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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How All Of The Braves Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Upton/Uggla Deals Still Looming Doom

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How All Of The Braves Hitters Were Acquired:

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

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The Atlanta Braves are moving into a new ballpark in Cobb County GA in a few years..  Unfortunately the club will still be paying the contract of B.J. Upton.

At least Dan Uggla will be off the books by then.

Atlanta has been an awesome franchise in the last quarter-century, and far from me to admonish these guys on just a few deals doled out, when they have done it right as an organization for 25 years.

The current roster of hitters resembles a ton of Draft Picks by the franchise.  Not only that, but several of the players have inked their names  long term for the Braves.

Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons  and Tommy La Stella were all selected by the squad in the MLB Amateur Draft over the last several years. 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

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 13, 2014

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

Yasiel Puig was signed as an International Free Agent in 2012.   The 22 Year old phenom exploded onto scene in the National League - 3 Slashing .319/.381/.925 - with 19 HRs, 42 RBI and 66 Runs Scored in his 104 Games Played.  He was a big part of the team winning the Division - and he will be a mainstay for years - being signed until 2018.

Yasiel Puig was signed as an International Free Agent in 2012 (7 YRs/$42 MIL).. He was 22 Years old last year when he exploded onto scene in the National League in 3 Slashing .319/.381/.544 – with 19 HRs, 42 RBI and 66 Runs Scored in his  1st 104 Games Played. In 2014, he has been a tad better all around year: (.313/.397/.529 – with 13 HRs and 55 RBI thus far), but has clubbed 53 Extra Base Hits (31 – 2B and 9 3B to go with his HRs) – which is about 10 more extra base knocks  than in 2014, whereas the rest of the numbers are pretty identical.

How All Of The Dodgers Hitters Were Acquired:

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

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Los Angeles Dodgers – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

For all of the Rosters, Depth Charts, State of the Unions and Salaries that we do, please visit our dedicated page link here. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Rockies Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Injuries + A Coors Field Factor

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How All Of The Rockies Hitters Were Acquired:

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The Rockies are one of the weirdest franchises around in the game of baseball today.

Thin air, humidors, pitcher who struggle, however where they are one of the most dynamic teams is in fantasy baseball.

I have said it before and will say it again…I would love to watch games at Coors Field 81 times a year.

For everyone that loves offense, then watching this squad bash the ball around is awesome. Unfortunately the hitters have had a tough problem staying healthy in recent years.

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are world class players.  Both would be in the running for NL MVP every year, it is just they can’t maintain in the lineup.

When you look at the roster, it is composed mostly of draft picks. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 12, 2014

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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

 

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

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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.

To start off, I have eliminated 12 teams from the chance to win a World Series.  These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/MIA/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI/CHC.

Having said this, the Rays season also may be 10 seconds from a toetag.  We will see how they fare this week.

Last weeks selections I was 3 – 1 – 1 for the best odds to wager on.  The Cardinals moved up slightly, and the Nats made a big move up the list thanks to a Braves 8 game losing streak.

I also won with the Dodgers going from +700 to +600.  The only odd I lost was an Angels club going from +1000 – +1000

On the worst odds bets last week I went 3 – 1 – 1. I had the Rays plummeting quickly as my top selection, and I was right on the money, and they plunged from +5000 – to now +10000.  I also pegged the Braves bad road trip, and Yankees fall from grace on the value.

The only odd I lost was the A’s going from +400 to now +375. For the record, I still hate the value, and would surely peg the Dodgers as the #1 team (ranked wise) to win the World Series.

LA holds a 3.5 Games lead on the Giants, who are free-falling.  The Dodger Blue club will also beat up NL West cupcakes of the Padres, Rockies and D’Backs.

