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Who Owned Baseball May 4, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

R. A Dickey kept Toronto in the game with 8 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and just 1 run. He got the decision as the Blue Jays came back against the Yankees , 3-1.

Madison Bumgarner threw a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 Padres for the 2-0 win in San Francisco.

Jordan Schafer reached base 4 times, doubled, scored 2 and drove in 2 as the Twins came from behind to beat Oakland, 8-7.

Hector Gomez became the first batter to ever triple and homer off of Clayton Kershaw in the same game, sparking lowly Milwaukee’s shocking come from behind, 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on May 4, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 3, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Tony Avelar - AP

Tony Avelar – AP

Tim Lincecum not only gave the Giants 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, walking only one batter and earning the 5-0 decision over the Angels, but he got on base 3 times with a walk and 2 hits.

Justin Upton homered and hit a pair of doubles, driving in 3 and scoring twice, helping the Padres win an 8-6 slugfest against the Rockies.

Sonny Gray pitched shutout ball into the 7th, allowing only 2 hits while striking out 10 and got credit for the 7-1 A’s win in Texas.

Evan Gattis hit 2 homers and drove in 4. The second homer put the Astros up for good, 7-6, as they topped Seattle and pushed their winning streak to 10 games.

They all owned baseball on May 3, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 2, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES

ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES

David Price threw a 2-1 complete game Tigers victory against the rival Kansas City Royals, allowing just 5 hits, 1 run and walked none.

Kyle Blanks got 4 hits, including a double and a homer, scored twice and drove in three to help the Rangers beat the A’s 8-7 in 10.

Tim Hudson pitched into the 9th, finishing with 8 plus innings, 2 hits and 3 runs, leading the Giants to a dramatic 5-4 win over the Angels.

Jean Segura got 4 hits, including a triple, stole a base, drove in a pair and scored, helping Milwaukee top the Cubs, 6-1.

They all owned baseball on May 2, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 1, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

Alan Diaz - AP

Alan Diaz – AP

Marcell Ozuna reached base 5 times, getting 3 doubles and driving home the winning run with a walk off hit as the Marlins topped Philadelphia 4-3.

Jon Lester earned his first Cubs victory with 7 shutout frames, allowing 3 hits and sneaking past Milwaukee, 1-0.

Michael Brantley got 2 hits, including a go ahead 2 run homer, to help the Indians win 9-4 against Toronto.

Kyle Gibson threw 8 shutout four hit innings, walking 1 White Sox batter and winning the 1-0 pitchers duel in Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on April 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 30, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Marcio Jose Sanchez  - AP

Marcio Jose Sanchez – AP

Mike Trout reached base 4 times, doubled, scored a pair, stole a base and made a dramatic leaping bases loaded 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th game saving catch to ice the Angels 6-5 win in Oakland.

Danny Duffy pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and 2 walks while striking out 7 Detroit batters, earning the inter division victory for the Royals, 8-1.

Matt Adams went 3-5 with a homer and 3 RBI, helping the Cardinals slug the Phillies, 9-3.

Mike Leake threw 8 shutout frames, allowing just 2 hits as the Reds topped Atlanta, 5-1.

They all owned baseball on April 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 29, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

DENIS POROY - GETTY IMAGES

DENIS POROY – GETTY IMAGES

Dallas Keuchel dominated the Padres for 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits, no walks and 1 run as the Astros won 7-2.

Miguel Cabrera doubled and hit a pair of homers, driving in 4 and leading the Tigers to a 10-7 win over Minnesota.

Josh Collmenter pitched 8 innings, letting up 5 hits, 1 unearned run and no walks, getting the 8-1 decision for Arizona over Colorado.

Ryan Braun got 3 hits including a solo homer and a grand slam, helping the Brewers beat the Reds 8-3.

 

They all owned baseball on April 29, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 28, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

LENNY IGNELZI/AP

LENNY IGNELZI/AP

Jose Altuve went 4-6 with 2 doubles, an RBI 2 runs scored and a stolen base, leading the Astros to a 14-3 laugher in San Diego.

Sonny Gray went 8 innings, giving up just 2 runs and won his third game for the A’s in 2015, 6-2 over the Angels.

