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

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers v Texas Rangers

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

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

AL vs NL

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

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

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

2014’s Top Home Run Hitters In The MLB: AL/NL, HR Streaks (1 Active) + Multi HRs Games

Brandon Moss has unleashed some serious power in the Bay Area since becoming  a member of the A's.  He has clubbed 59 HRs and added 172 RBI in just 844 AB.  This means he is averaging a big fly for every 14.3 AB, and about an RBI every 4.90 AB.  This is outstanding production.  In 550 AB, he would club about 38 HRs and add about 112 RBI.  Oakland has him under team control for 2015 and 2016 in Arbitration before he can hit Free Agency.  Moss has 8 HRs (2 last night) and knocked in 33 - while carrying a 3 Slash of .286/.364/.526 - which is close to his .894 Lifetime OPS with the A's,

Brandon Moss has unleashed some serious power in the Bay Area since becoming a member of the A’s. He has clubbed 59 HRs and added 172 RBI in just 844 AB. This means he is averaging a big fly for every 14.3 AB, and about an RBI every 4.90 AB. This is outstanding production. In 550 AB, he would club about 38 HRs and add about 112 RBI. Oakland has him under team control for 2015 and 2016 in Arbitration before he can hit Free Agency in 2017. Moss has 8 HRs (2 last night) and knocked in 33 this season – while carrying a 3 Slash of .286/.364/.526 – which is close to his .894 Lifetime OPS with the A’s,

Brandon Moss continued to raise his stock in the realms of the power hitting players pantheon Tuesday by doing yard work twice.

David Ortiz did all he could to help Boston win with a 2 HR effort.  There you go, looking at his year numbers for 2014, as they bare resemblance to his career 3 Slash.

The only active MLB’er to carry HRs in consecutive games this day is Mets OF Curtis Granderson.

This fine gentlemen showed the New York fans what they are missing, as he has clubbed shots over the wall in back to back games.

Granderson had back to back 40+ HR campaigns with the Bronx Bombers, and will always be compared to Carlos Beltran in the next 3 years.  They both have 5 HRs – and Granderson has 4 more RBI, while Beltran has better averages.

Beltran is also hurt now with a bone spur.  The Yankes felt his postseason pedigree was the deciding factor of signing him over Granderson.

Both Ortiz and Victor Martinez climbed into the top 5 in HRs last evening.

All 5 HR streaks ended for the guys who had walked into the night from previous games – including C.J. Cron losing his consecutive games bid via pinch hitting against the Phillies. Read the rest of this entry

Oakland Keeps The Magic Elixir Running With Pitching Staff In 2014: Lead The AL In Wins

Billy Beane made some great trades to bolster his Relief Core - and rotation for the 2014 year.  Despite 3 of the slated Opening Day starters not currently with the club due to Tommy John Surgeries (Griffin and Parke - Straily (Optioned to the Minors), added with early Bullpen woes, the team has righted the ship, and lead AL pitchers in collective ERA, (OBP and OPS against).  Beane has allocated just around $34 MIL in players salary to his staff.  he also made great judgement calls on departing pitcher Bartolo Colon, Brett Anderson and Grant Balfour not duplicating key roles in the previous two seasons.  Once again the "Moneyball Man" looks like he may come up roses one more year in the Division at least.

Billy Beane made some great trades to bolster his Relief Core – and rotation for the 2014 year. Despite 3 of the slated Opening Day starters not currently with the club due to Tommy John Surgeries (Griffin and Parker) + Straily (Optioned to the Minors), added with early Bullpen woes, the team has righted the ship, and lead AL pitchers in collective ERA, (OBP and OPS against). Beane has allocated just around $34 MIL in players salary to his staff in 2014. He also made great judgement calls on departing pitcher Bartolo Colon, Brett Anderson and Grant Balfour – not duplicating key roles in the previous two seasons. Once again the “Moneyball Man” looks like he may come up roses one more year in the Division at least.

Billy Beane knows how to construct a Pitching Staff on a shoe string budget.

Not enough Pitching with double TJ Surgeries to A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker to have slowed the Rotation? Nope.

