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Who Owned Baseball July 31, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Jeff Haynes - AP Photo

Jeff Haynes – AP Photo

 

Mark Teixeira reached base 5 times, including a double and 2 homers, driving in 6 runs as the Yankees beat up the White Sox, 13-6.

Taijuan Walker let up a solo homer in the 4th and walked another batter and that was it. He pitched all 9 innings of a 1 hitter, striking out 11 Minnesota and earning a 6-1 decision for the Mariners.

Welington Castillo singled, doubled and hit a go ahead 10th inning homer that put the Diamondbacks ahead for good as the won in Houston, 6-4.

Matt Harvey was solid into the 8th in a critical game for the Mets. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run, 5 hits, no walks and struck out 9 Nationals batters. He got a no decision but the Mets walked off 2-1 winners in the 12th.

They all owned baseball on July 31, 2015.

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

AP Photo - John Minchillo

AP Photo – John Minchillo

Brandon Phillips had a monster night, going 4 for 5, 2 runs scored, 7 RBI, 2 homers and 2 stolen bases to lead the Reds in a 15-5 drubbing of Pittsburgh.

Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI as the Twins topped Seattle, 9-5.

Max Scherzer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks and striking out 6 to help the Nationals get a 1-0 victory in Miami.

Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run while striking out 7 Oakland batters and earning the 3-1 win for Cleveland.

 

They all owned baseball on July 30, 2015.

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

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

Troy Tulowitzki made his Toronto debut with a pair of doubles, a homer, 3 RBI and some sparkling defense to help beat Philadelphia, 8-2.

Bryce Harper went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, 3 runs scored and 4 knocked in to give the Nationals a 7-2 victory over Miami.

Corey Kluber pitched shutout ball into the 9th, finishing with a complete game, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, earning the decision as the Indians clobbered the Royals, 12-1.

Jon Lester struck out 14 and walked only 1 Colorado batter over 8 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while getting the 3-2 win for the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on July 29, 2015.

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

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Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

Sonny Gray threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 9 and walking 1 Dodger batter and contributed a hit himself in Oakland’s 2-0 victory.

Curt Casali had his second straight 2 homer day, finishing with 3 hits and 3 RBI in Tampa Bay’s 10-2 clobbering of Detroit.

Noah Syndergaard was perfect through 6 and finished with 8 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, no walks and striking out 9 Padres en route to a 4-0 Mets win.

Joey Votto reached base 4 times, scoring twice and launching a 3 run homer to lead the Reds past St. Louis, 4-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 28, 2015.

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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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JUSTIN EDMONDS/GETTY IMAGES

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

 

AP Photo - Pat Sullivan

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

Alex Brandon - AP

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

Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports

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

DANNY MOLOSHOK/AP

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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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 15, 2015

(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

The loss of Hunter Pence has made a startling impact on the Giants offense, at least in directly.

Plus I wish Wade Boggs happy birthday on Episode 964 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Max Scherzer, Sonny Gray, Juan Lagares, Russell Martin, Cole Hamels, Chris Sale, Jace Peterson and Leonys Martin all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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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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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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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 8, 2015

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

 

It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

The Giants lineup is thin enough that losing Pence for any length of time isn’t going to be fun. Man, this even year odd year thing is starting to get creepy! Let’s talk defending champs on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Odds To Win The MLB 2015 World Series + Best Bets

Yu Darvish has exceeded expectations in his 1st 2 seasons with the club.  Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he is seriously underpaid in the last four years of his contract.  Based on that value created, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo.  Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and a AL Leading 277 in 2013.  But he has a torn UCL and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, i call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th

Yu Darvish had exceeded expectations in his 1st 3 seasons with the club. Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he was considered seriously underpaid in the last three years of his contract. Since that value created cash for other deals, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo last winter, but those two sustained massive injuries in 2014 (along with the RHP – and about 57 others lin 2014) in what was a losing season, Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and an AL Leading 277 for the 2013 season, but he has a torn UCL now – and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, I call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th.  Oddsmakers are on board with what I have said, with the team tied for the 22nd worst odd to win it all this campaign.