While their +600 is about the right odd, I can’t place them in the best wagers for value. Read the rest of this entry

All Time Tommy John Surgery List – Updated For Tyler Skaggs (1974 – 2014)

DR. FRANK JOBE, who would have turned 89 in the summer of 2014 before his recent passing, was a renowned orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized the medical care and prolonged the careers of baseball pitchers with his groundbreaking tendon transplant procedure now known as the “Tommy John” surgery.  In 1974, Dodgers pitcher TOMMY JOHN was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left (pitching) elbow, apparently ending his career.  In an experimental surgery, which he estimated at the time as having 1% odds for a successful outcome, Jobe transplanted a tendon from John’s right forearm to his left elbow.  After more than a year of rehabilitation, John and his bionic arm returned to the mound, where he pitched for 14 more seasons and racked up 164 of his 288 career victories before retiring at the age of 46.  Today, the procedure is commonplace among professional and amateur pitchers.  It has been estimated that Jobe performed more than 1,000 Tommy John surgeries himself and that nearly 200 major leaguers – not all of them pitchers – have had their careers extended by the procedure.

In a recent interview with Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, Jobe discussed how he and John decided to proceed with the surgery, thus establishing a relationship of trust between doctor and patient: “Tommy happened to be in my office talking, and we already had told him about all the potential complications.  I was ready to sign his papers for retirement.  I wasn’t even sure I should have brought [the operation idea] up in our conversation.  I had no idea if it would be successful.  I really wasn’t sure.  We got to a point where we kind of looked at each other and he said, ‘That makes sense, let’s do it.’  I think those were the three words that changed the course of baseball medicine for the rest of time.  ‘Let’s do it.’”

After a long and grueling rehabilitation, John returned to the mound with the Dodgers in 1976, completing 207 innings, recording 10 wins with a 3.09 ERA, and receiving both the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Fred Hutchinson Award for Outstanding Character and Courage.  That he was a better pitcher after the experimental surgery was fully evident by 1977, as John won 20 games with a 2.78 ERA, earning him a second-place finish to Steve Carlton in Cy Young Award balloting.  Reliquarian Michael Fallon, in his biographical profile of Tommy John for the Society for American Baseball Research, noted that the pitcher revolutionized “athlete’s attitudes toward medicine.  With 164 of his 288 victories coming after the surgery, John shattered the barrier that said players could not play after undergoing surgery.”  Fallon added that, despite having the most wins of any eligible pitcher not inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, John’s “pioneering gumption, his ability to endure and come back from adversity does put him among baseball’s all-time elite.”

The two figures made medical history over 40 years ago.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 11, 2014

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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

 

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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

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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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HR Streaks Of 2 Games Or More – 2014 MLB: Joseph’s Historic HRs, Davis On Track, Carter Underrated!

Caleb Joseph is putting up a historic HR run this week, setting a new franchise mark for hitting a long ball in his last 5 straight games, and is throwing out over 50% of the baserunners on the basepaths as a defensive Catcher.  The 28 Year Old RHB is giving the management a lot to think about for the future, with the Catchers, First Base and Designated Hitters positions all featuring players who will become Free Agents in the next 1 - 2 years.

Caleb Joseph is putting up a historic HR run this week, setting a new franchise mark for hitting a long ball in his last 5 straight games, and is throwing out over 50% of the baserunners on the basepaths as a defensive Catcher. The 28 Year Old RHB is giving the management a lot to think about for the future, with the Catchers, First Base and Designated Hitters positions all featuring players who will become Free Agents in the next 1 – 2 years.

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

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There Is 1 active streak of 5 Games:  Caleb Joseph, who is the 2nd player this year to carry a 5 consecutive tilts with a HR ( the other was Devin Mesoraco.

The only other current streak is Adrian Gonzalez ( who is in his 4th streak right now, with the other 3 being at least 3 games, and one of them a 4 games.

Several Catcher flexed their muscles during this particular week.

1 for one, would love to see Joseph tie the club record set by Chris Davis (who was the last MLB to crank HRs in 6 straight (last week of 2012).

Speaking of the Home Run Ball, the Orioles have been obliterating baseball into orbit versus the Cardinals the last few nights.  Baltimore has outscored St. Louis 22 – 5, with hammering 9 jacks over the wall. Read the rest of this entry

Multi HR Games MLB 2014

Javier Baez clubbed a tater in his MLB debut, took a game off, then knocked off his 1st Multi HR effort in his 3rd game.  The Cubs 21 Year Old 2B from Puerto Rico, was the 9th overall selection by Chicago in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.  This kid has scary power, and I thus think he will be adding him name to many future multiple HR games in his lifetime.

