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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Adrian Beltre, August 3, 2015 )

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Adrian Beltre with the Tri Cycle.

The Rangers third baseman, who is quietly assembling a Hall of Fame resume, joined Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Long John Reilly in the exclusive “Three Cycles in a Career” club.

OK, it isn’t quite Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays… but it is kind of cool.

Bad news for Shin-Soo Choo who didn’t even last 3 weeks on this list!

Meanwhile Beltre is on here twice as the most recent cycle for the Rangers and the Mariners.

 

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Cole Hamels, July 25, 2015)

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If this is Cole Hamels final game with the Phillies, what a way to go!

The Phillies should take advantage and trade Hamels RIGHT NOW before anyone thinks he has any arm issues. Getting an ace fresh off of a no hitter?

I think he is in good shape.

This is also the first no hitter thrown against the Cubs since Sandy Koufax in 1965. A cool fact but the end of a Twitter account called @CubsNoHitStreak which reminded the world of their ability to break up no nos in every game since.

Alas, it is no more.

A few more thoughts… Cole Hamels has started more no hitters since September 1, 2014 than the Padres and Mets have had in their history combined.

But his last no hitter was a combined one, so that means Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon are off the list now.

They didn’t last long… not as long as Indians pitcher Len Barker who has been on this list since 1981.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Shin-Soo Choo, July 21, 2015)

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DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

First Texas cycle in 2 years!

Lots of people hit their cycles in Colorado. Choo is the latest. In fact his teammate Delino DeShields almost joined him if only he could have connected for a Coors homer himself.

Either way, it was safe to say that humidor or no humidor, it was a good night to hit in Colorado (except for the Rockies who were shutout, 9-0.

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 21, 2015

 

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There was seismic activity last night. An Earthquake hit the Bay Area and the Tigers might become sellers. Detroit is showing intelligence and is doing what the Phillies should have done in 2012.

The train keeps moving to episode 1,001 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Albert Pujols. Travis Ishikawa, Rubby De La Rosa, Andrew Heaney, Eric Hosmer, Justin Turner and J. A. Happ all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 3, 2015

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CARLOS OSORIO — The Associated Press

 

On July 3, the Tigers are a .500 team at a cross roads, maybe nearing the end of a great run that has yet to yield a title.

They are shuffling the deck which includes getting rid of Joba Chamberlain, who is shockingly only 29 and is facing his own crossroad as well.

It is a midge covered episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Scott Kazmir, Alejandro Da Aza, Jake Arrieta, Neil Walker, Cody Asche, Danny Valencia, Kevin Gausman and Max Scherzer all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, June 20, 2015 )

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Max Scherzer gets his first no hitter!

He nearly got a no hitter in his last start and nearly threw a perfect game (ah those hit by pitches.) I think he will take it. Man, Jordan Zimmermann didn’t last long on this list. After no Washington no hitter since Bobby Burke’s gem for the Senators in 1931 and no franchise no hitter since Dennis Martinez’s perfecto in 1991, Zimmermann ended the regular season of 2014 with a no no.

Now Scherzer takes Zimmermann’s place. And by the way he has been pitching, he will be back.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Brock Holt – June 16, 2015)

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The First Cycle Hit for 2015!

With all the great hitters in baseball, naturally it is BROCK HOLT of the Red Sox who gets a single, double, triple and homer. Granted, I am not thrilled that he wears Wade Boggs’ number 26, but this is a day to celebrate.

Good bye John Valentin, no longer on this list.

I have compiled a list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, but here is the companion list for the cycle. Is it harder to hit for the cycle? Probably. But Holt did it!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for June 9, 2015 )

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The first No Hitter of 2015!

Lots of Giants greats have thrown no hitters, from Christy Matthewson to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Now add Chris Heston to the list. Just think. In 2013, the Giants designated him for assignment and anyone could have picked him up.

I bet the Giants are glad nobody did.

With a 5-0 masterpiece, Chris Heston has his own piece of history and removes his teammate Lincecum from this list.

I am sure Tim is fine with it.

It is time to update my list!

Final MLB Shutout Survivor Standings 2015: Blue Jays Are The Winners

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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015  Which Team Did You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

contest finished up June 2, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays have won this  competition after the Tigers were Eliminated before them by a few weeks.

It might not be a banner year for the Canadian club, however the offense is not the problem.  It took until the 53rd game for them to be blanked. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 8

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th.  This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years.  Full value, and you best jump on it now.

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th. This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years. Full value, and you best jump on it now.

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Heading into week 8 I still love the Tigers for the best value currently at +1200.

It seems I bang this drum all the time for the Motown Boys, however Miguel Cabrera is healthy this year, they have Yoenis Cespedes, and David Price is a legit ace.

