Yanks Finish 30th In The 2014 MLB ‘Runs Scored” Survivor

The Yankees moved within 2.5 games of the Mariners for the 2nd Wild Card spot, but more importantly, finished their 11th different run variation from 0 - 10 last night, and became the 30th team to do so this year.  We will see you all in 2015!!  Thanks for reading along.

The Yankees moved within 2.5 games of the Mariners for the 2nd Wild Card spot, but more importantly, finished their 11th different run variation from 0 – 10 last night, and became the 30th team to do so this year. We will see you all in 2015!! Thanks for reading along.

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The New York Yankees had played 129 games – and finally registered exactly 8 runs in any contest this year – with an 8 – 1 drubbing over Kansas City last night – in a potentially crucial Wild Card matchup against one of the teams they maybe vying for a playoff spot with. 

Why is this important?

Because the Bronx Bombers are the 30th team to complete their quest to score precisely 0 – 10 runs in 11 different variations in the MLB.

Atlanta was the 29th club to finish their mission, and they were done this at the 98 games mark – which was 31 matches ) faster than the “Pinstripers”.

Scoring 8 runs in a game was one of the tougher things to do for all other teams yes, but this Yanks lineup has doled out nearly $130 MIL in player contracts for the 2014 season on their offense alone.

The hitting has been pathetic to say the least – until the last 4 games.  Joe Girardi should win manager of the year for this team even posting a winning record thus far.

Having 4 major Starting Pitching injuries should spell doom for any club, however that hasn’t been the problem with this squad.

Acquired/Organizational Pitchers Brandon McCarthyShane GreeneDavid PhelpsChase WhitleyChris Capuano have peace-mealed a solid effort for the Starting Rotation.

It has been the 1 – 9 batters that have caused this franchise to struggle this campaign.  Nevertheless, they finally pushed across the required amount.  They are the last team to finish, and it happened 4 months and 2 days from when the Giants 1st finished their quest on Apr.23, 2014.

The Rays were the 1st AL club to finish 2 days later – and the Braves were the 29th club to do this – and that was done on July.20, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.25, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirerer Staff Photographer

Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirerer Staff Photographer

A.J. Burnett threw 7 innings of 3 hit, 12 strikeout ball, allowing a single solo homer and helped the Phillies stop the red hot Nationals, 3-2

Giancarlo Stanton got on base 3 times including a critical 3 run homer as the Marlins continued to climb into the Wild Card race and beat the first place Angels, 7-1.

Clay Buchholz pitched shutout ball into the 9th inning. He was undone by a softly hit ball into the infield and a blown save by the bullpen. But the Red Sox would ultimately win in Toronto, 4-3 after 10 innings.

Delmon Young got on base 4 times with a walk, a single, a double and a homer, driving in 3 and leading a potent Orioles attack to a 9-1 drubbing of the Rays.

They owned baseball on Aug 25, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 25, 2014

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Near Dealey Plaza in Dallas, I talk about some of baseball’s unsolved mysteries and why I would rather not go back in time and see what really happened.

It is a legend versus Reality episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Lucas Duda, Victor Martinez, Tsuyoshi Wada, Chris Archer, Gregor Blanco and Alberto Callaspo all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

When in Pasadena, have a wonderful Mexican dinner at El Cholo. Click HERE for more info.

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

The Braves, Indians, Nats and Angels were among the movers up the favorite lis this week, while the Pirates, Yankees, Blue Jays, Reds and Rays a;l took the plunge down the list.

The Braves, Indians, Nats and Angels were among the movers up the favorite lis this week, while the Pirates, Yankees, Blue Jays, Reds and Rays a;l took the plunge down the list.

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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 11 teams from the chance to win a World Series.  These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI+CHC.

It has been a great handicapping year for yours truly, but that could all unravel in the next few weeks.  I had a 6 – 1 – 3 record for best value bets.

As for the entire season, my bets have been plugging away at a great clip.

