shortstop Mike Bordick set a major league record Friday night with his 102nd consecutive errorless game at shortstop. Job well done.


25.--SAN DIEGO PADRES--(65-91),.417-,.407 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6)adres beat Los Angeles Friday, 8-4. Pitcher Brett Tomko improved to 10-10. Shortstop Ramon Vasquez went 4-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Ryan Klesko went 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Klesko hit two doubles to give him 38 on the year. He leads the team with 93 RBI's.


26.--CHICAGO CUBS--(65-91),.417-,.397 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7:Only bright spot this week was first baseman Fred McGriff becoming the first major league player with a 30-homerun season for five different teams. He has also set a record by hitting a homerun in 42 different major league parks. Cleveland's Ellis Burks has done it 41 times. Slugger Sammy Sosa hit his 498th career homerun earlier in the week.


27.--KANSAS CITY ROYALS--(60-96),.385-,.375 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa got no respect in Chicago, when he was attacked this past Thursday while his team was playing against the Chicago White Sox. It was a father and son combo. That is what you call fanatics, and idiots. At least the Royals won the game. First baseman Mike Sweeney leads the A.L. in batting with a .347 average.


28.--MILWUAKEE BREWERS--(54-101),.348-,.328 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7:Brewers set a new team record by losing their 100th game on Saturday. The old record was held by the Seattle Pilots in 1969 when they lost 99 games. The Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970.


29.--TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS--(53-102)-,.342,.342 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5evil Rays beat Toronto Friday, 11-7. Pitcher Tanyon Sturtze ran his record to 4-17. Boy that's impressive. He pitched eight innings, allowing only five hits. He struck out eight. Shortstop Chris Gomez went 2-3 with three RBI's and two runs. He also hit his third triple of the year. Catcher Toby Hall went 3-4 with two RBI's, and two runs scored. He hit his 15th double of the year. Outfielder Randy Winn leads the team in RBI's with 69. Not the first player will go over 100 RBI's this season or probably not even past 80. PITIFUL!


30.--DETROIT TIGERS--(54-101),.348-,.318 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8:Got swept by the Yankees this weekend. They did beat Kansas City last Monday, 5-2. pitcher Mike Maroth improved his record to 6-8. He worked eight innings, allowing six hits and striking out four. Rookie Carlos Pena hit his 19th homerun of the year.


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Old 09-24-2002, 05:44 PM   #2
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If Luis Gonzalez injury is going to affect his play over the course of the postseason, it hurts the D-Backs' chances, but I think in the longrun, they could find themselves back in the WS. Schilling and Johnson are as good as ever. Schilling's recent poor starts are a concern, but he'll be back to himself when it matters.
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It was reported today that Gonzalez is gone for the playoffs.
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