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MLB Schedule June 23 – 29, 2014 (95 Games)

MLB Scheduling 2014

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Week 13

Monday, June.23/2014 (10 Games)

1.  White Sox @ Orioles 7:05

2.  Dodgers @ Royals 8:10  (Interleague)

3.  Pirates @ Rays 7:10 (Interleague)

4.  Padres @ Giants 10:15

5.  Cardinals @ Rockies 8:40

6.  Marlins @ Phillies 7:05

7.  Yankees @ Blue Jays 7:07

8.  Reds @ Cubs 8:05

  1. Nationals @ Brewers 8:10

10.  Red Sox @ Mariners 10:10 Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Diamondbacks Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

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How All Of The D’Backs Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Diamondbacks are having a brutal season at 30 – 44 thus far, and are now under the microscope of Tony La Russa.

This has to be done for good reason.  The club’s transaction record recently is highly suspect even though they are being led by veteran GM Kevin Towers.

When covering this Roster Tree (just for the hitters) I have found a disturbing trend of 2 team and 3 way trades that may not be beneficial to the long term success for the snakes.

The 1st one coming to mind is shipping out Trevor Bauer, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers for a fringe 1B prospect in Lars Anderson, Reliever Tony Sipp and shortstop Didi Gregorius (even though Chris Owings was already in the system). Read the rest of this entry

The 2015 MLB Schedule Is Coming: The Reports Is Going To Be Your #1 Source For It

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THE 2015 MLB schedule is coming…The Reports Is Going To Be Your #1 Source For It

How All Of The Texas Rangers Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

The Rangers had back to back World Series Appearances in 2010 and 2011 - and have 4 straight seasons of collecting 90+ Wins - with 370 victories overall.  2014 has been an injury plagued season, robbing the club perhaps of putting forth a 5th consecutive 90 win campaign.  Despite this, the organization has done spade work to be mentioned as a top franchise over the last 5 years.  This Roster Tree proves a little of this.

The Rangers had back to back World Series Appearances in 2010 and 2011 – and have 4 straight seasons of collecting 90+ Wins – with 370 victories overall. 2014 has been an injury plagued season, robbing the club perhaps of putting forth a 5th consecutive 90 win campaign. Despite this, the organization has done spade work to be mentioned as a top franchise over the last 5 years. This Roster Tree proves a little of this.

How All Of The Rangers Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Rangers set up their franchise for years to come in 2007, when they pulled off a trade of ALL – Star Mark Teixeira – to acquire several players in the franchise that they are still seeing solid returns.

My absolute favorite transaction tree is finding out the Michael Choice branch of trades.

It dates back to the team signing Todd Van Poppel as a Free Agent before the 1998 season.

Out of all of the players the team currently has, only Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar are composed of team draft picks – with the latter being hurt right now,

The rest of them were picked up via another route. Read the rest of this entry

2014 Multi Home Run Efforts + HR Streaks Of 2 Or More In the MLB

George Springer was the last man to hit HRs in 4 games this year..

George Springer was the last man to hit HRs in 4 games this year..

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For Games Played Through June 16, 2014

Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

 

For Games Played Through June 16, 2014 Donnie Murphy Last 2 HR effort – June 16)

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Lonnie Chisenhall (3 HR Game) June 9th

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

Ryan Braun – Brewers (3 HR Game) – April.8th Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Blue Jays Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)

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How All Of The Blue Jays Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.

Toronto absolutely stole Jose Bautista from Pittsburgh, and then saw Edwin Encarnacion selected off of waivers by the A’s, only to see him return as a Free Agent 6 weeks later.

The Blue Jays have seen EE bash out several seasons worth of awesome since then.

You can track back some of the player to as far as Orlando Hudson and Roy Halladay. Read the rest of this entry

Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series + Best Value Bets – Week 12

The Tigers were not always the favorite to win the World Series in 2014.  At one point, they were listed at +1100 for the Fall Classic.  It has been proven that placing money on the paper champion rarely comes to fruition.  Regardless, this organization resonated with gamblers with 3 straight AL Central Titles, and appearing in 3 straight ALCS's.  I am not a proponent of the new odd listed, and would have to advise on staying clear of putting down cabbage on Detroit.

