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2014 Final American League Attendances Show A Slight Decline

Robinson Cano's arrival helped stopped the plummeting turnstiles revenue at Safeco Field this year, as the club topped 2 Million fans for the 1st time since 2010, and saw the greatest percentage jump in park draw from 2013 to 2014.  With a young nucleus surrounding Cano, the club should contend for the next several years, and maybe Seattle will crack the top half of attendance in the AL once again.

Robinson Cano’s arrival helped stopped the plummeting turnstiles revenue at Safeco Field this year, as the club topped 2 Million fans for the 1st time since 2010, and saw the greatest percentage jump in park draw from 2013 to 2014. With a young nucleus surrounding the ALL-Star 2B, the club should contend for the next several years, and maybe Seattle will crack the top half of attendance in the AL once again.

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

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Baseball is in trouble, that is what everyone will say in the newspapers, however the attendances in the game are doing well compared to year to year totals.

Over 34.45 Million Fans viewed games in the ‘Junior Circuit’ during the 2014 campaign.  While this total is down from 34.6 MIL fans in 2013, it only represents a drop of 0.5% or 150,000 people.

Cleveland fell back into the cellar of attendance at Progressive Field, barely drawing 1.43 Million butts in the seats.  It was an 8.6% drop for the 2013 season, where they drew 1.57 Million fans amidst a playoff race.

The biggest percentage in lost attendance goes to the Rangers, who struggled though an injury filled year, to bring in 14.4% less people than in 2013.

Seattle paid $240 MIL for Robinson Cano last winter, and were rewarded at the turnstiles, with the biggest jump at 13.8% more people going through the wickets at Safeco Field.  It was the 1st time they drew more than 2 MIllion since 2010. Read the rest of this entry

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The Best Teams In The MLB From 1980 – Now: SF Cements Their Place From 2010 – 2014 With WS Birth

The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, if they make a World Series Appearance in 2013, they could break up the best teams for the years to include the Red Sox from 2004 - 2007, the Phillies from 2008 - 2009, and then you would have to place the Giants as the best overall team from 2010 - 2014.  Can they keep up the format of winning a World Series every 2 years again next campaign?

The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, and now are in the 2014 World Series – with a great chance to win 3 titles in 5 years against Kansas City.   The best teams for the last several years include the Red Sox from 2004 – 2007, the Phillies from 2008 – 2009, and then you would have to place the Giants as the best overall team from 2010 – 2014. Can they keep up the format of winning a World Series every 2 years again this year? The Red Sox (3 Titles), plus the Giants and Cards each having 2 Fall Classics, are the only 3 teams to have multiple World Series Trophies since the 2004 year.

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

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There is only so much one can read in an article, otherwise I would make these lists up from the turn of the 20th century. 

If you gave me enough time as a reader, I promise to backdate this topic with another article featuring the best teams dating back further in years. 

Eventually, all of the years may be dissected and we can have a healthy debate on some of my selections.  I really started watching baseball in the early 1980’s. 

As I became older and discovered ways to research the history of the game, my knowledge and curious mind grew for more information. 

I have studied and read baseball stat books and breezed through the odd Bill James novel. 

If I ever take a break from writing or baseball park chasing, I may find some time down the road to watch the 9 part PBS documentary that Ken Burns did on baseball’s history.

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The Royals Or O’s Winning The Title Would Be Good And Bad: MLB Payrolls Part 2

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago.  It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money.  The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year.  It is imperative that the MLB work with 'cost control' in the upcoming 'Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions.  Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago. It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money. The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year. It is imperative that the MLB work with ‘cost control’ in the upcoming ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top-level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions. Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Yesterday I addressed the Dodgers potentially winning the World Series in the next few years while bringing more attention to the inequities of the big and small market clubs. 

Even with LAD losing today and being eliminated, it doesn’t change the fact they will be playoff contenders for years to come based on their talent level, and super imposed revenue stream to outspend every team in the National League.

I identified the last several lower revenue teams that have had success, and pointed out that it took them big stretches of poor campaigns in order to collect on some good.

This is the biggest reason why baseball needs to adopt a salary cap – in order to leveling off the field.

Kansas City and Baltimore are perfect examples of this.  The narrative is great here  Franchises that haven’t appeared in the Fall Classic since 1985 and 1983 respectively, when both organization won their last Titles.

