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Old 08-05-2002, 02:37 PM   #1
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Talking Pro Baseball Rankings Week 18

Weekly rankings include all games played from March 31st through August 4th. See where your favorite team is ranked and why.


1.--ATLANTA BRAVES--(73-38)-Braves have won six in a row. 54-17 since May 15th. Braves are 40-19 playing at home. Braves swept St. Louis this weekend. Won on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball 2-1. Won in the bottom of the ninth of Gary Sheffield's 19th homerun. Pitcher John Smoltz earned the win. He is now 2-2. He leads the majors with 39 saves.


2.--NEW YORK YANKEES--(69-41)-Yankees beat Anaheim Sunday in 12 innings 7-5. Second baseman Alfonso Soriano drove in thw winning run with a hit in the 12th. Earlier in the game Raul Mondesi hit his 20th homerun. Pitcher Andy Pettitte pitched a great game Friday night by beating Anaheim 4-0. Pettitte worked 8 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out six batters. his ERA is 3.13.


3.--ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS--(68-43)-Arizona beat the New York Mets three times this weekend, winning their first doubleheader ever Saturday 8-5 and 9-2. Diamondbacks beat Montreal Wednesday 5-1 behind the pitching of Randy Johnson. He struckout 15 batters in that game and improved his record to 15-4. He also pitched a complete game. He leads the majors with 215 strikeouts. Luis Gonzalez having another fine season. He now has 24 homeruns and 86 RBI's. He's batting .308.


4.--SEATTLE MARINERS--(69-43)-Mariners beat Cleveland Saturday 12-4. Pitcher Freddy Garcia improved to 12-7 with that big win. First baseman John Olerud hit his 18th homerun. DH Edgar Martinez tied a major league record by hitting three sacrifice flies in a single game. He is the 11th player to do that. Ichiro went 2-5 with one RBI and one run scored.


5.--MINNESOTA TWINS--(69-43)-Twins have won five in a row. They lead second place Chicago White Sox by 17 games. They beat Kansas City 2-1 Friday night. Pitcher Ron Reed improved his record to 9-5. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits. Eddie Guardado earned his 33rd save. Thursday night they beat the White Sox 6-0. Eric Milton won that game improving to 13-7. He pitched a complete game.


6.--ANAHEIM ANGELS--(65-45)-Angels beat New York Yankees Thursday night 2-1. Pitcher Jarrod Washburn earned the win. he is 13-3. He pitched seven innings allowing four hits and one earned run. Troy Percival earned his 25th save. Brad Fullmer hit his 11th homerun to help his team win.


7.--BOSTON REDSOX--(65-45)-Red Sox beat Texas Sunday night 11-3. Pitcher Pedro Martinez was as sharp as usual. He pitched seven innings giving up three hits and striking out 10 batters. Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hit two homeruns to give him 19 on the year. Nomar went 4-4 with three RBI's and three runs scored. He also hit his 38th double of the year. Trot Nixon hit his 18th and Shane Hillenbrand hit his 16th.


8.--LOS ANGELES DODGERS--(62-49)-Dodgers beat Philadelphia Sunday 4-3. Pitcher Omar Daal improved to 9-6. Adrian Beltre has been hot lately. He hit his 14th homerun to help Daal win. Daal hit his first homerun of the year. Outfielder Shawn Green hit two homeruns against Philadelphia Saturday in a 8-6 win to give him 30 on the year.


9.--SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS--(61-50)-Slugger Barry Bonds hit his 31st homerun and his 598th career homerun in a 10-5 win over Pittsburgh Sunday. Bonds now has 11 consecutive seasons hitting 30 or more homeruns. Giants had 16 hits in that game. David Bell hit two homeruns to give him 17. First baseman J.T. Snow hit his sixth. Reggie Sanders who has been a great addition to this team hit his 16th. Shortstop Rich Aurilia hit his 10th. Pitcher Kirk Rueter earned the win. he is 10-6.


10.--OAKLAND ATHLETICS--(64-48)-A's beat Detroit Sunday 4-0. Pitcher Cory Lidle improved to 4-9 with that win. He pitched seven innings and struckout six. Miguel Tejada hit his 25th homerun of the year.


11.--ST. LOUIS CARDINALS--(59-49)-Cardinals acquired third baseman Scott Rolen from Philadelphia. Good move. But Cardinals have lost five straight. They beat Florida Tuesday night 5-0. Pitcher Andy Benes earned the win. His first win in over a year. He is 1-3. First baseman Tino Martinez hit his 13th homerun of the year and Edgar Renteria hit two homeruns to give him seven.


