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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 30, 2015

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Deadline deals are becoming insane.

I give the Cardinals the benefit of the doubt even though I am confused. I am glad the Mets don’t get damaged goods.

And I recorded this BEFORE I found out David Price was dealt!

It is an already obsolete episode 1,010 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Troy Tulowitzki, Bryce Harper, Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Brett Lawrie, Chris Archer, Lucas Duda and John Lackey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Cole Hamels, July 25, 2015)

David Banks/Getty Images

David Banks/Getty Images

 

If this is Cole Hamels final game with the Phillies, what a way to go!

The Phillies should take advantage and trade Hamels RIGHT NOW before anyone thinks he has any arm issues. Getting an ace fresh off of a no hitter?

I think he is in good shape.

This is also the first no hitter thrown against the Cubs since Sandy Koufax in 1965. A cool fact but the end of a Twitter account called @CubsNoHitStreak which reminded the world of their ability to break up no nos in every game since.

Alas, it is no more.

A few more thoughts… Cole Hamels has started more no hitters since September 1, 2014 than the Padres and Mets have had in their history combined.

But his last no hitter was a combined one, so that means Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon are off the list now.

They didn’t last long… not as long as Indians pitcher Len Barker who has been on this list since 1981.

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 24, 2015

Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The A’s had 7 All Stars in 2014. After today’s deal of Scott Kazmir, only the injured Sean Doolittle is left.

Michael Conforto is heading to the Mets. But their lineup needs a savior with at least one at bat above Double A!

It is a Flushing Centric episode 1,004 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Ervin Santana, Mike Napoli, David Price, Ian Desmond and Bartolo Colon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Shin-Soo Choo, July 21, 2015)

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

First Texas cycle in 2 years!

Lots of people hit their cycles in Colorado. Choo is the latest. In fact his teammate Delino DeShields almost joined him if only he could have connected for a Coors homer himself.

Either way, it was safe to say that humidor or no humidor, it was a good night to hit in Colorado (except for the Rockies who were shutout, 9-0.

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 18, 2015

New York Mets' Curtis Granderson heads back to the dugout after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 17, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Red Sox season is over and Mike Trout shows why he is the best players in the game.

Meanwhile the very notion that the Mets would not make wild changes to their outfield is nothing short of mindboggling.

It is episode 998 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Alex Rodriguez, C. J. Wilson, Marlon Byrd, Lance Lynn, Kyle Seager, Wade Miley, Kyle Schwarber and Noah Syndergaard all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 12, 2015

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

It is time for The Sunday Request

Andrew McCutchen should be the face of baseball as he is everything positive about baseball.

That and why today’s Red Sox loss and today’s Toronto loss are microcosms of their season on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Taylor Jungmann, Hisashi Iwakuma, Cole Gillespie, Jose Reyes, John Lackey, Carlos Carrasco, Mark Reynolds and Mitch Moreland all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 29, 2015

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Andy Martin USA Today Sports

 

The Mets had the feel good story of the year yesterday and are on a winning streak.

Naturally their fans are depressed.

It is glass totally empty Episode 978 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Steven Matz, Matt Duffy, Ubaldo Jimenez, James McCann, Rougned Odor, Derek Norris and Felix Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 26, 2015

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

 

 

Ryne Sandberg resigned from the Phillies. He won’t be unemployed for long. Let’s start a rumor and say that Ryno will return to Chicago… but with the White Sox.

It is a Windy City Legend Episode 976 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 Brandon Phillips, Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, Matt Kemp, Mitch Moreland and Rubby De La Rosa  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 24, 2015

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated

 

I pay my respects to Darryl Hamilton and then tell my Ray Knight/Cold Pizza ESPN2 story.

I also wonder why people need to qualify things in life as “not perfect” or “not the greatest” even if they are good.

It is a good but not perfect Episode 973 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Mike Montgomery, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Correa, Jason Hammel, Jay Bruce, Madison Bumgarner, Rougned Odor and R. A. Dickey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, June 20, 2015 )

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Max Scherzer gets his first no hitter!

He nearly got a no hitter in his last start and nearly threw a perfect game (ah those hit by pitches.) I think he will take it. Man, Jordan Zimmermann didn’t last long on this list. After no Washington no hitter since Bobby Burke’s gem for the Senators in 1931 and no franchise no hitter since Dennis Martinez’s perfecto in 1991, Zimmermann ended the regular season of 2014 with a no no.

Now Scherzer takes Zimmermann’s place. And by the way he has been pitching, he will be back.