The Royals 29 years since that has been tough to stomach.  The later George Brett years, the core from the championship had aged or moved on by the time he hung up the cleats.

After the 1994 strike/1995 lockout, the Royals found themselves at the bottom of the division for years. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 29, 2014

Photo: Brian Hill

Photo: Brian Hill

 

The regular season is over… always a sad day.

Meanwhile I tried to watch as many games as possible on as many devices as possible.

Giving credit to Sonny Gray, Jordan Zimmermann and Jose Altuve among others on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Jordan Zimmermann , Sonny Gray, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Kinsler, Gerrit Cole, R.A. Dickey, Jose Altuve and Neil Walker all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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MLB Interleague Results For The Entire 2014 MLB Season

AL vs NL

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

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The AL have won 13 out of the 17 years for Interleague play.  The American League has also won every year since the start of the 2004 year.

1997:  NL won 117 – 97 (.547) NL up yearly series 1 – 0

1998:  AL won 114 – 110 (.509) Yearly series tied 1 – 1

1999:  NL won 135 – 116 (.538) NL up yearly series 2 – 1

2000:  AL won 136 – 115 (.542) Yearly series tied 2 – 2

2001:  AL won 132 – 120 (.524) AL up yearly series 3 – 2

2002:  NL won 129 – 123 ( .512) Yearly series tied  3 – 3

2003:  NL won 137 – 115 (.544) NL up yearly series 4 – 3

2004:  AL won 127 – 125 (.504) Yearly series tied  4 – 4

2005:  AL won 136 – 116 (.540) AL up yearly series 5 – 4

2006:  AL won 154 – 98 (.611) AL up yearly series 6 – 4

2007:  AL won 137 – 115 (.544) AL up yearly series 7 – 4

2008:  AL won 149 – 103 (.591) AL up yearly series 8 – 4

2009:  AL won 154 – 98 (.611) AL up yearly series 9 – 4

2010:  AL won 138 – 114 (.548) AL up yearly series 10 – 4

2011:  AL won 134 – 118 (.532) AL up yearly series 11 – 4

2012:  AL won 142 – 110 (.611) AL up yearly series 12 – 4

2013:  AL won 154 – 146 (.513) AL up yearly series 13 – 4

2014:  AL Won Season Series for the 11th straight campaign – yearly season  series  AL Up 14 – 4

SUN Sept.28, 2014 Results: NYM 8 HOU 3,  2014 – AL wins season series 163 – 137 (.543) 

ALL Time: AL leads the NL 2353 – 2126 (.525)

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For September 28, 2014 )

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The first Washington No Hitter since 1931!

No Washington Nationals pitcher has ever thrown a no hitter. The last one thrown representing Washington? Bobby Burke, who no hit the Red Sox in August of 1931.

That’s all over now!

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first Washington Nationals no hitter (and the first in Franchise History since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game as a member of the Montreal Expos.)

9 complete, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts of the Marlins, who for the second straight year end the season on a no hitter. Last year Henderson Alvarez won 1-0 over Detroit. This year the Marlins LOST 1-0.

Odd symmetry.

Safe to say, Jordan Zimmermann looks solid for this post season.

It is time to update my list!

MLB Baseball Is A Great Value Live At The Park

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB.  A pair of tickets can be had for $35 - $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue.  The pricing for the Post Season is decent as well.  $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round.  That goes to $80 during the ALCS - and only $120 per ticket for the World Series.  I can't even buy a 'Standing Room Only' Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league.

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB. A pair of tickets can be had for $35 – $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue. The pricing for the 2014 Post Season is decent as well for those with season ticket holder status. $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round. That goes to $85 during the ALCS – and only $120 per ticket for the World Series games. I can’t even buy a ‘Standing Room Only’ Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league for that much!

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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Stop me if you heard this before…Baseball is dying..  Come on folks, the actual facts don’t suggest that at all.  Sure if you are going back to the day when there were 3 networks on TV, and that is it.

I am going to let you in on a little secret here.  Back in 2004, I was once a NHL hockey fan.  Yeah, let the stereotype stand for living north of the border, but yeah I followed the sport religiously, even more than baseball for a period.

At that point in my life, I had been to about a hundred games live in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, and had been to exactly 3 MLB games (1 at Skydome in 1989, and 2 at Olympic Stadium) in the mid 90’s.