There is no doubt that KC is a formidable opponent to the AL Central, but I like them to play just .500 the rest of the way through.

The whole Royals lineup is north of .300 (or career bests), and Chris Young can’t continue this torrid stretch of brilliant  pitching.

I think the KC club is still and, 85 – 89 win club all day long, and I am happy I marked them as one of my favorite  over/unders in the preseason, with a low total of 81 victories as the line.

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MLB Power Rankings – May 2015

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The number one team in the game right now is the Washington Nationals. They have won 18 of 22 games, and have the best hitter and pitcher in the National League right now, with Bryce Harper (11 HRs n May so far, that includes being kicked out of 2 games early, and a couple of off days.)

Really, the Nats haven’t had much from Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, and throw in an injured Jayson Werth, and it should mean the team is struggling.

The underrated Denard Span, and Yunel Escobar of all guys, are really playing superb at the top of the lineup.  Ryan Zimmerman always has a ton of runners on, and is on pace for 120 RBI with just a mid .200 Average.

Washington also should beat up on the National League East for the remainder of the year.  With the exception of the Mets, the Phillies, Marlins and Braves should all provide the proverbial speedbag position, for this club to beat up on.
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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015: Then There Were 3: Yanks, Blue Jays and Tigers Last Clubs To Be Bageled.

Miggy Cabrera is cracking the ball around like he did in 20112 and 2013, and far more than the 2015 season he had last year.  With Victor Martinez showing signs of breaking out of his slump, along with the Cespedes and Cabrera factor, the Tigers might just have enough to fend off being Shutout the longest of this years contest.

Miggy Cabrera is cracking the ball around like he did in 20112 and 2013, and far more than the 2015 season he had last year. With Victor Martinez showing signs of breaking out of his slump, along with the Cespedes and Cabrera factor, the Tigers might just have enough to fend off being Shutout the longest of this years contest.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

Last Year the winners of the contest were the Angels, who lasted pretty much to Memorial Day Weekend without registering a 0.  It was a battle between them and Colorado late in the year, with Los Angeles finally prevailing.

Boston took the zero on Friday night, and were eliminated by the Jays, who are still among the 3 squads yet to register no runs in a contest.

The New York Yankees are leading the AL East, and a big reason why they are doing this is also the top of the lineup. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner are always on the basepaths, creating havoc for power hitters like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann to reel them in.

While we were all laughing at Carlos Beltran for his start of the year, he has hit better recently, and has mustered 9 doubles of the year, and is hitting a lot of warning track outs.  He is scraping by near the Mendoza Line, but is faring much better in May.

To me there is no surprise the Detroit Tigers are among the final clubs alive, nor is it a stretch to see the only Canadian franchise vying for the crown as well. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 5

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A month has passed in the young season of the MLB, and we have 13 teams exactly over and under .500, with 4 teams right at even par.

The odds makers are doing a hell of a job setting the values, however they are still over hyping the Padres and Cubs.

NO WAY should the Pod Squad be the 7th seed here. They are just hovering above .500 and have been losing series after series. That is with most of the offense quickly.. Don’t throw down any cabbage on them at this clip.

Detroit as, tied with KC for top AL slot is right on cue.   The Royals are doing it on both sides of the ball, with great grit ND toughness.

While KC is good, the Detroit Tigers are even better a value with their record, despite Martinez squared not hitting the ball thus far.

Like the Motown Boys pedigree a lot more, and love the value of them right now.

How quickly the gambling pundits took out the Indians based on a slow start. This is a streaky team whose way down on the list right now, but are a 8 – 2 stretch from jumping back in.

It is the same reason nor to buy into the Houston Astros yet, although one could say they are properly pegged at the odd they are at with their lead currently in the AL West.

The AL East doesn’t give out much reward for a wager when you consider they are all in the top fourteen.

Not buying the start for the Rays so far.

The Yankees have lost Masahiro Tanaka foe some time and are reminiscent of the club a few years agp, do dependent on the Home Run to win games.