The Tigers were not always the favorite to win the World Series in 2014. At one point, they were listed at +1100 for the Fall Classic. It has been proven that placing money on the paper champion rarely comes to fruition. Regardless, this organization resonated with gamblers with 3 straight AL Central Titles, and appearing in 3 straight ALCS’s. I am not a proponent of the new odd listed, and would have to advise on staying clear of putting down cabbage on Detroit.

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The art of placing a good futures bet in Baseball will always require due diligence on anyone’s part.  In my next article today, I will reveal all of the bets I placed from Vegas so far this year.

The method to my madness is figuring out when to wager on a team based on their value.

In my set of picks to start the year, I selected TB, TEX and SF.  Mind you the 1st 2 look horrid now, but I managed to secure the Giants at a +2500 World Series odd because the LA Dodgers were so heavily favored.

I also pounced on the Tigers having a bad 1st week, and were at +1100 (highest odd on the board this season), before they then jumped out to 27 – 12 for the year.

Detroit has since regressed to a 7 – 18 clip – corresponding with a late plane trip when they left Boston 4 Sundays ago, owners of the MLB best record.

Again gamblers have all the confidence in the “Motown Boys” because they are the 3 time reigning AL Central Champs, have an abundance of premiere talent, and the easiest path of resistance in their own AL Central Division.

I am elated I had the odd at twice the current value.

In the last several days I have hedged a bet with all AL Central teams in forms of a World Series and Division Winner wager.  I am divulging all in the next article. Read the rest of this entry

Week 12 Of The MLB Schedule: June 16 – June 22 (97 Games)

The Ballpark Passport is quickly becoming the favorite item among Ballpark Chasers, to chronicle their life goal to see all 30 Major League Parks.  You are able to receive the stamps kit for a small additional price.  At around $75 all combined, it will contain one of the biggest memento's ever for a Ballpark Chaser's best bucket list wish ever.

The Ballpark Passport is quickly becoming the favorite item among Ballpark Chasers, to chronicle their life goal to see all 30 Major League Parks. You are able to receive the stamps kit for a small additional price. At around $75 all combined, it will contain one of the biggest memento’s ever for a Ballpark Chaser’s best bucket list wish ever.

MLB Scheduling 2014

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Week 12

Monday, June.16/2014 (11 Games)

1.  Angels @ Indians 7:05

2.  Orioles @ Rays 7:10

3.  Cubs @ Marlins 7:10

4.  Rockies @ Dodgers 10:10

5.  Royals @ Tigers 7:08

6.  Brewers @ D-Backs 9:40

7.  Twins @ Red Sox 7:10

8.  Mets @ Cardinals 8:15

9.  Phillies @ Braves 7:10

  1. Rangers @ Athletics 10:05
  2. Padres @ Mariners 10:10 (Interleague) Read the rest of this entry

What’s Up With Ian Desmond?

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Awesome Nats Blog About Desmond by James O’Hara

Originally posted on Citizens of Natstown:

Perhaps it’s Ian Desmond’s fan-friendly attitude, or perhaps it’s because many secretly suspected the shortstop couldn’t keep up the gains he made in 2012 and 2013. Whatever it is there has been a surprising lack of attention being paid to the struggles the Nats starting shortstop is having at the plate in 2014. After a 2012 where Desmond batted .292/.335/.511 with a 128 wRC+ and a 2013 where he batted .280/.331/.453 with a 116 wRC+, it’s disappointing to see Desmond sitting around a .225/.295/.413 line with a 97 wRC+ through 241 plate appearances this year. The $7 million question though is what will Desmond produce at the plate through the end of the season?

The answer is a mixed bag. When you look in the right places there are some encouraging signs that Desmond will be able to pick it up over the coming months. Desmond has walked in 7.9%…

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Week 11 Of The MLB Schedule (98 Games): June 9th – 15th, 2014

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Week 11

Monday, June.9/2014 (12 Games)

1.  Braves @ Rockies 8:40

2.  Red Sox @ Orioles 7:05

3.  Cubs @ Pirates 7:05

4.  Indians @ Rangers 8:05

5.  Tigers @ White Sox 8:10

6.  Astros @ D-Backs 9:40 (Interleague)

7.  Dodgers @ Reds 7:10

8.  Yankees @ Royals 8:10

9.  Athletics @ Angels 10:05

  1. Mariners @ Rays 1:10
  2. Nationals @ Giants 10:15

  3. Twins @ Blue Jays 7:07 Read the rest of this entry

Multi HR Games In 2014

Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

 