Once I went to Safeco Field once in 2005, I was hooked and had the vibe to see all other 29 parks in rapid fashion.

My love for viewing baseball parks escalated from there into 4 world record chases – to become the fastest to see a full game live at all 30 MLB Stadiums.

A lot of my friends and family are often baffled why i don’t just watch hockey, and support the local hockey team.  My interest dwindles every year, and especially now that I am more rabid about baseball than ever, doing this website daily. Read the rest of this entry

AL Wild Card Race Heats Up: KC/DET Meetup, For All Others, Just Win This Weekend To Gain Ground

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 - 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don't win the series this weekend, chances are the A's/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 – 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home in my opinion, in order to make the playoffs. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don’t win the series this weekend, chances are the A’s/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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The Seattle Mariners won yesterday, and the Athletics lost, to pull all top 4 Wild Card contenders to within 2 games of each other heading into the weekend.

Detroit leads the Central with a 84 – 68 record, and KC is a half game behind at 83 – 68, but really are 90% at 83 – 69. with a 4 – 2 10 inning deficit in that suspended game resumption on Monday Sept 22, 2014 to the Indians.

So while the Royals and Tigers battle for the Division at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday. , the ultimate loser of the AL Central, will need to make the postseason via the Wild Card.  Needless to say. these 3 games will be pivotal in deciding that.

Since both of those clubs have to have a loser in each of those 3 games, this is great news for the struggling A’s (83 – 69), and especially for the Mariners (82 – 70), to make up some ground if they have good series from Friday to Sunday.

On the surface, Oakland and Seattle should hope the Tigers win the series versus KC this weekend, as that would put the Royals potentially at best 84 – 71 after that game against the Indians is over on Monday.  If the Tigers sweep them, the Royals could be staring at 83 – 72 rather quickly.  

Oakland would need just one victory to pass KC, and Seattle would need 1 to tie the Royals and 2 to pass them.

The A’s entertain the lowly Philadelphia Phillies this weekend at O.Co, whereas the best road team in the AL (Mariners, 44 – 30) are in Houston to battle the Astros at Minute Maid Park..

If both clubs can win their series (if not sweep the worse squads they are playing) than they will put themselves in great positions for the playoff in going forward.

I have to think the worst scenario for those two teams – is to see the Royals take just 2 games against Detroit, as that would put the Tigers still at 85 – 70, KC at 85 – 69, with the suspended game still to make – probably seeing the, at 85 – 70 as well.  Oakland would need a sweep to have a lead, and win 2 out of 3 to tie the Royals/Tigers. The M’s would require a sweep over the Astros – to land them at 85 – 70. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series Currently

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I am fully expecting the Pirates to lock down the 2nd wild card in the National League. I think 86 wins is the magic #

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Last time I did the Odds to win the World Series was the last time I am doing worst odds this year, and furthermore, I am not touching the best value bets for the next few weeks, until the playoffs begin.

I had a subpar week at 5 – 5, after several red hot weeks.  The Cardinals and Orioles took great strides in the wins, while I was wrong in predicting a slight retraction for the Angels and Bucs on the loss side.

The Blue Jays actually have played well in September, but have still fallen in odds because of hot streaks for other clubs.

Kansas City has come back to the pack a little.

I was fully wrong on thinking the Braves would take a run at least a playoff spot.

I forecasted the M’s, Yankees and Brewers to go into a bit of a dry spell. Read the rest of this entry

2015 Interleague Home/Away Schedules MLB – Team By Team

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Interleague 2015 (20 Games Each Team, 10 Home And 10 Away)

American League

 

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New York Yankees

Home:  vs NYM (3) FRI Apr 24 – Sun Apr 26, vs WSH (2)  Tues June 9 – Wed June 10,  vs MIA (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs PHI (3) Mon June 22 – Wed June 24.

Away:  @ WSH (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19  @ MIA (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16,  @ ATL (3) Fri Aug 28 – Sun Aug 30, @ NYM Fri Sept 18 – Sun Sept  20.

Baltimore Orioles

Home: vs PHI (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, vs WSH (3) Fri July 10 – Sun July 12, vs ATL (3) Mon July 27 – Wed July 29, vs NYM (2) Tues Aug 19 – Wed Aug 20

Away: @ NYM (2) Tues May 5 – Wed May 6, @ MIA (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, @ PHI (2)  Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ WSH (3) Mon Sept.21 – Wed Sept 23. Read the rest of this entry

2015 NL Interleague Home/Away Schedules MLB – Team By Team

 

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Interleague 2015 (20 Games Each Team, 10 Home And 10 Away)

National League Teams

 

NL East

Washington Nationals

Home:  vs NYY (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19, vs TOR (3) Mon June 1 – Wed June 3, vs TB Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs BAL (3) Mon Sept 21 – Wed July 23.

