How All Of The Orioles Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree

Adam Jones was brought over in a trade with Chris Tillman, George Sherrill from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Erik Bedard in the 2007 offeseson. Jones is a 3 time Gold Glove Winner, and has 2 straight season of 30+ HRs, and might well be in the top 5 AL MVP consideration this year by the time it is all said and done. This trade started the pendulum swinging back in the other direction - after a horrible 10 year stretch for the O's. Baltimore broke a 15 year playoff drought n 2012 with a Post Season Berth.  This 4 time ALL - Star  is on pace for career highs in HRs and RBI for 2014. Jones, now 28, signed a 7 YRs/$91.7 MIL deal prior to the 2012 season, which means he is with Baltimore until the end of 2018

Adam Jones was brought over in a trade with Chris Tillman, George Sherrill from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Erik Bedard in the 2007 offeseson. Jones is a 3 time Gold Glove Winner, and has 2 straight season of 30+ HRs, and might well be in the top 5 AL MVP consideration this year by the time it is all said and done. This trade started the pendulum swinging back in the other direction – after a horrible 10 year stretch for the O’s. Baltimore broke a 15 year playoff drought n 2012 with a Post Season Berth. This 4 time ALL – Star is on pace for career highs in HRs and RBI for 2014. Jones, now 28, signed a 7 YRs/$91.7 MIL deal prior to the 2012 season, which means he is with Baltimore until the end of 2018

How All Of The Orioles Hitters Were Acquired:

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The fortunes of the Orioles have all come based on the heels of 2 nice trades and a 3rd one also tilting the scales in their favor.

1 of the deals was the Erik Bedard for Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, the other great trade was acquiring Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara.

These deals gave the club a bonafide Starting Pitcher, a Gold Glove and 30 HRs a year hitting Adam Jones, a 50+ HR guy in 2013 with Chris Davis, and a flamethrowing arm out of the Bullpen with Hunter.

Bedard was lackluster in Seattle briefly, and Koji Uehara wasn’t good in Texas, like he was in Baltimore or now Boston.

You can also trace J.J. Hardy (yet another Gold Glover) back to the assets received from Aubrey Huff. Read the rest of this entry

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How All Of The Royals Were Acquired – 2014 Roster Tree: They Could Also Use An Injection Via Trade

The Royals rode a 11 game winning streak to 1st place in the AL Central in June.  What is more impressive is that they smashed the Tigers in the 1st 3 games of that 4 game series currently.  However a brutal stretch of play, culminating in a 9 - 18 record post the streak, has them wallowing near the .500 mark, and could fall out fast if the offense can't turn it around.  Today, we will examine how the Royals received all of their offense.

The Royals rode a 11 game winning streak to 1st place in the AL Central in June of this year. What is more impressive is that they smashed the Tigers in the 1st 3 games of that 4 game series – before relenting the last game of the series,  however a brutal stretch of play happened after that, culminating in a 9 – 18 record post the streak, and has them wallowing near the .500 mark.  This squad could fall out contention fast if the offense can’t turn it around. Today, we will examine how the Royals received all of their offense.

How All Of The Royals Hitters Were Acquired:

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The time to sit around and watch this club struggle is no more.

The Kansas City Royals must take decisive action either way to avoid future years of bashing from their already tepid fanbase.

The problem for years has been the offense – and especially since James Shields and Wade Davis came to town in a deal that saw massive prospect OF Wil Myers go back the other way.

It was an aggressive move and bold outlook for the 2013 and 2014 years, but Dayton Moore and David Glass have underestimated just how much power you need in the lineup on a daily basis.

This roster of batters is comprised mostly of their homegrown talent, or speedy light hitting talent they have acquired by trades.

Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain were both picked up in the 2010 trade of Zack Greinke tot the Brewers.  A deal that also saw the club pick up Jake Odorizzi, who was packaged in the deal for Shields and Davis. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 21st) – Updated Yearly #WOB Totals For 2014

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Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Chris Sale struck out 8 Kansas City batters in 7 innings, letting up just 1 run and earning the 3-1 victory for the White Sox.

David Ortiz homered twice, driving in 4, as the Red Sox crushed the Blue Jays 14-1.

Wily Peralta allowed just 3 hits, 1 run and 2 walks over 7 innings as the Brewers beat the Reds 5-2 and retained first place.

