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

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jake Arrieta threw the first Cubs no hitter since 2008, allowing 1 walk and struck out 12 Dodgers and completed his 2-0 masterpiece.

Derek Holland threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, walking none and struck out 11 Orioles along the way as the Rangers triumphed, 6-0.

Stephen Drew reached base 6 times, launching a 2 run homer, drove in 4 and scored 3 times, helping the Yankees humiliate the Braves, 20-6.

Jayson Werth walked, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and scored the tying run for the Nationals who got a much needed 7-4 win against the Marlins.

 

They all owned baseball on August 30, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Mike Trout collected 4 hits, including a double and a triple, but the free falling Angels lost again, 9-2.

Marlon Byrd drove in 4 runs with a pair doubles, a single and a triple. But he was stranded each time and the Giants fell short to the Cardinals, 7-5.

 

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

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

Edwin Encarnacion hit 3 homers, driving in 9 and scoring 4 times in the Blue Jays 15-1 trashing of Detroit.

Luis Severino threw 6 shutout innings and led the Yankees to a 3-1 victory in Atlanta.

Joey Votto went 3 for 5 including a 9th inning 2 run homer that gave the Reds the lead and powered them to a 12-9 win over Milwaukee.

Lance Lynn pitched into the 8th before leaving with an injury. He finished with 7 plus innings, no runs and 6 hits, earning the 6-0 decision for the Cardinals in San Francisco.

They all owned baseball on August 29, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Brian Dozier doubled twice in the Twins 4-1 loss to Houston.

Garrett Richards struck out 9 in 7 innings, walking none and allowing 3 runs. The Angels bullpen would implode and lose the game to Cleveland, 8-3.

Scooter Gennett collected 4 hits, including a triple, scoring 3 and driving in 3. But the Brewers fell in the 9th and were beaten 12-9 by the Reds.

Jacob deGrom threw 6 innings, striking out 10, but the Mets lost to the Red Sox, 3-1.

 

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

 

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JOHN BAZEMORE/AP

Didi Gregorius collected 4 hits, including a homer, and 6 RBI, leading the Yankees to a 15-4 thumping of Atlanta.

Cole Hamels pitched 8 dominating innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run while striking out 10 Baltimore batters and earning the 4-1 decision for Texas.

Kelby Tomlinson was solid defensively , reached base 4 times and hit a walk off 9th inning RBI single over 5 infielders to give the Giants a 5-4 win over St. Louis.

Clayton Kershaw was his usual remarkable self with 8 innings, 3 hits, 1 run on a solo homer, 1 walk and 14 strikeouts, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on August 28, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Daniel Nava collected 3 hits and scored in Tampa Bay’s 3-2 loss to the Royals.

Scott Kazmir was strong over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 run and 6 strikeouts. But he was saddled with the 3-0 Astros loss in Minnesota.

Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 with a homer, a stolen base and 2 RBI in Colorado’s 5-3 loss in Pitsburgh.

Matt Harvey pitched 6 innings of shutout ball, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. The bullpen would blow his lead and the Mets would fall to Boston 6-4 in 10 innings.

 

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

Jamie Squire - Getty Images

Jamie Squire – Getty Images

 

Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI to help the Royals beat Baltimore 5-3.

Daniel Murphy displayed some sparkling defense, reached base 4 times, including a 2 run double in the 13th inning that completed a wild 9-5  come from behind victory for the Mets in Philadelphia.

Matt Shoemaker threw 7 1/3 one hit shutout ball, earning the 2-0 decision for the Angels in Detroit.

Zack Greinke gave the Dodgers 7 innings with no runs, 4 hits and 9 strikeouts to win a 1-0 duel against the Reds.

They all owned baseball on August 26, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

Eduardo Escobar singled and homered in the Twins 5-4 loss in Tampa Bay.

Aaron Altherr hit a pair of doubles, drove in a run and scored another in the Phillies 9-5 extra inning loss to the Mets.

Randy Wolf gave the Tigers a solid emergency start with 1 run over 7 strong innings. However it was a tough luck 2-0 loss to the Angels.

Anthony DeSclafani went 7 innings and 1 walk but that was one run too many as the Reds fell to the Dodgers, 1-0.