It is time to update my list!

The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Brock Holt – June 16, 2015)

 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The First Cycle Hit for 2015!

With all the great hitters in baseball, naturally it is BROCK HOLT of the Red Sox who gets a single, double, triple and homer. Granted, I am not thrilled that he wears Wade Boggs’ number 26, but this is a day to celebrate.

Good bye John Valentin, no longer on this list.

I have compiled a list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, but here is the companion list for the cycle. Is it harder to hit for the cycle? Probably. But Holt did it!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 10, 2015

 (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Royals are dominating the AL All Star Game vote. For some people, that is a problem that needs to be fixed. Um, why?

That and some no hitter thoughts on Episode 959 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Chris Heston, Joey Votto, Masahiro Tanaka, Edwin Encarnacion, Giancarlo Stanton, Dan Haren, Yan Gomes and Eduardo Rodriguez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for June 9, 2015 )

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The first No Hitter of 2015!

Lots of Giants greats have thrown no hitters, from Christy Matthewson to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. Now add Chris Heston to the list. Just think. In 2013, the Giants designated him for assignment and anyone could have picked him up.

I bet the Giants are glad nobody did.

With a 5-0 masterpiece, Chris Heston has his own piece of history and removes his teammate Lincecum from this list.

I am sure Tim is fine with it.

It is time to update my list!

Final MLB Shutout Survivor Standings 2015: Blue Jays Are The Winners

Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015  Which Team Did You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

contest finished up June 2, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays have won this  competition after the Tigers were Eliminated before them by a few weeks.

It might not be a banner year for the Canadian club, however the offense is not the problem.  It took until the 53rd game for them to be blanked. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 8

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th.  This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years.  Full value, and you best jump on it now.

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th. This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years. Full value, and you best jump on it now.

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Heading into week 8 I still love the Tigers for the best value currently at +1200.

It seems I bang this drum all the time for the Motown Boys, however Miguel Cabrera is healthy this year, they have Yoenis Cespedes, and David Price is a legit ace.

There is no doubt that KC is a formidable opponent to the AL Central, but I like them to play just .500 the rest of the way through.

The whole Royals lineup is north of .300 (or career bests), and Chris Young can’t continue this torrid stretch of brilliant  pitching.

I think the KC club is still and, 85 – 89 win club all day long, and I am happy I marked them as one of my favorite  over/unders in the preseason, with a low total of 81 victories as the line.

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MLB Power Rankings – May 2015

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The number one team in the game right now is the Washington Nationals. They have won 18 of 22 games, and have the best hitter and pitcher in the National League right now, with Bryce Harper (11 HRs n May so far, that includes being kicked out of 2 games early, and a couple of off days.)

Really, the Nats haven’t had much from Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, and throw in an injured Jayson Werth, and it should mean the team is struggling.

The underrated Denard Span, and Yunel Escobar of all guys, are really playing superb at the top of the lineup.  Ryan Zimmerman always has a ton of runners on, and is on pace for 120 RBI with just a mid .200 Average.

Washington also should beat up on the National League East for the remainder of the year.  With the exception of the Mets, the Phillies, Marlins and Braves should all provide the proverbial speedbag position, for this club to beat up on.
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183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Game 53 – Citi Field

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (217 games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Monday  May  18, 2015

Game #53 Day #44

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Citi  Field, (2nd/9 games there in 2015), 7:10 vs Cardinals 

$ SPENT so far  – $14777, MILES driven, (7432) miles Air (2032), ground transport miles (3950), public transportation ( 800)  Total Miles so far (14264)

Chili*s eaten (8) Subs (14.0, beers (3), hot dogs (10)

Energy drinks consumed (44) Games left ( 164) days (139)

Song scoreboard at MLB games #UptownFunk ( 55) take me out to the ballgame (54)

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183 in 2015: Ball Park Previews, Games 43 + 44 – Yankee Stadium/CBP

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Saturday May.09, 2015

Games 43 & 44 Day #35

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Yankee Stadium,  1:05 – vs O’s (game 7/21 Yankee Stadium this year: CBP,  7:05 – vs Mets (game 12/36 CBP this season.

After today  I will have 173 games left in 148 days, spanning 16 more Parks.  Currently at 14 parks for the year.
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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015: Then There Were 3: Yanks, Blue Jays and Tigers Last Clubs To Be Bageled.

