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

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JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES

Kris Bryant got a pair of hits including a 2 out, 2 run bottom of the 9th walk off come from behind homer to give the Cubs a 9-8 victory over Colorado.

Curt Casali singled and homered twice, driving in 3, leading Tampa Bay past Detroit, 5-2.

Lance Lynn went 7 strong innings, letting up a single run and 5 hits, earning the 4-1 decision for the Cardinals over Cincinnati.

Kevin Gausman pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 6 hits, no runs and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Orioles would win over Atlanta 2-1 in 11 innings.

 

They all owned baseball on July 27, 2015.

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

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MATTHEW J. LEE/BOSTON GLOBE STAFF

David Ortiz capped off a magical day for Boston fans with a 4 for 5 performance, driving in 7 helped by a pair of 3 run homers and led to the drubbing of Detroit, 11-1.

Carlos Gonzalez reached base 4 times including a pair of homers, driving in 6 helping the Rockies top the Reds 17-7.

Eduardo Rodríguez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and 1 walk, earning a much needed 11-1 victory for the Red Sox over the Tigers.

Jacob deGrom took a shutout into the 8th finishing with 7 2/3 innings of 2 hit, 8 strikeout and 2 walk ball. He did not get the decision but the Mets topped the Dodgers in 10, 3-2.

 

They all owned baseball on July 26, 2015.

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

 

 

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MATT MARTON/AP

Cole Hamels threw a no hit masterpiece in what could have been his final start for Philadelphia. He struck out 13 and walked only two in the 5-0 final which was the first no hitter of the Cubs since 1965.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis led an amazing Mets attack by reaching base 5 times, doubling and driving in 4 runs to clobber the Dodgers 15-2.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the 8th innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run (on a solo homer) and no walks, earning a much needed victory for Baltimore over the Rays, 5-1.

Alex Rodriguez homered 3 times, including a game tying shot in the 9th, driving in 4 altogether and leading the Yankees to a stunning come from behind win over Minnesota, 8-5.

They all owned baseball on July 25, 2015.

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

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TONY DEJAK/AP

Jose Quintana went the distance in a complete game shutout, allowing 7 hits, no walks and striking out 8 as the White Sox topped Cleveland, 6-0.

Andrew Cashner pitched 7 solid innings, allowing 1 run, 5 hits and 1 walk, earning the 3-1 decision for the Padres over Miami.

Trevor Plouffe singled, doubled and homered, leading Minnesota’s attack as they clobbered the Yankees 10-1.

Carlos Gonzalez hit 2 game tying home runs that helped set up the Rockies 6-5 walk off win against the Reds.

 

They all owned baseball on July 24, 2015.

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

 

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BOB LEVEY – GETTY IMAGES

Jose Altuve got 4 hits, including a double and a walk off homer, driving in 4 all together as the Astros beat the plummeting Red Sox, 5-4.

Ervin Santana threw 8 shutout 4 hit innings against his former club, the Angels, striking out 7 and walking none, earning the 3-0 decision for Minnesota.

Andrew McCutchen singled and scored in the first and put the game away with a 2 run homer in the 7th as Pittsburgh topped the Nationals 7-3.

Clayton Kershaw continued his dominance and retired the first 18 Mets he faced. He finished with a complete game, 3 hit shutout, walking none and striking out 11 and extended his scoreless inning streak to 29, notching a 3-0 victory for the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on July 23, 2015.

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

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JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

Joey Votto reached base 9 times over the course of a double header. The first game, a Reds 9-1 thrashing of the Cubs, he got on 4 times, homered and scored 3 runs. In the night cap, a Cubs 6-5 win, he got a pair of hits and walked 3 times but was stranded each time.

Preston Tucker homered twice, added a double and drove in 3 runs to help Houston top spiraling Boston 4-2.

 

Mike Leake went 8 strong innings in what could be his final Cincinnati start, allowing 4 hits, no walks and 1 run in the 9-1 decision over the Cubs.

Edinson Volquez gave the battered Royals rotation a much needed quality start, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in the 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on July 22, 2015.

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

 

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Shin-Soo Choo became the first Rangers batter to hit for the cycle since 2013, finishing 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 batted in as Texas romped in Colorado, 9-0.

Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled and hit a game tying homer in the 9th and a the eventual game winning homer in the 13th to give the Cubs a 5-4 win in Cincinnati.

Mark Buehrle pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and walking none, earning the 7-1 decision for the Blue Jays in Oakland.

Chris Heston held the Padres hitless for 5 innings and finished with 7 1/3 shutout 1 hit innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts as the Giants rolled, 9-3.

 

They all owned baseball on July 21, 2015.

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

 

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JAE C. HONG/AP

Albert Pujols had an incredible double header for the Angels. He went 2 for 4 in the first game, reached base 3 times in the second and went a combined 4 for 7 with a walk, 3 homers , 5 runs scored and 4 RBI in the sweep of the Red Sox, 11-1 in the opener, 7-3 in the night cap.

Travis Ishikawa homered and doubled twice, scoring once and driving in 4 as the Pirates won a wild potential World Series preview in Kansas City, 10-7.

Rubby De La Rosa gave the Diamondbacks 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, earning the 3-1 decision over Miami.

Andrew Heaney pitched another fine game for the Angels, going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and no walks to defeat Boston, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on July 20, 2015.

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

 

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AP Photo – Pat Sullivan

Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 magnificent innings, allowing no runs, no walks and 2 hits while striking out 13 Rangers batters as Houston rolled to a 10-0 blow out.

Zack Greenie extended his scoreless inning streak to 43 2/3 innings with 8 shutout frames against Washington, letting up 3 hits, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts, earning the 5-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Jake Smolinski went 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI to help the Athletics top the Twins 14-1.

Andre Ethier collected 3 hits, including a double, scoring twice and driving in a run as the Dodgers topped the Nationals,5-0.

They all owned baseball on July 19, 2015.

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

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Alex Brandon – AP

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 masterful innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs and no walks while striking out 14 Nationals batters en route to a 4-2 Dodgers victory.

Randal Grichuk played all three outfield positions, reached base 5 times, homered twice and drove in 6 runs as the Cardinals took a 12-2 laugher over the Mets.

Garrett Richards threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking just one Red Sox batter and earned the 3-0 decision for the Angels.

Robinson Cano struck back at the Yankees, his former team, with a pair of 2 run homers and a third hit for good measure as Seattle won 4-3.

They all owned baseball on July 18, 2015.

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

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KATHY KMONICEK/AP

Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 including the go ahead homer in the 7th that gave the first place Yankees a 4-3 victory over Seattle.

C. J. Wilson held his own in a tense pitchers duel, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He did not get the decision but the Angels won 1-0 over Boston.

Marlon Byrd homered, doubled and singled twice, scoring a pair while leading the Reds over Cleveland, 6-1.

Lance Lynn allowed a lead off homer and then just 1 hits and 1 walk after that over 7 innings. He struck out 9 Mets and earned the 3-2 decision in St. Louis.

They all owned baseball on July 17, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) #WOB – All Star Game Edition

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Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout led off the game with a homer, reached base twice and scored twice becoming the first player to win back to back All Star Game MVPs as the Angels star led the American League to a 6-3 win.

David Price pitched a perfect 4th, striking out 2, and earned the 6-3 decision for the AL in the All Star Game.

They both owned baseball on July 14, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 11, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Corey Sipkin - NY Daily News

Corey Sipkin – NY Daily News

Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first Mets batter to launch 3 homers in a single home game, driving in 4 runs all together in the 5-3 win over Arizona.

Brian McCann homered, doubled, scored twice and drove in 2, leading the Yankees to an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, allowing only 2 hits, 1 run and no walks while striking out 9 White Sox and earned the 3-1 decision for the Cubs.

Sonny Gray tossed a complete game 2 hit shutout, striking out 6 and walking none as the A’s topped Cleveland, 2-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 12, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 11, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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DANNY MOLOSHOK/AP

Taylor Jungmann threw a complete game, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 7 strikeouts and added his own single and run scored as the Brewers trounced the Dodgers 7-1.

Hisashi Iwakuma slowed down the red hot Angels with 8 shutout 3 hit innings, walking 2 and earning the 5-0 decision for the Mariners.

Cole Gillespie singled, doubled, homered and made a spectacular back to the plate catch in center field to help the Marlins blow out Cincinnati, 14-3.