Odds To Win The 2015 World Series:

AL East

New York +1800 (11)

Toronto +2500 (tied 14th)

Boston +1700 (tied 8th)

Baltimore +2500 (tied 14th)

Tampa Bay +2500 (tied 14th)

AL Central

Detroit +1200 (tied 4th)

Kansas City +1200 (tied 4th)

Minnesota +8000 ( tied 27th)

Chicago White Sox +3500 (23)

Cleveland Indians +4000 (24)

AL West

Oakland +2800 (tied 19th)

Texas  +5000 (25)

LA Angels +1700 (tied 8th)

Seattle +1700 (tied 8th)

Houston +2500 (tied 14th)

NL

NL East

Atlanta +2800 ( tied 19th)

Washington +700 (2)

NY Mets +1400 (6th)

Miami Marlins +2800 (tied 19th)

Philadelphia Phillies +30000 (30th)

 

NL Central 

St. Louis Cardinals +1000 (3)

Cincinnati Reds +3300 (22)

Milwaukee Brewers +17500 (29)

Chicago Cubs +2200 (13)

Pittsburgh Pirates +2500 (tied 14th)

NL West

LA Dodgers +650 (1)

SF Giants +2000 (12)

Arizona Diamondbacks +6600 (tied 27th)

San Diego Padres +1500 (7th)

Colorado Rockies +6600 (26)

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MLB Shutout Survivor: Only 6 Teams Alive Left To Be Blanked – 3 AL East Clubs Amongst Them

Arizona has scored at least one run in all of their games so far, and they along with the Mets, are the last clubs to have zero runs in a game for the National League.

Arizona has scored at least one run in all of their games so far, and they along with the Mets, are the last clubs to have zero runs in a game for the National League.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

We are down to just 6 teams left (4 in the American League, and 2 clubs remain the National League). The AL East have 3 teams still alive with the Yankees,  Blue Jays and Red Sox, while the Tigers have yet to be bageled as well.

The surprise has to be coming from the Senior Circuit, where the Mets and Diamondbacks are the last 2 teams left.

Last year’s winners, the Angels were taken out on Apr 18th.

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183 in 2015: Ball Park Previews, Games 18 & 19 Busch Stadium + Kauffman Stadium

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Saturday, April 18th,  2015

Games #18 & 19 Day #14

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Busch Stadium 2:15 – Cards vs Reds, Kauffman Stadium, 7:10 Royals vs A’s.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 13, 2015

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The relationship between the Angels and Josh Hamilton is tearing apart at the seams. Team owner Arte Moreno claims it has nothing to do with money.

OK Mr. Moreno. Prove it. Cut Hamilton. Eat the money.

I challenge the owner of the Angels on Episode 902 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Miguel Cabrera, Nathan Karns, Zack Greinke, Andrew McCutchen, Cody Ashe and Adam Jones all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 2

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th.  This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years.  Full value, and you best jump on it now.

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th. This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years. Full value, and you best jump on it now.

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A week has come and gone in the majors.  We have a few unbeaten teams but everyone else has at least 1 victory.  The 1988 Baltimore Orioles are thankful for this.

The Tigers did not allow a run in nearly 4 games to start the season, and are linked up at the odd with the Angels and Mariners as the best odds to win the World Series out of the American League.

The top 3 seeds are in the National League.

I am sticking by my prediction of Washington having the best chance to win the World Series, but unlike when I bet cash on them as the favorite before the year started, they are 1 – 4 now, not 0 – 0.

Atlanta has raced out 5 – 0, and the gambling experts don’t believe the hype.

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MLB Shutout Survivor – Updated for April 12, 2015

2014's Shutout Survivor Winners were the Angels.  They may have to contend with the 4 clubs that still haven't been bageled from the AL East, and a number of decent offensive squads.

2014’s Shutout Survivor Winners were the Angels. They may have to contend with the 4 clubs that still haven’t been bageled from the AL East, and a number of decent offensive squads.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

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So more than half of the teams have already been ousted after 1 week of play. Of course the unbeaten clubs, Detroit, Kansas City andAtlanta will all be exempt – having unblemished records after 5 games.

4 teams in the AL East remain,  2 in the AL Central, and the 2014 winners of this category are alive – with the LA Angels.

3 teams in the NL East can take this crown, with the Braves, Mets or my favorite, the Washington Nationals taking the whole thing down. The Nats have mustered at least a run per contest, despite a slow 1 – 4 start 

Cincy is the only NL Central club left, and suffered just their 1st loss last night.

Colorado is always a favorite in this competition with playing at Coors Field, so the should be a formidable opponent for everyone else.

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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015, 5 Teams Blanked On Monday, 24 Teams Remain

Miller Park is an underrated sneaky wicked park.  Yesterday's sellout watched a 10 - 0 drubbing by the Colorado Rockies.

Miller Park is an underrated sneaky wicked park. Yesterday’s sellout watched a 10 – 0 drubbing by the Colorado Rockies.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

Last Year the D’Backs, A’s, Braves and  Cubs were the 1st teams to be blanked before March was even over.  To their credit, Arizona was in their 3rd game while the others were in their season openers.

Last night, 5 teams took the bagel, and are officially out.  Milwaukee had the worst loss at 10 – 0, and therefore finish in dead last for this competition.

