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Old 07-29-2002, 06:15 PM   #1
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Talking Pro Baseball Rankings Week 17

Rankings are for all games played from March 31st through July 28th

1.--ATLANTA BRAVES--(67-38)-Braves lost two out of three to Philadelphia this weekend. First series they have lost since May 7-9 against Los Angeles. Atlanta did win Saturday 5-3, behind the pitching of Greg Maddux. He is now 10-3. Closer John Smoltz earned his league leading 38th save. Chipper Jones hit his 11th homerun. Gary Sheffield went 1-3 with two RBI's. He hit his 18th double of the year.


2.--NEW YORK YANKEES--(65-36)-Yankees beat Tampa Bay Friday 12-9. Pitcher Mike Mussina improved to 13-4. He allowed nine hits in six innings of work. He struck out four batters. Outfielder Raul Mondesi hit his 18th homerun of the season and Robin Ventura hit his 20th. Mondesi went 2-3 with four RBI's. Ventura also shined in Sunday's 9-1 win. Pitcher Andy Pettitte was the winner of that game. He is 5-4. Ventura hit his 16th career grand slam, which gave him 22 homeruns on the year, but he tied a major league record by hitting his 16th career grand slam. He is now tied with Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Dave Kingman for sixth place on the all-time list. Yankee legend Lou Gehrig owns the record with 23. As for Pettitte, it was his ninth career victory against Tampa Bay. The most by any oppposing pitcher. Giambi scored five runs Wednesday tying a team record. 11 different players have done it.


3.--ANAHEIM ANGELS--(62-41)-Angels are technically ahead of Seattle in the A.L. West by a few percentage points. Angels beat Seattle two out of three this weekend in Seattle. Anaheim won Sunday 1-0, behind the pitching of Kevin Appier. Appier is now 9-8. Appier ERA is 4.20. He allowed only four hits in eight innings of work. Troy Percival earned his 23rd save. Angels won Friday 8-0, behind the pitching of John Lackey. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.11. Outfielder Tim Salmon hit his 16th homerun of the year in that win. Anaheim ranks third in team pitching in the A.L.with an ERA of 3.91 and they rank fifth in hitting. Many folks are surprised to see them in first place. We're not.


4.--ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS--(64-41)-Arizona has won seven straight games. They have a five game lead over Los Angeles in the N.L. West. Pitcher Curt Schilling improved his record to 18-3 with a 4-3 win over san Diego. Schilling had seven strikeouts. He has allowed only 18 walks all season. Erubiel Durazo hit his ninth homerun in that game. Ace pitcher Randy Johnson won his outing Friday night 12-0 against the Padres. Johnson had eight strikeouts. He allowed four hits in eight innings of work. Outfielder Steve Finley hit his 14th homerun of the year in that contest. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez leads the team in homeruns with 21 and in RBI's with 79.


5.--SEATTLE MARINERS--(63-42)-Seattle beat Anaheim Saturday 3-1. Pitcher Joel Piniero was the winner. He is 11-4. DH Edgar Martinez hit his fifth homerun of the year and closer Sasaki earned his 26th save. Mariners pitching staff ranks first in the A.L.


6.--MINNESOTA TWINS--(64-42)-35-18 playing at home. Have won four in a row. They enjoy a 14 game lead over the White Sox. they beat Toronto Sunday 4-0. Pitcher Johan Santana improved to 5-2. He had 13 strikeouts in that game. His ERA is 3.32. Outfielder Torii Hunter hit his 24th homerun of the year. He hit his 26th double. He's having a fantastic year.


7.--BOSTON REDSOX--(61-42)-Boston trails the Yankees by four games in the A.L. East. Last Tuesday, Boston beat Tampa Bay 22-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Boston lost the second game after leading 4-0 going into the ninth inning. Closer Ugeth Urbina blew that game. So much for that. In the first game shortstop Nomar Garciaparra celebrating his 29th birthday hit three homeruns, in which one was a grandslam. He drove in eight runs. Those three homeruns gave him 16 on the year. Manny Ramirez hit two homeruns to give him 16 on the year. He had five RBI's. Trot Nixon got in on the fun and hit his 14th. Garciaparra leads the A.L. in RBI's with 85. Pitcher Derek Lowe improved his record to 14-5 with a 12-3 win over Baltimore Sunday. Lowe leads the A.L. in having the best ERA at 2.23.


8.--LOS ANGELES DODGERS--(59-46)-Dodgers beat Giants two out of three this weekend. they won Friday 11-6. Pitcher Hideo Nomo improved to 10-6 with that victory. Newly acquired third baseman, Tyler Houston went 4-4 with four RBI''s and three runs scored. He also hit his third triple of the year. Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek also went 4-4 with two RBI's. Catcher Paul Lo Duca went 2-5 with two runs scored. He hit two doubles to give him 26 on the year. He's batting .301. He's a very good hitter.