Hunter Pence went 3 for 5, drove in a pair of key runs, including an RBI triple and scored another, helping the Giants come from behind in Philadelphia, 7-4.

 

They owned baseball on July 21, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 21, 2014

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USATSI

What should the Phillies do by the trade deadline?

How about trade everything that isn’t nailed to the ground?

The races are so tight right now that a bunch of teams may try to shoot the moon. No better time to take advantage of them!

It is an all anarchy episode on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Odrisamer Despaigne, Jon Lester, Neil Walker, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tim Lincecum, Peter Bourjos and Yan Gomes all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Odds To Win The 2014 World Series Currently + Best/Worst Value Bets

The Orioles are in a brutal part of their schedule in which they are on a 10 game roadtrip to the west.  They dropped 2 out of 3 to the A's over the weekend, and now play 4 @LAA and 3 @ SEA before returning home to play the Angels again next week.  All of their Division teams won their weekend series, including the Yankees Red Sox and Rays sweeping - and the Blue Jays taking 2 out of three versus Texas.

The Orioles are in a brutal part of their schedule in which they are on a 10 game roadtrip to the west. They dropped 2 out of 3 to the A’s over the weekend, and now play 4 @ LAA and 3 @ SEA before returning home to play the Angels again next week. All of their Division teams won their weekend series, including the Yankees Red Sox and Rays sweeping – and the Blue Jays taking 2 out of three versus Texas.

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With our Monthly Rankings article coming on Thursday, I thought I would do this weekly article right now, even though 3 games have only transpired since the ALL – Star Break.

There has been some movement for sure.  I had a paltry week of predicting at 2 – 5 – 3, but am still prognosticating decently for the year.

Late last week, I bet the Rays, Indians and Red Sox for the World Series at $5 bets.  TB pays out at 100/1, Cleveland 80/1 and Boston 65/1.

I also will win a lot of money in the AL East, unless the Blue Jays or Yankees take down the division.  That is another article for another time. Read the rest of this entry

Braves Are The 29th Team To Finish 2014 MLB Runs Survivor: Yankees Dead Last – But Had A Good Weekend

The Braves offense has been sporadic all season long.  Atlanta gets back at the Bronx Bombers by reaching 8 runs in a game 1st, and made New York finish 30th in this contest The Braves have played 98 Games, while New York has played 97, but even if the Yanks score 8 runs in their next game, then they would lose a won games tie-breaker.

The Braves offense has been sporadic all season long. Atlanta gets back at the Bronx Bombers by reaching 8 runs in a game 1st, and made New York finish 30th in this contest The Braves have played 98 Games, while New York has played 97, but even if the Yanks score 8 runs in their next game, then they would lose a won games tie-breaker.

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The Atlanta Braves scored 8 runs last night, and in doing so, ensured themselves of not finishing last for the 2014 MLB Runs Scoring Survivor.

The “Tomahawk Choppers” also kept pace with the Naitonals in the process.

Fredi Gonzalez’s squad finished the trek in 98 games, and while the Yankees could potentially tie them in their next contest (98th game), the Braves have more wins than the Yankees, and that would be the tiebreaker.

We will still inform you when the “Bronx Bombers” complete their mission finally.

Never did I think the “Pinstripers” (who lead the Majors in offensive lineup player salary at $117.8 MIL) would be the last team for the 11 scenarios. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 20th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Odrisamer Despaigne threw no hit ball until there were 2 outs in the 8th inning. He wound up going 7 2/3 innings with 2 hits and 3 walks, allowing just one run. He didn’t get the decision but the Padres walked off 2-1 winners against the Mets.

Jon Lester threw 8 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 8, earning the 6-0 victory for the Red Sox and completing the sweep of the Royals.

Neil Walker got 3 hits including a homer, scoring a pair as the Pirates topped the Rockies 5-3.

Jacoby Ellsbury got on base 5 times, including a double and a pair of stolen bases. He scored the game winning run as the Yankees walked off as 3-2 winners over the Reds.

They owned baseball on July 20, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 20, 2014

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San Diego Padres – MLB.com – FSSD / HD

It is time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

A potential no hitter in San Diego today showed why blacking out local games makes no sense.