Miggy Cabrera is cracking the ball around like he did in 20112 and 2013, and far more than the 2015 season he had last year.  With Victor Martinez showing signs of breaking out of his slump, along with the Cespedes and Cabrera factor, the Tigers might just have enough to fend off being Shutout the longest of this years contest.

Miggy Cabrera is cracking the ball around like he did in 20112 and 2013, and far more than the 2015 season he had last year. With Victor Martinez showing signs of breaking out of his slump, along with the Cespedes and Cabrera factor, the Tigers might just have enough to fend off being Shutout the longest of this years contest.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

Last Year the winners of the contest were the Angels, who lasted pretty much to Memorial Day Weekend without registering a 0.  It was a battle between them and Colorado late in the year, with Los Angeles finally prevailing.

Boston took the zero on Friday night, and were eliminated by the Jays, who are still among the 3 squads yet to register no runs in a contest.

The New York Yankees are leading the AL East, and a big reason why they are doing this is also the top of the lineup. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner are always on the basepaths, creating havoc for power hitters like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann to reel them in.

While we were all laughing at Carlos Beltran for his start of the year, he has hit better recently, and has mustered 9 doubles of the year, and is hitting a lot of warning track outs.  He is scraping by near the Mendoza Line, but is faring much better in May.

To me there is no surprise the Detroit Tigers are among the final clubs alive, nor is it a stretch to see the only Canadian franchise vying for the crown as well. Read the rest of this entry

183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Game 42 – CBP

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Friday, May.08, 2015

Game # 42 Day #34

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

CBP,  (GM 11/36 There this year ),  42 overall, spanning 14 MLB Parks on 34 days.  175 Games left in 149 days and 16 ballparks remain

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Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 5

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A month has passed in the young season of the MLB, and we have 13 teams exactly over and under .500, with 4 teams right at even par.

The odds makers are doing a hell of a job setting the values, however they are still over hyping the Padres and Cubs.

NO WAY should the Pod Squad be the 7th seed here. They are just hovering above .500 and have been losing series after series. That is with most of the offense quickly.. Don’t throw down any cabbage on them at this clip.

Detroit as, tied with KC for top AL slot is right on cue.   The Royals are doing it on both sides of the ball, with great grit ND toughness.

While KC is good, the Detroit Tigers are even better a value with their record, despite Martinez squared not hitting the ball thus far.

Like the Motown Boys pedigree a lot more, and love the value of them right now.

How quickly the gambling pundits took out the Indians based on a slow start. This is a streaky team whose way down on the list right now, but are a 8 – 2 stretch from jumping back in.

It is the same reason nor to buy into the Houston Astros yet, although one could say they are properly pegged at the odd they are at with their lead currently in the AL West.

The AL East doesn’t give out much reward for a wager when you consider they are all in the top fourteen.

Not buying the start for the Rays so far.

The Yankees have lost Masahiro Tanaka foe some time and are reminiscent of the club a few years agp, do dependent on the Home Run to win games.

Odds To Win The 2015 World Series:

AL East

New York +1800 (11)

Toronto +2500 (tied 14th)

Boston +1700 (tied 8th)

Baltimore +2500 (tied 14th)

Tampa Bay +2500 (tied 14th)

AL Central

Detroit +1200 (tied 4th)

Kansas City +1200 (tied 4th)

Minnesota +8000 ( tied 27th)

Chicago White Sox +3500 (23)

Cleveland Indians +4000 (24)

AL West

Oakland +2800 (tied 19th)

Texas  +5000 (25)

LA Angels +1700 (tied 8th)

Seattle +1700 (tied 8th)

Houston +2500 (tied 14th)

NL

NL East

Atlanta +2800 ( tied 19th)

Washington +700 (2)

NY Mets +1400 (6th)

Miami Marlins +2800 (tied 19th)

Philadelphia Phillies +30000 (30th)

 

NL Central 

St. Louis Cardinals +1000 (3)

Cincinnati Reds +3300 (22)

Milwaukee Brewers +17500 (29)

Chicago Cubs +2200 (13)

Pittsburgh Pirates +2500 (tied 14th)

NL West

LA Dodgers +650 (1)

SF Giants +2000 (12)

Arizona Diamondbacks +6600 (tied 27th)

San Diego Padres +1500 (7th)

Colorado Rockies +6600 (26)

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183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Game 34 – Citi Field

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Game #34 Day #26

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Citi Field,  7:05 vs Marlins
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MLB Shutout Survivor: Only 6 Teams Alive Left To Be Blanked – 3 AL East Clubs Amongst Them

Arizona has scored at least one run in all of their games so far, and they along with the Mets, are the last clubs to have zero runs in a game for the National League.

