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Climbing the Ladder with the American League 7/20/08

July 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

 Oakland out of running, Texas needs some Pitching plus more in this weeks Climbing the Ladder with the American League.

A.L. East W L PCT. GB L10 STRK
Tampa Bay 57 39 .594 3-7 W2
Boston 57 42 .576 1.5 5-5 L2
New York 52 45 .536 5.5 7-3 W2
Toronto 47 49 .490 10.0 3-7 W2
Baltimore 47 50 .485 10.5 6-4 L2
Tampa Bay Rays
2008
Wins Losses
Games 57 39
Runs Scored 336 105
Runs Allowed 144 248
Batting Average .289 .216
On Base Percentage .369 .285
Slugging Percentage .458 .336
Home Runs 68 33
Home Runs Allowed 29 56
ERA 2.22 6.19

The Tampa Bay Rays ended a nice first half with 55 wins.  The 55 wins at the All Star break are the most ever by any team who finished the previous season with the worst record in the Major Leagues.  The Rays became just the third team since 1900 to be 23+ over .500 after finishing the season with worst record.  Tampa looks to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays today for the second time this season, something the Rays have never done before.

Boston Red Sox
2008
Wins Losses
Games 57 42
Runs Scored 366 134
Runs Allowed 156 255
Batting Average .315 .231
On Base Percentage .389 .305
Slugging Percentage .516 .356
Home Runs 78 33
Home Runs Allowed 38 47
ERA 2.48 5.87

The Boston Red Sox have lost their last 4 road games despite the hot hitting of Dustin Pedroia.  Pedroia has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games and before yesterdays game was hitting .443 with 5 home runs, 12 doubles, 18 RBI’s, and 28 runs in his last 28 games.  Pedroia raised his season average from .260 to .316, ranking him 7th in the American League and collected 124 hits before the All-Star break, one shy of the record of 125 held by Wade Boggs in 1987 and Nomar Garciaparra in 2003.

New York Yankees
2008
Wins Losses
Games 52 45
Runs Scored 328 119
Runs Allowed 135 281
Batting Average .300 .226
On Base Percentage .376 .295
Slugging Percentage .472 .342
Home Runs 61 31
Home Runs Allowed 32 52
ERA 2.46 6.05

The New York Yankees are one of six teams in the Majors who have yet to lose more than 4 consecutive games.  The Bronx Bombers join the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, LA Angels, Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Derek Jeter hit his 200th career home run on Saturday making him the only Yankee in history to reach the 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases.    The Yankees have scored 447 runs this season, the lowest amount at this point in the season since 1992 when the club scored 428 runs in 97 games.

Toronto Blue Jays
2008
Wins Losses
Games 47 50
Runs Scored 269 135
Runs Allowed 115 269
Batting Average .297 .222
On Base Percentage .371 .297
Slugging Percentage .451 .316
Home Runs 42 24
Home Runs Allowed 27 57
ERA 2.23 5.02

A.J Burnett’s start on Friday night marked the first time in club history that a starter made back-to-back starts for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Burnett’s last start came on July 13th against the New York Yankees.  GM J.P. Ricarrdi still hasn’t given up on his team this season and until he does it’s unlikely the Blue Jays will make any moves.  Ricarrdi wants to see what the Jays can do when they – in his words- “put the petal to the metal.”

Baltimore Orioles
2008
Wins Losses
Games 47 49
Runs Scored 312 147
Runs Allowed 178 288
Batting Average .304 .218
On Base Percentage .373 .286
Slugging Percentage .503 .353
Home Runs 66 41
Home Runs Allowed 49 56
ERA 3.57 5.66

The Baltimore Orioles will yet again look to put an end to their consecutive losing streak on Sundays.  Baltimore has lost 14 straight Sunday games and will tie the record of 15 straight losses on a given day held by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A.L. Central W L PCT. GB L10 STRK
Chicago 55 41 .573 6-4 L1
Minnesota 55 42 .567 0.5 6-4 W2
Detroit 48 49 .495 7.5 5-5 L2
Kansas City 44 54 .449 12.0 5-5 W1
Cleveland 42 54 .438 13.0 5-5 W1
Chicago White Sox
2008
Wins Losses
Games 55 41
Runs Scored 374 98
Runs Allowed 166 227
Batting Average .294 .224
On Base Percentage .370 .286
Slugging Percentage .512 .343
Home Runs 98 30
Home Runs Allowed 41 42
ERA 2.56 5.27

The Chicago White Sox’s Jim Thome is just 2 hits shy of 2,000 for his career.  Upon reaching this milestone, Thome will become one of 9 players in baseball history to achieve 2,000 hits, 1,500 walks, and 500 home runs.  The White Sox are 37-21 since May 14th and hold the best record in baseball over that span.

