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Who Owned Baseball July 6, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

Jon Niese shutout the Giants over 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks and earned the 3-0 decision for the Mets.

Chris Sale‘s streak of double digit strikeout games ended. But he threw a complete game victory for the White Sox letting up 6 hits, 2 runs and no walks against 6 Blue Jays strikeouts in the 4-2 final.

Howie Kendrick doubled, tripled and hit two singles, scoring twice and driving in another as the Dodgers won an ugly 10-7 game over Philadelphia.

Preston Tucker celebrated his birthday with a 4 hit day, including a double and a homer, scoring 2 and driving in 2 and leading Houston past Cleveland, 9-4.

They all owned baseball on July 6, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 5, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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STEPHEN DUNN/GETTY IMAGES

Wilmer Flores gave the Mets offense a much needed spark, going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI in the 8-0 defeat of the Dodgers.

Lance Lynn went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, an unearned run and striking out 8 Padres while getting the 3-1 decision for the Cardinals.

Kole Calhoun singled and hit a 3 run homer, driving in 4 in all, and helping the now explosive Angels offense take down the Rangers 12-2.

Erasmo Ramirez pitched 6 strong innings, allowing a 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and walked 3 Yankees in Tampa Bay’s 8-1 victory.

They all owned baseball on July 5, 2015.

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

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JIM ROGASH/GETTY IMAGES

Clay Buchholz went the distance, allowing 6 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts while walking no Houston batters giving the Red Sox a complete game 6-1 victory.

Jeff Locke threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and walking no Indians to earn the razor thin 1-0 pitchers duel for Pittsburgh.

C. J. Cron singled, doubled and homered, driving in 6 runs, helping the Angels embarrass the Rangers 13-0.

Kris Bryant homered twice and drove in 6 runs as the Cubs routed the Marlins, 7-2.

They all owned baseball on July 4, 2015.

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

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JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES

Carlos Gomez collected 3 hits including a grand slam and 5 RBI as the Brewers took a 12-1 laugher in Cincinnati.

Erick Aybar went 5 for 5, including a doubles, scoring twice and driving in another pair, leading the Angels to an 8-2 victory in Texas.

Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing a single run on a solo homer, 5 hits and walking no San Francisco batters, earning the 2-1 decision for the Nationals.

Garrett Richards went into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 hits and struck out 6 Rangers to earn the 8-2 win for the Angels.

They all owned baseball on July 3, 2015.

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

Jeff Chiu - AP

Jeff Chiu – AP

Scott Kazmir pitched 8 shutout 2 hit innings, walking no Seattle batter while striking out 7, earning a 4-0 decision for the A’s.

Alejandro De Aza singled, doubled and tripled, scoring 2 and driving in 4 as the Red Sox blew out Toronto, 12-6.

Jake Arrieta held the Mets to 5 hits, no walks and 1 run while striking out 7 over 8 innings and getting the 6-1 victory for the Cubs.

Neil Walker had a 4 hit day, including a double, while driving in 3 in the Pirates 8-4 win in Detroit.

They all owned baseball on July 2, 2015.

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

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of completing a no hitter before allowing an RBI single. He finished with 8 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 run and struck out 13 Tampa Bay batters and giving the Indians an 8-1 win.

Robinson Cano singled twice, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and led the Mariners to a 7-0 victory in San Diego.

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 solid innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 8 Minnesota batters, earning the 2-1 decision for the Reds.

Neil Walker got 4 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 3 and slugged the Pirates past the Tigers, 9-3.

They all owned baseball on July 1, 2015.

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

Matt York - AP Photo

Matt York – AP Photo

Howie Kendrick got 4 hits, including a double and a go ahead 10th inning homer to lead the Dodgers to a 6-4 win in Arizona,

Mitch Moreland reached base 3 times including a pair of homers, driving in 4, as the Rangers topped Baltimore 8-6.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and no walks while striking out 6 Braves and earning the 6-1 decision for Washington.

Mike Montgomery took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with a complete game 1 hit shutout, his second complete game shutout in a row and in only 6 career games for Seattle, blanking the Padres 5-0.

They all owned baseball on June 30, 2015.

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

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Billy Hamilton reached base 4 times, scored 3 runs and stole four bases, helping the Reds win a wild 11-7 game against Minnesota.

Mike Trout walked, stole a base, homered and made a pair of highlight catches that prevented the Yankees from scoring at least 2 runs and led the Angels to a 4-1 victory.