Also gone are the Phillies and Rangers who took 8 – 0 losses.  Ironically these 2 clubs both faced each other during last years opening day series, and they had the highest scoring contests of day 1.

The Twins did not score a run against David Price for their 1st game skipper Paul Molitor in a 4 – 0 loss, and the Indians couldn’t solve Dallas Keuchel and the Astros to plate a guy either.  And then there were 24 teams left..

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MLB Runs Scored Survivor 2015 Day 2

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015? Read the rest of this entry

MLB Runs Scored Survivor 2015 After Night 1

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015? Read the rest of this entry

Official MLB Reports 2015 Baseball Predictions w/Audio (Includes Post Season + Interleague)

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Below is the 90 minute 2015 MLB Triple Play Podcast Preview. Patrick Beaulieu, Chris Leitch and Chuck Booth chop up the forthcoming year. Season overs/division winners, and a few cities will not like some of the chatter! Click the link below this picture

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Another year, and it is time for all of us experts to predict the future.  Keep in mind, that I haven’t seen anyone else do a prediction set like we do.  We don’t throw numbers out blindly.

First off, the number of wins allocated must equal 2430 for all 30 teams, and 2430 Losses.  If this is not done, you fail. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 26, 2015

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AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

How can the Tigers STILL have a questionable bullpen after years of knowing their relievers have kept them from winning a World Series?

It is a sputtering Motor City episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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2015 Odds To Win MLB Divisions: Best And Worst Value Bets

Buck Showalter's club are the Rodney Dnagerfield act "They Get NO RESPECT.  Having Baltimore not closer to Toronto for the AL East Division is not wise.  Take advantage of this odd while it presents itself.  Remember that Boston did only win 71 games last year while the 2014 AL East champs did take home 96 victories.  Their odds should vaguely resemble each other heading into the 2015 campaign.  Jonathan Dyer - USA Today Sports

Buck Showalter’s club are the Rodney Dangerfield act “They Get NO RESPECT”. Having Baltimore not closer to Toronto for the AL East Division is not wise. Take advantage of this odd while it presents itself. Remember that Boston did only win 71 games last year while the 2014 AL East champs did take home 96 victories. Their odds should vaguely resemble each other heading into the 2015 campaign.
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The forthcoming season has seen the gambling establishments starting to post their opening lines for Division play.  I like the way they constructed the AL West, NL West (except San Diego) and NL East.  They are pegged perfectly, and would not advise in plunking any money down for those.

The real good bets are within both Central Divisions, and of course the Baltimore Orioles. 

Part of being a good handicapper is watching and predicting the trends as they go up and down. 

Red Highlighted Picks are my favorites

Blue Highlighted Selections are odds to stay away from

Parenthesis is slated from 1 – 5 designation for best/worst value by color

AL

AL East

Boston +190

Toronto +250

New York +425

Baltimore +375 (2)

Tampa Bay +700 (3)
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MLB Runs Survivor 2015: 11 Different Run Totals For Each Team

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015?

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The Top 5 Holds Leaders In The MLB For 2015

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

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

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

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

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

The Top 5 Closers In The MLB For 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 14, 2015

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi - Barton Silverman/The New York Times

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi – Barton Silverman/The New York Times

 

Have some people forgotten to have fun?

How can anyone REALLY be upset about Will Ferrell playing in spring training games?

And who was more fun than Dontrelle Willis when he burst onto the scene? He is retiring and getting his due respect.

Plus I dance while getting a rental car and I explain why algebra came easy to me but geometry was a chore on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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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.

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2nd Week Schedule For The 2015 MLB Season Apr.13 – Apr.19, 2015 (Includes Jackie Robinson Day)

Dodgers' part owner Magic Johnson, Rachel Robinson and '42' star Harrison Ford during the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson Day pre-game celebration on April 15, 2013. Every year on Apr.15th. the whole league honors Robinson by having their players all wear #42

Dodgers’ part owner Magic Johnson, Rachel Robinson and ’42’ star Harrison Ford during the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson Day pre-game celebration on April 15, 2013. Every year on Apr.15th. the whole league honors Robinson by having their players all wear #42 across the MLB.

Week 2 features the remaining last few home openers.  After this week concludes., the usual pattern for the next 25 weeks is pretty much the same throughout the rest of the year.

Highlighted in this set of days will be the home opener of AT @ T Park, who will host their 2014 Championship Banner on Monday Apr. 13th. 

Week 2 is also highlighted by Jackie Robinson day on April.15th, where all teams and players should be wearing the #42.  This is a very great day every season, and should be used as an education tool with the kids especially, for who Jackie was.

MLB Scheduling 2015

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

MLB Season Opening Series

 

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