My best move was to hammer the KC Royals for a $20 wager at 50/1, then hit them for a $7 wager when they rose to 80/1 about 5 weeks ago.

Another highlights was placing $75 on the Tigers when they were at 11/1 odds after a slow 1st week.

I also managed to throw down some nice cabbage on the O’s at a 50/1 odd in May, but also to get them at 6/1 for the Division just after the Jays went on their win rampage – courtesy of Edwin Encarnacion.

Last week I took advantage of a Braves 40/1 odd that presented itself.

I also have heavy bets on the Blue Jays and Angels (got them both at 20/1 – although the Canadian club is looking like a bad selection now.)

For other fringe teams, I also might have lost when plunking down some money on the Yankees at 40/1 last week.

I hit up the Rays pretty good at the start of the season, but more so when they were on fire before trading away David Price.

I will probably lose about $80 on them overall, but I could stand to win in the 2K range, if they could pull a miracle run.

I wagered on the Indians and Bucs back in the 80/1 odds days, and that looks okay…I also hit up the Reds with a big $25 bet at 66/1 odd, which looked nice at the ALL – Star Break, but doesn’t look so good now.

Last week I also made a bet on the Brewers at +1800, before they went down to the same odd the Cards did.

I have never put money on Oakland, Seattle, Washington, St. Louis or Los Angeles to win the World Series because the value has never been there…

On a small note, I did place a $10 bet on the Mariners to win the AL West with a 35/1 odd.  They could make some serious ground if the A’s and Angels split a 4 game series this week, and they continue to roll.

Overall, I am happy with my year recaps, and at least I may be able to hedge some of these bets for a yearly profit at the end of the campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Aug.24, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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MARK J. TERRILL/AP

Lucas Duda went 3-5 with 2 homers and drove in 5 runs, helping the Mets clobber the Dodgers, 11-3.

Victor Martinez collected 3 hits including a homer and drove in 4 as the Tigers rolled 13-4 in Minnesota.

Tsuyoshi Wada threw a no hitter into the 7th and finished allowing 1 hit (a solo homer) and 8 strikeouts against 1 walk, earning the 2-1 win over Baltimore and finishing a sweep for the Cubs.

Chris Archer threw 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and 6 hits, setting up Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory in Toronto.

They owned baseball on Aug 24, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2014

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While having a delicious Mexican dinner with my family, I somehow got into a baseball discussion with my wife. They don’t happen often so I decided to turn it into an impromptu podcast.

It is a spicy Margarita and chips and salsa episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Pedro Alvarez, Joe Mauer, Mike Leake, Jeremy Guthrie, Juan Lagares, Trevor Plouffe, Ervin Santana and C.J. Wilson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

When in Pasadena, have a wonderful Mexican dinner at El Cholo. Click HERE for more info.

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How All Of The O’s Pitchers Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree Explains That The Staff Was Created By Deft Transactions!

Chris Tillman continues to assert himself as one of the emerging great arms in the American League.  The 26 Year Old RHP is 26 - 12 in his last 38 game decisions with a mid 3 ERA.  Not bad when you consider he and Adam Jones were brought to Maryland for former Draft Pick Erik Bedard, (who is barely hanging on to professional baseball - and was hurt or average in his Seattle days).  That deal and the Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis/for Koli Uehara deals kickstarted the renaissance of this historic club.

Chris Tillman continues to assert himself as one of the emerging great arms in the American League. The 26 Year Old RHP is 26 – 12 in his last 38 game decisions with a mid 3 ERA. Not bad when you consider he and Adam Jones were brought to Maryland for former Draft Pick Erik Bedard, (who is barely hanging on to professional baseball – and was hurt or average in his Seattle days). That deal and the Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis/for Koli Uehara deals kickstarted the renaissance of this historic club.  The O’s made the postseason for the 1st time in 15 years during he 2012 campaign, and now possess a massive lead in the AL East with 35 games to go.  The O’s management and brass can take stock in a job well done in building this current group of ballplayers.

