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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 20, 2014

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ESPN.go.com

Baseball might not get the best coverage on Sports Center. But we are now living in a Post-ESPN world.

It is a digital age edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Hisashi Iwakuma, Omar Infante, Stephen Strasburg, Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Todd Frazier all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.19, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 

Michael Perez - AP

Michael Perez – AP

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out 11 Phillies while walking none and earning the 5-2 decision for Seattle.

Stephen Strasburg allowed a homer in the first innings and settled down to let up just 2 more hits and one walk while striking out 9 Arizona batters as Washington rolled, 8-1.

Omar Infante collected 4 hits including 3 doubles and drove in 4 runs, helping the Royals continue their winning ways, 7-4 in Colorado.

Carl Crawford got on base 4 times, including a homer, stole a base, scored 3 and drove in 3, helping the Dodgers come from behind against San Diego, 8-6.

They owned baseball on Aug 19, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 19, 2014

JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES

JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES

I attempt to expand my appreciation of WAR by trying to understand why Jason Heyward is ranked so highly.

I wound up being more impressed by Heyward than I thought I was going to be.

Plus, I encourage the Diamondbacks to make a change for the sake of a change.

It is a mind expanding episode of of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jason Heyward, Nick Markakis, Jason Vargas, Jerome Williams, Brandon Workman, Oswaldo Arcia, Starling Marte and Vidal Nuno all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.18, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, AP

Photo: Ann Heisenfelt, AP

Jason Vargas threw 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walks and 1 run, helping the Royals pad their first place lead by beating Minnesota, 6-4.

Nick Markakis went 3-5 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the first place Orioles top the White Sox, 8-2.

Jerome Williams pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Seattle.

Jason Heyward went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Braves top the Pirates, 7-3.

They owned baseball on Aug 18, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 18, 2014

 

It is show #666. From the side of the highway (not far from Route 66) I think about one hit wonders of baseball.

I risk my soul on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Michael Cuddyer, Jose Altuve, Nick Tepesch, Jake Arrieta, Billy HamiltonRafael Montero and Nate Freiman   all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.17, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

DUSTIN BRADFORD/GETTY IMAGES

DUSTIN BRADFORD/GETTY IMAGES

Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle, going 4-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Rockies 10-5 win over the Reds. He also got a hit and a run scored in the first game of the double header, which the Rockies walked off 10-9 winners.

Jose Altuve went 4-5 with a grand slam as the Astros thrashed the Red Sox, 8-1.

Jake Arrieta threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 9 strikeouts. He would not get the decision but the Cubs would top the Mets, 2-1.

Nick Tepesch threw 7 strong innings against a red hot Angels team, letting up just 2 runs. He didn’t get the decision but the Rangers took it walk off style 3-2.

They owned baseball on Aug 17, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 17, 2014

Topps

Topps

 

It is time for The Sunday Request!

 

It is an interesting comparison but one that stats can’t quantify. Love cant be dictated solely by numbers.

It is an emotion and logic episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

David Ortiz, David Price, Yovani Gallardo, Michael Morse, Drew Smyly, Matt AdamsClayton Kershaw and Avisail Garcia  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.16, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

LEON HALIP/GETTY IMAGES

LEON HALIP/GETTY IMAGES

David Price won his home Detroit debut with 8 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball, earning the decision over King Felix and the Mariners, 4-2.

David Ortiz doubled and hit a pair of homers (including career shot number 400 with Boston) and drove in 6 runs, leading the Red Sox to a 10-7 victory over Houston.

Yovani Gallardo came out on top in a pitchers duel for the Brewers, going 8 innings and allowing 1 run to top the Brewers 3-2.

Michael Morse got on base 4 times including two doubles and a triple, scoring once and driving in another in the Giants dramatic 6-5 come from behind win over the Phillies.

They owned baseball on Aug 16, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 16, 2014

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THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES

The Padres are the hottest NL team in August?

The Rays are at .500?

The Mariners shooting past the Tigers?

What kind of craziness is going on here.

That plus my dad’s agony watching the Giants on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Kole Calhoun, Cody Asche, Johnny Cueto, Corey Kluber, Adrian Beltre, Clay Buchholz, Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.15, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

JIM COWSERT/AP

JIM COWSERT/AP

 

Kole Calhoun inched the Angels closer to first place by going 3-4 with a single, a double and a homer, driving in 3 to win 5-4 in Texas.

Cody Asche got a pair of hits including a game tying 8th inning homer that set up the Phillies 5-3 defeat of the Giants in 10 innings.

Corey Kluber pitched into the 8th innings, finishing with 7 2/3 frames, 1 run, 10 strikeouts and 2 walks. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Indians would beat Baltimore, 2-1.

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 innings, allowing just 2 runs in Coors Field, earning the 3-2 victory for the Reds over Colorado.