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

 

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

Justin Verlander went into the 9th with a chance at a third career no hitter. After a leadoff single, he finished with a complete game 1 hit shutout, walking 2 and striking out 9 Angels and earning the 5-0 victory in Detroit.

Evan Gattis homered twice in the Astros 6-2 win against the Yankees.

Bartolo Colon gave the Mets 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 and scattering 5 hits as the red hot Mets topped the Phillies 9-4.

Justin Upton hit a pair of homers, driving in 3 runs helping the Padres beat the Nationals, 6-5.

They all owned baseball on August 26, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Chris Sale threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 7 strikeouts. He got a no decision as the White Sox fell to Boston, 3-0.

Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 with a run scored and 2 RBI in the Rangers 12-4 loss to Toronto.

Patrick Corbin struck out 7 batters in 6 innings, allowing 1 run, 3 hits and 2 walks. He would not get a decision as the Diamondbacks bullpen fell to St. Louis, 3-1.

Adonis Garcia went 3 for 5 with a homer in Atlanta’s 6-3 loss to the Rockies.

 

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

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Dallas Keuchel threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 9, walking none and scattering 3 hits as the Astros humiliated the Yankees 15-1.

Michael Brantley reached base 4 times with 2 homers, 4 RBI and a stolen base to help Cleveland top Milwaukee, 11-6.

Brad Hand pitched into the 9th, throwing 8 plus innings, allowing 2 runs to the red hot Pirates and winning the 5-2 game for the Marlins.

Starlin Castro took advantage of being back in the lineup with a single, double and homer and leading the Cubs to a 8-5 victory in San Francisco.

They all owned baseball on August 25, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI but his Tigers comeback fell a run short against the Angels, 8-7.

Jedd Gyorko hit 2 homers in the Padres 8-3 loss to Washington.

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

DREW HALLOWELL/GETTY IMAGES

DREW HALLOWELL/GETTY IMAGES

Wilmer Flores hit 2 of the Mets 8 homers, adding a double and 5 RBI in the wild 16-7 win in Philadelphia.

Rusney Castillo singled, doubled and homered, driving in all 5 of the Red Sox runs in a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

Jon Lester took a shutout into the 9th. He finished with 8 2/3 innings, 6 hits and 1 run. While he did not get the win but the Cubs took the game 2-1 over Cleveland.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched 8 shutout innings, 4 hits and struck out 7. While he didn’t get the decision, he set up the Yankees 1-0 win over the Astros.

They all owned baseball on August 24, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 including a 3 run homer but his Phillies lost to the Mets 16-7.

Jose Abreu homered and doubled in the White Sox 5-4 loss to Boston.

Corey Kluber pitched into the 8th, finishing with 11 strikeouts, 4 hits, 1 run and no walks. He got a no decision as the Cubs walked off against the Indians, 2-1.

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

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ALAN DIAZ/AP

Aaron Nola pitched 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, walking 2 and striking out 6 Marlins en route to the 2-0 Philadelphia victory.

Lance McCullers pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs, striking out 8 and walking no Dodger batter. He would get a no decision but the Astros would walk off 3-2 winners in 10.

Stephen Piscotty tripled and hit a pair of homers, driving in 5 runs in St. Louis’ 10-3 thumping of the Padres.

Mike Moustakas homered and doubled twice, the second one capping off a 9th inning rally that saw the Royals come from behind and beat Boston, 8-6.

They all owned baseball on August 23, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Clayton Kershaw allowed 1 run and no walks over 8 innings of work, striking out 10 along the way. He was stupidly pulled from the game and predictably the Dodgers bullpen blew the lead in the 9th and the game in the 10th, 3-2 to Houston.

Kevin Gausman tossed 7 strong innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 runs, striking out 8 and walking none. He did not factor into the decision as the Orioles fell to Minnesota, 4-3 in 12.

Scooter Gennett singled and homered, scoring twice, in Milwaukee’s 9-5 loss to Washington.

Mike Trout collected 3 hits, including a triple, scored a run and drove in another but the Angels fell to Toronto, 12-5.

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

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JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with 2 homers, a double and 4 RBI while leading the Diamondbacks in a 11-7 win over the Reds.