Corey Kluber, Cole Hamels, Adam Jones, Paul Goldschmidt, Garrett Richards, Brett Anderson, Miguel Cabrera and Dee Gordon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 19th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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DUANE BURLESON/GETTY IMAGES

Corey Kluber game within an out of a complete game, finishing with 10 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings allowing just 2 runs in the Indians 6-2 win that began a double header sweep of the Tigers.

Cole Hamels dominated Atlanta with 7 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run, striking out 9 while walking none, earning the 2-1 decision for Philadelphia.

Adam Jones reached base 3 times, homered and drove in 5 runs as the Orioles took a potential playoff preview 8-4 in Oakland.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 5 times, doubled, homered, drove in 3 runs and scored 3, powering the Diamondbacks past the Cubs, 9-3.

 

They owned baseball on July 19, 2014.

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All Multi HR Games In 2014:

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Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

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For Games Played Through July 19, 2014 ( Chris Dickerson with Last 2 HR games – July 19th, 2014, Lonnie Chisenhall last with 3 HRs – June 9th, 2014 Last 4 HR game – Josh Hamilton – May 8, 2012)

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Josh Hamilton, Rangers (4) – May 8, 2012

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LM Otero/AP

Lonnie Chisenhall (3 HR Game) June 9th

Chris Davis, Orioles (3 HR Game) May 20th

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HR Streaks Of 2 Or More In 2014

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Through July 19, 2014 

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HRs Streaks (Games Consecutive in MLB)

2 Active 2 Game HR streaks: Paul Goldschmidt (3rd Steak)  Giancarlo Stanton (1st streak), Last player with 3 HRs (Conor Gillaspie), 4 HRs (George Springer), 5 HRs (Devin Mesoraco).  Streaks not of this year:  Last 6 HR streak (Chris Davis – 2012), 7 HR streak (Kevin Mench – 2006) and last 8 HR streak (Ken Griffey JR. in 1993)

8 Games (Last Done in 1993)

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Ken Griffey JR, Mariners, July.20 – July.28

7 Games (Last Done in 2006)

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Kevin Mench, Rangers , April.21 – Apr.28

6 Games (Last Done in 2012)

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MLB Reports ‘Writer/Senior Reporter’ Lori Martini Interviews ‘Baseball Fan + Musician’ Cassandra Kubinski

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 Cassandra Kubinski is a rarity…very similar to the legendary solo artists of the early to mid 1970’s…she proves that the genre [singer/songwriter] is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent. – Billy Joel

Cassandra Kubinski began her career doing musical theatre at the age of 12.  Since then, she’s released 4 albums, toured from NYC to LA to Germany to Jamaica, and opened for folks like Anna Nalick, Dickie Betts, and Ingram Hill.

Her latest album, “Just Being Myself”, features adult contemporary hit trumpeter Chris Botti, as well as 15 originals in her theatrical pop style.  

Her music has been heard on NBC, ABC, Bravo, MTV, VH1, and more, including 7 song placements on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms.” As a vocalist, she’s done jingles and commercials for the USPS, Barnes and Noble, Homegoods, Kohls, Capitol One, Dunkin Donuts, MTV, Tampax and more.  

She also works to raise awareness and acceptance for Autism through her song “Not So Different”, which has raised thousands of dollars for autism causes and been featured on ABC, NY1, and many Autism websites.  Let’s not forget, she is also a baseball fan and references a certain team in some of her songs. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports Writer/Senior Reporter Lori Martini Interviews ‘Baseball Fan + Rapper’ Steven Cooper

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Steven Cooper is an artist/rapper based out of Kansas City, MO who’s starting to make a name for himself in the pop/hip-hop world.  Currently he’s giving away his album “Stereotype” for FREE until it hits 100K downloads before releasing any new material.  

His music is anthemic, positive and inspirational which is a refreshing direction to instill in the youth.  

He will be performing his song “Born To Do”at the Staten Island Yankees on Wednesday, July 23rd and at the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday, July 24th.   Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 19, 2014

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Is Fox Sports still not willing to talk about “dead guys” because of a 1990’s mentality? Time to break that.

Baseball takes place in the past, present and future all at the same time. That sentence makes sense to me.