They owned baseball on Aug 15, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 15, 2014

AP Photo: Steve Ruark

AP Photo: Steve Ruark

Bud Selig is out and Rob Manfred is in as commissioner of baseball.

What is Bud Selig’s legacy?

What should Rob Manfred’s focus be on?

And how do I tie it into the VHS release of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It all makes sense on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Dustin Pedroia, Adeiny Hechavarria, Josh ReddickRyan Ludwick and Eric Stults all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.14, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo

AP Photo

Max Scherzer threw 8 shutout innings, letting up just 3 hits and struck out 14 Pirates en route to a 5-2 Detroit victory.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Astros, 9-4.

Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 strong innings, allowing one unearned run, striking out 8 Met batters and earning the 4-1 decision for the Nationals.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI triple in the 6th and a game tying RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, setting up Miami’s dramatic 5-4 walk off win against Arizona.

They owned baseball on Aug 14, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 14, 2014

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Recorded outside Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco Rough Riders.

The new blocking of home plate rule needs to have more common sense when applied.

And the Yankees have hope for 2015, but they need to shut Masahiro Tanaka down NOW!

It is a soft drink sponsored episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jason Vargas, Kendrys Morales, Jedd Gyorko, Justin Masterson, Brett Oberholtzer, Bartolo Colon, Francisco Cervelli and Skip Schumaker all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.13, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Charlie Riedel, AP

Charlie Riedel, AP

Jason Vargas kept the Royals in first place with a complete game, 3 hit, no walk shutout of the A’s, 3-0.

Kendrys Morales reached base 3 times and his first inning 2 run homer provided all the offense in Seattle’s 2-0 win over Toronto.

Justin Masterson pitched 7 shutout innings, letting up 3 hits and no walks, earning the 5-2 decision for the Cardinals in Miami.

Jedd Gyorko went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored as the Padres continued their winning ways, 5-3 over Colorado.

They owned baseball on Aug 13, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 13, 2014

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AP

The baseball strike was going on 20 years ago. I look back at 1994, what could have been, what good it did and a few strange consequences that the chain reaction of the strike caused.

It is a labor strife and labor peace episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Donaldson, Chris Sale, Jarred Cosart, Carl Crawford, Mat Latos, Jeremy Hellickson, Oswaldo Arcia and Justin Morneau all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.12’14 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher+Hitter MVP’s ) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Josh Donaldson kick started a dormant A’s offense by getting 3 hits including 2 homers, driving in 4 and scoring 3, crushing Kansas City 11-3.

Chris Sale threw 8 dominating 4 hit shutout innings, walking just 2 and striking out 12. The White Sox bullpen blew the lead but came back to beat the Giants, 3-2.

Carl Crawford got on base 4 times including a double and scored, helping the Dodgers top the Braves 4-2.

Jarred Cosart pitched 7 shutout innings against the Cardinals and earned the 3-0 win in Miami.

They owned baseball on Aug 12, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 12, 2014

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Tigers acquire David Price and right away blow a 5 game lead to the Royals.

Kansas City’s magic number is now 46. JUST LIKE WE ALL PREDICTED!

That plus some Robin Williams thoughts on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Drew Smyly, Travis Snider, Robinson Cano, Yovani Gallardo, Sonny Gray, Matt Holliday, Jake Arrieta and Rajai Davis all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Robin Williams talks about Dock Ellis‘ no hitter in his HBO special Weapons of Self Destruction

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 11) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

 

AP Photo

AP Photo

Drew Smyly pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and struck out 9, earning the 7-0 Rays win in Texas.

Robinson Cano homered, doubled, walked, scored a pair and drove in 2 as the Mariners demolished Toronto, 11-1.

Yovani Gallardo threw 7 strong innings, letting up a single run, 6 hits and no walks, and got the 3-1 decision for the Brewers over the Cubs.

Travis Snider homered twice and doubled, scoring 3 runs while driving in 4 as the Pirates took an 11-6 slugfest against the Tigers.

They owned baseball on Aug 11, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 11, 2014

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

What should we make of the Milwaukee Brewers? Are they for real or are they yet another team that surprises then fades?

And when will the Tigers solve their bullpen woes.

Lots of indecision in Middle America on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Clayton Kershaw, Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Chase Utley, Nick Markakis, Hector Santiago and Gregory Polanco all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 10) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

 

Darren Hauck / Associated Press

Darren Hauck / Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 brilliant innings allowing just 1 run, got a hit, drove in a run, scored a run and saved another run with a remarkable defensive play, doing it all in the Dodgers 5-1 victory in Milwaukee.

Phil Hughes pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and striking out 7, leading the Twins to a 6-1 win in Oakland.

Chase Utley reached base 4 times with a triple and a homer helping the Phillies erase a 6-1 deficit and top the Mets, 7-6.

Melky Cabrera got on base 8 times, driving in a run in the Blue Jays 6-5 19 inning marathon triumph over the Tigers.