9.--SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS--(58-47)-Giants acquired outfielder Kenny Lofton from the Chicago White Sox for two minor league players. Great acquisition. They beat Los Angeles Sunday 3-1, behind the pitching of Jason Schmidt. Schmidt is 6-5. He had 10 strikeouts in that win. Second baseman Jeff Kent hit his 18th homerun of the year. Barry Bonds has not played in several games now due to an injury.


10.--OAKLAND ATHLETICS--(60-42)-Second baseman Ray Durham came over to Oakland in a trade from the White Sox. Good move. Oakland beat up on Texas Sunday in a 12-2 rout. Pitcher Barry Zito became the A.L. first 15 game winner. He is now 15-3. His ERA is 3.02. Terrence Long hit his eighth homerun of the year and shortstop Miguel Tejada hit his 23rd. David Justice hit his sixth. Tejada had six RBI's He hit a three run homer in the eighth and hit a bases loaded double in the ninth. Mark Ellis playing second base as Durham was the DH went 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. He hit two doubles to give him 10 on the year.


11.--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS--(58-44)-Acquiring pitcher Chuck Finley was a good move on the Cardinals part. He won his second game for St. Louis, by beating the Chicago Cubs 8-4. He pitched six innings and had seven strikeouts. Outfielder Jim Edmonds hit his 21st homerun, Tino Martinez hit his 12th and Eduardo Perez hit his seventh.


12.--NEW YORK METS--(54-50)-Mets beat Cincinnati two out of three this weekend. Mets won Sunday, behind the pitching of Steve Trachsel. Trachsel improved to 7-7. His ERA is 3.86. Outfielder Roger Cedeno hit his fourth homerun of the year. Second baseman Roberto Alomar went 3-5 with two runs scored. First baseman Mo Vaughn knocked in the winning run Friday. Mets won 3-2 then.


13.--CINCINNATI REDS--(54-50)-Reds acquired pitcher Brian Moehler from Detroit. He won in his debut Wednesday be beating Pittsburgh 10-5. He pitched five innings, allowing nine hits. He allowed four earned runs and struck out four. Outfielder Brandon Larsen hit his second homerun of the year. Second baseman Todd Walker hit his 6th, which was a grand slam. Catcher Kelly Stinnett hit his first of the year.


14.--HOUSTON ASTROS--(53-51)-Astros beat Pittsburgh Sunday 4-0. Pitcher Wade Miller improved to 8-3 with that win. His ERA is 4.32. Craig Biggio went 1-4 with one RBI and one run scored. He hit his 30th double of the year. Outfielder Lance Berkman leads the team in homeruns with 31 and he leads the majors in RBI's with 86. Rookie pitcher Kirk Saarloos earned his first Major League complete game by beating Pittsburgh 8-0 last Thursday.


15.--MONTREAL EXPOS--(52-53)-Expos beat Florida two out of three this weekend. They won Friday night in 10 innings. Second baseman Jose Vidro hit his 11th homerun of the year in the 10th inning to win the game. First baseman Andres Galarraga hit his fifth homerun of the season. T.J. Tucker earned the win in relief. He is now 5-2.


16.--FLORIDA MARLINS--(51-54)-Marlins beat Montreal Saturday 7-2. Pitcher A.J. Burnett improved his record to 10-7. He had 12 strikeouts in that game. Allowed five hits in eight innings of work. Kevin Millar hit his ninth homerun of the year and catcher Charles Johnson hit his fifth.


17.BALTIMORE ORIOLES--(48-53)-Pitcher Rodrigo Lopez improved to 11-3 with a 9-2 win over Boston Friday night. He struck out eight Red Sox batters. Tony Batista hit his 21st homerun of the year. Outfielder Melvin Mora went 3-4 with two RBI's and one run scored. He hit his 20th double of the year.


18.--CHICAGO WHITE SOX--(50-56)-Chicago swept the Royals this weekend. White Sox beat Kansas City Saturday 9-1. Pitcher Gary Glover improved to 4-5 with that win. He pitched seven innings, allowing five hits. Magglio Ordonez hit two homeruns to give him 22 on the year. He also hit his 29th double.


19.--PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--(49-55)-Phillies beat the Braves Sunday 7-1, behind the pitching of Vicente Padilla. Padilla improved to 11-6. His ERA is 3.28. Doug Glanville hit his seventh homerun. Scott Rolen hit his 17th homerun. He's rumored to be going to St. Louis before the trade deadline on July 31st.


20.--COLORADO ROCKIES--(48-57)-Pitcher Mike Hampton has really been blasted this season. He is 5-13 with an ERA of 6.87. The team ranks 16th in pitching in the N.L with an ERA of 5.00. Rockies are 16-37 playing on the road.