It is a respect the future and past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Travis d’Arnaud, Jason Kipnis, Madison Bumgarner, Yu Darvish, Brayan Pena, Omar Infante and Tom Wilhelmsen all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Current 2014 MLB Team Payrolls: Trade Deadline Manuevering

Clayton Kershaw is the highest paid player on the highest payroll of the Majors with the Dodgers.  Los Angeles is currently sitting at nearly $240 MIL for total team payroll, and will enter the 2nd year of their Luxury Tax Threshold Penalty, where they will pay a 30% surcharge on any monies spent over $189 MIL.  As it stands right now, the club will pay somewhere north of $15 MIL this year.  If the Dodgers are in penalty again for 2015, they will pa 40% of any cash over the Threshold.  Abusers of the tax for 4 years and beyond pay $50%.  With their payroll this year, it would cost Los Angeles over $25 MIL if they were at that limit.

Clayton Kershaw is the highest paid player on the highest payroll of the Majors with the Dodgers. Los Angeles is currently sitting at nearly $240 MIL for total team payroll, and will enter the 2nd year of their Luxury Tax Threshold Penalty, where they will pay a 30% surcharge on any monies spent over $189 MIL. As it stands right now, the club will pay somewhere north of $15 MIL this year. If the Dodgers are in penalty again for 2015, they will pa 40% of any cash over the Threshold. Abusers of the tax for 4 years and beyond pay $50%. With their payroll this year, it would cost Los Angeles over $25 MIL if they were at that limit.

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2014 Team Salaries Rank  (In Millions)

1. LAD – $239.8 ( 2nd time abuser – Luxury Tax Penalty at 30% over $189 MIL = $15.24 MIL to be added at the end of the year.) (1st in NLW)

2. NYY – $200.0 ( 4 or more time abuser – Tax Penalty at 50% over $189 MIL for an additional $5.5 MIL to be added at end of the year.) (1st In ALE)

3. PHI – $177.4 (1st in NLE)

4. DET – $163.0 MIL (1st in ALC)

5. BOS – $157.9 (2nd in ALE)
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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 18th) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Denis Poroy – Getty Images

Travis d’Arnaud got 3 hits including an RBI single in the first and the go ahead RBI single in the 9th that lead the Mets to a 5-4 victory in San Diego.

Jason Kipnis homered twice including a 3 run homer that gave Cleveland the lead in a 7 run 7th inning and a 9-3 win over Detroit.

Madison Bumgarner pitched 6 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Marlins. He was lifted as the game got out of hand and the Giants took a 9-1 laugher.

Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 in 5 innings, allowing just 1 run and got the decision as the Rangers topped Toronto 5-1.

They owned baseball on July 18, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 18, 2014

The Sporting News

The Sporting News

The reaction to the In Memoriam video I produced overwhelmed me and makes be super pleased.

Meanwhile, I wonder if the Mariners are on the verge of making the correct move going into the second half of the season.

It is a going viral episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

The video was edited courtesy of Don Fito Productions, whose website is HERE.

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MLB ALL – Star Break Report Cards – National League

The best letter grade we gave out was to the Milwaukee Brewers,  The team pole vaulted out to a fast start, and despite other clubs having a lot more talent than this bunch, young players have emerged for the Brew Crew.  Even with recent play, the other teams have had injury trouble while Milwaukee is relatively healthy.

The best letter grade we gave out was to the Milwaukee Brewers, The team pole vaulted out to a fast start, and despite other clubs having a lot more talent than this bunch, young players have emerged for the Brew Crew. Even with recent play, the other teams have had injury trouble while Milwaukee is relatively healthy.  Still with 4 clubs within 3.5 games or better in the NL Central, this should be a dogfight to the bitter end.

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Division             GBL Letter Grade

NL EAST

T1.  WSH 51 – 42: – (C+)

Have dealt with a plethora of injuries to Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos, Adam LaRoche and Doug Fister.

Jayson Werth had a nice hot streak right before the end of the 1st half.

The team with limited flaws has just not taken off like it should.

Gio Gonzalez hasn’t found his form yet.

T1.  ATL 52 – 43: – (B-)

This team has a nice 14 – 6 stretch to end the 1st half.

When you consider the club has withstood year ending injuries to Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Gavin Floyd.

Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton are making 25% of the team payroll and are posting anemic numbers.  The older Upton has done better in the last 10 games.

