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Three Reasons Why Miguel Cabrera Is A Top 10 Fantasy Pickup

Cabrera is already the Active leader for Career Batting Average among players.  He has a .326 Lifetime Average for the Tigers.  Provided he can maintain relatively healthy, he should make it into the top 5 ALL - Time for Hits - with a chance for 4000 Hits if he can be dominant for the next 3 - 4 seasons..

Cabrera is already the Active leader for Career Batting Average among players. He has a .326 Lifetime Average for the Tigers. Provided he can maintain relatively healthy, he should make it into the top 5 ALL – Time for Hits – with a chance for 4000 Hits if he can be dominant for the next 3 – 4 seasons..

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Opening Day is in less than 2 months. So that can only mean one thing: time to think about fantasy baseball!  Check out to see how Miguel Cabrera could do in 2016 MLB Fantasy. 

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2016 Dynasty/Fantasy Baseball League Starting Pitching Rankings

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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I am still working on my new statistic to value pitchers in dynasty leagues, so in the meantime, I will post my personal rankings.

The following rankings are for dynasty leagues.

Dynasty leagues keep the same roster every year following the initial draft.

These leagues place significantly more value on younger players, which is why my rankings may look different from a lot of other fantasy baseball rankings online.

If you have any questions, tweet me Enjoy! To read the rest of the rankings, click the link below:

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Who Will Win The 2016 MLB World Series Fan Poll Vote: Gambling 101/Fantasy 2016 @MLB Reports

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So I was really impressed with our readers putting forth the Baseball Hall Of Fame voting last month.  Additionally, we also put out some Division Winner polls.  The general consensus of what the landscaped was with (in terms of favorites) were pretty much on par with what the pundits have been calling.

The latest installment in our polls to keep you busy is one to who will win the World Series.  There are not many sports blog out there that have had the handicapping record as we have over the last few years.

I write a weekly post on the World Series Odds year round, and also have tackled the League Championship odds and Division Races.

In a few weeks we will start seeing season win predictions (for over/unders).  We will also do player performances on the campaign.

If that were not enough, we come to you with another season of MLB Shutout Survivor (Charting each team on how long they can avoid being blanked), and also MLB Runs Scoring Survivor ( doing a daily tally on all 30 MLB clubs going through all runs scored variations of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 or plus – until each squad completes all 11 totals).

The MLB Reports also is going to be heavy into Fantasy Sports in 2016.  We are looking at putting out Daily Fantasy Rosters at Draftkings.com

Be on the lookout for your gambling/fantasy advice.

For now, take part in who will win the World Series Poll.

 

Bryce Harper Will Look Good In Yankee Pinstripes For 2019

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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Bryce Harper is widely considered as one of best, if not the best, players in Major League Baseball. At only 23 years old, Harper is already being compared to baseball legends such as Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and many others.

Harper made his Major League Baseball debut at the age of 19 in 2012, because of that, his team control will expire at a much younger age than the average player. He will be a free agent in 2019 at the age of 26.

After his incredible 2015 campaign at the age of 22, people think he will only improve as he gets older. Nobody has ever had expectations quite like Harper has, so there is no way to predict how much money he will make if he meets and exceeds these expectations.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Harper sign a contract worth $400-500 million dollars in 2019, which will break almost every monetary record in baseball history.

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New Fantasy Baseball Statistic And Offensive Rankings

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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I have been working extremely hard on developing a new fantasy baseball statistic that will help give value to players in dynasty leagues. For those that don’t know what a dynasty league is, here is my definition: Dynasty leagues keep the same roster every year following the initial draft.

These leagues place significantly more value on younger players as they will be on your team for a longer period of time. 

The name of this new strategy for evaluating players is “win-now dynasty.” The goal of this statistic is to value players in a dynasty league on a win now basis, but to take into account long-term, future success as well.