For Games Played Through June 4, 2014

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

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HR Streaks Of 2 Or More 2014

Through June 4, 2014

3 Active Streaks of  2 Games: Aramis Ramirez, Adrian Beltre and Anthony Rendon

HRs Streaks (Games Consecutive in MLB)

***Denotes Active Streak.

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George Springer, Astros – May 21 – May 26

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers Apr.09 – Apr.13

Mark Trumbo, D’Backs – 4 Games – Apr.03 – Apr.08

Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays  – 4 Games – Apr.04 – Apr.08

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I Will Be Attending A MLB Game Live In All 183 Days Of Play In 2015 (30 MLB Parks)

Breaking the World Record for "Fastest To See all 30 MLB Park (every pitch): caused me to study every possible scenario for all Doubleheader Attempt humanly possible for all MLB Teams.  Over the course of the next week - I will be dissecting the 2015 MLB schedule - when it comes out in Mid Sept - 2015, in order to map out a schedule to not only see at least 1 game per day for the whole season, but many doubleheader attempts during the 2015 campaign too,

Breaking the World Record for “Fastest To See all 30 MLB Park (every pitch) in 2009 and 2012 caused me to study every possible scenario for all Doubleheader Attempt humanly possible for all MLB Teams. Over the course of the next few months – I will be dissecting the 2015 MLB schedule – when it comes out in Mid Sept – 2015, in order to map out a trip to not only see at least 1 game per day for the whole season, but many doubleheader attempts during the 2015 campaign too,  MLB Reports is turning up the heat on the MLB Parks for the entire season next year.  Tweets live from the park, daily posts, interviews, lots of social media interraction

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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In early 2012 I had this plan to venture out on a full season voyage of watching a game in all 30 MLB Parks.

What I ended up doing was breaking my own record for being present for every pitch in all games during a 30 MLB Parks odyssey in just 23 Calendar Days  during April of 2012.

I had taken 7 full weeks (3 weeks after, and 1 week before) off of work to not only do this, but to rest up after a bad vehicular accident in 2010, in which a douchebag hit my car going 60 MPH while I was waiting to turn left into a shopping mall from – not moving at all.

From late 2010 until late 2011, I embarked on a brutal path to gain my senses recovering from a concussion.

It was the 8th one of these I had come across, but the 1st in nearly 15 years. Read the rest of this entry

Notable HRs On Friday May 30th: Donaldson, Mesoraco, Bautista, Willingham, Seager + Stanton

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Josh Donaldson continued his assault on AL pitching with his 2nd Multi HR effort of the year. 

By virtue of him collecting his 15th HR, he ties idle Jose Abreu for 3rd place in the AL HR race.

Jose Bautista not only hit a jack for the 2nd straight game, but he kept himself tied for 5th with  Albert Pujols in the AL by doing so.

Josh Willingham is finally healthy for the Twins – and he has big flies in 2 straight contests.

Kyle Seager of the Mariners put forth his 2nd HR in as many games for Seattle.  Read the rest of this entry

Yankees Hanging In the AL East + Wild Card Race

The New York Yankees have managed to stay afloat among injuries, old age and lackluster play at home so far.  A lot of it can be attributed to Mashahiro Tanaka, the Bullpen as a whole, timely hits from bench players, a few streaks by Teixeira, and for unheralded players like Yangervis Solarte and Dellin Betances.  The Bronx Bombers will have a tough time competing without the likes of Sabathia, Nova and Pineda for the next stretch, and will not see Nova for the whole year.

The New York Yankees have managed to stay afloat among injuries, old age and lackluster play at home so far. A lot of it can be attributed to Mashahiro Tanaka, the Bullpen as a whole, timely hits from bench players, a few streaks by Teixeira, and for unheralded players like Yangervis Solarte and Dellin Betances. The Bronx Bombers will have a tough time competing without the likes of Sabathia, Nova and Pineda for the next stretch, and will not see Nova for the whole year.

 

The Yankees spent $503 MIL on player salaries in the offseason, and half of the roster is comprised of different guys from last year.

It was a team that also splashed the biggest International signing plus posting fee with their 7 YRs/$175 MIL pact with acquiring Masahiro Tanaka.

Going into the second game of a 7 game homestand versus the Twins (3), a makeup game vs Mariners on Monday, then concluding with a 3 game set against Oakland., the Bronx Bombers are 28 – 25, and 2.5 Games Behind AL East leading Toronto.