Away:  @ BOS (3) Mon Apr 13 – Wed Apr 15, @ NYY (2) Tues June 8 – Wed June 9, @ TB (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, @ BAL (3) Fri July 12 – Sun Jul 14.

Miami Marlins

Home:  vs TB (3) Fri Apr 10 – Sun Apr 12, vs BAL (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, vs NYY (2) Monday June 15 – Tuesday June 16, vs BOS (2) Tues Aug 11 – Wed Aug 12.

Away; @ TOR (3) Mon June 8 – Wed June 10, @ NYY (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ BOS (2) Tues July 7 – Wed July 8, @ 3 (TB) Tues Sept 29 – Oct. Read the rest of this entry

All American League Teams Interleague Schedules For 2015

After 7 years of Interleague, the AL trailed the season series 4 - 3, and the overall games mark 853 - 833 (.506).  Since 2004 it has been 11- years straight of AL beatdowns, winning each campaign for Won - Loss record.

After 7 years of Interleague, the AL trailed the season series 4 – 3, and the overall games mark 853 – 833 (.506). Since 2004 it has been 11- years straight of AL beatdowns, winning each campaign for Won – Loss record.

2015 Interleague Schedules (Each Team 10 Home and 10 Away)

 

AL East

 

New York Yankees

Home:  vs NYM (3) FRI Apr 24 – Sun Apr 26, vs WSH (2)  Tues June 9 – Wed June 10,  vs MIA (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs PHI (3) Mon June 22 – Wed June 24.

Away:  @ WSH (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19  @ MIA (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16,  @ ATL (3) Fri Aug 28 – Sun Aug 30, @ NYM Fri Sept 18 – Sun Sept  20.

Baltimore Orioles

Home: vs PHI (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, vs WSH (3) Fri July 10 – Sun July 12, vs ATL (3) Mon July 27 – Wed July 29, vs NYM (2) Tues Aug 19 – Wed Aug 20

Away: @ NYM (2) Tues May 5 – Wed May 6, @ MIA (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, @ PHI (2)  Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ WSH (3) Mon Sept.21 – Wed Sept 23. Read the rest of this entry

Interleague Master Schedule For The 2015 MLB Season

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The National League will be looking to shake an 11 year game losing streak to the American League in 2015. 

Among the new things that AL vs NL has to offer, is a return to all teams in action at some point in the season during the time. 

Of course the Astros were back in the Senior Circuit then, so there was 16 teams vs just 14 for the Junior Circuit.

Mark it on your calendars – from Monday June 15 – June 18 all 30 teams will take part in a 2 game home and away series versus the same club.  This is sure to be a treat for Interleague fans.

Citizens Bank Ball Park, PNC Park and Fenway Park are the only 3 stadiums to have their venues host AL vs NL as their home openers. 

The MLB Reports will try to update the game times as they come in until the start of next campaign. 

Scroll Down or Click The READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY to see the 300 games listed for Interleague next year.  That is 20 games per club (10 home and 10 away.)

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All 2015 Home Opener Dates For All 30 MLB Ball Parks

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park.  The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years.  There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles.  In 2014, they may even exceed that. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park. The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years. There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles. In 2014, they may even exceed that – with the team having already drawn 2.1 Million people, possess 9 more home games, and being right in the middle of the Wild Card mix for a playoff spot. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

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

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It is still unclear of whether the MLB season will start on International waters.

Of course we also don’t know who the 1st game on North American soil is for Sunday Apr.5, 2015, so there is 1 team that will change the home opener at least.

Within 9 days of the opener, all parks will be accounted for in the year.  Game Start times will come in sporadically in the offseason with variance on when the clubs all post them.

Generally there is a massive spike on game 1 of any year at a ball park, so a big tip is to wait for game #2.  A lot of the squads love to offer great value priced tickets as a way to stop the catastrophic plummet from the opener. 