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With yesterday’s grim news on the 2015 season of Yu Darvish. I think it is safe to say the Rangers will have a tough campaign this year as well.

It was one thing having all of their top players coming back from injury already, but now you lose one of the true aces left in the American League.  This is a doomsday special.  I don’t think Yovani Gallardo will take on Darvish’s type of role and thrive.  If anything, the Rangers might be able to flip him later in the year.

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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?

Inking the 3B would create even more tradeable pieces to add in a deal to acquire another Starting Pitcher ace. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madison Bumgarner and Lorenzo Cain Owned October (#WOO)

Scott Strazzante, SF Chronicle - David J. Phillip, AP

Scott Strazzante, SF Chronicle – David J. Phillip, AP

One threw a shutout in the Wild Card Game and captured NLCS and World Series MVP honors.

The other got a pair of hits and drove in a pair in the Wild Card Game, batted .533 with an OPS of 1.255 to win ALCS MVP and took his potent bat and highlight catches into the World Series.

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants and Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals owned October in 2014.

I pick a pitcher and hitter every game from each winning post season team and award them a WOO (Who Owns October.)

And I also have the option to give a 1/2 WOO to a player on a losing team.

I awarded Who Owns the World Series to Bumgarner and his teammate Hunter Pence.

But WOO tallies every post season game, from the Wild Card Game all the way to the final pitch of Game 7 of the World Series.

So not only are the Giants and Royals represented, but so are the Orioles, Cardinals, Tigers, Athletics, Angels, Pirates, Dodgers and Nationals.

Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Nelson Cruz, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Travis Ishikawa, Buster Posey and Kolten Wong all got 2 or higher WOO as hitters to trail Cain’s total of 4. Interestingly Bryce Harper also got 2 WOO even though his Nationals lost the Division Series and did not have the ability to pad his total in the LCS and World Series.

Bumgarner’s 6 1/2 WOO total was more than double the next name, his teammate Yusmeiro Petit who pitched to a 3 WOO all in relief.

Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland got 2 WOO in relief. Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura got 2 WOOs as starters.

So they Bumgarner and Cain had amazing post seasons and that will remembered by their fans forever.

They did more than show up for October. They owned it.

Madison Bumgarner And Hunter Pence Owned The 2014 World Series (#WOWS)

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Did Madison Bumgarner get the Win or Save tonight? Oh it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that he dominated like no pitcher I have ever seen in my life. 1 run in 21 World Series innings? Being the pitcher to clinch the World Series?

It was a World Series for the ages.

Hunter Pence hit the homer in the top of the first in Game 1 that set the tone of the World Series. He would hit ,429 with a homer and 5 RBI. He got 2 more hits in the Game 7 finale and scored a run.

They were the pitcher and the hitter who owned the 2014 World Series.

Kelvin Herrera with his stellar relief work for the Royals earned 1 1/2 WOWs as well.

Each winning team for every World Series game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns the World Series.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOWS to a worthy player on the losing team.

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Who Owns October In MLB Playoffs 2014? (#WOO) + Who Owns the World Series? (#WOWS) Final Tallies Updated For Game 7 – 2014 World Series

Scott Strazzante - San Francisco Chronicle

Scott Strazzante – San Francisco Chronicle

So October 2014 is officially owned by Madison Bumgarner. Savor this amazing post season.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.) This is still up for grabs

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

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From October 29th World Series Game 7:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Madison Bumgarner finished his historic post season with 5 shutout innings out of the bullpen, holding Kansas City to 2 hits and clinched the World Series for the Giants with a 3-2 win. 

Pablo Sandoval capped off a marvelous World Series with a 3-3 performance, reaching base 4 times, scoring twice played solid defense and caught the final out as the Giants took Game 7, 3-2 in Kansas City.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Alex Gordon went 2-4, scored a run, drove in a run and hit the dramatic 2 out hit that took him all the way to third in the bottom of the 9th. He was stranded as the Royals fell 3-2 to the Giants.

Kelvin Herrera pitched the Royals out of trouble with 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief, striking out 4 and walking none. San Francisco would hold on to win, 3-2.