Cody Anderson retired the first 19 Tampa Baybatters he faced and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run on a solo shot and no walks for his first big league decision, 7-1 for Cleveland.

Manny Parra‘s 2 innings of perfect relief in the Reds 11-7 was the National League pitching highlight of the night.

They all owned baseball on June 29, 2015.

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

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KEN GOLDFIELD/NY DAILY NEWS

Steven Matz had a mind boggling major league debut. Not only did he pitch into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 runs on a pair of solo homers (including a leadoff shot) but he went 3 for 3 with a double and 4 runs batted in to get the decision and be the offensive star in the Mets 7-2 double header clinching victory over the Reds.

Matt Duffy missed the cycle by a single, which he almost got on a video reviewed play that went against him. He finished with a double, triple and homer, helping San Francisco top Colorado 6-3.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 shutout 4 hit innings, walking none and striking out 7 as the Orioles blanked the Indians 4-0 and won both games of their double header.

James McCann got 2 hits including a 9th inning walk off homer leading the Tigers to a 5-4 come from behind win against the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on June 28, 2015.

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

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

Yovani Gallardo ran his scoreless streak to 23 innings as he took a shutout into the 9th. He finished with 8 1/3 innings, no runs, 3 hits and 2 walks while getting the 4-0 win for the Rangers in Toronto.

Torii Hunter doubled and hit a pair of homers to lead the Twins past the Brewers, 5-2.

Tom Koehler out dueled Kershaw with 7 innings of 6 hit and 2 run ball while walking none getting the Marlins 3-2 decision over the Dodgers.

Matt Duffy singled, doubled and homered, scoring 3 and driving in 2 as the Giants came from behind to top the Rockies 7-5.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2015.

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

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 homers, including a grand slam, and added another single, driving in 5 as the Blue Jays stampeded over the Rangers, 12-2.

Edinson Volquez pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run, earning the 5-2 Royals win over Oakland.

Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with a double and a triple, scoring 3 and driving in another, helping the Rockies top the Giants, 8-6.

Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run and no walks, giving the Mets a much needed 2-1 win over the Reds.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2015.

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

Gene J. Puskar - AP

Gene J. Puskar – AP

Brandon Phillips singled, tripled, stole a base, made a circus throw to start a double play and hit the game winning homer in the 13th inning to lead Cincinnati to a 5-4 victory in Pittsburgh.

Jose Altuve hit a single and 2 doubles and stole a pair of bases, scoring 3 of the Astros runs in their 4-0 win over the Yankees.

Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a desperately needed win with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7 Brewers in the 2-0 final.

Dallas Keuchel wiggled out of a 9th inning jam to complete a masterful 6 hit, 1 walk shutout, striking out 12 Yankees as the Astros won 4-0.

They all owned baseball on June 25, 2015.

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

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(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Marco Estrada, partially aided by some spectacular infield defense, pitched a perfect game until there was one out in the 8th when he allowed an infield hit. He finished 8 2/3 sparkling shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, no walks while striking out 10. He would get a no decision but the Blue Jays won in Tampa Bay, 1-0.

Brett Lawrie went 3 for 5 including a grand slam to lead the red hot A’s to an 8-2 blowout against Texas.

Jimmy Nelson allowed 2 hits, including a solo homer, and 1 walk over 8 innings, earning the 4-1 decision for Milwaukee over the Mets.

Yasmany Tomas collected 4 hits, drove in a run and scored the go ahead run in the Diamondbacks come from behind 9th inning rally to top the Rockies 8-7.

They all owned baseball on June 24, 2015.

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

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Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Mike Montgomery pitched a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking no Royals batters as Seattle rolled, 7-0.

Carlos Correa singled, doubled, homered, scored 3 times, drove in 4 and provided sparkling defense, helping Houston crush the Angels, 13-3.

Jason Hammel pitched a shutout into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He got a no decision but the Cubs walked off against the Dodgers, 1-0.

Nolan Arenado homered twice, driving in 4, helping the Rockies top the Diamondacks 10-5.

They all owned baseball on June 23, 2015.

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

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Brad Penner – USA Today Sports

Maikel Franco got  4 hits including 2 homers and drove in 5 runs to help the Phillies top the Yankees 11-8.

Albert Pujols homered twice and walked, driving in 3 runs as the Angels snuck past Houston 4-3.