Whatever the case, if you know ways to acquire your way in to one of these parks for the inaugural game of the season, it is always a memorable experience! Read the rest of this entry

All Games On The 2015 Schedule For My (Chuck Booth) 183 Days MLB Park Road Trip

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

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So we all received a bonus when the MLB decided to post its schedule early.  For the benefit of those who don’t know my plan as yet. … I am planning on attending at least 1 baseball game a day at an MLB Park for the whole calendar season of 2015.

I will see many doubleheaders during this odyssey, I will be adding these to the list as the games start times become available.

After perusing this 2430 games schedule on the docket next year.  I now have my tentative schedule.

I will be writing lots on the journey as the information becomes available….so stay tuned…

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MLB Schedule Week 24: Sept 8 – Sept 14, 2014 (96 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 24 – 2014

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

Week 24

Monday, Sept.08/2014 (11 Games)

1.  Braves @ Nationals 7:05

2.  Orioles @ Red Sox 7:10

3.  Rockies @ Mets 7:10

4.  Royals @ Tigers 7:08

5.  Athletics @ White Sox 8:10

6.  Padres @ Dodgers 10:10

7.  Cardinals @ Reds 7:10

8.  Pirates @ Phillies 7:05

9.  Cubs @ Blue Jays 7:07 (Interleague)

  1. Marlins @ Brewers 8:10

11.  Astros @ Mariners 10:10

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All The 2014 Triple Crown Categories May Feature Players On Non-Playoff Teams

 

Giancarlo Stanton has hit homers in 3 straight games and has 10 HRs in his last 30 contests overall.  The Marlins 24 Year Old OF has 5 HR streaks since the ALL - Star Break.  With significant leads in both the HRs and RBI, he may just win the NL MVP.  Should Stanton have a hot September for Batting Average, he may even run down a Triple Crown.  Miami is far enough away from a playoff spot to almost ensure they won't make it.

Giancarlo Stanton has hit homers in 3 straight games and has 10 HRs in his last 30 contests overall. The Marlins 24 Year Old OF has 5 HR streaks since the ALL – Star Break. With significant leads in both the HRs and RBI, he may just win the NL MVP. Should Stanton have a hot September for Batting Average, he may even run down a Triple Crown. Miami is far enough away from a playoff spot to almost ensure they won’t make it.

Giancarlo Stanton holds the current best marks for HRs (36) and RBI (102) in the NL. The Marlins slugger is 10 RBI ahead of Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, and 6 bombs away from Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs will not make the playoffs, so the nearest contender for the HR crown, on a playoff team is Atlanta’s Justin Upton.  Upton is 10 jacks off the lead, and is also 3rd in RBI for the National League with 91.

Both Lucas Duda (26 HRs) and Marlon Byrd (25 HRs) round out the top 5 and neither of their clubs will make the playoffs.

If Stanton could get hot, he trails the NL Batting Leader Ben Revere (.314 – .295 BA)  2nd and 3rd in the NL Batting Race are (Justin Morneau, COL,  .312) – and Josh Harrison of the Bucs (.310).

Buster Posey is 4th and .303 for the Wild Card leading Giants, and tied for 5th are Aramis Ramirez (.303) with the 2nd Wild Card team currently with the Brewers, and then Andrew McCutchen at .303. Read the rest of this entry

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

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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.

To start off, I have eliminated 13 teams from the chance to win a World Series.  These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI/CIN/CHC/TB.

Miami is very close to being put on that list.  Tampa Bay is 9.5 Games Behind the playoff bar, and simply have too many teams to pass to even qualify for the 2nd Wild Card.

I had yet another wicked week of picking value, going 4 – 1, and only suffering a loss because I picked the Jays to go up in their odds.  They were only my 5th favorite on the list.

To my surprise, the Mariners have gone up in the odds, despite being just 3 – 5 in their last 8 games.  Oakland finally fell out of the favorites spot for the 1st time in months.  I was right on this one too.

I also had the fall of the Brew Crew last week.  I did get thwarted on a winning week by the Giants reeling off a 7 – 1 record in their last 8 games.

Kansas City moved up as a favorite as well, but that was a fluke coming off a losing week of baseball.  Still I will take the win.  They are still tied for 9th in odds with San Francisco.

The Royals have a better chance of winning the AL Central, than the Giants have in catching the Dodgers in the NL West.  Having said that, the Giants have taken a nice lead on the 1st position in the Wild Card.