Arizona has scored at least one run in all of their games so far, and they along with the Mets, are the last clubs to have zero runs in a game for the National League.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

We are down to just 6 teams left (4 in the American League, and 2 clubs remain the National League). The AL East have 3 teams still alive with the Yankees,  Blue Jays and Red Sox, while the Tigers have yet to be bageled as well.

The surprise has to be coming from the Senior Circuit, where the Mets and Diamondbacks are the last 2 teams left.

Last year’s winners, the Angels were taken out on Apr 18th.

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183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Games 29 + 30 – Citizens Bank Park + Yankee Stadium

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Sunday Apr 26th, 2015

Games #29 + 30 Day # 22

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

CBP, 1:35 vs Braves, Yankee Stadium, 8:05 vs Mets

$ SPENT so far  – $14554, MILES driven, (7232) miles Air (1079), ground transport miles (1750), public transportation ( 450).  Total Miles so far (10511)

Chili*s eaten (6) Subs (10.5), beers (3), hot dogs (10)

Energy drinks consumed (23).  Games left ( 188) days (163)

Song scoreboard at MLB games #UptownFunk (25) take me out to the ballgame (25)
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The Mets Are Rolling, But Where Have We Seen This Act Before

The Mets are off to a fast start - with Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese going a combined 10 - 0 so far in their starts.  Add in a great start for Jacob deGrom, and this club has the bet record in the MLB.  The news is not all good though, with injuries to David Wright. Travis d'Arnaud and many key pitchers, it is only a matter of time before their depth is tested.  It should be the brass's job to add more depth to this club via trade, but that wont be the case.  The Mets also play stiffer competition in the next 2 weeks.  Are they 13 - 4 good?  Probably not, but if they ca go the rest of the year .500, they should nail down a playoff spot with 85 -86 wins in the NL.

The Mets are off to a fast start – with Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese going a combined 10 – 0 so far in their starts. Add in a great start for Jacob deGrom, and this club has the bet record in the MLB. The news is not all good though, with injuries to David Wright. Travis d’Arnaud and many key pitchers, it is only a matter of time before their depth is tested. It should be the brass’s job to add more depth to this club via trade, but that wont be the case. The Mets also play stiffer competition in the next 2 weeks. Are they 13 – 4 good? Probably not, but if they cam go the rest of the year .500, they should nail down a playoff spot with 85 -86 wins in the NL.  The squad saw their 11 game winning streak (1st time since 1990) be derailed by the crosstown Yankees last night.  They seek revenge today when Harvey goes up against CC Sabathia in the Bronx.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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The Mets lost their 1st game in 12 contests last night versus the Yankees.  Sure, they own the best record in the Majors at 13 – 4, but are they really this good?

The answer is no.  Don’t get me wrong, the club out of Flushing Meadows, NY is decisively better than they have been since moving into Citi Field.   The basis of me saying they are not better is due to injury troubles.

Zack Wheeler is out for the year with Tommy John Surgery, along with Josh Edgin from the Relief Core.  Add in the suspension to Jenrry Mejia, with waiting for Bobby Parnell, and the clubs pitching should be less equal than they were in 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 22, 2015

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Are the Mets a team sprinting a marathon or are they for real?

And why does Joey Votto remind me of Brad Pitt in Troy?

It is a pace yourself episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

Zack Cozart, Edwin Encarnacion, Jonathon Niese, Hector Santiago, Elian Herrera, Jose Abreu, Chris Archer and Chase Anderson  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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183 in 2015: Games 5 -11 Recaps: Long Trips, Doubleheader Movement + East Coast Setup

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

Games 5 – 11

So I made it through a week in one piece.  The last 7 days have tested me as a traveler in ways I thought never possible. Again I remind people,  going to a game live is not easy. Going on a massive Parks odyssey is almost a nightmare at tines. But worth the end result. 

I left off just finishing a doubleheader in Chicago and Milwaukee,  now I had 5 Doubleheaders slated for the next 7 days. While I don’t have to account for every pitch, making 5 innings on the home side it’s still applicable for credit. 

I was driving from Milwaukee to Washington on the night of Wednesday April 8th going into the 9th. I chose the same route I used to attend cincy ‘ s openers a few days back. After not having my long term rental car (2015 Buick Verano), for the previous couple of days,  it was nice to have AL of my stuff. I made excellent time to Columbus,  now that I was a veteran of the area.  