Dan Uggla got three hits including a triple and a dramatic 3 run 9th inning come from behind homer that capped Washington’s mind boggling 13-12 comeback in Atlanta.

Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants 8 terrific innings, striking out 9, walking one and allowing a single run, beating the Dodgers in a tense 2-1 pitchers duel.

They all owned baseball on April 28, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 27, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

VICTOR DECOLONGON - GETTY IMAGES

VICTOR DECOLONGON – GETTY IMAGES

Joc Pederson homered, doubled, walked, scored twice, drove in 2 and saved a run with a highlight reel catch as the Dodgers beat their rival Giants, 8-3.

Jose Iglesias singled, tripled and homered, helping the Tigers jump out to a big lead which they held on to, 5-4, in Minnesota.

Jason Hammel pitched 8 shutout innings, walking none, and allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7 Pirates batters, earning the 4-0 decision for the Cubs.

Taijuan Walker pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just an unearned run, 6 hits and one walk, winning the 3-1 game for the Mariners in Texas.

They all owned baseball on April 27 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 26, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Chris Archer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7, earning the 5-1 decision and completing the Rays sweep of Toronto.

Miguel Cabrera went 3-4 with a homer and a sacrifice fly, driving in 3 runs and scoring a pair as Detroit beat Cleveland, 8-6.

Francisco Liriano threw shutout ball into the 7th, allowing 2 hits while striking out 7. His Pirates rolled over Arizona, 8-0.

Derek Norris doubled and homered, driving in a pair, leading the Padres past the Dodgers, 3-1.

They all owned baseball on April 26, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 25, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

Matt Harvey nearly went the distance, pitching 8 2/3 dominant innings, allowing just 5 hits, 2 runs and 2 walks while striking out 7 Yankees and giving the Mets an 8-2 victory.

Angel Pagan collected 4 hits, including a double and a key single in the Giants game winning 11th inning rally as they topped Colorado 5-4.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs and 1 walk. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Orioles would come back to win, 5-4 in 10 against the Red Sox.

Jimmy Paredes hit 2 singles, a double, a homer, driving in 2 and scoring 2, helping set up the Orioles come from behind 10th inning walk off win, 5-4 against Boston.

They all owned baseball on April 25, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 24, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

Mark Teixeira homered twice, driving in 4 runs and helped the Yankees stop the Mets winning streak, 6-1 in the Bronx.

Dallas Keuchel gave the Astros 9 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks. The Astros bats were silent and the game went into extra innings. The Astros would hold on after a wild 10th and 11th inning game them a 5-4 win in Oakland.

Anthony Rizzo reached base 4 times, doubled, hit a game tying 2 run homer and scored a pair, including the go ahead run in the 11th as the Cubs topped the Reds, 7-3.

Aaron Harang held Atlanta hitless into the 5th and pitched 8 shutout innings, surrendering just 2 hits and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Phillies walked off 1-0 winners over the Braves.

 

They all owned baseball on April 24, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 23, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the board early with a 3 run double and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the 7th to extend their winning streak to 10 with a 6-3 final over Atlanta.

David Phelps gave the Marlins a much needed with with 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks and got the 9-1 decision in Philadelphia.

Jacoby Ellsbury hustled to force a double, reached base two other times, stole a base and scored both Yankee runs to win a tight 2-1 victory in Detroit.

Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees another good outing, pitching into the 7th, keeping the mighty Tiger bats to only 3 hits and 1 run over 6 1/3 innings. He did not get the decision but the Yankees prevailed, 2-1.

 

They all owned baseball on April 23, 2015.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 23, 2015

ESPN.com

ESPN.com

Chris Rock gave a hilarious if depressing rant about the lack of interest of African Americans on baseball. And along the way made some interesting observations about nostalgia.

I can’t speak for being African American. But I can say that baseball needs to build on a solid foundation to open its appeal and maybe not be so afraid to have fun.

I recounted and it is episode 912 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

Johnny Cueto, Sonny Gray, Kolten Wong, Devon Travis, Jimmy Nelson, Roberto Hernandez, A.J. Pierzynski and Dustin Pedroia  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
Here is Chris Rock’s Rant from HBO Sports.

