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Default Baseball Rankings Week 26-Final Regular Season

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.--NEW YORK YANKEES--(103-58),640+,.670 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2):Yankees earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs with having the best record in the A.L. Pitcher David Wells really played a huge part in New York's success this season. He wound up with a 19-7 record. He beat Baltimore Saturday, 4-2. Bernie Williams went 3-4 with two RBI's. He hit his 37th double of the year too. He ended the regular season with 204 hits, batting .333. Slugger Jason Giambi wound up with 41 homeruns and 122 RBI's, batting .314. Second baseman Alfonso Soriano has 39 homeruns and 102 RBIs, while batting .300. This is the fifth time in franchise history, that three players for the Yankees have 100 RBI's or more, and scored at least a 100 runs or more. This is the first time for the Yankees since 1932. Amazing!


2. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (103-59),.636+,.666 with adjustment for last ten games, 8-2:A's swept Texas this weekend. Pitcher Mark Mulder improved to 19-7, with 3-2 win over Texas Friday night. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing only three hits. He struck out five. Closer Billy Koch earned his 44th save. Second baseman Ray Durham went 2-5 with one RBI and one run scored. His only hit was his 34th double of the year. This team won the A.L. West by superior pitching and hitting. Shortstop Miguel Tejada ended the regular season with 131 RBI's. Eric Chavez has 109 RBI's. Pitcher Barry Zito leads the A.L. in wins with 23. He won Sunday 8-7, over Texas.


3.--ATLANTA BRAVES--(101-59),.631,.641 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Closer John Smoltz set a new N.L. record by earning his 54th save in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets, which the Braves won 3-1. Greg Maddux was the winning pitcher. He finished the year out with a 16-6 record. Smoltz earned his 55th save in Saturday's win. Atlanta won that game 5-2. Trey Hodges was the winner for the Braves. He is 2-0 for the year. Braves won their division this year, mainly due to their superior bullpen. Braves overall ERA for their entire pitching staff is 3.13. Braves finished first in the N.L. in pitching with San Francisco second with an ERA of 3.54. They will meet in the first round of the postseason. Manager Bobby Cox became the first manager in the N.L. with five 100-win seasons.


4.--SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS--(95-66),.590+,.630 with adjustments for the last ten games,9-1):Won eight in a row. Yes Giants are ranked ahead of division winning Arizona. Sorry Giants have been red hot lately. Really, no apology is needed. Giants are the wild card team, and can beat Atlanta in the first round, especially if Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent bats stay hot, and they get some good strong outings from their starting pitchers. Closer Robb Nen may not have as many saves as Smoltz, but he is just as effective. Nen has 43 saves out of 51 save opportunities. His ERA is 2.20. Slugger Barry Bonds hit his 46th homerun of the year Saturday to help his team clinch a wild-card berth with a 5-2 win over Houston. He now has 613 career homeruns. Bonds won the N.L batting title with a .370 average. Best batting average in the majors.


5.--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS--(97-65),.599+,.629 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2):Cardinals won the N.L. Central and will face Arizona in the first round of the playoffs in Arizona. D's have home field advantage. Cardinals beat Mlwaukee Saturday, 3-1. Pitcher Chuck Finley improved to 7-4 in the N.L. He also won his 200th career game. He finished 11-15 for the whole year. He came over from Cleveland earlier in the year. Closer Jason Isringhausen earned his 32nd save. Third baseman Scott Rolen who just got a $90 million dollar contract extension over eight years, hit his 31st homerun of the year in that game.


6.--ANAHEIM ANGELS--(99-63),.611-,.601 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6:Angels are the wild card team, and will begin play in the postseason against New York in New York. I think the overall advantage will go the the Angels because of their bullpen. If they can last until their good bullpen gets in the game. Closer Troy Percival has 40 saves out of 44 save opportunities. His ERA is 1.92. Ben Weber has performed well coming out of the bullpen. He is 7-2 with an ERA of 2.54. Outfielder Garrett Anderson leads the team in RBI's with 123. Great year for him. Angels won Sunday, 7-6 over Seattle. Third baseman Troy Glaus hit his 30th homerun of the season. Had four RBI''s in the game. He also ended the season with 111 RBI's.