When reading the factors below that helped me create this statistic, please keep in mind that it is better to have a lower total score for each player. See the method behind this new statistics and ranking below:

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New York Yankees First Baseman Greg Bird Out For The Year

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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It looks as if potential stud first baseman, Greg Bird, will be missing the entire 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

In 178 plate appearances in 2015, he hit .261 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI’s, 26 runs, and a .343 on base percentage.

He is only 23 years old, so he has plenty of time to recover from this labrum shoulder surgery, but it could be a huge blow to the success of the Yankees in 2016.

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Fantasy Baseball King: Harper or Trout?

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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I don’t think any baseball follower would have questioned the fact that Mike Trout was the best player in baseball a year ago. After the 2015 season, there could be a new king of baseball, Bryce Harper.

They are two very different people, but similar players. If you were to ask Bryce Harper who is the best in baseball, he would probably respond with something similar to, “that’s a clown question bro.” Ask the same question to Mike Trout and you would probably get a big grin and a dose of humility.

Either way, they are both great players, but I plan on finding out who is truly the king of dynasty leagues. It’s time to dive in and digest this topic:

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Fantasy Baseball Player Interviews (Nathan Kirby, Lance McCullers, Joe Musgrove, and Brent Honeywell)

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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Welcome baseball fans,

I have had to opportunity to interview some of the up and coming baseball stars over the past few weeks. These include Lance McCullers, Nathan Kirby, Joe Musgrove, and Brent Honeywell.

The interviews also have a background of each player and projections. I will be interviewing many other players in the near future, so be on the look out for more to come! I hope you enjoy. Please follow the links below:

Lance McCullers Jr.: READ THIS ARTICLE

Nathan Kirby: READ THIS ARTICLE

Joe Musgrove: READ THIS ARTICLE

Brent Honeywell: READ THIS ARTICLE

Fantasy Baseball Breakout Stars In 2016

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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Please follow the links below to read my write up on 3 potential breakout stars in 2016. They include Lance McCullers, Joe Ross, and David Peralta. I go very in depth on their statistics and trends that will lead to a breakout season in 2016. The links are below:

Lance McCullers: READ THIS ARTICLE

Joe Ross: READ THIS ARTICLE

David Peralta: READ THIS ARTICLE

Corey Dickerson Is Doomed After His Trade To The Tampa Bay Rays

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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Earlier last week, Corey Dickerson was traded from the Colorado Rockies with Kevin Padlo to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake McGee and German Marquez.

This trade has everyone scratching their heads. From a fantasy baseball perspective, it has many owners very upset and questioning the future for McGee, Dickerson, and their team.

The Rockies get 2 years of team control over McGee, who is will more than likely be their closer, whereas, the Rays get 4 years of team control over Dickerson, who will be fighting for a spot in the outfield, first base, or DH. 

In my opinion, I believe the Rays got the better end of the deal, but I don’t think it will help either team in the long-run. You can see my reason why Corey Dickerson is doomed below:

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Dynasty Leagues: MLB Fantasy Rankings Links By Position

Fantasy Baseball is gaining tonnes of traction among sports gamblers in the world. There is no coincidence that the biggest sole reason the NFL is the most popular sport in America is because of the gambling factor. Fantasy sports has enabled fans to spread out their baseball viewing habits on TV. I have played for a few years now. Since watching one solitary game is boring - because of wasted time, every device I watch MLB on, has 4 windows of games to watch simultaneously.

Fantasy Baseball is gaining tonnes of traction among sports gamblers in the world. There is no coincidence that the biggest sole reason the NFL is the most popular sport in America is because of the gambling factor. Fantasy sports has enabled fans to spread out their baseball viewing habits on TV. I have played for a few years now. Since watching one solitary game is boring – because of wasted time, every device I watch MLB on has 4 windows of games to watch simultaneously.

Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer)  

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The following rankings are for dynasty leagues. Dynasty leagues keep the same roster every year following the initial draft. These leagues place significantly more value on younger players, which is why my rankings may look different from a lot of other fantasy baseball rankings online.