How All Of The Orioles Pitchers Were Acquired:

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The Orioles made a swift and blunt move last off season, when they traded their 2012 and 2013 Closer Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks.

The club took some flak in virtually discarding a 101 save man over the last few years to save some money.  Johnson was awarded $10 MIL for the year, and has flamed out in Oakland and Detroit since. Those dollars are about what the team receives collectively as a unit.

The team was also lambasted for the signing/not signing of Grant Balfour, because a sketchy physical.  Again, they have looked good in the transaction.

The O’s have done a great job building their Bullpen and Rotation.

Chris Tillman was part of the now extremely lopsided deal, which saw Adam Jones for Erik Bedard  several years back.

That coupled with some waiver claims (T.J. McFarland as a Rule 5 Draft Picks) and former team draft picks – converting in to late inning arms (Brian Matusz and Closer Zach Britton), and you have seen a brilliant molding of a Relief Core.

Darren O’Day was claimed off of waivers from Texas, in the same campaign the club also fleeced the Rangers, with the Chris Davis/Tommy Hunter deal for Koji Uehara.

Ryan Webb was actually optioned to the Minors, despite decent numbers, while clearing a path for Andrew Miller, as part of a deal from Boston.  Miller is one of the better LHP out of the pen in the last year.

The team has supplanted the rotation, with a few key Free Agents over the years, starting with Wei-Yin Chen, and Miguel Gonzalez.

Kevin Gausman represents the only starter right now that was drafted by the team originally.

Bud Norris was brought into Baltimore for a couple of former draft picks and a 2014 RD A compensation pick.

The other significant 2013 deal for the staff  – was dealing a Minor Leaguer for Brad Brach.

The Ubaldo Situation

Looking at the numbers, Buck Showalter has the right idea in taking Jimenez out of the rotation.Regardless of the contract figures, Jimenez has failed to be that ace that the Orioles expected to get  when he signed his 4 YR $50 MM dollar contract in the winter.

It’s time to let Jimenez take some time to figure things out, as hopefully skipping a start or two will give him time to work on his mechanics to help get him back on track.

This is also familiar territory for the Orioles, as Showalter and crew have had some good success  sending guys to the bullpen.

Remember, Zach Britton and Tommy Hunter, two of the best arms in the Orioles’ bullpen this season, were starters that struggled, but once they were shifted to the bullpen they seemed to have figured it out and have been very reliable throughout the season.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.23, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Morry Gash - AP

Morry Gash – AP

Pedro Alvarez clubbed a pair of homers, driving in 4, leading the Pirates to a 10-2 win in Milwaukee.

Joe Mauer reached base 4 times, drove in 3 runs and scored a pair helping the Twins rout the Tigers 12-4.

Mike Leake pitched shutout ball into the 7th inning, allowing 2 hits and striking out 6, getting the 1-0 decision over the Braves.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run as first place Kansas Ciy defeated Texas 6-3.

They owned baseball on Aug 23, 2014.

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Multi HR Games in MLB 2014: Alvarez Makes List Again As a 1B

Erik Kratz came into a game for the injured Salvador Perez this week, and proceeded to smack homers in consecutive AB.  The 34 Year Old Catcher has now clubbed 23 HRs in 474 Lifetime AB.  Perhaps always overlooked, this back up Backstopper should help out KC down the stretch - whenever they want to rest their ALL - Star Catcher.  He is surely a better option than Brett Hayes was.

Erik Kratz came into a game for the injured Salvador Perez this week, and proceeded to smack homers in consecutive AB. The 34 Year Old Catcher has now clubbed 23 HRs in 474 Lifetime AB. Perhaps always overlooked, this back up Backstopper should help out KC down the stretch – whenever they want to rest their ALL – Star Catcher. He is surely a better option than Brett Hayes was.

Multi HR Games in MLB 2014

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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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HR Streaks Of 2 Or More 2014 In The MLB

Rizzo leads the MLB with 7 Home Run Streaks on the year.  The Cubs 1B is also 2nf in the NL with 29 big fly's on the campaign.