7.--ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS--(99-64),607-,.597 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6iamondbacks won the the N.L. West by one and one half games over San Francisco. Randy Johnson won his major league leading 24th game Thursday night against Colorado, 4-2. Johnson only had five losses for the year. Johnson ERA is 2.32, lowest in the N.L. D's have the advantage in the first round of the playoffs, because of Johnson and Curt Schilling. I would take them against anyone, especially in a five game series. By the way Schilling and Johnson went 9-1 with an ERA of 1.30 in the postseason last year.


8.--MINNESOTA TWINS--(94-67),.584,.594 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Twins won the A.L. Central by 12.5 games over Chicago. They will begin the playoffs against Oakland in Oakland. The Twins only advantage over the A's is their bullpen. Closer Eddie Guardado had 45 saves on the year with an ERA of 2.93. Reliever J.C. Romero has a record of 9-2, with an ERA of 1.89. LaTroy Hawkins is 6-0 with an ERA of 2.13. There are some more good relievers too. If Minnesota can get a lead, and hold it to the seventh or eighth inning, they stand a good chance of winning.


9.--BOSTON REDSOX--(92-69),.571+, .591 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Now here is a team that should have made it to the postseason. Two 20 game winners, and the A.L. batting champ in Manny Ramirez. He won it with a .349 average. They beat Tampa Bay in their season finale, 11-8. Frank Castillo won the game in relief of Casey Fossum. Castillo ran his record to 6-15. Not a good year for him. Ace pitcher Pedro Martinez leads the majors with an ERA of 2.26. He finished the year with a 20-4 mark. Derek Lowe's record is 21-8 with an ERA of 2.58.


10.--LOS ANGELES DODGERS--(92-70),.568+,.588 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Their best record since 1991, but still no postseason. They beat San Diego Saturday, 14-2. Pitcher Kevin Beirne earned the win. He is 2-0. Outfielder Marquis Grissom went 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He hit his fourth triple of the year. Brian Jordan went 4-4 with three RBI's and one run scored. He hit his 27th double of the year.


11--SEATTLE MARINERS--(93-69),574,.574 with adjustments for the last ten games, 5-5):Mariners had a very disappointing season. They were expected to win the A.L. again, but finished third, behind Anaheim. They did beat Anaheim Friday night, 7-6 in 12 innings. Pitcher Freddy Garcia got a no-decision. He pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits. John Halama was the winner. He is 6-5. Edgar Martinez hit his 15th homerun of the year in that win. He hit his homerun in the 12th inning for the win.


12.--MONTREAL EXPOS--(83-79),.512+,.532 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Expos beat Cincinnati Saturday, 6-0. This is their first winning season in six years. Pitcher Sun Woo Kim earned the win. His first of the year. Catcher Brian Schneider hit his fifth homerun of the year. Vladimir Guerrero failed to be a 40-40 man this season. Ended the season with 39 homeruns. He went 3-4 with three RBI's and one runs scored in Saturday's win. Expos pitcher Bartolo Colon ended the season with an overall record of 20-8 with an ERA of 2.93. He came over from Cleveland earlier in the year. I don't know if Montreal will keep him or deal him out of necessity.


13.--TORONTO BLUEJAYS--(78-84),.481+, .511 with adjustments for the last ten games,8-2:Won seven in a row. Finally got hot, just at the wrong time of the year. They may not deserve to be number 13, but they have played like a number 13 team lately. Pitcher Roy Halladay improved his record to 19-7 with a 1-0 win over Detroit Sunday. He has developed into a great pitcher, and with a bad team at that. He pitched eight innings, allowing two hits. He had five strikeouts and his ERA is 2.93. Kelvim Escobar earned his 38th save. Eric Hinske knocked in the game's only run.