12.--CINCINNATI REDS--(58-52)-Reds trail first place St. Louis by only two games. Ken Griffey Jr. is finally back healthy. They beat San Diego Sunday 15-10. Reds starting pitcher Ryan Dempster gave up 10 earned runs. Gabe White won the game in relief. he is 5-1. Russell Branyan who was acquired from Cleveland on June 7th hit three homeruns to give him nine. Second baseman Todd Walker hit his seventh homerun.


13.--HOUSTON ASTROS--(57-53)-Astros beat Montreal Sunday 5-4. Rookie pitcher Kirk Saarloos improved to 4-2. Billy Wagner earned his 23rd save. Saarloos went 1-2 with two RBI's and his first double of the year. Houston also beat Montreal Saturday 5-3. Pitcher Wade Miller improved to 9-3. Craig Biggio hit his ninth homerun and Jeff Bagwell hit his 19th. Bagwell power numbers are off some this year.


14.--NEW YORK METS--(55-55)-Mets trail first place Atlanta by 17 1/2 games. Mets are really struggling. Lost three in a row to Arizona. I think its time for Bobby Valentine to hit the road. Don't you?


15.--MONTREAL EXPOS--(55-56)-Expos beat Curt Schilling and Arizona Thursday night 2-1. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero hit his 28th homerun of the year to win the game.


16.--FLORIDA MARLINS--(55-56)-Marlins beat Milwaukee Saturday 11-7. Pitcher Brad Penny earned the win. He is now 5-4. He pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and striking out three. Kevin Millar hit his 10th homerun. Also hit his 19th double of the year. Second baseman Luis Castillo went 2-4 with two RBI's and three runs scored. He hit his 12th double. Shortstop Andy Fox went 3-4 with two RBI's and one run scored.


17.BALTIMORE ORIOLES--(52-56)-Orioles beat Tampa Bay Wednesday 12-2. Pitcher Rodrigo Lopez improved to 12-3. He became the first Baltimore pitcher in 23 years to win six straight decisions in a single month. Marty Cordova hit his 14th homerun of the year. DH Chris Richard hit his first. Second baseman Jerry Hairston hit his third. Outfielder Chris Singleton went 4-6 with one RBI and two runs scored. He also hit his 22nd double of the year.


18.--CHICAGO WHITE SOX--(52-60)-They beat Minnesota last Tuesday 3-0. Pitcher Mark Buehrle improved to 14-7 with that win. Magglio Ordonez hit his 23rd homerun and drove in three runs.


19.--PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--(52-58)-Pitcher Randy Wolf improved to 7-7 with a 2-1 win over San Francisco Thursday night. Jose Mesa earned his 30th save. Placido Polanco came over in that trade with St. Louis along with pitchers Bud Smith and Mike Timlin.


20.--COLORADO ROCKIES--(50-61)-Rockies beat Chicago Cubs Saturday 2-1. Pitcher Denny Neagle improve to 5-7 with that win. He struckout six batter. Pitcher Jason Jennings beat Pittsburgh Thursday night to improve to 11-5. He went seven innings, allowing only one hit.

21.--PITTSBURGH PIRATES--(50-61)-Pirates outfielder Brian Giles hit his 29th homerun of the year in a losing cause Saturday against the Giants. SF won that game 11-6. Rookie pitcher Josh Fogg is 10-7 with an ERA of 4.10.


22.--CLEVELAND INDIANS--(48-62)-Indians win wild one against Seattle Sunday 10-8. Blew a six run lead, but came back to win it. Pitcher Kake Westbrook earned the win in relief. Shortstop Ricky Gutierrez went 3-4 with three RBI's and he hit his 11th double of the year. Travis Fryman went 2-4 with two RBI's and one run scored.

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23.--TEXAS RANGERS--(47-64)-Rangers scored 36 runs in two days. Wednesday they beat the Yankees 17-6, then on Thursday they beat Boston 19-7. Alex Rodriquez hit his 36th homerun against the Yankees and Carl Everett hit two homeruns against his former team the Red Sox. One was a grand slam and the other a three run shot. It was his 11th and 12th of the year. A-Rod is now second with 278 career homeruns as a shortstop. He was tied with Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. Ripken holds the record with 345. Just thought I'd throw that in. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 29th and the 467th of his career against Boston. Placing him 20th on the all-time list. Newly acquired Todd Hollandsworth from Colorado hit his first homerun while being in the American League.