Rizzo leads the MLB with 7 Home Run Streaks on the year. The Cubs 1B is also 2nf in the NL with 29 big fly’s on the campaign.

Through Aug 23, 2014 

All Streaks Of 2 or more in 2014.

*** Denotes Active Streak

5 Games

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***Caleb Joseph, Orioles – Aug 3 – 9

Devin Mesoraco, Reds, June 18 – June 24

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THE Long Ball In 2014 Top 5 HRs AL/NL: With Their Last Homers Hit

 

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 THE LONG BALL In 2014

 TOP 5 HRs AL/NL,

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Top 5 HR Leaders AL

Nelson Cruz, Orioles – 34 (Last Homered Aug 22nd)

Jose Abreu, White Sox – 33 (Last Homered Aug 22nd)

Chris Carter, Astros – 30 (Last Homered Aug 19th)

David Ortiz, Red Sox – 30 (Last Homered Aug 20th)

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 23, 2014

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle

 

The Giants are gearing up for another playoff push. But should they use this off season as an opportunity to retool and try and put together a third championship team for this decade?

It is a no nostalgia and forward thinking episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Drew Smyly, Mike Minor, Eduardo Escobar, Josh Harrison, Carlos Carrasco, Jose Abreu and Nolan Arenado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.22, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo by Chris Young

AP Photo by Chris Young

Drew Smyly threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking none as the Rays blanked the Blue Jays, 8-0.

Mike Minor threw a no hitter until he had 2 outs in the 8th inning. He allowed a single that tied the game. He got no decision for his 7 2/3 innings of 1 hit, 4 walk pitching but the Braves beat the Reds in 12 innings, 3-1.

Eduardo Escobar led a wild Twins offense by going 5-6, tripling, homering, scoring 3 and driving in 2 as Minnesota crushed the Tigers 20-6.

Josh Harrison went 3-5, clubbed a go ahead double, homered and drive in 5 runs as the Pirates won against the first place Brewers, 8-3.

They owned baseball on Aug 22, 2014.

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August MLB Interleague Results: AL Also 6 Wins Away From 11th Straight Year Clinch

 

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The National League is on the verge of falling to the American League for the 11th straight season.  Heading into play Saturday, with the only contest being Orioles @ Cubs, the AL holds a 145 – 123 advantage on the NL for the 2014 calendar year.

This is a decade plus of ownership of the Junior Circuit over the Senior Circuit. 

The National League actually has not fared too badly in August so far, winning 28 out of 60 games.

For those people who don’t like Interleague all, there are no more days on the schedule this year with multiple games.  In a lot of cases, they are not even games on the getaway days of Monday’s Thursday’s (which are the only 2 days to not have the 30 teams in action.)

Interleague has been a good thing for the game of baseball…. I would argue that the premise of playing teams that you don’t normally is good for the growth of baseball. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 22, 2014

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It is Carl Yastrzemski’s birthday. While waiting to get a haircut, I remembered the summer of 1979 where I eagerly watched Yaz’s 3,000 hit chase.

That and some reflections on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Kennys Vargas, Brandon McCarthy, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, David Price, Justin Ruggiano, Zach Walters and Tyson Ross all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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For The Most Part – The Top Salaried Players (#1 – #25 In The MLB Are Certainly Not Playing Like It!

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Some of the highest paid athletes are really struggling to earn their keep.  Even if A – Rod were playing, it is quite possible he would be a shell of his former self, and way overpaid.

You add in the horrific injury riddled years for Joey Votto and Prince Fielder, and you are talking about a lot of dough for players not even in uniform presently.

Then there is a productive hitter like Troy Tulowitzki, who can’t remain on the field, despite putting up world caliber numbers when he is in the lineup.

Joe Mauer and Matt Kemp have also dealt with injuries and timing issues at the plate, but they still could turn it around for the tail end of the season – and going forward.

Justin Verlander tops the list of the paying the man too late in the game, and this will not bode well for the Free Agent Max Scherzer.