While it is too early for the standings really, if the playoffs were to start today, the Yankees would be playing against the Angels in the Wild Card playoff spot.

Fresh from a 5 – 4 road trip through Chicago (both teams) and St. Louis, the team did well to salvage the trip after dropping the 1st two contests to begin with.

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Week 10 Of The MLB Schedule: June 2 – 8, 2014

MLB Scheduling 2014

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March 2014

Week 10

Monday, June.02/2014 (7 Games)

1.  Red Sox @ Indians 7:05

2.  White Sox @ Dodgers 10:10 (Interleague)

3.  Royals @ Cardinals 8:15 (Interleague)

4.  Pirates @ Padres 10:10

5.  Rays @ Marlins  7:10 (Interleague)

  1. Mariners @ Yankees 7:05

7.  Twins @ Brewers 8:10 (Interleague) Read the rest of this entry

MLB Monthly Schedule June 2014

MLB Scheduling 2014

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June 2014

Sunday, June.01/2014 (15 Games)

1.  Angels @ Athletics 4:05

2.  Braves @ Marlins 1:10

3.  Orioles @ Astros 2:10

4.  Reds @ D-Backs 4:10

5.  Rockies @ Indians 1:05 (Interleague)

6.  Twins @ Yankees 1:05

7.  Pirates @ Dodgers 8:00 (ESPN SUNDAY NIGHT GAME)

8.  Padres @ White Sox 2:10 (Interleague)

9.  Giants @ Cardinals 2:15

  1. Rays @ Red Sox 1:35
  2. Rangers @ Nationals 1:35 (Interleague)

  3. Royals @ Blue Jays 1:07

  4. Mets @ Phillies 1:35

  5. Cubs @ Brewers 2:10

  6. Tigers @ Mariners 4:10 Read the rest of this entry

2014 MLB Runs Survivor: 19 Teams Complete, 11 Left

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  We are going to keep tracking this category – until all 30 MLB clubs are finished this season!

The MIlwaukee Brewers and the Texas Rangers are the latest two teams to complete the quest.  Read the rest of this entry

Notable HRs On May 25th, 2014

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Nelson Cruz took the Overall lead in the AL by himself with his 16th HR of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion smacked his 14th HR to take over 3rd.  It was also his 12th Tater Trot in May.

George Springer is the only batter in the MLB to have a consecutive game HR streak in the MLB heading into action today.

The Astros RF belted his 4th HR during his 3 game HR streak on Sunday in a Houston 4 – 1 win over the Seattle Mariners, to split the 4 game series 2 – 2.

Justin Upton took over sole possession of 3rd place in the NL with his 13th HR yesterday.

Evan Gattis added his 2nd Multi HR Game of the year, and padded his season total to 10 for 2014.

MLB HRs Of Note Saturday May 24, 2014

George Springer has only clubbed 2 HRs and added 6 RBI through his 1st 19 Games Played, while hovering near ,200 - and Striking out plenty.  The Astros 11th Overall Pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft had hit 37 HRs and added 45 SB in 492 Minor League AB during the 2013 campaign.  If Springer continues this emergence, it would really be the start of the Houston squads rebuild.  The RHB hit jacks in his 1st 2 AB last night at Safeco, both were completely obliterated long into the Seattle night.  this kid has phenomenal power.

George Springer hadn’t hit any HRs and added 6 RBI through his 1st 19 Games Played in 2014, while hovering near ,200 – and Striking out plenty. The Astros 11th Overall Pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft-  had hit 37 HRs and added 45 SB in 492 Minor League AB during the 2013 campaign. The 24 Year old RF has 6 HRs and 14 RBI in his last 14 Games. If Springer continues this emergence, it would really be the start of the Houston squads rebuild. The RHB hit jacks in his 1st 2 AB last night at Safeco, both were completely obliterated long into the Seattle night. This kid has phenomenal power.

Having been in attendance personally to watch George Springer light up Brandon Maurer for HRs in his 1st 2 AB, this guy is starting to be in the zone.

After a slow start, the Astros 24 YR old RF is starting to crush the baseball around the yard, with 6 HRs and 14 RBI in his last 14 Games Played.

Springer only had 2 HRs and 6 knocked in during his 1st 19 contests.