I am still not hot on Milwaukee, and figure them to drop right out of the Central – and fully expect Atlanta to come up for the 2nd Wild Card slot now.

The Cardinals are in  great shape to make another September run with Yadier Molina back behind the plate, and I am locking them down as my favorite pick this week for value. KC is #2 on my faves list.

Baltimore should be rated higher for the very reason they own the biggest division lead.

Finally I like the longshot odd for the Blue Jays.  Out of the teams outside the periphery of the Wild Card Race, these guys are probably the most capable of stringing a lot of wins if their offense becomes hot.

At +3000, the Braves have a nice payout sitting out there.  Yes they can’t score right now, but the Marlins, Phillies and Mets will be the predominant schedule of these guys. and they also play the Nats some more.  They could squeak into a playoff spot.

I think the Angels have jumped too much on the favorites side, and may recede towards Oakland in the next few weeks.  I am banking on Seattle to drop some more in the Standings.

The Brewers are in a free fall, and have played to below .500 since the start of May.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 2, 2014

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Bo Porter was fired as manager of the Astros. Now I am not sure if it was the right move for the team, but there is no way the team’s losing ways could have been a surprise to Bo or anyone else.

It is a stuck in traffic episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

The Phillies no hit pitchers, Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon, along with Denard Span, Phil Hughes, Miguel Cabrera, Dilson Herrera and Nick Hundley all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Why Ruben Amaro Jr. Should Be Fired Right Now!

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils should have faced the facts - and started dismantling their team before they lost any relevant value

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils should have faced the facts – and started dismantling their team before they lost any relevant value over the last few years.  Now players like Rollins, Burnett and Utley have had their Vesting Options all exercised – and with the exception of the 2nd baseman, none of them have any trade value. Add brutal dollars owed to Howard and Papelbon, and this team is headed for financial peril.

Why Ruben Amaro Jr should be fired

Jordan Gluck (Prospects/Organization Expert): 

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I believe that if any GM were asked what is the organization that they would least like to take over the answer would be the Phillies. This team is a train wreck and it starts with up top where a new general manager is needed.

The Phillies even with the money that they generate are a long-term project that won’t be easy to fix. Rubens tenure started November 3rd 2008.  The team had just won the World Series under the tutelage of Pat Gillick.

Amaro had a team that could have brought a dynasty type of run to the franchise.  After a slow-moving regression that went from World Series Appearance in 2009, to NLCS in 2010, and then NLDS in 2011, the team finally missed the playoffs.

The core began to grow older and become expensive.  It has been apparent the squad needed a rebuild on the fly, but the powers that be have sat on their diminishing assets too long, and now the apples have become rotten, and not useful to other 29 teams.  

It is a flawed way of thinking – and will set the organization back 3 – 5 years.  

Out of our entire staff here at MLB Reports, we all hold the same opinion about Amaro JR.  – and in this article, we have all added our 2 cents in some form. Be sure to listen to Sully’s great podcasts about the Phillies at the end of the blog.

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated For September 1, 2014 )

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Hey Phillies Fans! You finally have something to cheer about!

I bet when Jonathan Papelbon didn’t get dealt this trade deadline, he didn’t think he would be closing out a no hitter.

Cole Hamels gets his name in the no hitter ledger, but now so do Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Papelbon of all people. A 7-0 win for the Phillies was NOT exactly what the Braves needed right now, but the Phillies have a highlight for the season.

Sadly that means taking Roy Halladay’s Division Series no hitter off this list, but oh well. History waits for nobody, especially not Jake Diekman,

It is time to update my list!

MLB Schedule September Of 2014

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MLB Scheduling Week 23 – 2014

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Week 23

Monday, Sept.01/2014 (12 Games)

1.  D-Backs @ Padres 4:10

2.  Red Sox @ Rays 1:10

3.  Tigers @ Indians 4:05

4.  Twins @ Orioles 1:35

5.  Mets @ Marlins 1:10

6.  Phillies @ Braves 1:10

7.  Pirates @ Cardinals 2:15

8.  Mariners @ Athletics 4:05

9.  Rangers @ Royals 8:10

10. Nationals @ Dodgers 8:10

11. Brewers @ Cubs 2:20

12.  Giants @ Rockies 4:10

***There is no Interleague Today (Sept.01)

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MLB Schedule Week 23: Sept 1 – Sept 6, 2014 (95 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 23 – 2014