24.--TORONTO BLUEJAYS--(48-61)-Jays beat Kansas City Thursday 3-2. Pitcher Roy Halladay improved to 13-4. For some reason his name makes me think of Doc Holiday the famous gunfighter. Halladay earned his eighth straight road decision. Outfielder Shannon Stewart is their leading hitter, batting .303. Outfielder Carlos Delgado leads the team with 21 homeruns and 77 RBI's.


24.--CHICAGO CUBS--(47-62)-Cubs beat Colorado Sunday 4-1, behind the excellent pitching of rookie Mark Prior. He had 13 strikeouts. His ERA is 3.37. Second baseman Mark Bellhorn hit his 18th and Fred McGriff went 1-4 with one RBI and one run scored. McGriff now has 75 RBI's on the year.


25.--SAN DIEGO PADRES--(46-65)-Padres beat Cincinnati Friday 5-2. Pitcher Brian Lawrence improved to 10-6 with the win. He pitched eight innings, allowing just five hits. He had 10 strikeouts. His ERA is 3.22. First baseman Phil Nevin went 3-4 with one RBI and one run scored.


26.--KANSAS CITY ROYALS--(44-67)-Pitcher Paul Byrd who is 14-7, is really the only bright spot on this team. His ERA is 3.42.


28.--DETROIT TIGERS--(41-69)-Tigers are 17-42 playing on the road. Tigers beat Oakland Friday 3-1. Beat Barry Zito as a matter of fact. Pitcher Mark Redmond earned the win for the Tigers. He is 3-1. Pitched seven innings, allowing six hits. His ERA is 3.13. Tiger Carlos Pena hit his 10th homerun against his old team.


29.--MILWUAKEE BREWERS--(39-72)-Team needs totally revamping or whatever else word you want to use. Did beat Florida Friday 1-0. Pitcher Jamey Wright improved to 4-10. His ERA is 6.00. Ronnie Belliard knocked in the only run.


30.--TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS--(37-73)-Tampa Bay manager's Hal McRae and pitcher Tanyon Sturtze had some heated words or shoves in the dugout this past week. I would be angry too if I was losing all the time. They beat the White Sox Sunday 10-3. Pitcher Joe Kennedy improved to 7-8. His ERA is 4.37. Aubrey Huff hit his 11th homerun. Jared Sandberg hit his 13th. Shortstop Andy Fox went 3-3 woth two RBI's and one run scored.

Written by Keith Thronson Mobile, Alabama
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Old 08-05-2002, 02:54 PM   #2
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Cardinals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are slip sliding down the rankings ... biggest disappointments have to be the Cubs, Mets, and Rockies.
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Kieth, thanks for mentioning Mark Redmond. He is a good young pitcher with a good future. He is possibly the perfect pitcher for Comerica Park, a flyball pitcher that doesn't walk many hitters. If the Tigers could just get some speed in the outfield (guys that could hit, too), they'll be fine.
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Redman's been getting a lot of groundballs this year. Comerica is a perfect place for him though. He's been one of the most underappreciated starters this year.
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I picked up Redman in the FBL and he should put up good numbers while not winning many games because of his team. catman, could you explain what a flyball pitcher is?
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I'll do the honors. A flyball pitcher is a pitcher who allows more flyball outs than ground outs. Greg Maddux would be a groundball pitcher. He routinely gets 2-4 ground ball outs per flyball out. Redman last year gave up many more flyball outs than groundouts. Somehow he's reversed that somewhat this year though and is getting more groundball outs.

Neither type is more effective really. Although if you have a flyball pitcher, there is a bit more of a tendency to allow more HR's.
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I have a correction.....

Why aren't the Phillies in 18th place because the Phills and White Sox both have the same amount of wins but the Sox have 2 more losses which means the Phillies have a better winning percentege and thus should be in 18th place.
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I just don't like Philadelphia lol Seriously sometimes I rank a team higher if they played better that week then the other team and if their records are close or I made a mistake. Sorry!
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Brandon is correct about what a "flyball" pitcher is. The flyball pitcher is a guy that is not afraid to challenge a hitter "up in the zone", meaning throwing high strikes. The dimensions of Comerica Park allow hitters to hit the ball a long way from home plate and not get hits. This is why Juan Gonzalez left the Tigers so quickly. All that is required to keep the pitchers ERA from ballooning is speedy outfielders that can catch and throw the ball.
Detroit is building their team on this basis and I like the direction they are going.
Again Keith, you've done a great job and I applaud and encourage this.
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