What about the loss of Bartolo Colon?  Hell no, that big guy is sporting an ERA of over 5.50 in an easier NL hitting league.

Scott Kazmir a risk?  Nope, wrong answer again thus far. The recipient of a 2 YRs Deal worth $22 MIL is a lot of money doled out from the A’s organization for a Free Agent Hurler.

All the 30 Year Old LHP has done in 2014, is lead the AL with a WHIP of 0.974, carried forth a 5 – 1 record, and a sparkling 2.28 ERA to date.

How about sophomore Sonny Gray having a tougher time peddling through the league for a second time?  Not a chance.

Gray is 3rd in the AL – with an ERA of 2.17, and has a 4 – 1 record himself. Read the rest of this entry

Week 7 Of The MLB Schedule 2014

ALL Times In Eastern Time

Week 7

Monday May.12/2014 (10 Games)

1.  Braves @ Giants 10:15

2.  White Sox @ Athletics 10:15

3.  Cubs @ Cardinals 8:15

4.  Tigers @ Orioles 7:05

5.  Marlins @ Dodgers 10:10

6.  Mets @ Yankees 7:05 (Interleague)

7.  Rangers @ Astros 8:10

8.  Nationals @ D-Backs 9:40

9.  Angels @ Blue Jays 7:07

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2014’s Top Home Run Hitters: AL/NL, HR Streaks (3 Active) + Multi HRs Games

For the 3rd straight weekend, Mark Teixeira has hit HRs in back to back games.  He has begun his 2014 season with power we haven't seen from him in a few years.  Tex has 7 HRs in just 79 AB - with having knocked in 16 RBI.  He is on pace to crack about 40 HRs and add about 100 RBI.  Don't think he will maintain that pace, but a 25 - 30 HRs campaign, with 80 RBI is not out of the question,

For the 3rd straight weekend, Mark Teixeira has hit HRs in back to back games. He has begun his 2014 season with power we haven’t seen from him in a few years. Tex has 7 HRs in just 79 AB – with having knocked in 16 RBI. He is on pace to crack about 40 HRs and add about 100 RBI. Don’t think he will maintain that pace, but a 25 – 30 HRs campaign, with 80 RBI is not out of the question.

Yesterday, Derek Norris hit 2 HRs to lift the A’s to a sweep over the Nationals.  He also had back to back games of HRs early last month, and is featuring an OPS of nearly 1.100.

John Jaso, he is Catching tandem partner, had back to back games with dingers over the weekend.

Dustin Ackley hit HRs in both Saturday and Sunday games to put himself on our board of HRs.  On Sunday, the guy clobbered two balls over the wall to give him 4 on the year. 

Joey VottoTroy Tulowitzki and Mark Teixeira all have been hit big HRs over the last 20 calendar days, all featuring 3 different stints, where they carried HR streak of 2 or more games.

Victor Martinez is also creeping up on the leaderboard with his recent power surge.

Finally, Charlie Blackmon did some yard work giving him 9 HRs and 29 RBI on the young season.  He is tied for 5th in NL HRs. Read the rest of this entry

Believe it or Not: Nats Prospects

chuckbooth3023:

A great prospects article by Sean Hogan

Originally posted on Citizens of Natstown:

We’re now just over a month into minor league seasons and there have been both some pleasant surprises and big disappointments in the Nats system so far. One month is a pretty small sample size, but some people will still jump to conclusions either that a prospect has put it all together or completely fallen apart. Today, I’ll do my best to determine what to believe and what not to.

Michael Taylor – 23 years old – OF – Harrisburg (AA)
No prospect post is complete without mentioning Michael Taylor. Somehow I’m amazed that he’s still only 23, as it seems like he’s been in the organization forever (he was a 6th rounder in 2009). Taylor has roared off to a .275/.359/.549 start through 28 games in AA Harrisburg. This is the first time he’s played at that high of a level, and he’s more than a year and a…

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Cleveland Indians Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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The Indians were big players in the 2012 offseason – heading into the 2013 year.

The club stepped up and signed 1B/OF Nick Swisher to a 5 YRs/$70 MIL deal – and inked OF Michael Bourn to a 4 YR contract worth $48 MIL.