Travis Wood came out of the bullpen to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4, earning the 4-2 decision for the Cubs over Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Hector Santiago threw 6 solid innings with 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. The bullpen blew his lead but the Angels would go on to beat the Astros 4-3.

They all owned baseball on June 22, 2015.

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

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Anthony Gruppuso USA TODAY Sports

J. D. Martinez crushed 3 homers, driving in 6 runs as the Tigers rolled against the Yankees, 12-4.

Yasmani Grandal got 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to help the Dodgers avoid a sweep and crush the Giants 10-2.

Scott Kazmir pitched a shutout into the 8th, giving the A’s 7 1/3 innings allowing a single run in a tense 3-2 win against the Angels.

Jake Arrieta threw a complete game 4 hit shutout with no walks and 7 strikeouts, leading the Cubs past the Twins 8-0.

They all owned baseball on June 21, 2015.

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

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Rob Carr, Getty Images

Max Scherzer came within one pitch of a perfect game, finishing with the second no hitter for the Nationals since moving from Montreal. He struckout 10 Pirates and walked none, hitting Tabata with 2 strikes and 2 out.

Randal Grichuk doubled and homered twice, driving in 4 as the Cardinals steam rolled the Phillies, 10-1.

Jesse Hahn pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 1 run, 4 hits and 4 strikeouts getting the 4-1 decision over the Angels in Oakland.

Alex Rodriguez continued his magical weekend by driving in 5 runs, getting on base 3 times and homering in the Yankees 14-3 drubbing of the Tigers.

They all owned baseball on June 20, 2015.

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

Mark J. Terrill - AP

Mark J. Terrill – AP

Buster Posey reached base 4 times, stole a base and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Giants slugged past the rival Dodgers 9-5.

Albert Pujols doubled and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Angels stunned the A’s with a wild 12-7 come from behind victory.

Joe Ross stopped the red hot Pirates with 7 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run and 1 walk while striking out 11, earning the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Phil Hughes pitched 8 innings allowing 2 hits, one being a solo homer, and won the 7-2 game for the Twins over the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on June 19, 2015.

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

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Christian Petersen / Getty Images

C. J. Wilson threw 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 9 and walking no Arizona batters for an Angels 7-1 win.

Zack Greinke pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 8, 4 hits and no walks. He did not get the decision but the Dodgers got the 1-0 balk off win.

Preston Tucker doubled and homered, driving in 3 helping the Astros top Colorado 8-4.

Ryan Howard got 2 hits, including a 2 run homer that drove in all the Phillies runs, and made a diving stop in a 2-1 victory over Baltimore.

They all owned baseball on June 18, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball June 17, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Billy Butler went 4 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI in Oakland’s 16-2 thrashing of the Padres on Pride Night.

Todd Frazier homered twice including a walk off grand slam in the 13th inning, leading the Reds past Detroit 8-4.

Felix Hernandez out dueled Bumgarner with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks as the Mariners snuck past San Francisco, 2-0.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched 7 shutout innings, holding the Indians to 4 hits and 2 walks and earned the decision in the 17-0 Cubs blowout.

They all owned baseball on June 17, 2015.

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The Oakland A’s Payroll In 2015 + Going Forward: Beane Counting

The A's GM has done a masterful job putting together a World Series worthy rotation without breaking the bank to do it. Even for the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) and Samardija (about the same in Arbitration), the Bullpen doesn't make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A's payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015, and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success. The Oakland GM knows how to turnover a roster, developing a young nucleus for 3 year intervals. The A's have made the playoffs three straight years - but struggled down the stretch in 2014 - before dropping the Wild Card in spectacular fashion, after holding a 7 - 3 in the 8th inning.     The A's GM has done a masterful job putting together a World Series worthy rotation without breaking the bank to do it. Even for the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) the Bullpen doesn't make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A's payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015, and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success. The Oakland GM knows how to turnover a roster, developing a young nucleus for 3 year intervals. The A's have made the playoffs three straight years - but struggled down the stretch in 2014 - before dropping the Wild Card in spectacular fashion, after holding a 7 - 3 in the 8th inning.

For the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) the Bullpen doesn’t make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A’s payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015 (down about $10 MIL from 2014), and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success.

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MoneyBall 1..MoneyBall 2… So we all have seen the movie or at least read the book – or heard about somebody referencing it all the time on the Baseball airwaves.  Beane does it a different way, and he keeps the rest of the landscape second guessing.