Not only did he have the only Multi HR effort yesterday in the bigs, He added his name to four fresh faces that have HRs in two straight games.

Pablo Sandoval hit a Tater Trot for his last 2 games, and has clubbed 4 HRs in his last 6 Games Played overall.

The rotund Giants 3B has a long way to go in order for his stats to resemble the back of his baseball card, but the San Francisco team had maintained in 1st place while waiting for the Panda’s emergence. Read the rest of this entry

Week 9 Of The MLB Schedule: May 26th – June.02, 2014

MLB Scheduling 2014

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Week 9

Memorial Day Monday

Monday May.26/2014 (15 Games)

1.  Red Sox @ Braves 1:00 (Interleague)

2.  Cubs @ Giants 4:05

3.  Reds @ Dodgers 8:10

4.  Indians @ White Sox 2:10

5.  Rockies @ Phillies 5:05

6.  Tigers @ Athletics 4:05

7.  Astros @ Royals 8:10

8.  Marlins @ Nationals 1:35

9.  Yankees @ Cardinals 4:00 (Interleague)

  1. Pirates @ Mets 1:10
  2. Padres @ D-backs 8:10

  3. Orioles @ Brewers 2:10 (Interleague)

  4. Rangers @ Twins 2:10

  5. Angels @ Mariners 4:10

  6. Rays @ Blue Jays 7:07 Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top Home Run Hitters (MLB): HR Streaks (8 Active) + Multi HR Games

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For Games Played Through May.19, 2014

Top 5 HR Leaders AL

Jose Abreu, White Sox – 15

Nelson Cruz, Orioles – 12

Albert Pujols, Angels - 12

David Ortiz, Red Sox – 11

Victor Martinez, Tigers  – 11

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays – 11

Brian Dozier, Twins - 11 Read the rest of this entry

Interleague Game Scores So Far In 2014: AL Leads NL 43 – 38 After A 27 – 11 Run

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The AL is asserting itself in the annual Interleague Series once again.

Only 2 weeks, the NL held a 26 – 17 Overall Series advantage, but then the Yankees, Angels and A’s have led the charge in reeling off 27 of the next 38 contests.

This weeks series also feature the Yanks at Wrigley Field, the Twins at Petco Park, Pirates @ Camden Yards – before the Twins wraps up the Interleague 7 days stretch at AT & T Park in SF.

I will say the Yankees and O’s will go 4 – 2 versus the National League, and the Twins will go 2 – 4 versus the Padres and Giants.

The AL’s current record is a .531 Win percentage, and the MLB Reports is on record as predicting the AL will in 161 of the 290 games for a win PCTG of .555

These wins will affect the League records at the end of the year for teams above and  below .500 if the gap is significant. 

The Angels have put forth the best record in Interleague thus far – posting a 6 – 2 record, with Milwaukee faring better with WIN PCTG points ahead, but 1 win behind LAA at 5 – 1,  while the Dodgers/Royals are 4 – 1, and Giants/Marlins/A’s are all 3 – 0.

Baltimore is 2 – 0

The Phillies are mightily struggling against the Junior Circuit, with an IL worst clip of  1 – 8 in 2014 so far.  The Cubs aren’t much better for the campaign at 1 – 5.  Cincy is 1 – 4 – and the Twins hope to add a victory to their 0 – 3 IL start with 6 contests this week.

Of note, the AL East and NL  are  the best divisions in AL/NL matchups, both recording identical 18 – 11 Won Loss marks so far. 

Atlanta and St. Louis have yet to play the American League, and the Bronx Bombers are the clubhouse leaders in games with 12 (7 – 5), and have a series at Wrigley upcoming starting today. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule Week 8 – May 19 – 25

MLB Scheduling 2014

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Week 8

Monday May.19/2014 (5 Games)

1.  White Sox @ Royals  8:10

2.  Reds @ Nationals 7:05

3.  Tigers @ Indians 7:05

4.  Astros @ Angels 10:05

5.  Brewers @ Braves 7:10

*** No Interleague Games on this day (May.19) Read the rest of this entry

2014 MLB Shutout Survivor Results: Angels Are The Winner This Year

The Angels are holding their own in the AL West, and have watched as other teams in the Division have suffered massive pitching injuries.  This team should be in the hunt all year for the playoffs.  Mike Scioscia can also be thankful his team is playing better too.  In 2012 and 2013, the club struggled mightily in the 1st 6 - 7 weeks into the year. It cost them a playoff spot in 2012, even with a late charge, and last year was a losing season, which is a rarity in the Scioscia era.