14.--CHICAGO WHITE SOX--(81-81),.500,.500 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5:White Sox beat Boston Thursday, 3-2. Pitcher Dan Wright improved his record to 14-12 with that win. He pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits. Closer Keith Foulke earned his 11th save, the 100th of his career. Outfielder Magglio Ordonez hit his 38th homerun of the year, and his 47th double. That homerun gave Chicago a new team record with 217 homeruns in a single season. Frank Thomas may not be re-signed. That will be the big issue for the front office during the off-season.


15.--PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--(80-81),.497+,.507 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4)hillies beat Florida Saturday, 9-3. Pitcher Brandon Duckworth won his eighth win of the year, against nine losses. Doug Glanville hit his sixth homerun of the year for the Phillies and outfielder Bobby Abreu went 2-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. He also hit his 49th double of the year. Placido Polanco went 2-5 with two RBI's and one run scored. He hit his 32nd double of the year. He's been a real plus since coming over from St. Louis.


16.--HOUSTON ASTROS--(84-78),.519-,.499 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7)itcher Roy Oswalt failed to win his 20th game of the year Sunday. He lost to San Francisco, 7-0. Big disappointment for the Houston fans, that they didn't make the playoffs. They have a good manager in Jimy Williams. They really had some great pitching performances, and some good hitting, especially from Lance Berkman. He hit 42 homeruns, along with 128 RBI's, while batting .292. Scored 106 runs.


17.--FLORIDA MARLINS--(79-83),.488+,.498 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4):Marlins beat Philadelphia two out of three this weekend. Won Friday, 5-2. Pitcher A.J. Burnett earned a no-decision, but pitched well. Pitcher Gary Knotts improved to 3-1 with the win in relief. Braden Looper earned his 13th save. Third basman Mike Lowell hit his 22nd homerun of the year, and outfielder Brian Banks hit his first. Lowell finished the regular season with 24 homeruns and 92 RBI's, while batting .276.


18.-CLEVELAND INDIANS--(74-88),.457+,.477 with adjustments for the last ten games,7-3):Indians beat Kansas City Friday, 8-3. Pitcher C.C. Sabathia ran his record to 13-11 with the win. He really pitched well since the All-Star break. He pitched seven innings, allowing four hits. First baseman Jim Thome hit his 51st homerun, which was a 459 foot blast. He is really underrated in my opinion, nor receives much attention, but he is a quality player and slugger. He may not be an Indian in 2003. Would love to see him go to Atlanta, but probably won't happen.


19.--CINCINNATI REDS--(78-84),.481-,.471 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Reds beat the Chicago Cubs last Wednesday, 8-2. Pitcher Ryan Dempster improved to 10-13 with the complete win. He allowed six hits through nine innings. He should be a much improved pitched in 2003. Russell Branyan hit his 14th homerun of the year and catcher Kelly Stinnett hit his third. Shortstop Juan Castro hit his second of the year.


20.-NEW YORK METS--(75-86),.466-,.446 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7):Mets salvaged one game from the Atlanta Braves when they won Sunday, 6-1. Pitcher Steve Trachsel earned the win. He ended the season 11-11. His ERA is 3.37. Mo Vaughn hit his 26th homerun of the year. Catcher Mike Piazza hit his 33rd. He ended the season with 98 RBI's. Very disappointing year for this team. I may be wrong, but I don't see manager Bobby Valentine coming back.


21.--PITTSBURGH PIRATES--(72-89,.447+,.457 with adjustments for the last ten games,6-4irates crushed the Chicago Cubs Friday, 13-3. Rookie pitcher Salomon Torres won his second game of the year. He is now 2-1. Outfielder Brian Giles hit two homeruns to give him 37 on the year. Giles ended the season with 38 homeruns and 103 RBI's. He batted .298 for the year. Another good year for him. Catcher Jason "I'm paid too much" Kendall went 1-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. He hit his 25th double of the year. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 2-6 with two RBI's and his 26th double of the season.