You also have aging veterans that are helping their teams win games like Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez, but they are also not where they were at the time all of that cash was thrown their way.

Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout‘s deal don’t even start yet on this list, and somehow I think they will do alright.

Robinson Cano has looked decent in the 1st of a 10 year deal, but lets reassess this in 2018…

The Yankees have a huge problem on their hands with their representatives out of these players.

Mark Teixeira only has power left, and can hardly stay on the field, while CC Sabathia may be done as a top of the end starter.

Masahiro Tanaka was lights out in his time in New York this year, however he could be facing Tommy John Surgery soon, and may cost the franchise a lot of money to sit out.

Not even the Jacoby Ellsbury deal has reason for them to feel comfort.  His numbers are similar to the ones he put up in Boston, yet he will see his speed evaporate over the years going forward.

This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series on player contracts. Tomorrow we address players 26 – 50. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule Week 22: Aug 25 – Aug 31, 2014 (93 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 22 – 2014

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

Week 22

Monday, Aug.25/2014 (9 Games)

1.  Rockies @ Giants 10:15

2.  Marlins @ Angels 10:05 (Interleague)

3.  Brewers @ Padres 10:10

4.  Athletics @ Astros 8:10

5.  Cardinals @ Pirates 7:05

6.  Rays @ Orioles 7:05

7.  Nationals @ Phillies 7:05

8.  Red Sox @ Blue Jays 7:07

9.  Rangers @ Mariners 10:10

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.21, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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JIM MONE/AP

Kennys Vargas went 3-4 with a double, a homer, an RBI and a pair of runs scored, helping Minnesota top Cleveland, 4-1.

Buster Posey reached base 5 times including a homer and a pair of doubles, helping the Giants come from behind and beat the Cubs, 5-3.

Brandon McCarthy threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 8 and walking none, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by Houston, 3-0.

Clayton Kershaw threw no hit ball into the 6th and finished with 8 masterful 3 hit, 1 run innings, striking out 10 Padres and earning the 2-1 victory for the Dodgers.

They owned baseball on Aug 21, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 21, 2014

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I am alone in my house, a rare thing.

The topic of the day is all sorts of pitching… David Price‘s masterpiece loss, why Masahiro Tanaka pitching in 2014 is insane and the joys of a suspended game.

It is a playing hooky at home episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Rick Porcello, Lucas Duda, Jorge De La Rosa, Adam Jones, Hector Noesi, Alex Wood, Luis Valbuena and David Ortiz all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams Selected As SABR’s 19th Century Overlooked Baseball Legend

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Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams Selected as SABR’s 2014

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By Roger & Cathy Ratzenberger (Special Guest Writers): (Visit  Roger’s website here)

Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (1814 – 1899) has been selected as the 19th Century Overlooked Baseball Legend by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This recognition comes in the bicentennial of his birth.

Each year SABR honors a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Adams’ contributions to the game include the creation of the shortstop position and heading the baseball governing body that established key aspects of today’s baseball game including nine players per team, the nine-inning game, ninety feet between bases and catching the ball on the fly.

Adams was born in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire on November 1, 1814. He graduated from Yale in 1835 and Harvard Medical School in 1838. In 1839, he moved to New York where he established his own medical practice. Read the rest of this entry

Interactive Nats Bullpen Decision Chart

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It is time to see what Matt Williams job is like…

Originally posted on Citizens of Natstown:

You’ve been clamoring for it and it’s finally here, an updated Matt Williams Bullpen Flow Chart. This time though, to make things even more fun, it’s interactive. Go into the mind of Matt Williams and see what it’s like being the manager of the Washington Nationals. Answer the questions by clicking the links and find out which pitcher you need to send into the game skip.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.20, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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CHRIS O’MEARA/AP

Rick Porcello threw a complete game, 3 hit shutout, striking out 4 while walking no Tampa Bay batter as the Tigers rolled, 6-0.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched 8 strong innings in Coors Field, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs as the Rockies stopped the Royals 5-2.