Evan Gattis and Freddie Freeman have kept the team afloat, and whenever Justin Upton hits, this team wins.

A great patchwork job done by the Starting Pitchers replacements.  Aaron Harang and Alex Wood have done spade work.

Still one of the best Bullpens in the game. Read the rest of this entry

ALL – Time Tommy John Surgery Tracker, Updated For Tyler Chatwood

For all the talk of baseball players (pitchers mostly) that will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery, we will be keeping a running list!  E-mail us at mlbreports@gmail.com if you have any names to add to our totals.

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Every MLB ASG Going Fwd Should Have A Tribute To Those Fallen In Previous Year: A Comment On Sully Baseball’s Blog

Paul Sullivan’s   brilliant tribute video – They should hire him to do one of these every year!

MLB Reports Lead Personality ‘Sully’ did a fantastic job of writing an article about the way FOX did not give any acknowledgement towards Tony Gwynn during Tuesday’s ALL – Star Game on a post for his own website. I was going to write a similar article, but he nailed it perfectly, and you should read it here

My 2 cents:   

The MLB has had several baseball men die in the last year:  Ralph Kiner, Tony Gwynn, Bob Welch, Don Zimmer, Jim Fregosi, Jerry Coleman, and former executive (MLBPA president) Michael Weiner.

I think it would be a great job by baseball – if they were to add a segment to the ALL – Star Game, in which they pay homage to the heroes of yesteryear. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2014

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Donruss

 

Billy Sample visits the podcast again to talk about his movie Reunion 108 and his days with the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

Plus I put together a new video on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Check out Billy Sample’s website for information regarding Reunion 108 by clicking HERE.

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MLB Teams Pitching Payroll vs Positional Players Payroll In 2014

The Dodgers are the new kings of spending money on payroll in the MLB.  They already spend the most money their Pitching Staff, are the only team well over the $200 MIL mark, and are also creeping up on the New York Yankees for position player spending.  With the Bronx Bombers not in a playoff spot currently, the Dodgers may pass the Pinstripers by adding salary to their lineup, or by New York deciding to trade a few players from their position lineup.

The Dodgers are the new kings of spending money on payroll in the MLB. They already spend the most money their Pitching Staff, are the only team well over the $200 MIL mark, and are also creeping up on the New York Yankees for position player spending. With the Bronx Bombers not in a playoff spot currently, the Dodgers may pass the Pinstripers by adding salary to their lineup, or by New York deciding to trade a few players from their position lineup.

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The LA Dodgers have 5 quality Starting Pitchers, and a bevy of former Closers in their Relief Core.

The boys who play their home games at Chavez Ravine, would fit into the top half of entire team payrolls for the majors with each of their pitching and offense separately.

If the Yankees trade 1 or 2 hitters before the Deadline, or the Dodgers add an offense player to their depth, they will hold the #1 spot in both distinctions.

New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and both of the Los Angeles franchises are in the top 10 in each. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule Week 17: July 21 – 27 (98 Games)

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MLB Scheduling 2014

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

Week 17

Monday, July.21/2014 (12 Games)

1.  Orioles @ Angels 10:05

2.  Royals @ White Sox 8:10

3.  Dodgers @ Pirates 7:05

4.  Marlins @ Braves 7:10

5.  Rangers @ Yankees 7:05

6.  Giants @ Phillies 7:05

7.  Red Sox @ Blue Jays 7:07

8.  Reds @ Brewers 8:10

9.  Indians @ Twins 8:10

  1. Nationals @ Rockies 8:40
  2. Tigers @ D-Backs 9:40 (Interleague)

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Mid Season MLB Report Cards – American League

Bob Melvin grew up in the Bay area, and has the pulse of both of his team and the fanbase.  He has brought in a winning attitude and accountability among his players.  Melvin loves to platoon players, work matchups, and tweak his players 1 - 25 for the purpose of winning games.  Can the Oakland Athletics head back to the ALCS for the 1st time since 2006?  Or even help his team make the World Series for the 1st time since 1990?  Oakland has been had plenty of injuries, and Melvin has pressed the right buttons.  This team's depth is why they are so good.