The Angels are holding their own in the AL West, and have watched as other teams in the Division have suffered massive pitching injuries. This team should be in the hunt all year for the playoffs. Mike Scioscia can also be thankful his team is playing better too. In 2012 and 2013, the club struggled mightily in the 1st 6 – 7 weeks into the year. It cost them a playoff spot in 2012, even with a late charge, and last year was a losing season, which is a rarity in the Scioscia era.

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The Angels have been flashing lumber all year.  Despite me railing on them last week, it is also a respect factor for them having not being Shutout at that point.

On Friday night, the Rays finally bageled the Halo’s, with a 3 – 0 loss to Chris Archer and the Bullpen of Tampa Bay.  LA returned a blanking to the Rays on Saturday.

The team only managed 4 hits in the game.  Nevertheless, the lasted more 5 more games this year than the Colorado Rockies.

Los Angeles is in 2nd place in the AL West, and are looking to get Josh Hamilton back shortly.

I am still not relinquishing my request not to have Raul Ibanez hit 4th in the lineup.  I wouldn’t play him as a starter to begin with, and leave the guy to Pinch Hit duty late in games. Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top Home Run Hitters (MLB): HR Streaks (3 Active) (Puig, Dozier, Crawford) + Goldy’s Big Night)

Paul Goldschmidt was the best hitter in the line up for Arizona. He carried the offense for the whole season and also played stellar defense at first base for the team. There were numerous occasions during the season where Arizona needed a clutch hit and Goldschmidt came through when it mattered most. He had a .302/.401/.952 triple-slash with 36 HRs and 125 RBIs and this also included him having 332 Total Bases. He also led the National League in Extra-Base hits with 75 and was third in runs scored at 103. He gave opposing pitchers nightmares when runners were in scoring position, where he had a .338 average with 12 HRs 84 RBIs. He proved to be a very good clutch hitter where he hit 13 HRs from the seventh inning on.  In 2014, he has continued his assault on NL pitching, despite the club not faring as well.  Heading into Sunday, he has a slash line of .324/.375/.571 - and leads the NL in GP (45) PA (202) AB (182) H (59) 2B (18) XBH (27) and TB (104) and is tied for 4th in HRs with 9.

Paul Goldschmidt  carried the offense for the whole season in 2013 and also played stellar defense at first base for the DBacks. . He had a .302/.401/.952 triple-slash with 36 HRs and 125 RBIs – and this also included him having 332 Total Bases. He also led the National League in Extra-Base hits with 75 and was third in runs scored at 103. He finished 2nd in NL MVP Voting for his efforts. . In 2014, he has continued his assault on NL pitching, despite the club not faring as well. Heading into Sunday, he has a slash line of .324/.375/.571 – and leads the NL in GP (45) PA (202) AB (182) H (59) 2B (18) XBH (27) and TB (104) and is tied for 4th in HRs with 9.

Paul Goldschmidt absolutely obliterated Dodgers Pitching on Saturday night, touching them up for 2 HRs, 2 – 2B, 6 RBI 5 Runs, Added 12 Total Bases, and even walked once for good measure.

Goldschmidt also was the only MLB’er to smack 2 big flies yesterday.  Furthermore he entered a logjam of players that are now tied for 4th place in the NL with Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gomez, Brandon Belt, Justin Upton Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig.

Speaking of Puig, he hit a HR for a 2nd straight game, and his 4th smash over the fence of the week.  He finds himself back in the top 5 in several offensive categories.

Troy Tulowitzki enjoyed home cooking again, with his 3 – 4 night, with his 12th HR to stay tied with other NL Leader Giancarlo Stanton.

Both Jose Bautista and Brian Dozier did yard work yesterday, to draw themselves in a tie for 3rd place each with Nelson Cruz of the Baltimore Orioles.

