News, Analysis & UpdatesJune 25, 2005

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By Arlo Vander

A tie between two major league teams isn’t something that you see all that often, but ties between players are standard fare no matter what the statistical category. Yet while ties in general might be commonplace, some of them might nonetheless raise an eybrow or two…

Albert Pujols is tied with Luis Castillo with six stolen bases apiece. Castillo’s single-season SB high is 62, while Pujols had never exceeded five prior to this year.

Opposing pitchers have given both Derrek Lee and Jacque Jones eight free passes this year. Lee’s on-base plus slugging is 1.199; Jones’ OPS is .778.

Opposing hitters are hitting .247 off both Aaron Harang and Jon Garland. Harang has struggled to a 4-6 mark, while Garland leads the AL with 12 wins.

Dustin Hermanson is tied with Danys Baez with 18 save opportunities this season. Hermanson has converted 17 of those opportunities; Baez only 12.

Tony Clark and Adam LaRoche have each driven in 43 runs this season. Clark’s OPS is 1.015, LaRoche’s just .759. Sabermetrically-inclined readers are smiling now.

Los Angeles teammates Derek Lowe and Jeff Weaver have both allowed 56 runs so far this year. Fourteen of Lowe’s runs have been unearned, compared with just three for Weaver.

Carlos Beltran is tied with former Houston teammate Brandon Backe, among others, with just one steal apiece. Last year, Beltran swiped 42 bags, including a perfect 28-of-28 after joining the Astros. Backe’s steal was the first in the pitcher’s career.

Greg Maddux and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield have both been charged with five wild pitches in 2005. The last time Maddux threw this many wild pitches was 1993, his first season with Atlanta.

Scott Podsednik is tied with Brady Clark for most times caught stealing this season with nine. Podsednik, however, has successfully stolen 38 bases to lead the majors, while Clark has recorded just eight SB.

Scott Hatteberg is tied with Ivan Rodriguez with 405 career walks. Rodriguez has more than twice as many plate appearances as Hatteberg.

The Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals are both at the top of their division with records of 43-30. Last year, the Red Sox won the World Series while the Nationals are coming off a 67-95 campaign that saw the team – then still the Montreal Expos – finish last in the NL East.

Arlo Vander’s fantasy team is currently tied for second place.

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