Minnesota Twins
2008
Wins Losses
Games 55 42
Runs Scored 367 117
Runs Allowed 167 283
Batting Average .316 .232
On Base Percentage .374 .286
Slugging Percentage .471 .334
Home Runs 46 23
Home Runs Allowed 45 61
ERA 2.73 6.42

Minnesota has won its first two games since the All Star break against the Texas Rangers and have won five of their last 6 games.   Twins outfielder Delmon Young has contributed a lot to the Twin’s recent success and has gone 7-9 in in the series against Texas and in the 35 games since June 1st Young has batted .350 with 18 runs, 10 doubles, 4 HR’s, and 24 RBI’s.

Detroit Tigers
2008
Wins Losses
Games 48 49
Runs Scored 349 120
Runs Allowed 170 297
Batting Average .325 .215
On Base Percentage .387 .288
Slugging Percentage .538 .326
Home Runs 74 36
Home Runs Allowed 32 54
ERA 3.16 5.88

The Detroit Tigers have won 24 of the clubs last 37 games since June 7th and are tied with the Minnesota Twins for most wins during that span.  During the 37 game stretch, the Tigers are hitting .295 with 191 runs scored, 65 doubles, 9 triples, and 52 home runs while compiling a 3.92 ERA.

Kansas City Royals
2008
Wins Losses
Games 44 54
Runs Scored 241 170
Runs Allowed 111 357
Batting Average .288 .240
On Base Percentage .342 .291
Slugging Percentage .455 .329
Home Runs 46 26
Home Runs Allowed 29 72
ERA 2.33 6.41

The Kansas City Royals will play in just its 7th rubber match of the season today when they face the Chicago White Sox.  Kansas City have won 4 of the previous 6 rubber matches with the Royal’s last series decider coming on June 29th when the KC lost to the Cardinals 9-6.

Cleveland Indians
2008
Wins Losses
Games 42 54
Runs Scored 281 156
Runs Allowed 102 330
Batting Average .289 .218
On Base Percentage .373 .282
Slugging Percentage .483 .339
Home Runs 58 37
Home Runs Allowed 24 84
ERA 2.33 5.94

The Cleveland Indians ended their 10 game road losing streak yesterday when they beat the Seattle Mariners.  The Tribe has won 5 of their last 6, homering in each game.  The Indians will get starting pitcher Fausto Carmona back soon.  Carmona made a rehab start last night in Akron going 5.0 innings while giving up 9 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB and 2K’

A.L. West
W L PCT. GB L10 STRK
Los Angeles 59 38 .608 7-3 W4
Oakland 51 46 .526 8.0 4-6 L4
Texas 50 48 .510 9.5 5-5 L2
Seattle 38 59 .392 21.0 3-7 L1
Los Angeles Angels
2008
Wins Losses
Games 59 38
Runs Scored 306 118
Runs Allowed 146 247
Batting Average .277 .228
On Base Percentage .341 .283
Slugging Percentage .432 .326
Home Runs 64 21
Home Runs Allowed 41 50
ERA 2.26 6.33

The Angels have won 4 straight games, including the first 2 of a 3 game series against the Boston Red Sox.  Los Angeles holds the best record in the Majors and has increased their lead over the Oakland Athletics to 8.0 games.  It appears that the Angels have a strong grip on their lead in the American League West and will look to keep things rolling for the rest of the season.

Oakland Athletics
2008
Wins Losses
Games 51 46
Runs Scored 328 86
Runs Allowed 130 226
Batting Average .290 .200
On Base Percentage .368 .265
Slugging Percentage .446 .286
Home Runs 51 19
Home Runs Allowed 32 35
ERA 2.21 4.88

Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane has vastly improved the teams minor league system and there may still be more moves to come before the trade deadline passes at the end of the month.  With rumors of the Brewers and White Sox inquiring about Huston Street, it may only be a matter of time before Street’s time in Oakland comes to an end.

Texas Rangers
2008
Wins Losses
Games 50 48
Runs Scored 353 187
Runs Allowed 195 384
Batting Average .318 .240
On Base Percentage .390 .308
Slugging Percentage .533 .375
Home Runs 78 40
Home Runs Allowed 39 65
ERA 3.31 7.29

The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of Chris Davis on June 26th and since then Davis has gone on to hit the most home runs in the American League  and 5th most in the Majors over that span.  Davis’ 7 home runs in 64 at bats is pretty impressive and will only improve the already powerful Texas offense.  If Texas can land a closer and some starting pitching before the trade deadline passes they could have a good chance of making a move in the West or for the wild card.

Seattle Mariners
2008
Wins Losses
Games 38 59
Runs Scored 213 175
Runs Allowed 88 360
Batting Average .296 .228
On Base Percentage .358 .283
Slugging Percentage .437 .332
Home Runs 30 44
Home Runs Allowed 20 65
ERA 2.05 5.82

The Seattle Mariners are making news in the trade rumor department with the increased interest in third baseman Adrian Beltre.  With Bedard on the shelf until after the trade deadline passes, it will be unlikely that any team would be interested in acquiring him.   Beltre has  been rumored to be attracting interest from a number of teams, the asking price has been thought to be similiar to that of what the Phillies gave up for Joe Blanton.

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