Current HR streaks that ended yesterday were Derek Dietrich at 2, and Josh Donaldson at 3 games straight, although the A’s 3B hit a Triple and added 3 RBI in the win versus the Indians in Cleveland Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top Home Run Hitters (MLB): HR Streaks (2 Active) (Donaldson-3,Dietrich-2) + Reddick WHAMS 2 Dingers FRI

Last year the RF was struggling mightily early in the year before he crushed a 3 HR game and a 2 HR game versus the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome. The LHB is a streaky hitter, but he has yet to duplicate his sustained success in the 2012 year, where he mashed 32 HRs for the year. If you look at his 2014 Slash Line, it looks a lot alike last campaign.  2013 - .226/.307/.379 - with 12 HRs and 56 RBI in 385 AB. 2014 #s now are .236/.297/.386  - with 4 HRs and 18 RBI, which is just about a 1/3rd of the totals pace from last year.

Last year Josh Reddick was struggling mightily early in the year before he crushed a 3 HR game and a 2 HR game versus the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome in 2 straight days.  .The LHB is a streaky hitter, but he has yet to duplicate his sustained success in the 2012 year, where he mashed 32 HRs for the whole season. If you look at his 2014 Slash Line, it looks a lot alike last campaign. 2013 – .226/.307/.379 – with 12 HRs and 56 RBI in 385 AB.  HIs 2014 #s now are .236/.297/.386 – with 4 HRs and 18 RBI, which is just about a 1/3rd of the totals pace from last year in a 1/3rd of the Games Played..

Josh Reddick has broken out of his slump and pasted the ball over the last 3 games.  His Grand Slam and 2 run HR effort last night, coupled with his HR a few nights ago, now give him 3 HRs on the year.

Reddick must continue his assault on pitching, as the team just picked up Kyle Blanks, and they are already armed with Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Craig Gentry and Brandon Moss, all rotating through OF/DH/1B.

While Moss will see more action at the First Base Position, likely in a platoon with Blanks, both have capable ability to play RF like him.

Still for one night, it was good to see him rake the ball again, and all the Oakland fans are now bringing back the song ” Careless Whisper” by Wham, as it is the slugger’s walkup song.

Yeah, baseball players are not very superstitious are they? Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top Home Run Hitters In The MLB: HR Streaks (3 Active): (Donaldson, Cruz, Morse) + EE IS Mashing!

Encarnacion has put together back to back great seasons in the middle of the Jays lineup, bashing out 42 HRs in 2012, and then knocking out another 36 in 2013.  At just a contract extension of 3 YRs/$29 MIL for 2014 - 2016, the Jays MGMT can be happy with the sluggers value. EE started off slow in April with just one HR, although he has exploded for 7 in May already, and he has vaulted into the RBI race with 30 knocked in as well.  Encarnacion is third in the Majors In HRs since the start of the 2012 season

Encarnacion has put together back to back great seasons in the middle of the Jays lineup, bashing out 42 HRs in 2012, and then knocking out another 36 in 2013. At just a contract extension of 3 YRs/$29 MIL for 2014 – 2016, the Jays MGMT can be happy with the sluggers value. EE started off slow in April with just one HR, although he has exploded for 7 in May already, and he has vaulted into the RBI race with 30 knocked in as well. Encarnacion is third in the Majors In HRs since the start of the 2012 season.  Last night, he had his 2nd 2 HR game in 8 days.  EE also has a 3 game HR streak this month as well.

Edwin Encarnacion had his 2nd Multi HR game of May already, and now after a slow start, has clubbed 8 HRs and added 30 RBI for the year.

Double EE has been one of the most consistent HR hitters in the MLB from the start of the 2012 campaign, as he trails only Miguel Cabrera (94 HRs) and Chris Davis (88 HRs) – with hit total tally of 86 Homers in that time frame.

Encarnacion hit 42 HRs in 2012, and nailed 36 of them last season.

In addition to his 2 Multi HR games, he also had HRs in 3 straight games earlier in this month.

Juan Francisco and he are carrying the club, with teams seemingly pitching around Jose Bautista.

Francisco himself as done yard work 7 times in just 82 AB this year.  The new Blue Jays 3B has given them an infusion of offense.

It is kind of weird that the Brewers gave up on him – after this 27 Year Old, (who can play 1B/3B and PH) cracked 13 HRs and 32 RBI in his 240 AB for the 2013 Year.

The Brew Crew opted for Mark Reynolds, who was more expensive, but could potentially draw more walks.  Both of them strike out a ton.

Anyways, Francisco had hit 20 HRs and added 50 RBI in his last 322 AB in the big leagues.  This will suit the Canadian franchise just fine, even if his whiff rate his high.