Indians Management also took a risk on SP Scott Kazmir.

But perhaps their best acquisition in the 2012 winter was picking up Terry Francona as their new bench boss. Read the rest of this entry

Home Run Leaders In 2014, HR Streaks (3 Active) + Multi HR Games: Tulo Keeps On Fire – Stanton Ties For NL Lead!

Giancarlo Stanton tied the NL For the lead with 8 HRs yesterday, when he went deep in the Marlins 9 - 0 romp of the Atlanta Braves.  Stanton also leads the NL in RBI with 32.  He is one of each a HR and an RBI behind Jose Abreu for the MLB lead.  Is this the year Stanton finally reaches projections?  The MLB Reports picked him to lead the MLB in HRs all the way back in FEB of this year.

Giancarlo Stanton tied the NL For the lead with 8 HRs yesterday, when he went deep in the Marlins 9 – 0 romp of the Atlanta Braves. Stanton also leads the NL in RBI with 32. He is one of each a HR and an RBI behind Jose Abreu for the MLB lead. Is this the year Stanton finally reaches projections? The MLB Reports picked him to lead the MLB in HRs all the way back in FEB of this year.

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Troy Tulowitzki is on fire.  He homered for the 2nd consecutive game, and is now just 1 Roundtrip behind Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Gonzalez for the NL Lead.

TULO is also tied with teammate Justin Morneau, for third in RBI this season at 22.

His efforts help the Rockies win last night in Arizona, and the club is now 16 – 12 on the young season, just 0.5 Games behind the Giants. 

Mark Teixeira hit a HR for the second straight contest, and has now clubbed 3 HRs in the week he has been back from injury. 

While the rest of the teams pitching is struggling  or be hurt outside of Masahiro Tanaka, having the 1B hitting like this bodes well for the lineup.

Carlos Santana must be giving fantasy players a collective sigh of relief after putting forth another HR and 3 RBI effort for the 2nd time in as many games in Los Angeles, too bad they were both losses to the Angels. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Team Runs Survivor Through Games Played Apr.29: KC Joins The 11/11 Club (6th Team To Complete)

Salvador Perez hit a 2 run HR to make it a 5 -4 game, then hit a 2 run Double to break it open for KC in the 8th inning, as part of a 6 run frame against the Blue Jays Bullpen.  The Royals pulled their record over .500 at 13 - 12 on a 10 - 7 win over the Canadian franchise.

Salvador Perez hit a 2 run HR to make it a 5 -4 game, then hit a 2 run Double to break it open for KC in the 8th inning, as part of a 6 run frame against the Blue Jays Bullpen. The Royals pulled their record over .500 at 13 – 12 on a 10 – 7 win over the Canadian franchise. The win also marked the 1st time the squad had scored 10 or more runs for the year.

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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 Kansas City Royals played their 25th game last night, and became the 6th fastest club to complete their 11 run totals.  The club is far from their offense peak, but last night was promising, dropping a 6 spot in the BOT of 8 to seal a victory against the Blue Jays. Read the rest of this entry

Defending Our MLB Power Rankings + What Is Strength Of Schedule?

Here at the MLB Reports we don't pull punches.  Earlier this week, our chief writer, Hunter Stokes worked his ass off to give a great rankings post for all 30 MLB teams.  You want to debate us on the some of the clubs we choose to place in a standing then fine, but don't say this website slacks off - or doesn't invest their time for each piece.  We eat, live and breathe baseball.  We tell it like it is - no holds barred.  Just to provide more clarity, I decided to write this ditty about how we come up with ratings on a weekly basis.  I fully urge every other sports entity to at least offer that much to do their readers.  This way, at least you know how these rankings came to be, and not just flung them out there.

Here at the MLB Reports we don’t pull punches. Earlier this week, our chief writer, Hunter Stokes worked his ass off to give a great rankings post for all 30 MLB teams. You want to debate us on the some of the clubs we choose to place in a standing then fine, but don’t say this website slacks off – or doesn’t invest their time for each piece. We eat, live and breathe baseball. We tell it like it is – no holds barred. Just to provide more clarity, I decided to write this ditty about how we come up with ratings on a weekly basis. I fully urge every other sports entity to at least offer that much to do their readers. This way, you know how these rankings came to be, and not it wasn’t just us flinging them out there.