Jose Reyes got on base 4 times, including a double, stole 3 bases, scored a run and drove in another to help the Blue Jays come from behind and beat Kansas City 6-2.

 

They all owned baseball on July 11, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 10, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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TED S. WARREN/AP

 Mike Trout went 3 for 5 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI, leading the Angels to a 7-3 win in Seattle.

Joe Panik collected 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI, as the Giants bats exploded in a 15-2 laugher against Philadelphia.

Danny Salazar pitched into the 9th, going 8 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 unearned run and 1 walk against 8 Oakland batters struck out. He would earn the 5-1 victory for Cleveland.

Mike Leake threw 8 shutout 3 hit innings, striking out 10 Marlins and walking 1, winning the 1-0 game for the Reds.

They all owned baseball on July 10, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 9, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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David Banks – Getty Images

Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, walking 1 and striking out 5 Blue Jays batters to take the 2-0 game for the White Sox.

Zack Greinke dominated the Phillies with 8 one hit, shutout innings with 8 strikeouts and no walks and earning the 6-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Brett Gardner earned his All Star status with 3 hits, including a homer, in the Yankees 6-2 come from behind win against Oakland.

Yasiel Puig doubled and homered, driving in 4 runs to lead the Dodgers past Philadelphia 6-0.

They all owned baseball on July 9, 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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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 29, 2014

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Donaldson was traded? WHAT?

The A’s sent their MVP candidate for 4 players including 3 minor leaguers who could be great or could fizzle?

Forget the evergreen podcast I had ready to go.

This is an emergency episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast!

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Why Boston Should Do What It Takes To Sign Pablo Sandoval: He Could Eventually Replace Ortiz!

Pablo Sandoval is a hitter out of his mind for his playoff career. How does a 3 Slash Line of .344/.389/.545 sound? His OPS of .935 is 124 PTS higher than his totals in the regular season. "Kung-Fu Panda" has added 6 HRs and 20 RBI in his 154 AB. Included in his numbers, were a historical Game #1 of the 2012 World Series, where he clubbed 3 HRs en route to sweeping the Tigers can roll out.   There is no doubt that when the game is on the line he has been proven clutch.  Boston should think of him as a possible long term replacement for Ortiz, meanwhile he would be a big jolt out for the 3B position on Boston right now.

Pablo Sandoval is a hitter out of his mind for his playoff career. How does a 3 Slash Line of .344/.389/.545 sound? His OPS of .935 is 124 PTS higher than his totals in the regular season. “Kung-Fu Panda” has added 6 HRs and 20 RBI in his 154 AB. Included in his numbers, were a historical Game #1 of the 2012 World Series, where he clubbed 3 HRs en route to sweeping the Tigers can roll out. This latest World Series triumph, the rotund 3B set a playoff record with 26 base knocks (hitting .366 – with a .423 OBP for the October season). There is no doubt that when the game is on the line he has been proven clutch. Boston should think of him as a possible long-term DH replacement for Ortiz, meanwhile he would be a big jolt out for the 3B position on Boston right now.  Signing him would free the franchise up with several infielders if they were so inclined to pull off a trade with the likes of Mookie Betts, Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt. Perhaps they could receive a Starting Pitcher for these guys.

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Picture the year 2017 when David Ortiz may finally retire,, Who will be the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox?  They will be huge shoes to fill, for what has been a great advantage over the rest of the American League for the last dozen years.

There is no coincidence that Boston finally kicked their 86 year drought, and have enjoyed 3 World Series Titles since “Big Papi” entered the scene.

If you think about it for a second, Kung-Fu Panda and Ortiz have a lot in common. Both have won 3 World Series, and have been integral parts of the offenses that brought home the titles.

Both don’t look like they are athletes considering their body frames, however these guys have provided the most clutch hits in the sport for the last 10 years.

The Boston Red Sox need to add hitters to their lineup for sure.  Yes right now they have Yoenis Cespedes to hit behind Ortiz, however he will be taking his talents to Free Agency after this next campaign.

Can the Beantowners count on a comeback year for Allen Craig or Shane Victorino?

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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.

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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.