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Who Owned Baseball April 22, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

MORRY GASH/AP

MORRY GASH/AP

Johnny Cueto threw 8 dominant innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 walks and 1 run. He got the 2-1 decision for the Reds in Milwaukee.

Sonny Gray stopped an Angels lineup that the night before bombarded Oakland. He went 7 innings, giving up 2 hits while striking out 7 as the A’s rolled 9-2.

Kolten Wong singled, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and provided some highlight reel defense, helping the Cardinals take a wild 7-5 game in Washington.

Devon Travis hit a 2 run homer to give the Blue Jays the lead for good and added a second hit in a 4-2 win over Baltimore.

 

They all owned baseball on April 22, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 21, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Cozart went 3-5 with a pair of homers, a stolen base and 3 RBI and 3 runs scored in the wild 16-10 slugfest Reds victory in Milwaukee.

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the tense 13-6 Blue Jays win over Baltimore.

Jonathon Niese pitched into the 7th, allowing 1 run on a solo homer and just 3 other hits, helping the Mets to their 9th straight win in a 7-1 blow out of the Braves.

Hector Santiago pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 8, earning the 14-1 decision for the Angels over their division rival A’s.

They all owned baseball on April 21, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 20, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Elaine Thompson - AP

Elaine Thompson – AP

Luis Valbuena hit a pair of homers, driving in 3, including a go ahead shot in the 8th leading the Astros to a 7-5 win in Seattle.

Matt Kemp led a torrid San Diego attack with 3 hits, including a double, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI in a 14-3 laugher in Colorado.

Alfredo Simon pitched into the 8th inning, striking out 7, walking none and allowing a single run, winning a 2-1 pitchers duel over the Yankees in Detroit.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, earning the 6-1 decision for the Reds over Milwaukee.

They all owned baseball on April 20, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 19, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGESSte

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 8th, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Phillies in 7 1/3 innings. He warned the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Scott Van Slyke led the red hot Dodgers to a 7-0 drubbing of the Rockies with a pair of doubles and a homer, driving in 3 and scoring a pair.

Shane Greene gave the Tigers another solid start, going 7 innings, allowing just 1 run and improving his record to 3-0 in a 9-1 blowout of the White Sox.

Nelson Cruz got three hits, including a pair of homers and a walk off single, driving in 5 runs as the Mariners erased a 10-5 hole and walked off 11-10 winners over Texas.

They all owned baseball on April 19, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 18, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

Josh Donaldson reached base 4 times and launched a walk off 10th inning homer that sealed Toronto’s 6-5 win over Atlanta.

Felix Hernandez pitched 7 solid innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 run while striking out 12 Rangers and earning the 3-1 decision in Seattle.

Odubel Herrera reached base 4 times, doubled, scored twice, drove in a run and stole 2 bases as the Phillies won in Washington, 5-3.

Chris Heston pitched into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3 and allowing 5 hits and 1 run on a solo homer, earning a much needed 4-1 win for the defending champion Giants over Arizona.

They all owned baseball on April 18, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 16, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

TOM  SZCZERBOWSKI - GETTY IMAGES

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI – GETTY IMAGES

Chris Archer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 11 as the Rays stopped Toronto, 4-2.

John Lackey kept the Brewers scoreless for 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking just one, earning the 4-0 decision in St. Louis.

Kurt Suzuki went 2-4 with a homer and 2 runs batted in, helping the Twins win the game 8-5 and take the series from Kansas City.

Lucas Duda collected 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in the eventual winning run in the 7th as the Mets snuck past Miami, 7-5.

They all owned baseball on April 16, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 15, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Jared Wickerham - Getty Images

Jared Wickerham – Getty Images

Alfredo Simon helped continue the dominant start by Detroit with 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, walking none and getting the 1-0 decision in Pittsburgh.

Devon Travis went 3-4 with a double and a homer, driving in a pair as the Blue Jays rolled over Tampa Bay, 12-7.

Travis Wood threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 7 Reds and allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks, earning the 5-0 win for the Cubs.

Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-3 with a homers and a sacrifice fly, driving in 3 and scoring 2 for the Marlins 6-2 victory in Atlanta.

They all owned baseball on April 15, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES

KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES

Giancarlo Stanton reached base 5 times, doubled, scored twice and drove in 4 as the Marlins cruised to an 8-2 final in Atlanta.

Anthony DeSclafani threw 7 shutout innings, letting up only 2 hits and 2 walks while getting the 3-2 win for the Reds over the Cubs.

Steven Souza, Jr. went 3-5 with a homer and scored the go ahead run in 8th as Tampa Bay topped Toronto, 3-2.

Shane Greene pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and walking none, earning the 2-0 decision for Detroit in Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on April 14, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 13, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Photo – Matt Stone, Boston Herald

Mookie Betts reached base 3 times, homered, stole two bases on the same play, drove in 4 and stole a homer, leading the Red Sox to a 9-4 victory in their home opener against Washington.

Jake Odorizzi allowed just 2 hits and 1 run over 8 innings, earning the 2-1 decision for the Rays over Toronto.

Jorge Soler went 3-5 with two homers, including a game tying shit, driving in 4 and scoring 3 runs including the game winner in the 7-6 extra inning triumph for the Cubs over Cincinnati.

Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball into the 7th, finishing with 6 1/3 scoreless frames as the Mets topped Philadelphia, 2-0.

They all owned baseball on April 13, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 12, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Mark Duncan - AP

Mark Duncan – AP

Miguel Cabrera missed the cycle by a triple, reaching base 5 times, homering twice, scoring 3 and driving in 4 as the Tigers out slugged Cleveland, 8-5.

Nathan Karns pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 earned run and earned the 8-5 Rays victory in Miami.

Andrew McCutchen hit a come from behind 3 run homer to give Pittsburgh the lead in the 6th. He added an RBI single in the 9th and helped top Milwaukee 10-2.

Zack Greinke threw 7 shutout innings, letting up just 5 hits and no walks while striking out 7. He won the 7-4 game for the Dodgers in Arizona.

They all owned baseball on April 12, 2015.

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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
Under 10½ Wins -135 Read the rest of this entry

The 2nd Wild Card Team In The NL For 2015 Could Be Right Near .500

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015.  With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015. With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may see a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.  The AL is not as big with the dominant clubs, and as such will have many teams hover around 90 wins that make the postseason.  With the AL winning the Interleague matchup for 10 years consecutive, you also have to factor in a few more W’s per team.

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With all due respect to the rest of the Senior Circuit clubs, the Nationals and Dodgers are heads above the rest of the league.  I am also throwing in stalwart franchise St. Louis and Pittsburgh (94 wins and 88 wins in the last 2 years) as other teams that should lock down the NL Central and the other 1 to win the 1st Wild Card – to round out the top 4 seeds in the NL.

Then there are the rest of the clubs.

From the surface odds wise, the gambling pundits are saying the Padres and Giants would be next on the list for wins, followed by the Mets, Cubs and Marlins.

Just below those last 5 teams, you have the fight for competing coming from Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and finally the teams most thought to struggle this campaign are the Rockies, D’Backs and the Phillies.

I believe Washington is going to run away from the rest of the league – and near 100 victories. The Dodgers while not as talented as they have been the last few seasons, should not have a problem topping 90 wins again with their Starting Rotation being so strong.

The Pirates did lose Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, but you have to think bringing A.J. Burnett back replaces Volquez, and the internal improvements from Gregory Polanco, and a return to power from Pedro Alvarez should be enough to compensate for that.

When it comes down to my final prognostication for the Division, I may just jot the Bucs down to win the Division.  Josh Harrison and Neil Walker at 3B and 2B, and if they receive anything from their Starting Catcher and Shortstop then look the hell out.

Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte also help Polanco round out the Outfield, and I think by the end of the year, they will be pronounced the best trio of players beyond the Infield, rather than the Marlins or Padres. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews Indians OF Michael Bourn

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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan/writer/reporter.  Recently last summer, she was able to interview Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Interviewing MLB Athletes is nothing new for our Junior Reporter.  Over the last few years, Haley has interviewed Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Cody Ross, Barry Enright, Justin Turner, Casey Janssen and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.