All of my rankings are based on positional eligibility of 10 games or more at the specified position. I will state if a player has multi-positional eligibility based on these requirements in the bios of each player. If you have any questions, tweet me  

Top 100 Dynasty League Rankings,

Top 100 Prospect Rankings,

Catcher Rankings,

First Base Rankings,

Second Base Rankings,

Third Base Rankings,

Shortstop Rankings,

Left Field Rankings,

Centerfield Rankings,

Right Field Rankings,

Outfield Rankings,  (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Make It Or Break It Year For The New York Yankees

The Yankees acquisition of Aroldis Chapman is great notion that the club will continue to make plans to acquire more players on the last year of their team control.

The Yankees acquisition of Aroldis Chapman is great notion that the club will continue to make plans to acquire more players on the last year of their team control.

The Yankees have yet to sign one big-league player this offseason. This is very unlike the New York Yankees, who are known as big spenders every offseason.

While they haven’t signed anyone, they have traded for Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman. Both of these additions will be very influential to the Yankees success in 2016, but many people are still wondering what is going on during this odd offseason.

I believe the Yankees realize they are getting older and they are trying to rely on their minor league developmental process.

They should start to see some of their young studs make the move to the show soon, so there is no need to delay that process by overspending on a free agent this offseason.

The New York Yankees finished the 2015 season with a 87-75 record. This earned them a wildcard playoff spot, but they lost to the Houston Astros in the first round

. While the Yankees have plenty of talent on their roster, there is no denying that the average age of their lineup is a problem for the future.

They had the 6th highest average age out of all Major League Baseball teams in 2015 at 29.6 years old.

This doesn’t seem significantly high, but their core group of talent is much older than the average. See below for the age of each player, games played in 2015, and when they are a free agent:

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MLB Player Futures Bets In 2015: Player Performance Props

What are your best Over/Under Bets for player performances in the upcoming campaign.  We delve deep into the numbers and have given you our selections.  Its time to throw down some cabbage!

What are your best Over/Under Bets for player performances in the upcoming campaign. We delve deep into the numbers and have given you our selections. Its time to throw down some cabbage!

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer)

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Fantasy Playes are dusting off their notes, and getting ready for the 2015 year.  If we did not accompany a guys total with a picture and quick blurb, it means we think the total is fair. Injuries may play a factor, as a guys age and surrounding teammates, or the Division he plays in.

Some guys have contracts to play for, or have shown up out of shape. 

Total by Cole Hamels (PHI)
Over 11½ Wins +100
Under 11½ Wins -130

Total by Adam Wainwright (STL)
Over 14½ Wins +100
Under 14½ Wins -130

Total by Andrew Cashner (SD)
Over 10½ Wins +105
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The Top 5 Holds Leaders In The MLB For 2015

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Holds is a category that is starting to garner more respect each and every campaign in the MLB.  Having said that, it doesn’t always mean the pitcher is throwing well if he owns a lot of them for the year.  It is just one stat that should be accompanied by others.

When searching to figure out who will have the most of these in a season, it is important to see the amount of games the guy will enter.

For the last several years, Tyler Clippard has dominated in the National League  With his trade to the American League, it opens up the leaderboard for this campaign.

It has been said, that the former Nationals Reliever will see some mop-up duty as a closer for the A’s to start the year.  Had Sean Doolittle been healthy from the start of the year, I would have placed a massive wager that Clippard would lead the MLB in Holds one more time.

Instead, I will go with his teammate Eric O’Flaherty to make the top 5 on the list.  I also don’t think it would be a foreign idea to see  Ryan Cook push the top Bullpen Holds Leaders by years end. Read the rest of this entry

The Top 5 Closers In The MLB For 2015

Rodney had 48 Saves, 0.777 WHIP and a 0.60 ERA in 2012, to place 5th in AL Cy Young Voting and was an ALL-Star.  2013 wasn't as kind (although he did win the WBC) with a 3.34 ERA and a WHIP of 1.335.  The Mariners not armed with many better Options, brought in the 37 Year Old, to a 2 YR/$14 MIL deal.  Rodney did feature a career best 11.1/SO Per 9 IP rate last year, but he also walked 4.9/Per IP as well.  His work translated better in the AL West, where 2/3rds of his games are in Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland.  Rodney led the AL in both Saves (48) and Games Finished in 2014 (64) - while having a 2.85 ERA, but a high 1.342 WHIP.  The latter is right near his career totals.  Still expect more of the same in 2015, with the M's having one of the better clubs this campaign.