As I wheeled past Wheeling, WV. On I – 70, I hit a monsoon. Simply put, I came to find out it was a borderline tornado. Considering I hate driving in these conditions,  I was relaxed and hopped up on coffee.  I persevered through all night. I never rested,  and was sitting pretty upon entering Washington. I missed a turn off and circled back in the wrong direction, ending up in Arlington,  VA. 

2012

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012).

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012).

2015

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I called Ben Fallon, who was meeting me for the game. I had plenty if time to make 1st pitch.  I found a parking spot near the 7-Eleven. . It was more than I wanted to pay..

The coffee I had in my hand quickly flung, when a firetruck blazed down my street. I wore an entire coffee on my lap and all over the seat  Good thing I had clothes with me to changed. I relayed to Ben, I would be late to the game. This trip was exhausting.  I made it in for the start of the 2ND inning. Originally,

 I was going to bus into Philly, and cone back for the rental the next day. But now I just wanted to drive afterwards. It was god catching up with Ben.. We ate both fans of the Nats/Yankees,  so we will see each other plenty this year. At first,  I almost didn’t recognize him.  Ben has lost a lot of weight. The game never went our way from the get go.

Matt Harvey dominated the Nats and Stephen Strasburg. Racing out of the park before it ends still feels foreign, but necessary. I used a combination of I 295,  and I – 95 in order to make it to Citizens Bank Park by 720 pm.  

Traffic was insane. . When I arrived at the yard it  $1 hot dog night.  I ate 4 of those, and took two home for later. Tiredness had not stopped me from attending this game.. The Red Sox made easy work of the hapless Phils.

 It was time to drive to my brothers house. For several years I have traveled through Sicklerville.  NJ. I was there 2006 – 2009, every year, and also in 2012 fir another week. I still got lost. The area had been developed.  

Only a mile from his house I was driving in circles. I then blew a tire, barely grazing a foot median that was  on the middle if s cul-de-sac.  Flat tire.  Yeah!.  Trent came out to help me drive it off te road.  We since have had it replaced. Chalk one up to the evil streets of NJ that seem to rig their sidewalks to puncture tires Costly day. but I can make up savings elsewhere to cover it.

 Least it never was on a deserted highway. The next morning I felt better when I saw my nieces and nephew.   Already I was plotting some save cash maneuvers to make up for the car.  Luckily,  I could make do with spare dingy tire.  I was using Park and rides the next three days anyway.  

No matter how great a traveler you are, venturing into the unknown is still scary. Going to Philly from north New Jersey is not hard.  In fact, I found a car wash and laundromat within a half mile from the Park and Ride I was using. 

The trip in is 45 MINUTES, to Philly Greyhound station. At a cost of $4.95 with a fare saver package. From there it is a half mile jaunt to the broad street line train to CBP.  

Again,  I bought a token saver, and will pay  $1.80 per trip. So for about $13 RT, I can avoid paying $16 on parking, $5.80 in tolls, and $5 more in gas.. count me on for the savings.  I have 35 Games at CBP

So it is worth it.

The Friday game was cold,  and the Nationals were in town.  It would be wicker for me to see them several times in the next few weeks.

The Phillies won the game.  I bought no hot dogs this day. My lunch at Applebee’s was sufficient enough for me to last the whole day

We also frequented a dollar store,  where I stocked up on water,  snacks and health stuff for a buck a crack.

I was feeling tired at this point, but hoped some time in the same place would end that.

Since I am in the USA for so long, I bought a new android phone. Learning it wasn’t too complicated,  but remembering passwords for everything always is.

Another thing that has been hard to find I’d strong Internet and keeping my battery power up, along with blogging and running a website.

I literally only straightened out these issues in NJ a few days ago.

Quite frankly,  I am  behind in my posting, and upkeep of the website.  Add in a guy who has a tough time focusing in on a little phone, and you can imagine it is tough to keep ahead on social media.

There is so much more that I want to do, but cant.  I also have found becoming angry at games when I am distracted by my device – rather than watching the game. I must find a balance.

The Saturday weekend date of Apr 11th saw me travel via Greyhound to NY city.  I was late for the game in the Bronx.

It took me about 5 minutes to retrain my brain on the ny subway system.

I walked around Yankee Stadium happy though.  I was watching my favorite team.

The weather was warm, and it felt like spring. It helps when they are playing the Boston Red Sox.

Unfortunately for me. This contest followed the 19 inning marathon the previous evening.  The B squad was playing for New York.