Bob Melvin grew up in the Bay area, and has the pulse of both of his team and the fanbase. He has brought in a winning attitude and accountability among his players. Melvin loves to platoon players, work matchups, and tweak his players 1 – 25 for the purpose of winning games. Can the Oakland Athletics head back to the ALCS for the 1st time since 2006? Or even help his team make the World Series for the 1st time since 1990? Oakland has been had plenty of injuries, and Melvin has pressed the right buttons. This team’s depth is why they are so good.

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When we determine the reports cards for each of the teams, a lot of weight will be given to what expectations are, and if they are met are not.

There are variances with each club that come into play whereas we may say the team receives a slight pass on some of the issues they have had to endure.

The Texas Rangers come to mind with about 20 DL Stints, and the Yankees losing 4/5ths of their roster.

One thing we have definitely seen a spike in is long term injuries to pitchers and position players.  It has actually leveled the field or mid to low market franchises.

Seeing Billions of dollars on the shelf for clubs that have high payroll is equaling out the playing field.

The A’s do better because their 1 – 25 roster is not much in differential between salaries, and if they occur an injury, the next man up isn’t costing them money to replace.

The Yankees in contrast, have two pitchers in Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia drawing about the Miami Marlins Payroll for the year, and are both likely sidelined for the remainder of the season.

It has become a war of attrition out there.  You even have to consider Clayton Kershaw is being paid about a $1 MIL per start.

Can you imagine if he had to go through Tommy John Surgery?  I mean Tanaka is technically making just over $22.16 MIL per year he is in operation.

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Odds To Win The 2014 World Series Currently + Best/Worst Value Bets

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The record for predicting odds last week was 4 – 3 – 3.

The Rays have kept chipping away at their odds, by having a 4 – 2 week.  At +8000 for the World Series, this is still tremendous value.  I actually like the +1800 for the division even better.

Baltimore is holding onto a firm grasp of the AL East (4 games over TOR – and 5 Games over NYY), so how the hell do the oddsmakers have the Blue Jays favored slightly more than the O’s.

I will take the win, and leave the Birds as a best pick this week. I was amazed to see the Jays maintained a +1400 clip despite having a pitiful week, and see the injuries continue to rise. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 16, 2014

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JEFF ROBERSON/AP

Lousy hats, Derek Jeter overkill, pitchers not going long enough, a few rule changes and wondering where the tribute to Tony Gwynn was.

It is the All Star Game episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Trout, Glen Perkins, Jonathan LuCroy and Tony Watson used the All Star Game to add to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 15th – ALL – Star Game Edition) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

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Mike Trout earned All Star Game MVP honors by doubling and tripling, driving in a pair of runs including the eventual game winning run for the American League.

Glen Perkins closed out the game and home field advantage for the American League in front of his home town fans with a 1-2-3 ninth.

They owned baseball on July 15, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 15, 2014

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Four Seam Images – AP

The All Star Game is tonight, and if you want your team to win the World Series and clinch at home, maybe you should root for the other league tonight.

Also the Astros and first round pick Brady Aiken are locking antlers. Both sides should come to their senses.

It is a present and potential All Star episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier used the Home Run Derby to add to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (July 14th – HR Derby) – Updated Yearly WOB Totals For 2014

Photo: Jesse Johnson, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jesse Johnson, USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby last night with 9 home runs in the championship round, and 30 overall. He earned a full WOB.

Todd Frazier came in second place with 1 homer in the final round, but 11 overall, earning 1/2 a WOB.

They owned baseball on July 14, 2014.

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Cespedes Wins The 2014 MLB HR Derby With An Awesome Power Display: Stop Complaining About The Contest Experts!

Yoenis Cespedes became just the 2nd player to win back to back titles in the M:B HR Derby Last Night.  By winning his 2nd title, he also joins Prince Fielder and the aforementioned Griffey, as the only three guys to win multiple titles.  At just age 28, and with that swing, you have to think he has a chance to eclipse everyone and take down a few more of these HR Derby Trophy's.

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I have had enough with the experts flogging on the HR Derby last night.

Yes, it took long, but not as long as last year. I believe the actual event was under 3 hours. What every one was feeling had a lot to do with the hour plus rain delay.

I loved the new format of 7 outs, and AL vs NL. If there is anything I think the MLB could do away with – is having 5 players in each league participant.

I firmly believe that Jose Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton suffered because of an inactive round caused by them both winning a bye. Read the rest of this entry

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