Rodney had 48 Saves, 0.777 WHIP and a 0.60 ERA in 2012, to place 5th in AL Cy Young Voting and was an ALL-Star. 2013 wasn’t as kind (although he did win the WBC) with a 3.34 ERA and a WHIP of 1.335. The Mariners not armed with many better Options, brought in the  then 37 Year Old, to a 2 YR/$14 MIL deal. Rodney did feature a career best 11.1/SO Per 9 IP rate in 2013,  but he also walked 4.9 /Per IP as well. His work translated better in the AL West during 2014, where 2/3rds of his games are in Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland. Rodney led the AL in both Saves (48) and Games Finished in 2014 (64) – while having a 2.85 ERA, but a high 1.342 WHIP. The latter is right near his career totals. His Walk Rate was 3.8, but that is less than his 4.4 clip for his lifetime.  The man fashioned a 10.3/9 IP SO rate.  I expect more of the same in 2015, with the M’s having one of the better clubs this campaign.  There will be more arrows slings after games.

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With the fiasco that is the Detroit Tigers Bullpen. I look for these guys to roll through several different Closers in 2015.  Joakim Soria would be the 1st one to attempt after Joe Nathan fails.

I also think the Yankees are going dually use Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller depending on the situational maneuvering matchups.  New York will be hard pressed to make the playoffs, but I do think they will net one of the higher team Save totals.

The same could probably said for the Boston Red Sox.  I think the near 40 year old Koji Uehara will have a tough time staying healthy for 100% of the opportunities, however he will be just outside the mark.

St. Louis may end up using someone different from Trevor Rosenthal, because we are due for them to change 9th inning guys. Adam Wainwright, Jason Isringhausen Jason Motte, Ryan Franklin and Edward Mujica have all seen the mantle over the last several years for the RedBirds. 

Rosenthal has actually had one of the longer stints, however he really struggled at the end of the 2014 year (despite 45 Saves), and it carried over to the playoffs, where he featured 10 base runners, while only recording 11 outs.  I am thinking he will not have as many chances in 2015 as well. 

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Projected Top 5 Home Run Hitters In The MLB For 2015

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Fantasy Baseball is turning out to be a 365 day year proposition these days.  A lot of the talk over the airwaves centers around the best power hitters in the game right now.  I think we can all agree on that the game’s power has declined over the last few years – without the aid of PED’s/Amphetamine use.

Overall, there are several players who still possess sick power.  For anyone that watches batting practice at the games, a lot of the guys can all yak it over the fence at will when they know where the ball is going from their BP chucker.  Doing it in the game is another matter.

Last season’s HR winners were Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton, even though the latter missed the last month of the campaign when he was horrendously beaned in the face.  The OF formerly known as Mike, is back to claim the title again. Read the rest of this entry

Ichiro Suzuki Is Closer To Setting The ALL-Time Professional Hits Record: Provided He Keeps Playing

Ichiro Suzuki fashioned 10 straight 200 hit campaigns to start his career, tying Pete Rose for the most 200 Hit season ALL-Time, and setting the most consecutive years with the feat. He may only be a .270 - .280 hitter now as a 4th OF, but he still plays decent defense, and makes nice contact.  Suzuki is about a full year of AB away from setting the professional hits record.  He is a Free Agent after this year. and at 40, he may have a few years left to offer a club.