Josh Donaldson homered twice, singled and doubled while driving in 6 as Toronto blew out the Angels 15-3.

Gerrit Cole threw 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 unearned run, striking out 8. He got a no decision but the Pirates walked off 3-2 winners against the Giants.

Carlos Rodon gave the White Sox 7 innings with 1 earned run and 8 strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision but Chicago topped Seattle 6-3 in 10 innings.

They all owned baseball on August 22, 2015

Nick Swisher homered twice, driving in 4, in the Braves 9-7 loss to the Cubs.

Francisco Lindor went 3 for 4 with a double and a homer but his Indians fell to the Yankees 6-2.

Mike Leake allowed one hit, a solo homer, a walk and 6 strikeouts over 6 innings. The Giants would lose in the 9th 3-2 in Pittsburgh.

Sonny Gray pitched 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs. The A’s would blow the lead and lose 5-4 to Tampa Bay.

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

Mike Fiers threw the 11th no hitter in Houston Astros history, walking 3 Dodgers and striking out 10 while completing his 3-0 masterpiece.

Andrew Cashner threw 6 strong innings, allowing 1 unearned run, striking out 8 Cardinals and earning the 9-3 decision for the Padres.

Ben Revere went 4 for 5 with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI, helping the Blue Jays inch closer to first place by beating the Angels, 9-2.

Yoenis Cespedes socked 2 doubles and 3 homers, including the game winner, driving in 7, leading the Mets past Colorado in a 14-9 Coors slugfest.

They all owned baseball on August 21, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Justin Verlander pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run, 1 unearned run, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in the Tigers 2-0 loss to Texas.

Miguel Cabrera smacked 3 doubles but was stranded each time as Detroit fell 2-0 to the Rangers.

Nolan Arenado doubled twice and homered, driving in 4 runs in the Rockies 14-9 loss to the Mets.

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

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Yohan Flande pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs and added 2 hits, an RBI and a run scored, winning the 3-2 game for the Rockies over the Nationals.

In a night that featured 2 one hitters, Chris Archer got the nod, walking 1 and striking out 11 and led the Rays past the Astros, 1-0.

A. J. Pollock went 4 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI including a go ahead single in the 8th as the Diamondbacks topped the Reds.

Eduardo Escobar singled, doubled and homered, driving in a pair and leading the Twins in a blow out of Baltimore, 15-2.

They all owned baseball on August 20, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Collin McHugh pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 run and 2 walks but lost a pitchers duel against Archer as the Astros fell 1-0 to the Rays.

Jason Bourgeois singled and tripled, scored twice and drove in a run but the Reds fell to Arizona 5-4.

Alex Rodriguez got a pair of hits, scored 2, launched a homer and stole a base in the Yankees 3-2 loss to the Indians.

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

 

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Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with a go ahead homer to lead the Cardinals past San Francisco in a possible playoff preview, 4-3.

Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 unearned run and walked none. He got credit for the 4-1 Washington victory in Colorado.

Nick Castellanos hit 2 doubles and 2 homers, driving in 5 runs to help the Tigers top the Cubs, 15-8.

Jesse Chavez pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, earning the 5-2 decision as the A’s completed their sweep of the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on August 19, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

Kris Bryant reached base 5 times with a homer, 2 runs scored and 2 driven in but the Cubs lost big, 15-8, to Detroit.

Julio Teheran struck out 7 in 6 innings, walking 1 and allowing 1 run on a solo homer. He would not factor into the decision as the Padres beat the Braves, 3-2.

Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored in the Indians 6-4 loss in Boston.

Jeff Samardzija threw 7 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 7. That one run was enough as the Angels topped the White Sox, 1-0.

 

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

Patrick Semansky/AP

Patrick Semansky/AP

Curtis Granderson hit his 7th lead off homer of the year, added another one, walked and made a leaping catch to end an 8th inning rally as the Mets won 5-3 in Baltimore.

Josh Donaldson reached base 4 times, including a pair of homers, and drove in 4 to help the Blue Jays come from behind to top the Phillies, 8-5.

Jacob deGrom pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run and 1 walk, earning the 5-3 decision for the Mets against the Orioles.