This website has been one of the frontrunners of dissecting his moves over the last few years, and have accurately predicted a lot of what would happen with the terms of the club.

As much as the MLB Reports has loved the movements the team has done, we have not picked them to advance in the postseason in any prognostications, but we have continuously marveled on how the GM keeps wheeling and dealing.

Chuck Booth likened him to a “Baseball Rounder”, using a nice analogy from the world of poker.

The A’s GM is the best at creating value to his team but exercising all of the freebies in the league, coupled with knowing how to maneuver when the time is right.

Trading Josh Donaldson may come back to haunt him, but he did receive a plethora of young talented throwers, and perhaps Brett Lawrie will emerge into his talent after all.

Being a “Baseball Rounder” is being the smartest guy in the room, and knowing your opponents moves before even they do.

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MLB Power Rankings March 2015

Once again, the National League is very top heavy. with the Nationals, Dodgers and Cards reeling in 3 of the first 4 rankings spots.

Once again, the National League is very top-heavy. with the Nationals, Dodgers and Cards reeling in 3 of the first 5 rankings spots.  The American League has more parity in the league this year. and could feature several new entrants into postseason play.  This includes the two longest playoff drought teams in the Toronto Blue Jays (the last team to make the playoffs since the Strike/Lockout in 1994 and 1995 – and the M’s haven’t since their 116 win campaign in 2001. The Marlins own the longest such dry spell in the NL<- with their last playoff berth coming in their 2003 World Series win.  You also have many young franchises like the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins having several of their young studs coming into the fold, and teams like the Rangers trying to be relevant again following a league record for DL Stints in 2014.  This will mean there are no easy wins on the J’unior Circuit’ this campaign.

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1.  Washington Nationals – This team is so far above the rest of the MLB, they should be everyones unanimous pick to win the best record in the MLB.  Their Division is weaker the NL West, and the teams in the NL Central are a lot closer in parity.

2.  LA Dodgers – Too many changes will take the club time to gel.  Emphasis on Joc Pederson to do well may be too much to ask.  Not enough is being said about the club losing the offense of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. Any club with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as their top 2 starting pitchers will never be to far from the top ranking.

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2015 Regular Season Win Over/Unders In The MLB + Best Bets

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season?  We have selected our top 10.

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season? We have selected our top 10.

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Over/Unders for the year, based on odds given by http://www.bovada.com sports book

Arizona – 71.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I gotta go with the under.  San Diego, LA and SF are all much better, and even Colorado is tough on the road. Like them at just around 70 wins.  Is a rebuilding year, and they might fetch a heavy ransom if Mark Trumbo can have a bounce back 1st half.  2016 maybe the year the can contend again.

Atlanta – 73.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I like the over on this one big time.  This club lost a ton of offense, yet I like their run prevention more than ever.  Shelby Miller was a great acquisition, and they still have a nasty Bullpen.  I am not as bullish on the rest of the NL East as a lot of clubs are too.  Wouldn’t call this a best bet, however, like them to win 75 – 77 games. Read the rest of this entry

Dear Santa: All AL Teams 2015 Wish List (By The Fans)

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Okay, so it is time to ask old Saint Nick, for some help for teams in the MLB to have their wishes come true.

New York Yankees:

Can someone please knock some sense into the brass in the Bronx to realize they are the friggin Yanks?  Since we can’t bring the “Boss” back to kick some ass, maybe a losing season would force the team to pilfer the payroll, and believe it or not, if Cashman behaves himself before Spring Training, the club could get under the Luxury Tax Threshold this year with a few Trade Deals, and go an attack the 2016 Free Agent core of Jason Heyward, Jordan Zimmermann, David Price and Johnny Cueto

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Would it be too much to ask if the team could just release Alex Rodriguez?  There is no way he should hit his 660th HR in Pinstripes.  Release him before that day, or way prior, and don’t pay him that dumb $6 MIL Bonus.  He ain’t worth it.  Also don’t want him passing Lou Gehrig for the RBI list ALL – Time in a New York uniform either. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2015 World Series (CWS Best Value Currently)

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We are back from an extended period of not writing articles here at the MLB Reports to weigh in on the World Series Odds for next campaign.

As we did last year, we will update this as a weekly segment for the next 10 months until the winner is crowned.