I have come on to write an article fresh after talking all morning with people on twitter that have criticized our Rankings system.  Then it occurred to me, a lot of the other main baseball websites do a different rankings system for their ratings.

I love ESPN and their baseball coverage, but seriously the Brewers and Braves don’t deserve to be #1 and #2 respectively in the latest week report.

I wish the website would define how they write their rankings.  Is it how teams are playing?  Maybe I could see that, but there should be a better definition in describing how their system is derived.

At the MLB Reports, there is no confusion at all.  We base our 1 – 30 listings on how the teams rate in terms of the World Series – and if that particular squad has the talent to win the “Fall Classic” for the 2014 campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Runs Survivor Through Games Played Apr.26: MIN, TOR + TB Join The 11/11 Club (5 Overall Completed)

The Rays were the 1st AL club to finish all different run variations from 0 - 10 (or 10+) Runs.  They managed to do this in a loss on Friday, when Grant Balfour gave up their 6 - 4 lead, which resulted in a 9 - 6 loss to the White Sox.  Tampa Bay is currently tied for 4th place for the AL East, with Toronto, 3 games behind the New York Yankees.  Subsequently, the Canadian Franchise also totaled off their 6 run game total - to finish their 11 alternative game totals on Saturday.  That was also a loss, and the Jays have dropped 3 games in a row - including their 1st 2 games in a series to the Red Sox.

The Rays were the 1st AL club to finish all different run variations from 0 – 10 (or 10+) Runs. They managed to do this in a loss on Friday, when Grant Balfour gave up their 6 – 4 lead, which resulted in a 9 – 6 loss to the White Sox. Tampa Bay is currently tied for 4th place for the AL East, with Toronto, 3 games behind the New York Yankees. Subsequently, the Canadian Franchise also totaled off their 6 run game total – to finish their 11 alternative game totals on Saturday. That was also a loss, and the Jays have dropped 3 games in a row – including their 1st 2 games in a series to the Red Sox.

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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 Tampa Bay Rays were the 1st AL team (3rd overall squad)  to complete this mission on Friday, when they suffered a 9 – 6 Loss to the Chicago White Sox.  Minnesota and Toronto also completed their 11 variations.

Like Tampa, the Jays finished off their 11 variations, with 6 runs scored for a game.  Ironically enough, they lost the game as well.  The Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5 – 3 Saturday, finishing off their 5 run scored game.  Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule – May 2014

MLB Schedule May 2014

ALL TIMES IN EASTERN

May 2014

Thursday May.01/2014 (7 Games)

1.  Braves @ Marlins 7:10

2.  Brewers @ Reds 7:10

3.  Mets @ Rockies 8:40

4.  Mariners @ Yankees 7:05

5.  Rays @ Red Sox 7:10

6.  Blue Jays @ Royals 8:10

7.  Dodgers @ Twins 1:10 (Interleague) Read the rest of this entry

Week 5 MLB Schedule For The 2014 Season

ALL TIMES IN EASTERN

Week 5

Monday April.28/2014 (7 Games)

1.  Cubs @ Reds 7:10

2.  Indians @ Angels 10:05

3.  Rockies @ D-backs 9:40

4.  Brewers @ Cardinals 8:15

5.  Athletics @ Rangers 8:05

6.  Padres @ Giants 10:15

7.  Rays @ White Sox 7:10

*** There is No Interleague in the Games Today (April.28) Read the rest of this entry

2014′s Top 5 HRs AL + NL, HR Streaks (4 Active) + Multi HR Games: Breakouts For Colabello + Abreu

Chris Colabello is the most unlikely early RBI leader in the AL, with 26 knocked in during his 1st 20 Games Played this year.  While he is leading the AL in Doubles with 9, he has now added HRs in back to back games.  The Team Italy player for the last WBC tournament has been hitting in the middle of the lineup for the 10 - 10 Minnesota Twins.  The RHB originally from Framington, MA came into the 2013 season with just 160 AB last year (his rookie campaign in the MLB).  So far in 2014, he has 3 Slashed .346/.386/.577 - and has played 1B/RF and DH.