Ichiro Suzuki fashioned 10 straight 200 hit campaigns to start his career (2001 – 2010), tying Pete Rose for the most 200 Hit seasons ALL-Time, and setting the most consecutive years with the feat. He may only be a .270 – .280 hitter now as a 4th OF, but he still plays decent defense, and makes nice contact. Suzuki is about a full season of AB’s away from setting the professional hits record. He is a Free Agent after this year, and at 40, he may have a few campaigns left to offer a club.  His 2841 Career Hits come during what will end in 2014, as his 14th year only in the MLB.

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He is not receiving the kind of fanfare that Derek Jeter is this year, (although maybe he would if he was retiring too and had announced it), by Ichiro Suzuki has put forth a decent year in 2014.

His .284/.323/.338 Slash Line is not something to write home about, but he is a nice 3A Outfielder on a club that has seen its fair share of injuries.

Heading into the last 4 games of the year, the 10 time 200 hit man, has 99 hits on the season, thus giving him 2841 Hits in his MLB Lifetime.

After Derek Jeter retires this year. Ichiro will be 2nd in active total hits to Alex Rodriguez. Read the rest of this entry

It Is Time To Move Miguel Cabrera Permanently To The DH Role

Someone should be tackled if they put Cabrera back in the field for the remainder of the 2014 season.  I personally believe he should be transitioned to the DH position permanently.  You are speaking about the best pure offensive player in the game.  The man has to play for the next decade.

Someone should be tackled if they put Cabrera back in the field for the remainder of the 2014 season. I personally believe he should be transitioned to the DH position permanently. You are speaking about the best pure offensive player in the game. The man has to play for the next decade.  Cabrera has fought his off season surgery for a torn groin, to put up decent numbers in 2014 – .310/.370/.514 3 Slash Line with 22 HRs and 101 RBI.  Yes, he is leading the league with 45 Doubles, but he will likely fail to hit 30 HRs for the 1st time as a Tiger this campaign. The .885 OPS would also mark his worst total since his rookie year.  He has shown this week he can handle the DH role.

I am not talking just about 2014 here.  Miguel Cabrera has come off his short rest, to bash out 8 hits in 3 games – since taking the position of DH on the club.  So I say…just leave him there forever.

Often I have wondered why more teams don’t just take advantage of the slot in the American League.  Instead, for most clubs, the Designated Hitter is used as an off day, or for matchup preferences.

You want to know why Boston has 3 World Series in the last 10 years… I will tell you… David Ortiz!!

Big Papi has been so much more productive than every other player at the role, that having him against the pack gives the Red Sox a clear cut upper hand.

I know Cabrera is making megabucks now, but are you really going to miss his defensive prowess at 1B?

Who cares about piling up AL MVP’s because the voters are always biased about 1 way players.  The Tigers should be going for World Series Titles, and what better way to preserve their #1 commodity. Read the rest of this entry

“Stoking The Fire Segment” – MLB Games Are Too Long But Fantasy Baseball Is a Godsend!

More and more fans are accessing the MLB from their own personal phones these days.  Here is the problem. With games going too long, people lose interest in a real hurry - and especially just the casual fan..

More and more fans are accessing the MLB from their own personal phones these days. Here is the problem. With games going too long, people lose interest in a real hurry – and especially just the casual fan..

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I tried to watch the Mariners vs Rangers a few months ago on  MLBTV.

5 Instant Replay reviews, many pitching changes, and the game lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes – and this was a 4 – 3 9 inning game.

It is not hard to figure out why games are longer in length.

Money Ball has forced every team to wear down pitchers, see as many tosses from the Starting Chuckers as humanly possible.

30 years ago, it was more of a rip it and grip it approach.

Strikeouts and Walks are at an all time high, but also are some pre-pitch rituals. Read the rest of this entry

Jeter Passes Yaz, Maybe Ties Wagner for 7th On ALL Time Hits List?: Plus #2’s Historical #’s

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Derek Jeter had 3 base hits in last night’s 4 – 2 loss to the Texas Rangers.  In doing so, the man now has 3420 hits for his career.

