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

Corey Sipkin - NY Daily News

Corey Sipkin – NY Daily News

Chase Headley reached base 4 times, driving in 3, including a 2 run homer and a double as the Yankees got a much needed laugher 14-1 win over the Royals.

Nori Aoki got on base 4 times, scoring 2, driving in 2, stealing a base and homering as the Giants came from behind to top Milwaukee 8-4.

Drew Hutchinson pitched a brilliant 4 hit, no walk, 8 strikeout, 6-0 complete game shutout of the White Sox in Toronto.

Carlos Martinez blanked Arizona over 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 along the way. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Cardinals would walk off 3-2 winners in the 10th.

They all owned baseball on May 25, 2015.

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

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Justin Upton homered and doubled, driving in 6 runs in the first two innings and led the Padres to a 11-3 laugher against the Dodgers.

Chad Bettis threw a shutout into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs and 7 strikeouts, leading the Rockies past the red hot Giants, 11-2.

Brian Dozier homered twice, driving in 4 runs as the Twins topped the White Sox, 8-1.

Kyle Gibson pitched 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 8 strikeouts while walking no White Sox batter, getting an 8-1 decision for the Twins.

They all owned baseball on May 24, 2015.

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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

Elsa - Getty Images

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

Jamie Sabaue - Getty Images

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

 (Michael Nelson / EPA)

(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.

So Let’s factor in yesterday’s heroics into the year long WOB standings

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

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(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Jonathan Niese threw 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 unearned runs, 5 hits and 1 walk, helping the first place Mets take a tight 3-2 game against the Phillies.

Khris Davis got on base 4 times, scored twice, drove in 3 and hit a pair of doubles, including one that put the Brewers up for good in a 12-4 victory over the Cubs.

Wei-Yin Chen held the Yankees to 1 run, 5 hits and 1 walk over 7 innings, striking out 7 along the way and getting the 6-2 decision for Baltimore.

Edwin Encarnacion got on base 4 times, launched a 3 run homer and stole a base as Toronto blew out Boston, 7-1.

 

They all owned baseball on May 9, 2015.

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Odds To Win The MLB 2015 World Series + Best Bets

 One of these years the absolute favorite of the preseason will take the home the World Series.  I think 2015 will be that year.  I am calling for the last 2 franchises not to make the Fall Classic, end up facing off in this year championship series.  That would make it Washington vs Seattle.  I believe the Nationals will win that series.

One of these years the absolute favorite of the preseason will take the home the World Series. I think 2015 will be that year. I am calling for the last 2 franchises not to make the Fall Classic, end up facing off in this year championship series. That would make it Washington vs Seattle. I believe the Nationals will win that series.

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Last year’s opening 3 wagers for the World Series netted us an eventual winner.  I plunked almost $14 down on a 25/1 bet for the Giants (and failed with Rangers and Rays bets).  Throughout the year, I was able to secure odds of 50/1 and 80/1 for the Royals during down times, and then hedged those bets in the playoffs.  It was a thousand dollar profit year for the selections.

In the next few weeks I will finalize the Over/Under Best bets that I put down yesterday.  Again, last season I was 3 out of 3 for top Over/Under picks, and will likely pick the same 3 teams (KC and WSH over their opening regular season wins of 81.5 and 93.5, while I picked SD under 84.5) out of  the 10 total wagers I go for this campaign).

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Max Scherzer’s $185 MIL Deal (Inflation Pro-Rated) Puts Him 11th In MLB History For Top Contracts

Scherzer's 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury,Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series.  The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons.  The 30 Year Old, will join the NL's best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 - 66 record.  The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 - 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Scherzer’s 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury, Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series. The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons. The 30 Year Old, will join the NL’s best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 – 66 record. The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 – 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.  You can’t tell me he will be worth 40% of what the Yankees will be paying him next year, and all the way till the end of 2017.

3. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)

*4. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #25.  He has the 4th and 25th top contracts of ALL – Time.  This contract doesn’t start until 2016.

*5Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

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Odds To Win The 2015 World Series (Don’t Bet The Cubs Despite Of Back To The Future 2 Prediction)

Max Scherzer now is in the front of the best Starting Rotation in the National League in some time.  His signing has made the Nationals the leading favorite to win the 2015 World Series  This would mean the Expos/Nats franchise would make and win their 1st Fall Classic since Montreal joined the Major Leagues in 1969.  Only their franchise and the Mariners have yet to make an appearance in the World Series.