Chris Colabello is the most unlikely early RBI leader in the AL, with 26 knocked in during his 1st 20 Games Played this year. While he is leading the AL in Doubles with 9, he has now added HRs in back to back games. The Team Italy player for the last WBC tournament has been hitting in the middle of the lineup for the 10 – 10 Minnesota Twins. The RHB originally from Framington, MA came into the 2013 season with just 160 AB last year (his rookie campaign in the MLB). So far in 2014, he has 3 Slashed .346/.386/.577 – and has played 1B/RF and DH.

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It was a great night for Tater Trot’s yesterday.  The Giants had teammates crack 2 HRs each in Morse and Sanchez, while Blackmon extended his consecutive HR games streak to 3, and Tulowitzki clubbed a big fly for the 2nd straight contest.

2 men (McCutchen and Blackmon enter play today with 3 games straight with a HR.  The 2013 NL MVP will try to extend his mark versus Tony Cingrani of the Reds in a Thursday afternoon game at PNC Park – while Blackmon will travel to LA – trying to extend his streak versus Josh Beckett tomorrow night.

Kyle Seager, of the Mariners, and Hector Santiago of the Giants, hit their 1st 2 HRs of the year, in Multi HR efforts Wednesday.

Mike Morse and Nelson Cruz continued to pad their early starts towards 2015 Free Agency, also with 2 HR games yesterday. Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top 5 HRs AL + NL, HR Streaks + Multi HR Games + Pujols Nets Career HR #500

Albert Pujols has fought back from his injury in 2013, to lead the Majors  in HRs (8) - including 2 big bombs last night in Washington.  His 2nd smash, was the 500th of his career, joining 25 other men who have accomplished the feat.  The Angels squared their season record at 10 - 10, and  are 7 - 4 away from Los Angeles.  Pujols became the 3rd youngest MLB'ER to this feat - as only Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey JR. were younger.

Albert Pujols has fought back from his injury in 2013, to lead the Majors in HRs (8) – including 2 big bombs last night in Washington. His 2nd smash, was the 500th of his career, joining 25 other men who have accomplished the feat. The Angels squared their season record at 10 – 10, and are 7 – 4 away from Los Angeles. Pujols became the 3rd youngest MLB’ER to this feat – as only Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey JR. were younger.

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 ALL TIME HR List In Baseball

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Chicks Dig The Long Ball: Top 5 HRs AL/NL, HR Streaks and Multi HR Games

Charlie Blackmon continued his assault on NL Pitching yesterday with a pair of HRs.  They represented the second straight game he has clubbed a Tater - Trot, and for that he found himself on our Multi HR board and consecutive leader for 2 games right now.  The 27 Year Old OF has fashioned a 3 Slash in 2014 of .411/.450/.671 - with 4 HRs and 13 RBI.  He leads the NL in: BA, Hits (30), TB (39) - and slugging.  Blackmon has played at least 4 games in every position beyond the grass this campaign, and is making the fans not miss Dexter Fowler.

Charlie Blackmon continued his assault on NL Pitching yesterday with a pair of HRs. They represented the second straight game he has clubbed a Tater – Trot, and for that he found himself on our Multi HR board and consecutive leader for 2 games right now. The 27 Year Old OF has fashioned a 3 Slash in 2014 of .411/.450/.671 – with 4 HRs and 13 RBI. He leads the NL in: BA, Hits (30), TB (39) – and slugging. Blackmon has played at least 4 games in every position beyond the grass this campaign, and is making the fans not miss Dexter Fowler.

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So far in 2014 we have some of our usual candidates holding down front and center with the HR race. Jose Bautista is back to his old leading ways in Toronto, and  Albert Pujols has re-emerged as a legitimate threat to circle the bases.

In the NL, Mark Trumbo broke a horrendous slump – to paste a big fly (#7) in yesterdays game.  Unfortunately, it came in another D’Backs loss.  Pedro Alvarez (who tied for the NL Lead with Paul Goldschmidt in 2013) is right behind him with a pack of 5 sluggers at 6 jacks.

