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

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun Times

Anthony Rizzo doubled and hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 9th, finishing with 6 RBI altogether, leading the Cubs to a 9-6 victory in Arizona.

Mike Napoli got on base 3 times including a pair of homers, giving the Red Sox an 8-3 win against the Angels.

Mike Bolsinger threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and no walks while striking out 8, earning the 2-0 decision for the Dodgers against San Diego.

Corey Kluber pitched 8 innings, allowing just 1 run, striking out 7 while walking no Reds batters as the Indians won 2-1.

They all owned baseball on May 23, 2015.

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

John Sleezer - KC Times ( JSleezer@kcstar.com )

John Sleezer – KC Times ( JSleezer@kcstar.com )

Kendrys Morales went 3 for 5 with a pair of homers and 5 RBI as the Royals became the best team in baseball with a 5-0 shutout of the Cardinals.

Jeff Samardzjia pitched 8 solid innings, striking out 9 and walking just one Minnesota batter, earning the 3-2 decision for the White Sox.

Gerrit Cole pitched into the 9th, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings, walking 1 and allowing just 1 unearned run, beating the Mets 4-1 in Pittsburgh.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 4 times, stole a pair and hit a 2 out, 2 run, 2 strike game tying homer in the 10th inning that set up Arizona’s 5-4 victory against the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on May 22, 2015.

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

Andrew Savulich - NY Daily News

Andrew Savulich – NY Daily News

Jacob deGrom pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit, no walks and 11 strikeouts in the Mets dominating 5-0 victory over St. Louis.

Michael McKenry hit a go ahead homer while reaching base 4 times as the Rockies topped the Phillies, 7-3.

R. A. Dickey pitched a complete game victory allowing 5 hits and striking out 7 as the Blue Jays beat the Angels 8-4.

Mike Aviles went 4-5 with a  homer to help the Indians top the White Sox, 5-2.

They all owned baseball on May 21, 2015.

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

Melissa Phillip - Houston Chronicle

Melissa Phillip – Houston Chronicle

Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only an unearned run and 6 hits, getting the 6-1 win for the Astros over the A’s.

Tim Lincecum shut the Dodgers out for 7 iinings with 3 hits and no walks and got the 4-0 decision in San Francisco.

Mike Trout reached base 4 times including a homer, and scored 3 runs, helping the Angels sneak past Toronto 4-3.

Buster Posey scored the first run and hit a back breaking 2 run homer, along with a single and a double, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the rival Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on May 20, 2015.

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

Elsa - GETTY IMAGES

Elsa – GETTY IMAGES

Randall Grichuk bounced back from a poor Monday to triple and hit a pair of doubles, scoring one and driving in 3 as St. Louis clobbered the Mets, 10-2.

Colby Rasmus homered and doubled, scoring a pair and driving in 2, helping the Astros take down Oakland, 6-4.

Trevor Bauer gave the Indians another terrific pitching performance, going into the 8th and finishing with 7 1/3 innings with 4 hits, 1 run and 7 strikeouts, beating the White Sox 3-1.

Jimmy Nelson allowed just 3 hits, 4 walks and 1 run over 8 innings, earning the 8-1 decision for the Brewers in Detroit.

They all owned baseball on May 19, 2015.

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

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Elsa – Getty Images

Matt Harvey pitched brilliantly giving the Mets 8 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk and striking out 9 St. Louis batters. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Mets walked off 2-1 winners in 14 innings.

Chris Sale locked up in a tense pitchers duel, going 8 innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 7. He did not get a decision but the White Sox topped Cleveland 2-1 in 10 innings.

Jose Bautista reached base 4 times including a single and double and a homer, scoring 3 and driving in 3 in Toronto’s back and forth 10-6 win over the Angels.

Carlos Gomez homered and then hit a tie breaking RBI single in the 7th to give Milwaukee a 3-2 victory over Detroit.

They all owned baseball on May 18, 2015.

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

 

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J PAT CARTER/AP

Shelby Miller had a no hitter until 2 outs in the 9th inning when it was broken up with a single. He finished with a 2 hitter and 1 walk, winning 6-0 for the Braves in Miami.