22.--COLORADO ROCKIES--(73-89),.451-,.441 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):Lost five in a row. Their best hitter Todd Helton finished the season with 30 homeruns and 109 RBI's. He batted .329 for the season. Outfielder Larry Walker didn't drive in as many runs, but led the team in hitting with a .338 average.


23.--TEXAS RANGERS--(72-90),.444-,.424 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7:Alex Rodriquez is my choice for A.L. MVP, but I don't expect he will get it since his team did so badly, and was never in the hunt. He finished the season leading the majors with 57 homeruns and 142 RBI's, while batting an even .300. If this team had two quality pitchers they will compete next year for the A.L. West title. Pitcher Chan Ho Park was a major disappointment, though he pitched well the last two months of the season. He ended the year 9-8 with an ERA of 5.75. Kenny Rogers went 13-8 with an ERA of 3.84.


24.--CHICAGO CUBS--(67-95),.414-,.394 with adjustments for the last ten games,3-7:Slugger Sammy Sosa didn't make it to 50 homeruns this year. Fell one short. He hit his 499th career homerun Sunday, and his 49th of the year. Pitcher Kerry Wood beat Pittsburgh 7-3 in that game Sunday. Wood had nine strikeouts. His record is 12-11. His ERA is 3.66. Cubs manager Bruce Kimm won't be coming back in 2003. This team has some good pitchers, but something just didn't click this season.


25.--SAN DIEGO PADRES--(66-96),.407-,.377 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8)adres need a healthy Phil Nevin in 2003 and some solid starting pitching. They have some young arms, but they need to develop quickly. They beat Los Angeles Sunday, 2-0. Rookie pitcher Oliver Perez improved his record to 4-5 with the win. He pitched seven and 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs. He struck out seven.


26.--KANSAS CITY ROYALS--(62-100),.383-,.373 with adjustments for the last ten games,4-6):First baseman Mike Sweeney came in second for the A.L. batting title, only behind Boston's Manny Ramirez, who had a .349 average. Sweeney batting .340 for the year. He hit 24 homeruns and drove in 86 runs this year. His power numbers were down this season. DH Raul Ibanez led the team with 103 RBI's. He batted .294.


27.--BALTIMORE ORIOLES--(67-95),.414-,.364 with adjustments for the last ten games,0-10):Ended the season losing 12 in a row. Hmm! Outfielder Jay Gibbons has great potential, but he needs to work on his batting average. He finished the season with 28 homeruns and 69 RBI's, while batting .247. He's only 25-years old.


28.--TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS--(55-106)-,.342,.342 with adjustments for the last ten games,5-5:Manager Hal McRae lost his job. No big surprise here. Devil Rays have a young team, so things may improve next year. Rookie third baseman Jared Sandberg, nephew of ex-Chicago Cubs great Ryne Sandberg, has some good potential. He had 18 homeruns and 54 RBI's on the year, but only batted .229


29.--MILWUAKEE BREWERS--(56-106),.346-,.316 with adjustments for the last ten games,2-8:Set a new franchise record with 106 losses. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig daughter stepped down as President. She was replaced by Ulice Payne. Former Texas GM Doug Melvin, took over as new GM, replacing Dean Taylor.


30.--DETROIT TIGERS--(55-106),.342-,.302 with adjustments for the last ten games,1-9:I don;t know about this club. Manager Luis Pujols lost his job, no doubt. I like rookie Carlos Pena and DH Randall Simon. That's about it. Simon led the team with 19 homeruns and 82 RBI's. He hit .301 for the year. Pena hit 19 homeruns with 52 RBI's. He began the season playing for Oakland.

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Old 10-01-2002, 05:25 PM   #2
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Wow, I was surprised to see the Blue Jays up there at #13. But good job -- all season long.
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The Blue Jays finished with the 4th best record after the All-Star break. Not to mention finish the year off with a 7 game winning streak, We are one solid pitcher away from a A.L wildcard.
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I'd love to see Lee admit that.
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Of course I would admit that!! Why not!???... I've been saying that for the past three seasons!!!!..... 3 owners, 2 GMs, and 3 managers later, they still don't seem to get that through their thick skulls.
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