Ryan Braun and Albert Pujols are on the leaderboard because of torrid stretches.  Pujols has had 3 back to back HR games, and Braun has smacked his 6 HRs in just 3 games of play.

The Pirates are only seemingly scoring when they can smash balls over the wall.  Read the rest of this entry

LA Dodgers Eliminated From Shutout Survivor – Leaving TEX/LAA + COL Left

Cliff Lee was downright filthy last in blanking the Dodgers.  It was the 1st 0 runs game for the NL Los Angeles team, thus eliminating them from this competition.  The only NL team left is the Colorado Rockies, who of course play in Coors Field.

Cliff Lee was downright filthy last in blanking the Dodgers. It was the 1st 0 runs game for the NL Los Angeles team, thus eliminating them from this competition. The only NL team left is the Colorado Rockies, who of course play in Coors Field as their home ballpark. The Phillies have received decent power from Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and now Ryan Howard has hit homers in back to back games, pacing the Philly to a 9 – 10 start, with Cole Hamels coming back.

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Eliminated Last Night are the Dodgers.

After the games on Apr.20th, there are 27 teams taken out of this competition.  The AL West still has 2 teams remaining in this and the NL has 1  All Divisions are eliminated except for those two.

Should be a great contest to see who can be the last team to score zero runs in a game. Read the rest of this entry

Calling All Independent Podcasters For ALL 30 MLB Teams: MLB Reports Is Looking For You!

Home Of Sully Baseball + #WOB, #SullyMetrics, Baseball Analysis (Audio + Written, Roster Trees, Salaries, Org. Depth Charts, Historical Series for All 30 Clubs + State Of The Unions + Stats + Wicked Daily Content,) + the best coverage on the 2014 MLB schedule in the world.)   We are not your average "Cookie Cutter" Website.  Also our motto is "THE TRUTH STINGS LIKE A CATCUS!"

Home Of Sully Baseball + #WOB, #SullyMetrics, Baseball Analysis (Audio + Written, Roster Trees, Salaries, Org. Depth Charts + State Of The Unions + Stats + Wicked Daily Content,) + the best coverage on the 2014 MLB schedule in the world – and advice for ballpark chasers.) We are not your average “Cookie Cutter” Website. Also our motto is “THE TRUTH STINGS LIKE A CATCUS!”

Coming Soon:

Links for all of our favorite  Independent 30 MLB Team Podcasters.  If you feel you should be on this list send your podcast name and explain a bit about what you cover on your podcast shows – and how often you do them.

mlbreports@gmail.com

So far Taken:

Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees

Houston Astros

Washington Nationals

The Other 26 are available

What MLB Reports will do:

We will provide a link under the Team Name For your latest podcast.  If your audio host is compatible with WordPress.com – we will also be able to upload it to this page actively.

We will send out a tweet for you, and also send out a Follow Friday on Twitter – each week.  There will also be a button for an automatic follow button right beside the name of your podcast on this page.

This is not a paying gig, but we have an extensive social media platform for you to take advantage of at your disposal – and a high Google Search Engine Aptitude. 

If you would like to join our Network, or have a favorite podcast show you would like to recommend, once again send to mlbreports@gmail.com Read the rest of this entry

Week 4 Of The 2014 MLB Schedule

MLB Scheduling 2014

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

Week 4

Monday April.21/2014 (13 Games)

1.  Angels @ Nationals 7:05 (Interleague)

2.  Orioles @ Red Sox 11:05 AM (Patriots Day Game)

3.  White Sox @ Tigers 7:08

4.  Reds @ Pirates 7:05

5.  Royals @ Indians 7:05

6.  Marlins @ Braves 7:10

7.  Phillies @ Dodgers 10:10

8.  Giants @ Rockies 8:40

9.  Cardinals @ Mets 7:10

  1. Rangers @ Athletics 10:05
  2. D-Backs @ Cubs 8:05

  3. Padres @ Brewers 8:10

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

HRs Streaks, Multiple HR Games + Top 5 HRs AL + NL

Carlos Gomez had a breakout season in 2013 with a career high 40 SB. Gomez added 61 Extra Base Hits, his 1st ALL - Star Game and brought home his 1st Gold Glove Award for CF. " Carlos Gomez, 28,  had a breakout season in 2013 with a career high 40 SB. Gomez added 61 Extra Base Hits, his 1st ALL - Star Game and brought home his 1st Gold Glove Award for CF - and also was among players who had 20 HRs and 20 SB .  So far he is tied for 5th in the NL with 5 HRs, but only has 1 SB heading into action today.