Max Scherzer now is in the front of the best Starting Rotation in the National League in some time. His signing has made the Nationals the leading favorite to win the 2015 World Series This would mean the Expos/Nats franchise would make and win their 1st Fall Classic since Montreal joined the Major Leagues in 1969. Only their franchise and the Mariners have yet to make an appearance in the World Series.

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Max Scherzer has tipped the scale to the Nats being the World Series favorite, whereas we left them in December, with them being tied with the Dodgers as the lowest odds to win the Fall Classic in 2015.

Not only did he affect his new team, he affected his old team of the Tigers to drop from +950 to +1100 now.  The Mets also dipped from +3300 to +3500 on the news yesterday.

There is no doubt the Nationals are the best team in the National League now, and could very well improve on their 2014 win total of 96.  Look for them to continuously punch the Phillies in the neck this year, and should beat up the Atlanta Braves pretty well across the board too.

There is no doubt in my mind this should be Washington’s season to go to the dance.  I don’t think the Dodgers are as strong with their offense losing Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez, while adding Joc Pederson potentially, and stalwart 2B Howie Kendrick.

The Cardinals best 3 players of Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday are another year older, and one of these years someone will take them out in the playoffs.  When you add in all 5 NL Central teams being competitive, it could beat them up over the regular season a little,

After all, it also an odd year, do don’t expect the Giants to make the Post Season.  But seriously, San Francisco has lost Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse, while adding Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee.  I can’t see this being an upgrade at all.  Don’t forget the club also will not have Ryan Vogelsong either, while there are massive question marks surrounding the health of Matt Cain and pitching effectiveness of Tim Lincecum.

Tim Hudson is another year older, and Jake Peavy looked like he was hanging from a thread to finish the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2015 World Series (CWS Best Value Currently)

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We are back from an extended period of not writing articles here at the MLB Reports to weigh in on the World Series Odds for next campaign.

As we did last year, we will update this as a weekly segment for the next 10 months until the winner is crowned.

I can tell you right now, the favorites based on so-called “winning the offseason” hardly ever pay off.  If that were the case, the Yankees would have been crowned last year, with spending $503 MIL on 10 Free Agents, or also the Rangers would have been second with bringing in Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo.

The odds doled out for free wheeling Padres and Cubs are my top two picks to stay clear of wagering with the value currently constituted.  There are two teams in a similar view, not given enough credit.

The White Sox are looking decent in the AL Central, and play in the fairest of the Division in the American League, boast a 1 – 2 that can battle you with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija, while inking Free Agents Adam LaRoche and David Robertson gives the team nice depth all around,

The ‘Southsiders’ are definitely much improved in every facet heading into 2015.,  To say the Cubs, with their exuberant youth has more of a chance to win the 2015 title is not justified without seeing them perform on the field yet. Read the rest of this entry

Giancarlo Stanton Signs Record 13 YRs/$325 MIL Deal, Will He Be Worth It? + Top 50 Salary Deals ALL – Time

 

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI - to win the Hank Aaron Award. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club starting

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI in just 539 AB before having his season ended with a Hit By Pitch. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club started bargaining withe their young superstar towards a long-term contract once the year was over.  They came up with a record breaking 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL at the end of it.  Stanton also holds his own ticket for the future as well, with a full no no-trade clause, and an opt year after the 2020 campaign.

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With the ink not even being finalized on the historic deal between the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, it has been confirmed the deal is for 13 years at a clip of $325 MIL.

Among the provisions includes a no-trade clause, and an opt-out after the 2020 season, which would be 6 years into the deal.

It will be interesting to see how the dollars are broken up per year.  If I were Stanton, I would have wanted for the Annual Average money be even throughout the pact, otherwise I may be leery of the club trying to let him walk out after the 6 years – by not having a competitive club.

Although, if it is back end loaded the team would certainly have the flexibility to spend more cash on their current roster for the next 6 campaigns,  Tough dilemma for sure to be in.

No matter how long the 2014 NL MVP runnerup stays in South Beach, this is a smart business transaction for the franchise, regardless of the outcome.  It just may backfire from a baseball operational sense in terms of finances for signing other players too.

The Miami Marlins had to do this contract to save face from the 2012 break up of the squad.  Now while the big blockbuster trade has given the team the ability to contend for a playoff spot in the near future – and was a smart organizational move, as the fans also have been sold a bill of goods from the Marlins ownership since day 1 of the teams existence.