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Washington Nationals Pitching Roster Tree For 2015

Stephen Strasburg

How All Of The 2015 Nationals Pitchers Were Acquired:

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The Nationals have done a great job of stockpiling pitching arms since relocated to the district in 2005.  From Stephen Strasburg, to Jordan Zimmermann, and unheralded pitchers like Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler.

The acquisitions tree saw Minor League Prospect A.J. Cole drafted by the organization, traded to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez, only to be brought back in the 3 way deal with the A’s and Seattle, that saw Mike Morse sent to Seattle.

A small part of that transaction included Ian Krol, who was packaged with two Nats selections in the MLB Amateur Draft (Robbie Ray and Steve Lombardozzi).

We have even traced a tree that stems all the way back to the Montreal Expos Drafting Jose Vidro.

The Starting 5 pitchers all contributed to Washington being the top seed in the National League during the 2014 year,

A big thank-you must be send to Yanks GM Brian Cashman, for giving the Nationals Tyler Clippard first, but then to also let Matt Thornton be claimed for no parts going back the other way.

Drew Storen is yet another 1st RD Draft Pick that is part of the Pitching Staff for Washington.

Tanner Roark was also stolen in a deal for Christian Guzman from Texas, with the latter having just a small cup of coffee with the Rangers organization, while Roark might have been the best #5 Starter in baseball this past campaign.

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (All 10 Playoff Teams)

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series.  That didn't stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today.  They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience.  The Stephen Strasburg decision of a few years  back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title.  Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series. That didn’t stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today. They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience. The Stephen Strasburg ‘decision’ of a few years back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title. Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

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It is time to place your bets on the World Series. The Washington Nationals are your favorites to win the whole thing at +450.  The Tigers, Angels and Dodgers are both next at all tied for +500.

To round out the teams in sequence…5 –  Baltimore is at +700, 6 –  St. Louis at +900, 7 – Oakland at +1100, 8 – San Fran at +1400, and the Royals and the Bucs are the biggest odds on the board at +1600 for 9th.

At first glance I see the pattern.  The Nationals are the most deep team across the board, with having all 4 starters as potential aces in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.

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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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Who Owned Baseball Sept 27, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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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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Who Owned Baseball Sept 26, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

Corey Kluber helped his Cy Young cause with an 8 inning, 5 hit shutout performance, striking out 11 Rays, walking 2 in a 1-0 pitchers duel in Cleveland.

Doug Fister gave the bullpen a rest for the first game of a double header as he threw a 3 hit complete game shut out as the Nationals blanked the Marlins, 4-0.

Dalton Pompey  Doubled and hit 2 triples (that is rare) driving in a pair, helping the Blue Jays top the Orioles, 4-2.

J.T. Realmuto missed the cycle by a homer, finished going 3-5 with 4 RBI in the Marlins wild 15-7 win in Washington.

They all owned baseball on Sept 26, 2014.

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

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ROBERT SABO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Derek Jeter went out in Hollywood style, getting a double and a walk off single in the 9th, driving in 3 runs all together and giving Yankee fans one last thrill with a 6-5 win over Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval went 3 for 3, driving in 4 runs, including one in the wild 3 run come from behind rally as the playoff bound Giants topped the Padres, 9-8.

Hiroki Kuroda let up homers to the first two batters he faced and then let up 1 hit and no walks the rest of the way. The bullpen blew his lead but he set up the Yankees dramatic 6-5 walk off victory over Baltimore.

Edinson Volquez inched the Pirates closer to the Division Lead with 7 brilliant innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts, blowing out the Braves 10-1.

They all owned baseball on Sept 25, 2014.

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

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Kyle Lohse kept the Brewers dim playoff hopes alive with a complete game 2 hit shutout with 6 strike outs and no walks, blanking the Reds 5-0.

Carl Crawford got on base 4 times, broke open the game with a 2 run double in the 6th and scored 3 more runs as the Dodgers clinched the NL West with a 9-1 blow out of the Giants.

Mark Buehrle pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts as the Blue Jays snuck past the fading Mariners, 1-0.

Ryan Flaherty collected 3 hits, including a 2 run double, and helped the Orioles come from behind to beat the Yankees, 9-5.

They all owned baseball on Sept 24, 2014.

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