Adam Jones went 3-4, scored the tying run and later homered as the Orioles came from behind to top the White Sox, 4-3.

Lucas Duda reached base 3 times, including a homer and drove in 3 runs as the Mets won 8-5 in Oakland.

They owned baseball on Aug 20, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 20, 2014

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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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Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), No, But A Donation Challenge To All Websites!

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Lou Gehrig is still making an imprint on today’s society.  75 years after the “Ironman” made his famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939, the disease so ‘aptly’ known more as “Lou Gehrig’s disease – more so than ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

After all of the money raised in the three-quarters of a century since #4 stopped playing, there is still no cure for the disease.

ALS is a neurodegenerative ailment that is as debilitating as they come to the human body.

Before he was known for that, Henry Louis Gehrig, born June.19, 1903 was one of the best baseball players of ALL – Time.

To state how awesome he was would take forever.  But he was known best for his durability (setting the consecutive games mark for MLB’ers at 2131 games.  A mark that was stopped by ALS.

It took over 56 years for the record to be broken by Cal Ripken.

The Bronx Bombers 1st Baseman clubbed over 100+ RBI in 14 straight seasons from 1925 – 1938,  His 184 RBI in 1931 is still the ALL – Time Single year record in the American League.

Gehrig held an OPS over 1.000 for every season between 1927 – 1937

His 3 slash for his career is .340/.447/.632.  Only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams had higher marks.

Gehrig cranked out 1995 RBI in just 2164 Games Played, in what amounts to be an average season of 149 RBI.  The ‘Iron Horse’ actually topped the 150+ RBI clip 7 different times, His RBI/Game is the highest clip for a career.

There is no doubt in my mind, if he wasn’t cut short of playing, he would be the RBI king,

The man was part of 6 World Series Titles in 7 Appearances,  accounting for a 3 Slash of .361/.477/.731 – with 10 HRs and 35 RBI during his 34 lifetime games.  Incredibly in those 34 contests, Gehrig reached base 75 times.

During his illness days, baseball made a special exception to induct him directly into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1939. 

Showing that his appreciation by the MLB has only grown with time, he received the most votes for the 1999 ALL – Century Team – that listed all the best players from the 20th century.

A man who was such a legend will grow as the years continue on.  Read the rest of this entry

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

 

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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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My ALS Challenge To All Baseball Related Websites!

 

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My ALS Challenge To All Baseball Related Websites!

I was challenged to participate in the “ALS – Ice Bucket Challenge”  that has been making the rounds in social media networks for some time.

MLB has come up huge in the efforts to keep the ball rolling.

Derek Jeter, Yasiel Puig, White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson – and even the Twins owner Jim Pohlad took up the quest in the owners box the other night.

I would totally love to be drenched by a bucket of ice, however I have come up with a separate challenge for this movement.

I hereby throw out the idea to all of my fellow baseball bloggers to write a blog about Lou Gehrig, of course mentioning the ALS disease that took down this Yankee legend at such a young age.

I want these websites to talk of the heroic inspiration that the “Ironman” displayed in giving his farewell speech.

Lastly, to include a link to for their readers to make a donation to http://www.alsa.org/ at the very minimum.

I will donate a cent per 4 views of my Lou Gehrig blog posted later today/coupled with this short mentioned post. (capped to a maximum of 2131 cents as – which is the same as #4’s ironman streak which came to an end when he ALS was discovered in his body, equivalent of $213.10 to the foundation – if the max is hit).

I urge any of the sites/bloggers to come up with some sort of donation platform such as this.

It is my hope – that this will create another round of awareness for the disease.  and of course… one of the greatest players of ALL-Time in Gehrig.

So Share this on your social media outlet, ramp up the views – and earn some money for a great foundation..  Don’t forget to make a donation yourself. 