I can tell you right now, the favorites based on so-called “winning the offseason” hardly ever pay off.  If that were the case, the Yankees would have been crowned last year, with spending $503 MIL on 10 Free Agents, or also the Rangers would have been second with bringing in Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo.

The odds doled out for free wheeling Padres and Cubs are my top two picks to stay clear of wagering with the value currently constituted.  There are two teams in a similar view, not given enough credit.

The White Sox are looking decent in the AL Central, and play in the fairest of the Division in the American League, boast a 1 – 2 that can battle you with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija, while inking Free Agents Adam LaRoche and David Robertson gives the team nice depth all around,

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With V – Mart’s 4 YR Deal For $68 MIL, The Market Threshold Is Set For Nelson Cruz

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera.  Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle.  V-Mart's 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.379/.486 - with 56 HR and 283 RBI in 1656 AB for the squad.  2014 is the last year of the 35 year old's 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal, and he will be on the open market after this campaign.  This was another good reason to bring in David Price by trade to win the elusive World Series.  There is no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond.

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera. Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle. V-Mart’s 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.381/.487 – with 58 HR and 289 RBI in 1706 AB for the squad. 2014 was the last year of the 35 year old’s 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal.  There was no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond because of the chance they would move Cabrera to DH in a few years.  However, the “Motown Boys” will have the best Designated Hitter in the game right now, back in the fold for the next 4 campaigns.  The one person who may not like the $ portion of the contract is Nelson Cruz, who is seeking a deal of 5 years at above the dollars per year V-Mart just reeled in.

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Yesterday Victor Martinez finalized re-signing with the Detroit Tigers for 4 YRs/$68 MIL.  This both was a great deal for the “Motown Boys” and also set a likely threshold for Free Agent DH slugger Nelson Cruz.

The Orioles DH/OF must not be happy with the amount of cash that V-Mart signed with, because there is no way he should reach that stratosphere.

2014 Stats

Victor Martinez (35):  .335/.409/.565, with 32 HRs 103 RBI and only 42 SO in 561 AB.

Nelson Cruz  (34):  .271/.333/.525, with 40 HRs 108 RBI and 140 SO in 613 AB.

 

Career

Martinez:  .306/.373/.475

Cruz:  .268/.328/.501 Read the rest of this entry

Baseball News Of The Week, Baseball News Of The Weak, Baseball News That Wreaks

Joe Maddon signing with the Cubs to skipper the club for the next 5 years is the biggest story of the hotstove so far.  He is also the clubhouse leader of adult beverages bought, although we will still give the consumed adult beverage lead to Madison Bumgarner

Joe Maddon signing with the Cubs to skipper the club for the next 5 years/at $5 MIL per annum is the biggest story of the hotstove season so far. He is also the clubhouse leader of adult beverages bought, although we will still give the consumed adult beverage lead to Madison Bumgarner.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Welcome to the new offseason segment.  I will try to do this once again.  It has been a slower winter than the previous two years, however it is starting to pick up.

Anybody miss the live action yet?  Yes there is still the Japan exhibition series and the Arizona Fall League,  but for the people like myself, I live and die for the major league action.

I would much rather watch Major League Baseball any day of the week.  It is not that I begrudge anyone for attending Minor League attendance, heck in some campaigns, the Minor Leagues have outdrawn the MLB.

This will be sort of like the good, the bad and the ugly from (insert show here). Read the rest of this entry

Why The Royals Can’t Sit Back After 2014: KC State Of The Union For 2015

Kansas City finally lived up to their expectations, and far exceeded beyond that, being just one swing away from calling themselves World Championships.  With the success the team had, it also creates payraises, roster turnover, and tough decisions from the brass on who to replace the outgoing cast.  Dayton Moore must be aggressive with some of the changes, and realize this core group of players have about a 2 - 3 year window to win before everyone becomes too expensive.  The time to strike is still now!

Kansas City finally lived up to their expectations, and far exceeded beyond that, being just one swing away from calling themselves World Championships. With the success the team had, it also creates pay raises, roster turnover, and tough decisions from the brass on who to replace the outgoing cast. Dayton Moore must be aggressive with some of the changes, and realize this core group of players have about a 2 – 3 year window to win before everyone becomes too expensive. The time to strike is still now!

Why The Royals Can’t Sit Back After 2014 AL Pennant

Jordan Gluck (Featured Writer): 

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First congrats to the San Fransisco Giants organization for winning a 3rd championship in 5 years!