Carl Yastrzemski had 3419 to hold onto the 8th spot previously, but Jeter’s 3420th hit seems to be confusing when you look at the websites of both http://www.mlb.com and http://www.baseballreference.com

BBREF has Honus Wagner listed at 3420, which would have El Capitan tying that mark for 7th last night, while MLB has Wagner listed at 3430 Career Hits.

All will be a moot point when Jeter passes the 3431 hits plateau in a few weeks, and shortly after that he should nestle into the 6th slot for good, when he passes Cap Anson. (3435)

For those that still don’t give Derek Jeter the respect he deserves, the man also is the Career Hits leader ever for an Infielder.

Of his 3420 base knocks. 3337 have come as a SS and 81 at the DH position, which is ahead of Wagner, Anson, and Eddie Collins.

The other 2 hits come via pinch hitting.

Wagner and Anson both saw some time in the Outfield during their time. Read the rest of this entry

Multi HR Games + Consecutive HR Streaks in 2014

 

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Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

For Games Played Through July 7, 2014 ( Steve Pearce with Last 2 HR game – June 30th, Lonnie Chisenhall last with 3 HRs – June 9th, Last 4 HR game – Josh Hamilton – May 8, 2012)

Last 4 HR Game

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Last 3 HR Game

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Lonnie Chisenhall (3 HR Game) June 9th

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

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30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 15 – 2014

The Atlanta Braves were hovering around .500, and in serious jeopardy of watching the Nationals blow by them with a healthy roster.  Instead, they are the biggest mover of the week, riding a 9 game win streak.   All of this coming on the heels of losing Evan Gattis for awhile.

The Atlanta Braves were hovering around .500, and in serious jeopardy of watching the Nationals blow by them with a healthy roster. Instead, they are the biggest mover of the week, riding a 9 game win streak. All of this coming on the heels of losing Evan Gattis for awhile.

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*** Denotes Division Leaders

Records are before play Thursday July.06, 2014

RK Team   Last Wk Rnk  ()      Current Rec –  Last 10 Days Rec

1.  ***Oakland A’s (1) 54 – 33:  6 – 3  The A’s are the only team that has an above .600 Win Percentage.

What is not to like.  They have the best record since 2012, are even better over the last 2 years (July 2012, July 2014, about .615 Baseball), have won 2 AL West in a row as well.

Added to the fold is a great trade bringing in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and not yielding anything from the current MLB Roster in return.

2. ***Detroit Tigers (2) 48 – 36: 6 – 4: Tigers beat the better teams, and have troubles with the lesserlites.

Emergence of J.D. Martinez is a major bonus for a team starving for OF help.  Still need more Bullpen arms.

Great division for opponents down the 2nd half. Read the rest of this entry

Beane Spins Magic Again In World Series Quest: Picks Up Samardzija + Hammel For Straily + Prospects

Billy Beane - and the Athletics have seen their team post the best record in the MLB during the regular season for the last 2 years (190 Wins). The franchise has completed the most incredible amount of wins per dollar spent. Enough so, that they should really come out with the movie MoneyBall 2. Beane has been awesome in acquiring his Bullpen for 2014 - without surrendering any assets from the MLB club currently (with Dan Straily having been in AAA). the A's GM has made his move to anchor the Starting Rotation for a playoff run, by adding Samardija and Hammel. Addison Russell (20) was a high prospect, as was Billy Mckinney (19) as the 1st RD Draft Pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.  With the team's core becoming increasingly more expensive going forwards, the window to win is right now.  The trade also helps deepen the starting staff, who have suffered season ending injuries to Griffin and Parker (Tj Surgeries).

Without surrendering any assets from the MLB club currently (with Dan Straily having been in AAA). the A’s GM has made his move to anchor the Starting Rotation for a playoff run, by adding Samardija and Hammel.  Going the other way are: Addison Russell (20) was a high prospect, as was Billy Mckinney (19) as the 1st RD Draft Pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Dan Straily and cash compensation, or a PTBNL. With the team’s core becoming increasingly more expensive going forwards, the window to win is right now. The trade also helps deepen the starting staff, who have suffered season ending injuries to Griffin and Parker (TJ Surgeries).