Boston took a 8 – 1 lead, and I was out of there.  I had s 500 pm bus from the Port Authority.

I arrived at CBP a new guy on the trip.  Maybe it was just letting someone else do the driving all day, but I felt refreshed.  I met my brother and nephew at the Park.  I had arrived in the 1st inning, following a quick bus ride in, and hitting the Broad Street Line.

There is nothing like passing on the knowledge to the next generation of fans like my 11 nephew Jake.

 

My brother Trent and his son Jake.

My brother Trent and his son Jake.

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We stayed for the remainder of the game, and then headed back to Sicklerville,  The next day I was going to use a Park and Ride maneuver, take NJ Transit into Philly, and after a qualified game became a reality in Philly, I was taken the Greyhound Bus into New York again.

In a sign of the times, meaning dollars saved are better than 1st pitches, I made a stop in at McDonalds in New York, before entering the yard a couple of batters in.  Saving money on food when hungry is paramount.

When I did make it in – the Yankees exploded for 7 runs in the first inning, keyed by a bases clearing double by Alex Rodriguez.  I love the 8:05 ESPN Sunday Night Game starts.

My seats for the licensee deal in the Bronx, have me in section 427.  There was plenty of room to take bad selfies.  The game was a 4 hour marathon that ended after midnight, but I was happy with the Yankees winning 14 – 4. I was about to prepare for my 1st Megabus trip from NY city,

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team

 

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Why doesn’t hitting for the Cycle get the same love as throwing a no hitter?

Seriously, hitting for the cycle is just about as uncommon as a no hitter. Only 305 cycles have been hit, as opposed to 287 no hitters.

Getting the perfect combination of a single, double, triple and homer requires skill, consistency and an obscene amount of luck.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays never did it once.

Michael Cuddyer, Chris Speier and Brad Wilkerson did it twice.

There has never been a cycle hit in the post season, as opposed to a pair of October no-no’s (Don Larsen and Roy Halladay.)

The Marlins have never had a player hit for the cycle. Neither have the Padres, who also have never had a no hitter.

So while I carefully update the list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, I have neglected to do the same for players who hit for the cycle… until now.

The pic is of the last cycle, hit by Michael Cuddyer, who has done so in both leagues (along with Bob Watson and John Olerud.)

Some of the teams have waited a while for an update. Eric Davis’ cycle in 1989 remains the last time it happened for Cincinnati. The Expos (2003) have had one more recently than the Red Sox (1996.)

Here is the list, to be updated when the next cycle is hit!

Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 2

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th.  This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years.  Full value, and you best jump on it now.

The Tigers have captured the AL Central in 4 straight years, and I think this year will mark the 5th. This is the highest odd this team has had to win the Fall Classic in years. Full value, and you best jump on it now.

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A week has come and gone in the majors.  We have a few unbeaten teams but everyone else has at least 1 victory.  The 1988 Baltimore Orioles are thankful for this.

The Tigers did not allow a run in nearly 4 games to start the season, and are linked up at the odd with the Angels and Mariners as the best odds to win the World Series out of the American League.

The top 3 seeds are in the National League.

I am sticking by my prediction of Washington having the best chance to win the World Series, but unlike when I bet cash on them as the favorite before the year started, they are 1 – 4 now, not 0 – 0.

Atlanta has raced out 5 – 0, and the gambling experts don’t believe the hype.

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MLB Shutout Survivor – Updated for April 12, 2015

2014's Shutout Survivor Winners were the Angels.  They may have to contend with the 4 clubs that still haven't been bageled from the AL East, and a number of decent offensive squads.

2014’s Shutout Survivor Winners were the Angels. They may have to contend with the 4 clubs that still haven’t been bageled from the AL East, and a number of decent offensive squads.

MLB Shutout Survivor 2015:  Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

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So more than half of the teams have already been ousted after 1 week of play. Of course the unbeaten clubs, Detroit, Kansas City andAtlanta will all be exempt – having unblemished records after 5 games.

4 teams in the AL East remain,  2 in the AL Central, and the 2014 winners of this category are alive – with the LA Angels.

3 teams in the NL East can take this crown, with the Braves, Mets or my favorite, the Washington Nationals taking the whole thing down. The Nats have mustered at least a run per contest, despite a slow 1 – 4 start 

Cincy is the only NL Central club left, and suffered just their 1st loss last night.

Colorado is always a favorite in this competition with playing at Coors Field, so the should be a formidable opponent for everyone else.

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