2007 Season News

What do the 2007 White Sox, Blue Jays & Yankees each have in common? Each had one of their players join the growing ranks of the still elite 500 Home Runs Club as Jim Thome, September 16th; Frank Thomas, June 28th; and Alex Rodriguez, August 4th each reached the plateau with their respective American League team.

Ichiro Suzuki became not just the first American League player, but the first and only Major League player to hit an inside the park home run during an All-Star Game. The seven year veteran / seven time all-star drove a fifth inning Chris Young pitch into the quirky right field wall at AT&T Park and helped secure home field advantage for the American League team during the Fall Classic.

Tom Glavine joined fellow future hall of fame hurlers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux when he won his three-hundredth career game on August 5, becoming only the twenty-third pitcher in the 300 Wins Club.

With a ball-crushing August 7th swing, Barry Bonds crushed a fastball from Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals over the fence in right center field in the fifth inning, immediately threw his arms in the air, and became the most prolific home run hitter in Major League history. Bonds's 756th career home run pushed him past Hank Aaron atop the career home run list and started the debate as to the authenticity of the record — a debate that will probably be hear as long as the record itself.

The infamous New York Mets meltdown was described in brutal fashion by sporstwriter Marty Noble who said on MLB.com that they, "can't be measured, analyzed or even referenced without acknowledgment of the crash and burn that marked their September. To do so would be to ask Mrs. Lincoln how she enjoyed the play at Ford Theater that night." First 50 games of the season, an impressive 33-17 record. At the All-Star break Tom Glavine said "I'd be shocked if we've already played our best baseball." In their final 112 games a 55-57 record, losses in six of their last seven home games, and a seven game lead lost over the course of eighteen short days will leave Mets fans waiting for next year.

Ken Griffey, Jr. asked Commissioner Bud Selig permission to wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, scheduled for April 15. What started as a simple request turned into a league-wide celebration where players were permitted to change their number to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson. More than a hundred players chose to do so in what became the first league wide use of a retired number by active players.
2007 American League East
Team Record GB
Boston Red Sox 96-66 -
New York Yankees 94-68 2.0
Toronto Blue Jays 83-79 13.0
Baltimore Orioles 69-93 27.0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 66-96 30.0
2007 American League Central
Team Record GB
Cleveland Indians 96-66 -
Detroit Tigers 88-74 8.0
Minnesota Twins 79-83 17.0
Chicago White Sox 72-90 24.0
Kansas City Royals 69-93 27.0
2007 American League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Angels 94-68 -
Seattle Mariner 88-74 6.0
Oakland Athletics 76-86 18.0
Texas Rangers 75-87 19.0
2007 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 89-73 -
New York Mets 88-74 1.0
Atlanta Braves 84-78 5.0
Washington Nationals 73-89 16.0
Florida Marlins 71-91 18.0
2007 National League Central
Team Record GB
Chicago Cubs 85-77 -
Milwaukee Brewers 83-79 2.0
St. Louis Cardinals 78-84 7.0
Houston Astros 73-89 12.0
Cincinnati Reds 72-90 13.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 68-94 17.0
2007 National League West
Team Record GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 90-72 -
Colorado Rockies 90-73 0.5
San Diego Padres 89-74 1.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 82-80 8.0
San Francisco Giants 71-91 19.0
American League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Sox 96 66 0.593 867 5.35 657 4.06 166 151 0.279 0.358 0.444 3.87 482 1149 0.986 145
Cleveland Indians 96 66 0.593 811 5.01 704 4.35 178 146 0.268 0.338 0.428 4.05 410 1047 0.985 166
Los Angeles Angels 94 68 0.580 822 5.07 731 4.51 123 151 0.284 0.344 0.417 4.23 477 1156 0.983 154
New York Yankees 94 68 0.580 968 5.98 777 4.80 201 150 0.290 0.361 0.463 4.49 578 1009 0.985 173
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 887 5.48 797 4.92 177 174 0.287 0.341 0.458 4.57 566 1047 0.984 147
Seattle Mariners 88 74 0.543 794 4.90 813 5.02 153 147 0.287 0.332 0.425 4.73 546 1020 0.985 167
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 753 4.65 699 4.31 165 157 0.259 0.324 0.419 4.00 479 1067 0.984 160
Minnesota Twins 79 83 0.488 718 4.43 725 4.48 118 185 0.264 0.327 0.391 4.15 420 1094 0.984 149
Oakland Athletics 76 86 0.469 741 4.57 758 4.68 171 138 0.256 0.336 0.407 4.28 530 1036 0.985 151
Texas Rangers 75 87 0.463 816 5.04 844 5.21 179 155 0.263 0.324 0.426 4.75 668 976 0.980 178
Chicago White Sox 72 90 0.444 693 4.28 839 5.18 190 174 0.246 0.314 0.404 4.77 499 1015 0.982 166
Kansas City Royals 69 93 0.426 706 4.36 778 4.80 102 168 .0261 0.314 0.388 4.48 520 993 0.982 159
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 0.426 756 4.67 868 5.36 142 161 0.272 0.331 0.412 5.17 696 1087 0.987 155
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 66 96 0.407 782 4.83 944 5.83 187 199 0.268 0.333 0.433 5.53 568 1194 0.980 155
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Arizona Diamondbacks 90 72 0.556 712 4.40 732 4.52 171 169 0.250 0.317 0.413 4.13 546 1088 0.983 157
Colorado Rockies 90 73 0.552 860 5.28 758 4.65 171 164 0.280 0.351 0.437 4.32 504 967 0.989 179
Philadelphia Phillies 89 73 0.549 892 5.51 821 5.07 213 198 0.274 0.347 0.458 4.73 558 1050 0.986 164
San Diego Padres 89 74 0.546 741 4.55 666 4.09 171 119 0.251 0.319 0.411 3.7 474 1136 0.985 147
New York Mets 88 74 0.543 804 4.96 750 4.63 177 165 0.275 0.340 0.432 4.26 570 1134 0.983 124
Chicago Cubs 85 77 0.525 752 4.64 690 4.26 151 165 0.271 0.330 0.422 4.04 573 1211 0.984 134
Atlanta Braves 84 78 0.519 810 5.00 733 4.52 176 172 0.275 0.337 0.435 4.11 537 1106 0.983 140
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 801 4.94 776 4.79 231 161 0.262 0.323 0.456 4.41 507 1174 0.982 143
Los Angeles Dodgers 82 80 0.506 735 4.54 727 4.49 129 146 0.275 0.336 0.406 4.20 518 1184 0.981 160
St. Louis Cardinals 78 84 0.481 725 4.48 829 5.12 141 168 0.274 0.335 0.405 4.65 509 945 0.98 155
Washington Nationals 73 89 0.451 673 4.15 783 4.83 123 187 0.256 0.321 0.390 4.58 580 931 0.982 151
Houston Astros 73 89 0.451 723 4.46 813 5.02 167 206 0.260 0.326 0.412 4.68 510 1109 0.983 128
Cincinnati Reds 72 90 0.444 783 4.83 853 5.27 204 198 0.267 0.331 0.436 4.94 482 1068 0.984 153
Florida Marlins 71 91 0.438 790 4.88 891 5.50 201 176 0.267 0.329 0.448 4.94 661 1142 0.977 159
San Francisco Giants 71 91 0.438 683 4.22 720 4.44 131 133 0.254 0.319 0.387 4.19 593 1057 0.986 146
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 94 0.420 724 4.47 846 5.22 148 174 0.263 0.319 0.411 4.93 518 997 0.986 189