Eduardo Rodriguez gave Boston 8 strong innings, walking none and allowing just 6 hits and 1 run to earn the 9-1 win over the Indians.

They all owned baseball on August 18, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Jose Reyes went 4 for 5 with a double and a homer in Colorado’s 15-6 loss to the Nationals.

Jose Abreu doubled and added 2 singles, driving in a run in the White Sox 5-3 loss to the Angels.

Raisel Iglesias pitched 7 innings of 3 hit, 1 walk shutout ball against the Royals. The bullpen would blow his lead and the Reds would lose, 3-1 in 13 innings.

Jake Odorizzi struck out 9 batters and walked just 1 in 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run. He would get a no decision as the Astros walked off against Tampa Bay, 3-2 in 10.

 

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

 

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

Michael Wacha pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. He did not get a decision but he set up St. Louis’ 2-1 victory over San Francisco.

Chris Tillman gave Baltimore 7 innings of 3 hit, 2 run ball, topping Oakland 4-2.

Yonder Alonso doubled and homered in San Diego’s 5-3 win over Atlanta.

Brian McCann went 3 for 5 with a double, a 3 run homer and 5 RBI, helping the Yankees take a wild 10 inning 8-7 slugfest against the Twins.

They all owned baseball on August 17, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

Pedro Alvarez singled and homered in the Pirates 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Carlos Rodon recorded the first complete game of his big league career, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. It was in a losing cause, however, as the White Sox lost to the Angels, 2-1.

Trevor Plouffe went 3 for 5 with  homer and a pair of RBI in the Twins 8-7 extra inning loss to the Yankees.

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Who Owned Baseball August 16, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

NAM Y.HUH - AP

NAM Y.HUH – AP

Chris Sale pitched 7 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, striking out 15 Cubs and walking just 2 as the White Sox took the game at home, 3-1.

Madison Bumgarner not only dominated the Nationals with a complete game 3 hit 14 strikeout and 1 walk shutout but homered and doubled as well as the Giants rolled, 5-0.

Adam Jones reached base 4 times, including a pair of homers, driving in 3, as the Orioles clobbered Oakland 18-2.

Aramis Ramirez went 4 for 5 with a run scored and 3 driven in as the Pirates scored big late to beat the Mets 8-1.

They all owned baseball on August 16, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Hector Santiago held Kansas City to 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings. The Angels bullpen would blow the lead in the 9th and the game in the 10th, 4-3.

Rubby De La Rosa allowed 1 run over 7 innings, scattering 7 hits. The Braves would walk off against the Diamondbacks, 2-1.

Miguel Cabrera got on base 4 times, including a double and a homer and 3 RBI. His Tigers would lose the game in the 9th to the Astros, 6-5.

Jason Heyward homered twice, driving in 3, in St. Louis’ 6-4 loss to the Marlins.

 

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Who Owned Baseball August 15, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

FRED THORNHILL/AP Photo

FRED THORNHILL/AP Photo

Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees a much needed complete game, allowing 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 Blue Jays and earning the 4-1 victory.

Jackie Bradley Jr. became the youngest player in 100 years to collect 5 extra base hits in a game. He smacked 3 doubles and a pair of homers, scoring 5 and driving in 7 as the Red Sox stunned Seattle and King Felix, 22-10.

John Lackey pitched into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 1 walk and got the 6-2 decision for the Cardinals over the Marlins.

Scooter Gennett went 4 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI to help the Brewers top the Phillies, 4-2.

They all owned baseball on August 15, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Chris Bassitt pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs but did not factor into the decision as the Orioles topped the A’s, 4-3.

Nelson Cruz got on base 4 times, including a 2 run homer, driving in 3 but could only watch as the Mariners were humiliated by the Red Sox, 22-10.

Todd Frazier reached base 3 times, including a homer, driving in a pair in the Reds 8-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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Who Owned Baseball August 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

Matt Kemp became the first Padres batter in history to hit for the cycle, finishing the night 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI in San Diego’s 9-5 victory in Colorado.

Jaime Garcia took a shutout into the 9th and finished with 8 1/3 innings, 6 hits and no earned runs, earning the 3-1 decision for the Cardinals over Miami.