Lou Gehrig was only 35 when he was diagnosed with ALS.  He had to retire right away and came back for what some would consider 'the greatest speech of all-time' on July.4, 1939.  It was the "I am the Luckiest Man on the face of the Earth" speech.  Gehrig died June.2, 1941 at the age of 37. --Photo courtesy of ultimateyankees.com

Lou Gehrig was only 35 when he was diagnosed with ALS. He had to retire right away and came back for what some would consider ‘the greatest speech of all-time’ on July.4, 1939. It was the “I am the Luckiest Man on the face of the Earth” speech. Gehrig died June.2, 1941 at the age of 37. –Photo courtesy of ultimateyankees.com

 

Yankees Have Still Not Completed MLB Scoring Runs Survivor: 30th Place Showing Shows Epic Fail In 2014

You are on the clock New York.  every other team finished Runs Scoring Survivor before the 100 game mark, and you are in jeopardy of running the whole year without plating 8 runs specifically in a game.  We are waiting to close the category up for the year.  You have already secured last place in this deal.  With your payroll on offense at $130 MIL in position players, that would rank you in the top 8 for team salaries alone.  Your hitting has been abysmal - and and EPIC FAIL this year.

You are on the clock New York. Every other team finished Runs Scoring Survivor before the 100 game mark, and you are in jeopardy of running the whole year without plating 8 runs specifically in a game. We are waiting to close the category up for the year. You have already secured last place in this deal. With your payroll on offense at $130 MIL in position players, that would rank you in the top 8 for team salaries alone. Your hitting has been abysmal – and an EPIC FAIL this year!

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The New York Yankees have played 123 games – and still have yet to register exactly 8 runs in any contest this year.  Why is this important?

Because the Bronx Bombers are the 30th team to complete their quest to score precisely 0 – 10 runs in 11 different variations in the MLB.

Atlanta was the 29th club to finish their mission, and they were done this at the 98 games mark – or currently 25 matches (and counting) faster than the “Pinstripers”.

Scoring 8 runs in a game was one of the tougher things to do for all other teams yes, but this Yanks lineup has doled out nearly $130 MIL in player contracts for the 2014 season on their offense alone.

The hitting has been pathetic to say the least.  Joe Girardi should win manager of the year for this team even posting a winning record thus far.

Having 4 major Starting Pitching injuries should spell doom for any club, however that hasn’t been the problem with this squad.

Acquired Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Chase Whitley, Chris Capuano have peace-mealed a solid effort for the Starting Rotation.

It has been the 1 – 9 batters that have caused this franchise to struggle this campaign.

i won’t get into this that much more – as that is saved for another blog, but this team has 39 chances left to come up with 8 runs on the nose in a game this year – or this little category of mine will be left unfinished this season.

329 other variations have been authored it is time for New York to quit messing around, and get its act together. Read the rest of this entry

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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Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions: Betting The Longshots The Only Value Left

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Well its another banner prognostication period for me.  Last time we checked on the Divisions, I had the Rays, Angels, Royals, Nationals, Dodgers and Pirates as the best value plays.

I wasn’t expecting Tampa to trade David Price at that point, so I will lose that wager.  I also lost the Bucs value pick, even though they were better odds for the most part of the 3 weeks until the losing streak started.

Overall, the Royals jumped from +800 to just +125 as they skyrocketed up the Division – and now have amassed a 2 game lead over Detroit.

The Dodgers actually had some value 3 weeks ago at -225.  Hope you put some cabbage on them, because now they are -800.

The same can be said for Baltimore, pole-vaulting from +160 – all the way to -900.  They are the biggest favorite in any AL Division.

Washington has played great baseball in the last 21 days, opening up a 6 game lead in the NL East.  They blitzed from -190, to now being -1600.  That odd is not worth wagering anymore..

Los Angeles (on AL Side) have taken over the lead in the AL West by a half game on Oakland, and are still a +125 underdog, to the A’s -150 mark.

It was still good enough to venture from +175 to +125 now, and make me a 4 – 2 prediction selector for the last 3 weeks in duration.  Let’s have it this time around.  If I don’t feel a team has a chance at the Division, i will leave them off the lists.

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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.

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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