Brandon Belt singled, walked, doubled and homered, scoring 3 times leading the Giants to a 9-8 victory in Cincinnati.

James Paxton pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks, defeating the Red Sox 5-0 in Seattle.

James Loney reached base 5 times, including a double, driving in 3 runs, helping the Rays inch closer to first place with an 11-3 win in Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on May 17, 2015.

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

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Jamie Sabaue – Getty Images

Brandon Crawford singled, doubled and launched a grand slam, driving in 6 runs as San Francisco crushed Cincinnati 11-2.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched 7 1/3 outstanding shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and no walks, giving the Rockies a 7-1 victory.

Eduardo Escobar went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI in the Twins go ahead 7th inning rally as they topped Detroit 6-4.

Matt Shoemaker pitched 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and no walks while striking out 7 Orioles batters, getting the 6-1 decision for the Angels.

They all owned baseball on May 16, 2015.

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

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FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

Kyle Lohse pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 Mets and getting the 7-0 decision in Milwaukee.

Jered Weaver pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run on a solo homer and 1 walk, earning the Angels 3-1 win in Baltimore.

Brandon Belt singled, doubled and homered, scoring 3 runs and driving in 4, leading the Giants past Cincinnati, 10-2.

Mike Moustakas singled, doubled twice and tripled, scoring 3 and driving in another as Kansas City throttled the Yankees, 12-1.

They all owned baseball on May 15, 2015.

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

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Leon Halip – Getty Images

Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 with a pair of homers, 3 runs scored and 3 driven in, leading Detroit to a 13-1 blow out of Minnesota.

Anibal Sanchez threw 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and one walk while striking out 9 Twins, getting the 13-1 win in Detroit.

Derek Norris got the hard parts of the cycle out of the way early with a triple and a homer, driving in 5 runs in the process. He would later be walked and had a hard shot grabbed but he did his share to beat the Nationals, 8-3 in San Diego.

Aaron Harang threw 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk, earning the 4-2 decision for Philadelphia over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on May 14, 2015.

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

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Jason Miller – Getty Images

Corey Kluber pitched a masterpiece. He held St. Louis hitless until there were 2 outs in the 7th. He finished with 1 hit, no runs and an incredible 18 strikeouts in 8 innings, getting the 2-0 win for the Indians.

Raisel Iglesias began his start with 5 no hit innings. He would finish with 8 innings of 2 hit, 1 run ball, walking only 3 and earning the 5-1 decision for the Reds over the Braves.

Prince Fielder got 3 hits, including a 2 run homer, in the Rangers 5-2 victory over the Royals.

Dee Gordon went 4 for 5, including 2 doubles, and scored twice in the Marlins 5-4 come from behind win against Los Angeles.

They all owned baseball on May 13, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 12, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

LM Otero - AP

LM Otero – AP

Alex Gordon doubled twice and hit the go ahead homer in the 10th that gave the Royals a dramatic 7-6 win in Texas.

Andre Ethier went 5 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Dodgers to an 11-1 thrashing of the Marlins.

Chris Sale went 8 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 walk while striking out 11 Brewers batters, earning the 4-2 decision for the White Sox.

Chris Heston threw a complete game 2 hit victory, allowing just 1 run on a solo homer, striking out 10 and walking no Houston batter as San Francisco rolled, 8-1.

They all owned baseball on May 12, 2015.

 

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

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(Michael Nelson / EPA)

Scott Van Slyke singled, doubled, scored twice and launched a come from behind, walk off 3 run homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over Miami.

Mark Teixeira went 4-5 with a double and a homers, scoring 3 runs and driving in a pair, helping the Yankees extending their lead over the Rays with an 11-5 beating.

Shelby Miller pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts. He would not get the decision, but the Braves would pull out the 2-1 win in Cincinnati.

Colby Lewis gave the Rangers 7 innings of 3 hit, 2 walk ball, allowing a single run and beat Kansas City 8-2.

They all owned baseball on May 11, 2015.

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Earning 1/2 WOBs in losing efforts.

Christian Yelich got 2 hits including a dramatic 2 run homer in the top of the 9th that gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers would come back with a walk off homer of their own and win 5-3.