This is a marketing plan as much as anything that will be brought forth by the baseball impact.  Stanton is the marquee player on the team, and trading him away in the next 2 years would have had a devastating effect on the fanbase.

One isn’t sure whether they can sustain enough revenues to produce a winning product on the field for an extended period of time, however having the most dynamic power hitter in your lineup for the next 13 years will be a nice reason to come to the yard. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

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Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates… Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers… Mike Trout of the Angels… Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.

They all owned baseball in 2014.

After a full year of checking each game and determining which player owned the game for that day, there were 4 winners.

McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman by a 9 to 7 1/2 final.

Kershaw had the highest overall WOB total, 14 1/2, topping Johnny Cueto‘s 11.

The American League races were razor thin.

Trout beat Oakland’s Josh Donaldson by a final of 9 1/2 to 9. Meanwhile King Felix squeaked past Corey Kluber of the Indians 11 to 10 1/2 (with Chris Sale close by at 9)

If I turned in a ballot with McCutchen winning NL MVP, Kershaw winning NL Cy Young, Trout winning AL MVP and Hernandez winning the AL Cy Young, could anyone protest?

Sure I could make valid arguments for Giancarlo Stanton winning the NL MVP. (His WOB total was a surprisingly low 4.) And of course Kluber and Hernandez is basically a coin toss right now. But the above ballot would certainly be acceptable.

WOB works. Adding the 1/2 WOB dynamic made it more accurate than last year.

Thanks for following it for the year. For the post season, I will have new tallies for “Who Owned October?” (WOO) and “Who Owned the World Series?” (WOWS.)

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 28, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + FINAL 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no hitter in Washington Nationals history (and the franchise’s first since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game for the Expos in 1991). He allowed only 1 walk while striking out 10 Miami hitters en route to his 1-0 masterpiece.

Sonny Gray provided relief for 2 months of Oakland frustration with a post season clinching 6 hit complete game shutout of the Rangers, striking out 5 and walking none.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Cubs win against Milwaukee 5-2.

Ian Kinsler homered, hit an RBI single and added another hit to lead the Tigers to the Division Title with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on Sept 28, 2014.

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

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

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Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on Sept 26, 2014.

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

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ROBERT SABO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on Sept 25, 2014.

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

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ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on Sept 24, 2014.

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Ichiro Suzuki Is Closer To Setting The ALL-Time Professional Hits Record: Provided He Keeps Playing

Ichiro Suzuki fashioned 10 straight 200 hit campaigns to start his career, tying Pete Rose for the most 200 Hit season ALL-Time, and setting the most consecutive years with the feat. He may only be a .270 - .280 hitter now as a 4th OF, but he still plays decent defense, and makes nice contact.  Suzuki is about a full year of AB away from setting the professional hits record.  He is a Free Agent after this year. and at 40, he may have a few years left to offer a club.

Ichiro Suzuki fashioned 10 straight 200 hit campaigns to start his career (2001 – 2010), tying Pete Rose for the most 200 Hit seasons ALL-Time, and setting the most consecutive years with the feat. He may only be a .270 – .280 hitter now as a 4th OF, but he still plays decent defense, and makes nice contact. Suzuki is about a full season of AB’s away from setting the professional hits record. He is a Free Agent after this year, and at 40, he may have a few campaigns left to offer a club.  His 2841 Career Hits come during what will end in 2014, as his 14th year only in the MLB.

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He is not receiving the kind of fanfare that Derek Jeter is this year, (although maybe he would if he was retiring too and had announced it), by Ichiro Suzuki has put forth a decent year in 2014.

His .284/.323/.338 Slash Line is not something to write home about, but he is a nice 3A Outfielder on a club that has seen its fair share of injuries.

Heading into the last 4 games of the year, the 10 time 200 hit man, has 99 hits on the season, thus giving him 2841 Hits in his MLB Lifetime.

After Derek Jeter retires this year. Ichiro will be 2nd in active total hits to Alex Rodriguez. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Sept 23, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

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JAE C. HONG/AP

Justin Turner hit a pair of homers off of Bumgarner and led the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Zack Greinke pitched 8 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs and walking no San Francisco batter, bringing the Dodgers a little closer to the NL West title with a 4-2.

Nick Markakis went 4-5 with a homer and 3 RBI, helping Baltimore top the Yankees, 5-4.

David Price pitched a shutout into the 9th and was an out from a complete game. While he blew the lead, he pitched 8 2/3, striking out 8 and walking none. The Tigers would walk off in the 9th 4-3 winners against the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on Sept 23, 2014.

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