The MLB Reports is very happy with the hard work and dedication Haley puts forth for her interviews.  She has a great future in the business!

The MLB’ers like Haley because she doesn’t ask cookie cutter questions.  She asks them to delve into their own personal lives, and for this, she is able to crack up these guys from their usual monotanous answers. Read the rest of this entry

Stanton’s Deal Will Set Off A Collective Groan For Small To Mid Market Clubs

Giancarlo Stanton;s new 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL has got to be a red flag for other small to mid market franchises who are looking to extend their own talent.  Everything is a cumulative effect on another when a deal like this goes down.  Many teams are going to be asked to grant contracts of more than 10 plus years, and for ridiculous sums of money.

Giancarlo Stanton’s new 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL has got to be a red flag for other small to mid market franchises who are looking to extend their own talent. Everything is a cumulative effect on another when a deal like this goes down. Many teams are going to be asked to grant contracts of more than 10 plus years, and for ridiculous sums of money.

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Giancarlo Stanton signing his whopper of a deal has to be shaking the foundation of all but the many low to mid level market’s boots.  He just raised the bar on what young franchise players will make in terms of years and dollars,  Not good.

Arizona you better thank the lord you inked Paul Goldschmidt before he took off in his career,.  The same can be said for Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh and Chris Sale in Chicago.  All among the better valued deals in the game right now.

These 3 would all enter in the top 25 contracts of ALL – Time if they were Free Agents on the open market presently…. Meaning at least $135 MIL for a deal in the 6 to 7 year window. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates… Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers… Mike Trout of the Angels… Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.

They all owned baseball in 2014.

After a full year of checking each game and determining which player owned the game for that day, there were 4 winners.

McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman by a 9 to 7 1/2 final.

Kershaw had the highest overall WOB total, 14 1/2, topping Johnny Cueto‘s 11.

The American League races were razor thin.

Trout beat Oakland’s Josh Donaldson by a final of 9 1/2 to 9. Meanwhile King Felix squeaked past Corey Kluber of the Indians 11 to 10 1/2 (with Chris Sale close by at 9)

If I turned in a ballot with McCutchen winning NL MVP, Kershaw winning NL Cy Young, Trout winning AL MVP and Hernandez winning the AL Cy Young, could anyone protest?

Sure I could make valid arguments for Giancarlo Stanton winning the NL MVP. (His WOB total was a surprisingly low 4.) And of course Kluber and Hernandez is basically a coin toss right now. But the above ballot would certainly be acceptable.

WOB works. Adding the 1/2 WOB dynamic made it more accurate than last year.

Thanks for following it for the year. For the post season, I will have new tallies for “Who Owned October?” (WOO) and “Who Owned the World Series?” (WOWS.)

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 28, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + FINAL 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no hitter in Washington Nationals history (and the franchise’s first since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game for the Expos in 1991). He allowed only 1 walk while striking out 10 Miami hitters en route to his 1-0 masterpiece.

Sonny Gray provided relief for 2 months of Oakland frustration with a post season clinching 6 hit complete game shutout of the Rangers, striking out 5 and walking none.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Cubs win against Milwaukee 5-2.

Ian Kinsler homered, hit an RBI single and added another hit to lead the Tigers to the Division Title with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on Sept 28, 2014.

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 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Eduardo Escobar got 4 hits, including a 3 run homer, and drove in 6 runs, helping the Twins spoil the Tigers hopes of clinching with a 12-3 blow out.

Mark Trumbo got on base 3 times and drove in 4, including a tie breaking 3 run homer in the 7th that was the difference in Arizona’s 5-2 win against the Cardinals.

John Danks gave the White Sox 7 strong innings, scattering 5 hits and allowing just 2 runs, earning the 5-4 decision over Kansas City.

Wily Peralta finished his season with 17 wins following his 7 innings, 1 run and 13 strikeout performance against the Cubs for a 2-1 final.

 

They all owned baseball on Sept 27, 2014.

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