They owned baseball on Aug 10, 2014.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 10, 2014

LISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES

LISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES

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

Oh there was a whopper of a long game LAST night.

It is an up all night and up early episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

James Shields, Mike Trout, Mike Fiers, David Peralta, Max Scherzer, Shin-Soo Choo, Freddie Freeman and Aaron Harang all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 09) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

James Shields threw a complete game 4 hit shutout of the Giants, earning the 5-0 decision and helping the Royals inch closer to first place.

Mike Trout reached base 4 times in the 19 inning marathon game, including a game tying homer in the 8th inning, helping the Angels survive 5-4.

Mike Fiers pitched 8 dominating innings, letting up just 3 hits and 1 run, while beating the Dodgers, 4-1 in Milwaukee.

David Peralta doubled and crushed a grand slam, leading a dynamic attack as the Diamondbacks blew out the Rockies 14-4.

They owned baseball on Aug 09, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2014

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes baseball can act as a safe outlet for hate, bitterness and other unsavory emotions that we all have but are not proud of.

My dislike of the Arizona Diamondbacks is a perfect example of that.

It is a hate filled episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Carlos Beltran, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Peralta, Nathan Eovaldi, Carlos Santana, Adrian Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 08) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

MIKE STOBE/GETTY IMAGES

MIKE STOBE/GETTY IMAGES

Carlos Beltran clobbered a grand slam and added an RBI single, driving in 5 and scoring 2 as the Yankees topped the Indians in a wild 10-6 game.

Hisashi Iwakuma threw 7 innings, allowing just 1 run while striking out 7 White Sox, earning the Mariners 4-1 win.

David Peralta doubled, tripled, walked, stole a base, drove in a run and scored a pair, leading Arizona to a rare victory, 5-3 over the Rockies.

Nathan Eovaldi threw 8 shutout innings, letting up 5 hits and 1 walk as the Marlins snuck past the Reds, 2-1.

They owned baseball on Aug 08, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 8, 2014

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A little more than a month ago, the Tigers and the Braves looked like solid picks to go to the World Series. Now both teams are struggling to find their footing.

It is a potential August and September Spiral episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jon Lester, Edinson Volquez, Dustin Ackley, Javier Baez, Chris Carter, Daniel Murphy and J.A. Happ all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 07) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Jon Lester threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 8 Twins batters along the way for the 3-0 victory in Oakland.

Edinson Volquez pitched no hit ball into the 5th and finished with 7 shutout 1 hit innings, earning the 7-2 decision for the Pirates over the Marlins.

Dustin Ackley reached base 3 times, homered and drove in 4 runs as the Mariners thrashed the White Sox, 13-3.

Javier Baez continued to dazzle in his big league introduction. He went 3-4 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI in the Cubs 6-2 win in Colorado.

They owned baseball on Aug 07, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 7, 2014

 

 

Nick Laham/Getty Images

Nick Laham/Getty Images

Did you see Derek Jeter‘s bizarre shoes? Lisa Swan, co creator of Subway Squawkers (@subwaysquawkers ), and I did. We discuss them and connect Jeter to Gandhi. No really. We did.

It is a footwear episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Dan Haren, Seth Smith, Jose Bautista, Drew Hutchison, Shelby Miller, Freddie Freeman, Chris Sale and Jose Altuve all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 06) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

Jim Mone - AP Photo

Jim Mone – AP Photo

Seth Smith got on base 3 times including a double and a go ahead 10th inning home run that proved to be the game winner, leading the Padres to a 5-4 win in Minnesota.

Dan Haren retired the first 16 hitters he faced. He pitched into the 8th inning and finished with 7 1/3 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball, earning the 2-1 decision for the Dodgers over the Angels.

Jose Bautista singled, doubled and homered, giving the Blue Jays a critical 5-1 victory over Baltimore.

Drew Hutchison came within one out of a complete game, allowing one hit on a solo homer, striking out 8 and walking 1 as he dominated Baltimore 5-1 in Toronto.

They owned baseball on Aug 06, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 6, 2014

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The only people on the planet Earth who could not watch the A’s game today were fans near Oakland. Does that make sense? Of course not. Neither do blackout rules.

Another big rant on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Colby Lewis, Billy Butler, Johnny Cueto, Juan Uribe, Dallas Keuchel, Albert Pujols and Yonder Alonso all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (Aug 05) – Updated Yearly 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Colby Lewis pitched a complete game 6 hit shutout, striking out 7 and walking just 1 as the Rangers cruised to a 16-0 blow out of the White Sox.

Billy Butler went 4-5, with a double and a 3 run homer, helping the Royals clobber the Diamondbacks, 12-2.

Johnny Cueto threw his fourth complete game of the season, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs and earning his 13th win of the season as the Reds topped the Indians, 9-2.

Juan Uribe hit a 3 run homer and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory against their freeway rival Angels.

They owned baseball on Aug 05, 2014.

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