Manny Machado made some dazzling defensive plays, reached base 3 times and launched a 2 run, bottom of the 13th walk off homer that won the 8-6 game for Baltimore over Oakland.

Corey Kluber allowed a solo homer and a walk and nothing else, throwing a complete game 1 hitter, striking out 7 to lead Cleveland past Minnesota, 6-1.

They all owned baseball on August 14, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Joey Votto doubled and hit a 3 run homer, accounting for all of Cincinnati’s offense as they fell to the Dodgers 5-3.

Bartolo Colon pitched 7 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 1 run. He would not factor into the decision as the Mets fell to Pittsburgh, 3-2 in 10.

Coco Crisp hit 3 doubles and a single, driving in a run in the A’s 13 inning 8-6 loss in Baltimore.

David Price thrilled a frenzied Toronto crowd with 7 shutout innings and pitched into the 8th. The Blue Jays bullpen blew the lead and the Yankees came back to win, 4-3.

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Who Owned Baseball August 13, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

HANNAH FOSLIEN/GETTY IMAGES

HANNAH FOSLIEN/GETTY IMAGES

Mitch Moreland collected 4 hits including a 2 run double and a 2 run homer, helping the Rangers erase an early 4-0 hole and and win 6-5 in Minnesota.

Mark Buehrle pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 8 to get the 4-2 decision for Toronto who swept Oakland for their 11th straight victory.

Kyle Schwarber reached base 4 times with a pair of homers and 4 RBI, helping the red hot Cubs crush the Brewers 9-2.

Noah Syndergaard allowed a pair of first inning homers and then settled down to keep the Rockies to 3 runs and 4 hits over 7 innings, and earned the 12-3 decision for the first place Mets.

They all owned baseball on August 13, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

Eric Hosmer singled and homered, scoring twice and driving in a pair in Kansas City’s 7-6 loss to the Angels.

Jeremy Guthrie held the Angels to 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings. However the Royals bullpen had a very rare meltdown and lost the 7-6 game in the 9th.

Enrique Hernandez went 3 for 4 and added a walk but was stranded every time as the Dodgers lost to the Reds, 10-3.

Stephen Strasburg struck out 8 Giants in 6 innings but also let up a pair of runs and lost the 3-1 game for the Nationals.

 

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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.

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Kansas City Royals Pitching Roster Tree In 2014 – World Series Edition: Shields Pivotal Despite Playoff Struggles

How All Of The 2014 Royals Pitchers Were Acquired:

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While James Shields has not had a banner postseason – however it is important to remember his influence on culture change in the Royals clubhouse for this successful franchise turnaround.

The trade that brought the RHP, also brought in Wade Davis, who may be the most important pitcher on the squad other than Greg Holland this campaign.

Dayton Moore has done a fantastic job of assembling this franchise’s roster over the last 5 – 7 years.  It came on the heels of a quarter century of futility yes, but the future definitely looks  bright.

As we have said before, teams residing in either league’s Central Division have a fair chance of competing in a season every year.

The highest payroll team is the Detroit Tigers, but they are not in the stratosphere of the Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Angels and Phillies, were there is a 2nd team in the division who can go buck wild in contracts.

The Nationals and Giants are able to spend in the $150 MIL range to join Philly and the Dodgers.  In the AL West, Texas and the Angels can mirror each other, whereas the Red Sox and Yankees own the AL East payroll leaders.

St. Louis is the highest NL Central club, and are always near the fringe of the top 10 for dollars spent annually only.  

The Tigers are the only franchise spending big cash in the AL Central, although the White Sox have delved into higher salaries in previous seasons – when they drew well following the 2005 World Series.  They have since scaled back.

The Royals should be able to field a nice team for the next 2 – 3 years, and it shouldn’t break the bank for the ownership.

  Detroit has aging and hefty contract problems coming up, and KC has more depth for the  1 – 25 Roster, when it comes to withstanding injuries

For the foreseeable few seasons ahead, you will bank on the emergence of Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy to continue their development as aces, and the Relief Core is the still the strongest asset of the equation. Read the rest of this entry

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.)

To view the Final Tally of Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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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