Adam Eaton went 4-5 with a run scored, a double and 2 RBI including a game tying hit, helping the White Sox erase an early deep hole. The Bullpen would falter however and Milwaukee won 10-7.

Tom Koehler held the Dodgers to 3 hits and 1 run over 6 innings. He would get a no decision in Miami’s 3-2 loss.

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2015 WOB Leaders for the National League Hitter,

Freddie Freeman, 2,

Bryce Harper, 2,

Giancarlo Stanton, 2,

Scott Van Slyke2,

Ryan Braun, 1 1/2,

Zack Cozart, 1 1/2,

Khris Davis, 1 1/2,

Odubel Herrera, 1 1/2,

Matt Kemp, 1 1/2,

Andrew McCutchen, 1 1/2,

Anthony Rizzo, 1 1/2,

Joey Votto, 1 1/2,

Kolten Wong, 1 1/2,

 

2015 WOB Leaders for the National League Pitcher,

Johnny Cueto, 2 1/2,

Mike Leake, 2 1/2,

Josh Collmenter, 2,

Anthony DeSclafani, 2,

Matt Harvey, 2,

John Lackey, 2,

Francisco Liriano, 2,

Shelby Miller, 2,

Jimmy Nelson, 2,

Jon Niese, 2,

Chase Anderson, 1 1/2,

Andrew Cashner, 1 1/2,

Jacob deGrom, 1 1/2,

Zack Greinke, 1 1/2,

Chris Heston, 1 1/2,

Tyson Ross, 1 1/2,

Max Scherzer, 1 1/2,

 

2015 WOB Leaders for American League Hitter,

Miguel Cabrera, 3,

Xander Bogaerts, 2,

Michael Brantley, 2,

Nelson Cruz, 2,

Eric Hosmer, 2,

Jose Iglesias, 2,

Steven Souza Jr., 2,

Mark Teixeira, 2,

Devon Travis, 2,

Mike Trout, 2,

Josh Donaldson, 1 1/2,

Hanley Ramirez, 1 1/2,

 

 

2015 WOB Leaders for American League Pitcher,

Sonny Gray, 4 1/2,

Chris Archer, 2 1/2,

Shane Greene, 2 1/2,

Dallas Keuchel, 2 1/2,

Colby Lewis, 2 1/2,

Wei-Yin Chen, 2,

Scott Kazmir, 2,

James Paxton, 2,

Michael Pineda, 2,

David Price, 2,

Alfredo Simon, 2,

Nathan Karns, 1 1/2,

Hector Santiago, 1 1/2,

Edinson Volquez, 1 1/2,

C.J. Wilson, 1 1/2,

 

Guys Who Owned Baseball For One Day In 2015 MLB,

Matt Adams, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Mookie Betts, Kyle Blanks, A.J. Burnett, Lorenzo Cain, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, R.A. Dickey, Lucas Duda, Danny Duffy, Jacoby Ellsbury, Edwin Encarnacion, Kyle Gibson, Hector Gomez, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Cole Hamels, Jason Hammel, Aaron Harang, Adeiny Hechavarria, Felix Hernandez, Roberto Hernandez, Elian Herrera, Jason Heyward, Tim Hudson, Adam Jones, Joe Kelly, Kevin Kiermaier, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Kyle Lobstein, Evan Longoria, Martin Maldonado,  Tommy Milone, Logan Morrison, Brandon Morrow, Daniel Murphy, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Jake Odorizzi, Marcell Ozuna, Angel Pagan, Jimmy Paredes, Steve Pearce, Joc Pederson, David PhelpsAlex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Jordan Schafer, Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Marcus Semien, Jorge Soler, Stephen Strasburg, Kurt Suzuki, Masahiro Tanaka, Justin Turner, Dan Uggla, Justin Upton, Luis Valbuena, Ryan Vogelsong, Adam Wainwright, Taijuan Walker, Jered Weaver, Travis Wood, David Wright,