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Week 23

Monday, Sept.01/2014 (12 Games)

1.  D-Backs @ Padres 4:10

2.  Red Sox @ Rays 1:10

3.  Tigers @ Indians 4:05

4.  Twins @ Orioles 1:35

5.  Mets @ Marlins 1:10

6.  Phillies @ Braves 1:10

7.  Pirates @ Cardinals 2:15

8.  Mariners @ Athletics 4:05

9.  Rangers @ Royals 8:10

  1. Nationals @ Dodgers 8:10
  2. Brewers @ Cubs 2:20

12.  Giants @ Rockies 4:10

***There is no Interleague Today (Sept.01)

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THE LONG BALL In 2014 MLB: TOP 5 HRs AL/NL + Who Will Win The HR Titles?

Chris Carter is the biggest mover and shaker this week, and is leading the Majors in bombs since May 09.  He has fashioned his bolts in a short amount of time by having Multi HR Games, and also coupling it with consecutive streaks.  This guy is looking like a keeper for Houston, and may be one of the guys that got away from Billy Beane!

Chris Carter iis leading the Majors in bombs since May 09 – with 28 big flies and 66 RBI during that time frame in just 305 AB. He has fashioned his bolts in a short amount of time by having Multi HR Games, and also coupling it with consecutive streaks. This guy is looking like a keeper for Houston, and may be one of the guys that got away from Billy Beane.  The massive DH/1B/OF burned his old squad last night by drilling a 3 run bomb in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Astros a 4 – 2 win. The victory knocked Oakland out of 1st place.  I think he will win the HR title in the AL now. Wouldn’t that be something if he won that, in addition to Jose Altuve possibly winning the Batting title?

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Chris Carter… we have been preaching this man’s name at this website for years.  Our founder and former lead writer Jonathan told me about this man 3 years ago.

When he was traded by Billy Beane, Jonathan explained it would be a deal that he will regret.  Now with the A’s lacking some firepower, and Jed Lowrie on the shelf, plus having an off year, the Astros are looking good in this one.

I have also pointed out the A’s GM forced the Astros to go over their roster limit – exposing Nate Freiman for him to pluck as a Rule 5 Draft right after, however it is hard to argue the “Moneyball” man may end up on the wrong side of this deal long-term.

It would behoove Oakland to have Freiman see more Plate Appearances.  The big 6 ft 7 behemoth clubs 3 HRs in 2 games in Atlanta – and then rides pine for 4 games in the next week.

That is a blog for another time.

We are talking about Chris Carter.  This big man was once an afterthought in Houston this year, despite bombing 29 jacks in 2013.  Bo Porter was taking flak for having CC still in the lineup back in May when he was hitting about ..153 with 4 HRs as of May 9th.

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Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions + The Week Ahead For The Contenders

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Based on last week’s 4 – 1 – 1 record for picking the best valued odds on the 6 Divisions, I am sticking with the same teams for value again as nothing has really changed.

My only loss for picking the selections, was that Atlanta dropped from +700 to +1000.  I broke even with none of the NL West odds changing.

My AL East pick of the Yankees proved worthy – as they went from +1000 to +800.

My AL Central wager of the week was Cleveland, and they jumped from +2500 to +1800.

The Biggest registered bet was on the Mariners, shaving off a +3500 to a now +2500.  This is the only prognostication I actually put real money on down.

It was a clean sweep for me to win on the American League.

I was 1 – 1 – 1 in the National League.  My St. Louis to rise as a favorite worked in plotting the week.  They are now tied with the Brewers for the odds to win the NL Central.

The Cardinals came up just enough to break me with a .500 record for NL picks.

I have eliminated the Jays and Rays from the Divisional races.  Any double digit deficit will result in this automatically for the rest of the campaign.  

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

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

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

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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ubaldo Situation

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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MLB Scheduling Week 22 – 2014

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Week 22

Monday, Aug.25/2014 (9 Games)

1.  Rockies @ Giants 10:15

2.  Marlins @ Angels 10:05 (Interleague)

3.  Brewers @ Padres 10:10

4.  Athletics @ Astros 8:10

5.  Cardinals @ Pirates 7:05

6.  Rays @ Orioles 7:05

7.  Nationals @ Phillies 7:05

8.  Red Sox @ Blue Jays 7:07

9.  Rangers @ Mariners 10:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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