Carlos Gomez had a breakout season in 2013 with a career high 40 SB. Gomez added 61 Extra Base Hits, his 1st ALL – Star Game and brought home his 1st Gold Glove Award for CF. ” Carlos Gomez, 28, had a breakout season in 2013 with a career high 40 SB. Gomez added 61 Extra Base Hits, his 1st ALL – Star Game and brought home his 1st Gold Glove Award for CF – and also was among players who had 20 HRs and 20 SB . So far he is tied for 5th in the NL with 5 HRs, but only has 1 SB heading into action today.

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Here at the MLB Reports we look to do things different.  It is one of our many motto’s.

We simply can’t look over every stat, or even chart every HR for that matter, but I have decided that we will carry the top 5 HR hitters for each the AL and NL on a page we have dubbed Stats.

For the HR feature. we will also list multiple HR games for players… Or if they have HRs in multiple games.  Once a week we will post these on the home page for the site as a regular page post. Read the rest of this entry

And Then There Were 5 Teams Left: MLB Shutout Survivor 2014 Contest

Harang, who was part of four organizations in the last year, no hit the Mets for 7 Innings before coming out of the game for Atlanta last night.  While the Relief Core could not keep the no-hitter intact, they kept the Shutout, thus eliminating the Mets from the 2014 Shutout Survivor competition.

Harang, who was part of four organizations in the last year, no hit the Mets for 7 Innings before coming out of the game for Atlanta last night – after 121 pitches thrown. While the Relief Core could not keep the no-hitter intact, they kept the Shutout, thus eliminating the Mets from the 2014 Shutout Survivor competition.  Harang has been lights out for the Braves this year, as that was his second game carrying a no – hitter into the 7th inning already.

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Eliminated Last Night are the Mets, Twins and White Sox.

In this post, which we are also going to feature in a Subpage at the site called ‘Shutout Survivor’, we will document who wins this race for all 30 MLB Teams, meaning we will state the date a teams gets Shutout for the 1st time of the year.

After the games on Apr.18th, there are 25 teams taken out of this competition.  The AL still has 3 teams remaining in this and the NL has 2  The NL Central and AL East and NL East are completely eliminated as well.

Should be a great contest to see who can be the last team to score zero runs in a game.

5 teams yet to be blanked:  Rockies, Dodgers, Indians, Rangers and Angels. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Shutout Survivor: 22 Teams Eliminated + 8 Teams Remain Through Apr.17

Considering they lost the opener to the Phillies 14 - 10, the makeshift Pitching Staff has performed well in the last 15 games, authoring 4 Shutouts as a collective staff.  Texas is one of 8 teams also not be blanked on the offensive side of the table.  Not bad considering Prince Fielder just has 1 HR, J.P. Arencibia is hitting under .100 - and Adrian Beltre is still on the DL.  The Rangers are 9 - 7 - and now 2nd in the AL West.

Considering they lost the opener to the Phillies 14 – 10, the makeshift Pitching Staff has performed well in the last 15 games, authoring 4 Shutouts as a collective staff. Texas is one of 8 teams also not be blanked on the offensive side of the table. Not bad considering Prince Fielder just has 1 HR, J.P. Arencibia is hitting under .100 – and Adrian Beltre is still on the DL. The Rangers are 9 – 7 – and now 2nd in the AL West.

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In this post, which we are also going to feature in a Subpage at the site called ‘Shutout Survivor’, we will document who wins this race for all 30 MLB Teams, meaning we will state the date a teams gets Shutout for the 1st time of the year.

After the games on Apr.17th, there are 12 teams taken out of this competition.  The AL still has 5 teams remaining in this and the NL has 3  The NL Central and AL East are completely eliminated as well.

Should be a great contest to see who can be the last team to score zero runs in a game, Read the rest of this entry

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