Javier Baez clubbed a tater in his MLB debut, took a game off, then knocked off his 1st Multi HR effort in his 3rd game. The Cubs 21 Year Old 2B from Puerto Rico, was the 9th overall selection by Chicago in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. This kid has scary power, and I thus think he will be adding him name to many future multiple HR games in his lifetime.  Even in going Homerless in the last 2 games, Baez still has smacked 3 Roundtrippers in his 1st 23 AB.  While he may not reach Kevin Mass like status (10 HRs hit  in his 1st 72 AB for the MLB record of ‘quickest 10″ he is off to a fast start.)

Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

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For Games Played Through Aug 9, 2014 (J.J. Hardy with last 2 HR game – Aug 8, 2014, Lonnie Chisenhall last with 3 HR Game – June 9th, 2014 Last 4 HR game – Josh Hamilton – May 8, 2012)

 

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LM Otero/AP

Lonnie Chisenhall (3 HR Game) June 9th

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

Ryan Braun – Brewers (3 HR Game) – April.8th

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THE LONG BALL In 2014: TOP 5 HRs AL/NL + Last HR Hit

THE LONG BALL In 2014

TOP 5 HRs AL/NL,

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Top 5 HR Leaders AL

Jose Abreu, White Sox – 31 (Last Homered July 29th)

Nelson Cruz, Orioles - 30 (Last Homered Aug 9th)

Edwin Encarnacion,  Blue Jays – 26 – Injury Report: (Currently on the 15-day disabled list (July 6, strained right quadriceps.)

Mike Trout, Angels – 27 (Last Homered Aug 10)

David Ortiz, Red Sox – 26 ( Last Homered on Aug 09)

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

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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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How All Of The A’s Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree Shows Incredible Beane Trading Record

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How All Of The Athletics Hitters Were Acquired:

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Truthfully this blog took me forever to do the research for, simply because the A’s GM Billy Beane has been so proactive at the trading helm.

From flipping Mark Mulder several years ago which fetched Dan Haren as part of the haul, to the massive deal with Dan Haren sent to the D’Backs, he added enough depth to pull off several other moves.

Yes, along the way he may have been burned by Colorado for Carlos Gonzalez, but in a the Dbacks deal still is paying off.

The Roster deals include several Oakland draft picks being flipped for current A’s.

Nick Swisher was traded for Gio Gonzalez, who in turn the club can thank for the Catching tandem of Derek Norris and John Jaso as assets received from Swisher initially.

Jaso was brought back in a 3 way deal from Washington, where the A’s sent the SP back to the team they traded Gio Gonzalez for.

Ryan Sweeney (another player brought in for the Swisher) was packaged with Andrew Bailey to obtain Josh Reddick. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2014

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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

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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

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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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Total AL Plus/Minus Of BB/SO On Offense + Pitching

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

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Baseball is a game full of stats and numbers.  Sabermetrics aside, one thing that I fully believe takes to win baseball games is superior pitching, and still having some plate discipline.

Of course it you can compensate for a lack of patience at the plate, with some big Home Runs, than you still may make out just fine.

While doing some research on the Oakland A’s, I looked at AL offensive and defensive Walk to Strikeout totals on both sides of the field.

I believe this is a relevant look at how good a team is faring.

Right away, the Rays and Orioles stick out in this blog, because the Rays were number 1 for this category, and the O’s are 14th, yet have the 3rd best record in the AL, and lead the AL East by 5 games currently.