Guys Who Owned Baseball 1/2 A WOB 2015 MLB,

Jose Abreu, Pedro Alvarez, Cody Asche, Scott Baker, Trevor Bauer, Kole Calhoun, Jarred Cosart, Michael Cuddyer, Ike Davis, Rubby De La Rosa, Odrisamer Despaigne, Adam Eaton, Roenis Elias, Scott Feldman, Todd Frazier, Avisail Garcia, Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Matt Holliday, Howie Kendrick, Clayton Kershaw, Tom Koehler,  Adam Lind, Manny Machado, Wade Miley, Brandon Moss, J.R. Murphy, Daniel Norris, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, A.J. Pierzynski, Trevor Plouffe, Buster Posey, David Ross, Darin Ruf, Addison Russell, Chris Sale, Anibal Sanchez, Jordan Schafer, Andrelton Simmons, Seth Smith, Yangervis Solarte, Chase Utley, Stephen Vogt, Christian Yelich,

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

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Jeffrey Phelps – AP

Martin Maldonado collected 3 hits including a game tying 7th inning homer and a walk off single in the 11th, icing a 3-2 Brewers victory over the Cubs.

Jason Kipnis singled, doubled, tripled, stole a base, scored two and drove in two in the Indians 8-2 victory over the Twins.

Ryan Vogelsong kept the Giants in the game with 7 innings of 4 hit ball, walking none and allowing a single run. He would not get the decision but the Champs would walk off 3-2 winners over Miami.

And in one of the most difficult decisions in Who Owns Baseball and one that will not make everyone happy, Michael Pineda struck out 16 Baltimore batters and walked none over 7 innings, earning the 6-2 win for the Yankees.

They all owned baseball on May 10, 2015.

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Earning 1/2 WOBs in losing efforts.

Kolten Wong hit a game tying 2 run homer in the 6th inning but his Cardinals would eventually lose the 4-3 game in Pittsburgh.

Marcus Semien went 3-4 including a pair of homers off of King Felix. But the A’s would fall short in Seattle, 4-3.

Andrew Cashner walked none and allowed just 4 hits over 7 innings. Unfortunately for him, 2 of those hits were solo home runs and he became a hard luck loser for the Padres, 2-1 in Arizona.

Shane Greene pitched beautifully in an important rivalry game. He went 8 innings, walking none and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run but got a no decision as the Tigers fell to KC, 2-1.

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Milwaukee Brewers Payroll In 2013: And Contracts Going Fwd – Org Rosters + Depth Charts – (MLB + MiLB)

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Miller Park is a place that promotes tailgating before the game - and even offers incentive for it.  This place routinely draws over 3 Million Fans - and is one of the most profitable clubs.  In recent years, the management has taken runs at CC Sabathia,, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.  The franchise has given a lot of prospect back in these trades.  Is there anything left in cupboard - yep!

Miller Park is a place that promotes tailgating before the game – and even offers incentive for it. This place routinely draws over 3 Million Fans – and is one of the most profitable clubs. In recent years, the management has taken runs at CC Sabathia,, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The franchise has given a lot of prospects back in these trades. Is there anything left in cupboard – yep!

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and welcome Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

Jeff is going to provide the documents in form of spreadsheets and I am going to accompany the posts with deep analysis of what the numbers tell us from my perspective.  If you can’t wait for all of my assessments for each club, go and visit Jeff’s website over at http://www.prosportsrosters.com.

In Speaking with Jeff, he is one of the more passionate fans I have come across towards the game of baseball.  He spends enough time in updating his MLB Facts for it to be a Full-Time Job.  So after the usual Video Clip and READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY button, you will find some serious &*!@?!#!

Jeff updates this page below on a daily basis.  After you click on it….Bookmark it.  There is a 3 year salary forecast and stats not listed here on this page.  Jeff updates these pages daily and these changes include any Roster moves!

For a Full 3 year Salary Outlook plus last years Stats for every player in the Brewers Organization click here

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2013 WBC Group C Preview

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Miggy Cabrera will take his talents to the WBC starting on Mar.2

Miggy Cabrera will take his talents to the WBC (for Team Venezuela starting on Mar.2.

By Sam Evans (Baseball Writer): 

Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Spain have produced some of the most talented baseball players in the world. All four of these countries will be will represented in Group C of the WBC starting on March 7th in Puerto Rico. From Miguel Cabrera to Robinson Cano, this division is filled with popular MLB superstars. Even though the Dominican Republic and Venezuela appear to be early favorites to advance from this division, don’t count out Puerto Rico or Spain to make a run at qualifying for the next round.