Now for the losers who captured Americas heart, and why the Royals can’t sit back and do nothing all offseason.

Frequently after a team wins a championship (for almost any sport) and has that breakthrough season that team tends to try and retain its team from last year while making no additions.

Save for LeBrons Miami heat we haven’t had a team repeat in any sport since the 2004 Patriots and not in baseball since the 2000 Yankees.

Lets not forget that while the Royals did eventually get to game 7 of the World Series they barely got the wild card clinching the spot a couple games above the Mariners and winning that game late.

Here are recent examples of Championship teams who really made very few additions and flopped or performed less than expected the next year.

The 2013 Red Sox who basically retained the same team and suffered from injuries and substandard performance from players like Clay Buchholz and David Ortiz.

The biggest example might be the 2010 and 2012 San Francisco Giants who just retained their teams while making no additions and ended up making frantic moves such as trading for Carlos Beltran at the deadline to fill the holes.

They missed the 2011 and 2013 postseasons. When they made changes such as trading for Hunter Pence and signing Mike Morse they ended up winning it all again. Read the rest of this entry

Based On The World Series Odds Today – Bet The Royals To Win

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

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We said it before the World Series started, if you were going to bet KC for the “Fall Classic” wait until after Game 1, when a loss to Madison Bumgarner was well within the realm.

The Royals jumped from a -120 favorite, to a +170 underdog on the completion of last night’s game.  Clearly the website is working out formula’s without human’s listing the odds before this series began.

It still baffles me how the Giants weren’t favored to win this series to begin with.

Having said this, the time to bet the American League Champions is right now if you were going to bet them at all.  I still believe the Giants will win the series, however the odd has jumped so far in their favor, it doesn’t have enough value to throw some cabbage down on.

Tonight’s matchup (Jake Peavy +106 @ Yordano Ventura -116) favors Kansas City slightly.  But it is more than that.

The young flamethrowing rookie (Ventura) has great hit and miss stuff, and has never faced the Giants lineup, this ultimately is in Ned Yost squad’s favor.

Peavy on the other hand, spent numerous years and season series opposing the Royals as a member of the Chicago White Sox formerly.  He has struggled mightily, owning a 5 – 7 record, with a 4.97 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 14 game starts against Kansas City lifetime.  

Billy Butler has had a field day on the RHP.  Hitting .500 with 3 HRs for his career versus the former Red Sox champ. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (Kansas City Vs San Francisco) + Prediction Time

Kansas City is making the most of their 1st playoff appearance since winning the World Series in 1985.  The club has won 8 straight games over 3 series, and have shown they have power in their lumbering, homering in most of their games.  They have a slight advantage with their Relief Core, and must amp up their speed game again versus the Giants in order to win the 2014 Fall Classic.  KC has home field advantage with the AL having won the ALL - Star Game.  I personally think this is a hinderance, based on the way the team plays on the road.  Whatever I feel, the oddsmakers have listed them as the Favorite.

Kansas City is making the most of their 1st playoff appearance since winning the World Series in 1985. The club has won 8 straight games over 3 series, and have shown they have power in their lumber, homering in most of their games. They have a slight advantage with their Relief Core, and must amp up their speed game again versus the Giants in order to win the 2014 Fall Classic. KC has home field advantage with the AL having won the ALL – Star Game. I personally think this is a hinderance, based on the way the team plays on the road. Whatever I feel, the oddsmakers have listed them as the Favorite.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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I awoke this morning to a text stating that the Giants were the longshots in the MLB World Series this year at +100 when I placed my wager.

Kansas City was a -120 Favorite in the early morning Friday.

I exclaimed ‘yes’ because I was hoping for a nice odd for the NLCS Champs.

Chuck Booth and I stand to win $1477.50 on KC to win the World Series based on a $20 (50/1 Bet) and a $6 (80/1 Bet).

San Francisco was also the subject of my 1st bet on the Fall Classic to start the year.  It was a 25/1 Odd back in January of this year, and we threw down $14 each.

Now since we could win $1477 on the Royals, and just $389 on the Giants, came the hedge bet for $500 on SF at Even money.

So we can win $1389.00 each on the Giants, and now $1477 still on KC.

The difference being, that we only had to wager $25 aggregate on the ALCS Champs.

The bet assures us of over $1000 each profit for the year.

Already, since the morning line, the odds have shifted to SF -105, to KC -115.   I am not surprised, as the Sharps have spoken. 

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