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MLB Schedule Week 20 – 2014 – Aug 11 – Aug 17 (96 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 20 – 2014

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

 

Week 20

Monday, Aug.11/2014 (11 Games)

1.  Rockies @ Padres 10:10

2.  Tigers @ Pirates 7:05 (Interleague)

3.  Dodgers @ Braves 7:10

4.  Twins @ Astros 8:10

5.  Yankees @ Orioles 7:05

6.  Athletics @ Royals 8:10

7.  Cardinals @ Marlins 7:10

8.  Rays @ Rangers 8:05

9.  Mets @ Phillies 1:05

  1. Brewers @ Cubs 8:05
  2. Blue Jays @ Mariners 10:10

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Unsolved Mysteries: Stephen Strasburg

Originally posted on Citizens of Natstown:

In all of my posts I look to take some statistics, present them in a logical manner and share my own conclusion from these statistics. This has been a tried and true formula that has been highly effective. However, today’s topic has left me without a conclusion and you’ll hopefully soon see why. So instead we’ll go a bit more behind the scenes as I take you through my research process for this post.

To start I knew I wanted to write about Stephen Strasburg. He’s been a hot topic among Nats fans since the Opening Day and no one can quite get a read on him. By many measures he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball, but by the most important measure, runs allowed, he’s been merely average. How is it that someone with such great stuff and peripherals is producing such pedestrian results? This is what…

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

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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

 

 

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

Buster Posey is a two time champion signed a contract extension that will see him make $164 MIL from 2013 - 2021.  Will he be able to play the duration of his contract as a backstopper - or will he eventually be moved to 1st Base?

Buster Posey is a two-time champion that signed a contract extension with the NL Bay Area franchise, that will see him make $164 MIL from 2013 – 2021. Will he be able to play the duration of his contract as a backstopper – or will he eventually be moved to 1st Base?  The 27 Year Old was selected 5th overall by the team in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.

How All Of The Giants Hitters Were Acquired:

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2010…..2012…. and will the fortunes of the Giants turn into another even year World Series Title in 2014 for the club?  Perhaps not, but their offensive lineup has been well manicured over the years.

For the most part, Brian Sabean has built this team from the ground up.  80% of the players like Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford were all drafted for the club.

All of the bench players were drafted or signed as Free Agents.

The biggest acquisition tree lies with the Hunter Pence deal, and now that he re-signed with the franchise last year through 2018, he has been paying immediate dividends on the investment.

In 2014 thus far, the brick-built OF, leads the NL in PA, AB and Runs Scored, and he has taken over the leadoff position for the injured Angel Pagan.

Speaking of Pagan, it is incredibly important the speedy OF is back in the lineup soon.  The Giants simply aren’t the same offense without him.

Pagan was brought in to the Giants in a 2011 December trade for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

When in the lineup, the 32 Year Old CF has been a threat with speed and power – as he has 103 Extra Base Hits in the 288 Games Played for the franchise.

You add in a .290/.341/.427 Slash Line, and he is well worth the 4 YR pact the squad inked him to from 2013 – 2016. Read the rest of this entry

How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Is It A ‘Title Worthy’ Lineup?

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera.  The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit.  It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done.  Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation.  He only gets better each year that passes by.

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera. The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit. It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done. Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation. He only gets better each year that passes by.

How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired:

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The Tigers have built a winning tradition on the backs of former Marlins.

1st it was GM Dave Dombrowski, then Jim Leyland, before the club pulled off the biggest trade in the modern day franchise – by landing Miguel Cabrera for not much in return as it stands now.

This started a string of roster moves that enabled this club to have a great run of success since 2006.

Back in 2003, the ‘Motown Boys’ had to win their last game of the year to avoid the worst season ever for losses by an MLB squad – with 119 losses.

The team drafted Justin Verlander the next year – and traded for future ALL – Star Carlos Guillen.

With a horrific lineup from the 2003 campaign, the Tigers GM, inked Free Agents Ivan Rodriguez and then Magglio Ordonez in subsequent years.

Guys like Gary Sheffield and Placido Polanco were also mainstays on the club for different stints of the lineup.

The pursuit of the club’s offense led them to a 2006 World Series Appearance.  The club lost to the Cardinals, and Dombrowski continued to build.

Prior to the 2008 year, the team traded for Miguel Cabrera, and the franchise would start a new era of dominance in the AL Central. Read the rest of this entry

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.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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