World Baseball Classic–Venezuela Vs Puerto Rico–Alejandro Toca Cuatro:

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MLB Reports Monthly Power Rankings: July 2012

Wednesday July.4, 2012

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)-We are going to bring you monthly power rankings every month of the season.  There will be a few notes written for each team.  Please feel free to let us know your thoughts.  The Texas Rangers are the top ranked team yet once again, although teams are certainly gaining on the them in the last month. If this report was being done last week I might have put the New York Yankees in 1st and Texas in 2nd.  A 7 game winning streak help preserve another month for Texas on the leader-board.  There were superior months by Aaron Hill, Jose Bautista, Joey Votto , Jason Heyward and a new phenomenon was born with Jose Altuve.  It was a great month for the MLB.  With 20 teams within 5.5 games or less for the playoff races, we are sure to see some serious movements in the Power Rankings in the 2nd half of the season.

Standings taken before play Tuesday July.03/2012

July Power Rankings-Last Month Rank in Parenthesis

1. Texas-50-30 (1) The Rangers rode a 7 game winning streak to end up 18-8 for the last month. David Murphy, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus all hit over .300 in the last 30 days.  The Rangers were able to weather a slow spurt from Josh Hamilton, in which he hit .222 with only 4 HRs for the month.  Matt Harrison has asserted himself as an ace on the staff with a 5-0 month with a 1.29 ERA, while leading the American League with 11 wins on the year.  The Rangers have 6 players going to the ALL-Star Game including 3 starters.  Yu Darvish can make a 7th if he is voted into the final roster spot with his rookie campaign of 10-5 so far.

2. NY Yankees 48-31(5)  The Yankees have ridden good pitching and a hot bat from Robinson Cano to a 19-7 record over the last month, with a 5 games lead over their competition in the AL East.  Cano hit .370 with 12 HRs and 24 RBI in the last month.  Derek Jeter is hitting .298 overall but saw his average go from .389 in April, to .283 in May to .232 in June.  He still tops a list of 4 Yankees heading to the ALL-Star Game including 23 HR homer man Curtis GrandersonPhil Hughes went 5-1 in the month with a 2.59 ERA and Ivan Nova won his 3 decisions with a miniscule 1.32 ERA.  Rafael Soriano has converted 18 out of 19 save opportunities since taking over as team closer.

3. San Francisco 45-30 (9)  The Giants went 16-11 in the month and saw a perfect game from Matt Cain, with a few other 1 hitters.  The team shutout the Dodgers 3 games in a row in a series last week.  The Giants have Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera starting in KC next week.  The Melkman continues to show that last year was no fluke with his .352 Average and he is leading the Major Leagues with 111 base hits.  The Giants pitching staff has coped with the loss of Brian Wilson and the ineffectiveness of starter Tim Lincecum, by the rest of the staff having career years.

4. LA Angels 45-35 (12) The Angels have been really steady since the end of May.  They just finished going 17-8 in the last 25 days on the backs of ALL-Stars Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and resurgent Albert Pujols.  Trout might be the most exciting player on the planet these days and is a lock for AL Rookie of the Year if he keeps this up.  Trout hit .367 over the last month and has taken over the AL batting lead with a .342 AVG.  Trumbo hit 10 HRs and drove in 28 RBI for the month and Pujols hit .337. to raise his average 40 points.  C.J Wilson was good enough in June to be named as CC Sabathia‘s replacement at the ALL-Star game.

5.  Washington 45-32(9)  Mike Morse has returned to the lineup with a vengeance during the last week with a .484 average.   Super Sub Tyler Moore has also hit .415 in the last 14 games with 4 HRs and 12 RBI.  Ian Desmond had 16 Extra base hits for the month to go along with 20 RBI, while he made the ALL-Star game as a reserve.  Ryan Zimmerman awoke from a season long slump to plate 17 RBI.  Adam LaRoche still contributed 7 HRs and 15 RBI despite a paltry .191 average in June.  Stephen Strasburg is 9-3 on the year with a 2.81 ERA and a league leading 122 SO.  Gio Gonzalez is 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA.  Both Gonzalez and Strasburg made the ALL-Star squad. Read the rest of this entry

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