It is funny how names continue to pop out within this organization.  There was Juan Encarnacion, then Edwin Encarnacion.

Then you have Frank Francisco, Ben Francisco – and now Juan Francisco, which is a mix for Ben Francisco and Juan Encarnacion.

Of course they already have two Jose’s in Bautista and Reyes, and they also had  Perez’s last year.

And I digress. Read the rest of this entry

The Cardinals Struggles In 2014 So Far Might Point To Accumulation Of Roster Changes Since 2011

After St. Louis won the 2011 World Series, they lost their world class 1B Free Agent player in Albert Pujols.  It was the right move, and Michael Wacha was the compensation pick, so one wouldn't even make the trade for the Cardinals former legend.  However much like the Mariners in the late 90's lost Johnson,  Griffey and Rodriguez, that team had a league record 116 wins in 2001.  The Cards have back to back NLCS Appearances, and lost the World Series in 2013, however despite being chalked with young talent, is that they still have lost several key components to their team in the last 3 years.  Somewhere the franchise might have to slow down for a brief spell.

After St. Louis won the 2011 World Series, they lost their world class 1B Free Agent player in Albert Pujols. It was the right move (10 YRs/$250 MIL is too much), and Michael Wacha was the compensation pick, so one wouldn’t even make the trade for the Cardinals former legend. However much like the Mariners in the late 90’s lost Johnson, Griffey and Rodriguez, that team had a league record 116 wins in 2001. The Cards have back to back NLCS Appearances, and lost the World Series in 2013, however despite being chalked with young talent, is that they still have lost several key components to their team in the last 3 years. Somewhere the franchise might have to slow down for a brief spell.

In no way am I going to slag the best run franchise in the MLB.  We are talking about the quintessential template of how to run your team in the modern world of baseball.

All I am projecting in this article is that every team goes through a stretch of play where they may not be performing to capabilities.

Some of these problems may even persist for a whole campaign.

The 2011 Cardinals won the World Series, and then after losing their future hall of fame legend in Albert Pujols, were able to bring in Free Agents Carlos Beltran to help offset the power headed out the door.

The move paved the way for another final four finish.  In fact, St. Louis held a 3 – 1 NLCS lead before the Giants won 3 straight.

2013 saw their young players come to fruition at the same time, and it mixed perfectly with their cagey Veteran core.

The organization had 6 players in the top 100 prospects as listed by http://www.mlb.com – and most of them have seen time with the big club thus far. Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top HR Hitters In The MLB: HR Streaks (3 Active): (Ortiz, Solarte, Donaldson) + Abreu’s Monster Start In 2014

 

For the 2nd straight game David Ortiz clubbed 2 HRs against his former team the Twins.  The big Red Sox DH now is tied for 2nd in the AL with 11 HRs (with Nelson Cruz).  The 38 Year Old Designated Hitter is pulverizing the ball of late, and has shown no signs of slowing down.  This bodes well for Boston, who can use the automatic advantage Ortiz gives them at a position that is struggling to find players that thrive in.

For the 2nd straight game David Ortiz clubbed 2 HRs against his former team the Twins. The big Red Sox DH now is tied for 2nd in the AL with 11 HRs (with Nelson Cruz). The 38 Year Old Designated Hitter is pulverizing the ball of late, and has shown no signs of slowing down. This bodes well for Boston, who can use the automatic advantage Ortiz gives them at a position that is struggling to find players that thrive in.  The LHB has sipped champagne after winning 3 World Series with Boston, and with the way he is slugging of late, the Beantowners will be back atop the AL East Division rather shortly

David Ortiz not only hit jacks in 2 consecutive games, the ALL – Time DH HR leader hit 2 of them, in both Tuesday and Wednesday’s game.

For his efforts, he has tied for 2nd in AL HRs.  The man keeps on ticking even at the age of 38.

Nelson Cruz blasted a shot that almost brought the O’s back in a game they trailed the Tigers 6 – 0.  The O’s may have lost 7 – 5, but they continue to receive great play from this man.

Cruz was a bargain basement deal at 1 YR/$8 MIL, for a guy who is currently on pace to smash over 40 HRs, and drive in well over 120 RBI.

These are the kind of numbers the 33 Year Old was posting for the Rangers in 2013, before being placed on 50 game suspension for his part in the Biogenesis PED mess. Read the rest of this entry

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