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Billy Beane knows his current squad’s best chance to win the World Series now.

He has upped the ante, by acquiring  Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for highly rated SS Addison Russell, SP Dan Straily, and young prospect OF Billy McKinney, with a player to be named later or cash finalizing the deal at a later date.

I like this move…rather I love this move.

The A’s GM saw what happened to his club the last few weeks when matched against the pitching of the Tigers, and knew he had to bolster his team for the stretch – to replace A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker, who both went down to Tommy John Surgeries this campaign. Read the rest of this entry

The A’s Should Trade Jim Johnson To Tampa Bay For Grant Balfour

Billy Beane made some great trades to bolster his Relief Core - and rotation for the 2014 year.  Unfortunately 1 move may haunt in more ways than 1 in Jim Johnson.

Billy Beane made some great trades to bolster his Relief Core – and rotation for the 2014 year last winter. Unfortunately 1 move may haunt in more ways than 1 in Jim Johnson.

Billy Beane just hasn’t been on the bad end of many deals in his recent days.  Trading for Jim Johnson may turn out to be his worst move ever.

Originally it looked like another genius move, trading away an MiLB player in Jemile Weeks – for a guy who has back to back 50 Save seasons on his resume, but it has been a colossal nightmare for the AL Bay Area franchise.

Johnson was given a 1 YR deal worth $10 MIL.  This represents about 12% of the team total payroll of just over $80 MIL for the 2014 campaign.

The dollars doled out hurts the team more than anything else.  Had this man just been inept, without carrying a heavy price tag, it would have been a 4th and 40 situation (think what you do in football in that scenario.

What is too bad is that Beane actually looks smart in not giving Grant Balfour his cash for the kind of deal he wanted either. Read the rest of this entry

Notable HRs FRI June 20th: EE Mashing Again, Smith + Martinez (X2) Party In Detroit

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Edwin Encarnacion has continued his torrid pace for HRs, after a quick brief spell had cooled him down.

Last night, he took over the lead in the AL+ overall MLB, with his 22nd and 23rd HRs.  Not only that. he has risen past everyone in the MLB for RBI as well with 62.

It was hit 6th Multi HR effort since May 8th. and he is on a 2 game HR streak.  If indications are anything, he will club another long ball today, as the man already possesses 3 3 game HR streaks.

EE has now blasted 20 HRs and added 40 RBI since May 6th.

Back at that point, the man was struggling with his power at 3 HRs, and was still decently productive with 19 knocked in.  The Blue Jays were in a 3 way tie for the cellar of the AL East.

They have ridden the big 1B’s filthy hot bat to a 29 – 16 record, and have sole possession of the division right now. 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

The Long Ball, HR Leaders, Multi HR Gms, Consecutive Streaks MLB 2014

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For Games Played Through June 9, 2014

Top 5 HR Leaders AL

Nelson Cruz, Orioles – 21

Edwin Encarnacion. Blue Jays – 20 (Homered June 9th)

Jose Abreu, White Sox – 18  (Homered June 9th)

Josh Donaldson, A’s  – 17

Brandon Moss, A’s – 16 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

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

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.

4 Games

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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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Notable HRs On May 29th: EE Makes History!

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Edwin Encarnacion hit his 16th HR of the month last night, as part of his 5th Multi HR effort since May 8th.

EE is has been on fire for the last 20 games, and has effectively tied Mickey Mantle for the most HRs ever hit in May.

For his part, Encarnacion jumped to just 1 back of Nelson Cruz for the MLB and AL Lead.

Jose Bautista also did yard work for the 13th time in his season.  Along with EE, Joey Bats helped stake the Jays to a lead. 

The OF even through out Billy Butler on a single to right at 1st base.  Unfortunately the Toronto club lost the game on an error, and said adios to their 9 game win streak.

Bautista tied Josh Donaldson for 5th in AL HRs. Read the rest of this entry

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