21.--CLEVELAND INDIANS--(45-58)-Indians beat Detroit Sunday 9-6. First baseman Jim Thome hit his 31st homerun of the year. He hit a walk off grand slam to win the game. DH Ellis Burks hit his 23rd. Burks has been rumored to be on the trading block. Shortstop Omar Vizquel hit his 13th.


22.--PITTSBURGH PIRATES--(46-52)-Outfielder Brian Giles hit his 28th homerun of the year in a losing cause last Wednesday when Cincinnati beat the Pirates 10-5. Giles also hit his 21st double of the season.

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23.--TEXAS RANGERS--(43-60)-Rangers beat Oakland Saturday in 10 innings 10-6. Shortstop Alex Rodriquez celebrating his 27th birthday hit two homeruns to give him 34 on the year. One was a grand slam in the tenth inning to win the game for Texas. He's batting .303 on the season. Outfielder Juan Gonzalez went 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. He hit his 21st double of the year. Carl Everett hit his ninth. In Friday win against Oakland, Everett became the first Texas player to hit two homeruns in the same inning. First baseman Rafael Palmeiro hit his 474th career homerun this past Friday.


24.--CHICAGO CUBS--(44-59)-Cubs beat St. Louis Saturday 7-3, behind the pitching of Kerry Wood. He improved to 9-5. He allowed four hits in six innings of work. Catcher Todd Hundley hit his 10th homerun of the year. On ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Chicago was beating St. Louis 9-4, but the Cardinals scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it 10-9. Typical Cubs luck. Fred McGriff hit his 470th carrer homerun this past week.


25.--SAN DIEGO PADRES--(43-62)-Padres beat Los Angeles last Wednesday 8-0. Pitcher Bobby Jones earned the win. He is now 7-5. Outfielder Mark Kotsay hit his eighth homerun and first baseman Phil Nevin hit his eighth. Outfielder Ron Gant who has really been hitting well for the team hit his 10th homerun of the season. He knocked in three runs too.


26.--KANSAS CITY ROYALS--(43-61)-Pitcher Paul Byrd who is 13-7, is asking for a multi-year deal, but General Manager Allard Baird is not ready to give into his demands quite yet.


27.--TORONTO BLUEJAYS--(44-58)-Swept by Minnesota this weekend. Jay's beat Baltimore last Wednesday 5-2. Pitcher Chris Carpenter was the winner. He is now 4-1. Outfielder Dewayne Wise hit his first major league homerun. He's batting .167 for the Jay's.


28.--DETROIT TIGERS--(40-63)-Tigers beat Cleveland Saturday 5-1. Pitcher Steve Sparks improved to 5-10. If you call that an improvement. He did strikeout seven batters. Damion Easley hit his sixth homerun of the year. He knocked in three runs. Second baseman Hiram Bocachica hit his first homerun of the year as an American Leaguer.


29.--MILWUAKEE BREWERS--(38-67)-Brewers beat Colorado Saturday 10-3. Pitcher Ben Sheets improved to 5-10. First baseman Richie Sexson hit his 23rd homerun of the year. He's batting .289. Outfielder Alex Ochoa hit his sixth and Mark Loretta hit his first. Manager Jerry Royster and reliever Mike DeJean got into a heated discussion on the mound, then DeJean stormed off.


30.--TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS--(33-70)-Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees Saturday 7-4. Pitcher Travis Harper won the game and improved to 4-6. Third baseman Jared Sandberg hit his 10th homerun of the year. He also hit his ninth double. Outfielder Carl Crawford went 2-4 with one RBI. He also hit his third triple of the season. Outfielder Randy Winn leads the team in hitting with a .321 batting average.

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Old 07-29-2002, 10:39 PM   #2
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Yankes/Braves, it's the same every year. But can the aging Braves pitching hold up in August and September? That's a crucial question. Meanwhile, the Yanks are more vulnerable now with their ace closer Rivera on the DL yet again. They need him for a pennant run. I'm personally pulling for the Angels who are underdogs and have surprised everyone.
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Great work, as usual, Keith. Quite a bit of flux in the rankings, after the top couple, isn't there?
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Old 08-01-2002, 01:17 AM   #4
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Wow, the Angels at #3. Not used to that.
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Old 08-03-2002, 04:04 PM   #5
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Quote:
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Yankes/Braves, it's the same every year. But can the aging Braves pitching hold up in August and September? That's a crucial question. Meanwhile, the Yanks are more vulnerable now with their ace closer Rivera on the DL yet again. They need him for a pennant run. I'm personally pulling for the Angels who are underdogs and have surprised everyone.
I wouldn't doubt an under-3 ERA pitching staff. Maddux and Glavine have seen a little lighter workload lately. And Milwood is back with the two rookies also producing well. This staff is an awesome combination with a dominating bullpen. Plus they'll get lots of rest come Sept. when the division is clinched early. Plus, the offense isn't as bad as people think...
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Yeah i think Kevin Millwood is back to his old form. He should win 14 or 15 games this season.
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