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Who Owned Baseball July 2, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Jeff Chiu - AP

Jeff Chiu – AP

Scott Kazmir pitched 8 shutout 2 hit innings, walking no Seattle batter while striking out 7, earning a 4-0 decision for the A’s.

Alejandro De Aza singled, doubled and tripled, scoring 2 and driving in 4 as the Red Sox blew out Toronto, 12-6.

Jake Arrieta held the Mets to 5 hits, no walks and 1 run while striking out 7 over 8 innings and getting the 6-1 victory for the Cubs.

Neil Walker had a 4 hit day, including a double, while driving in 3 in the Pirates 8-4 win in Detroit.

They all owned baseball on July 2, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 1, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of completing a no hitter before allowing an RBI single. He finished with 8 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 run and struck out 13 Tampa Bay batters and giving the Indians an 8-1 win.

Robinson Cano singled twice, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and led the Mariners to a 7-0 victory in San Diego.

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 solid innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 8 Minnesota batters, earning the 2-1 decision for the Reds.

Neil Walker got 4 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 3 and slugged the Pirates past the Tigers, 9-3.

They all owned baseball on July 1, 2015.

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

Matt York - AP Photo

Matt York – AP Photo

Howie Kendrick got 4 hits, including a double and a go ahead 10th inning homer to lead the Dodgers to a 6-4 win in Arizona,

Mitch Moreland reached base 3 times including a pair of homers, driving in 4, as the Rangers topped Baltimore 8-6.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and no walks while striking out 6 Braves and earning the 6-1 decision for Washington.

Mike Montgomery took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with a complete game 1 hit shutout, his second complete game shutout in a row and in only 6 career games for Seattle, blanking the Padres 5-0.

They all owned baseball on June 30, 2015.

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

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Billy Hamilton reached base 4 times, scored 3 runs and stole four bases, helping the Reds win a wild 11-7 game against Minnesota.

Mike Trout walked, stole a base, homered and made a pair of highlight catches that prevented the Yankees from scoring at least 2 runs and led the Angels to a 4-1 victory.

Cody Anderson retired the first 19 Tampa Baybatters he faced and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run on a solo shot and no walks for his first big league decision, 7-1 for Cleveland.

Manny Parra‘s 2 innings of perfect relief in the Reds 11-7 was the National League pitching highlight of the night.

They all owned baseball on June 29, 2015.

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

KEN GOLDFIELD/NY DAILY NEWS

KEN GOLDFIELD/NY DAILY NEWS

Steven Matz had a mind boggling major league debut. Not only did he pitch into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 runs on a pair of solo homers (including a leadoff shot) but he went 3 for 3 with a double and 4 runs batted in to get the decision and be the offensive star in the Mets 7-2 double header clinching victory over the Reds.

Matt Duffy missed the cycle by a single, which he almost got on a video reviewed play that went against him. He finished with a double, triple and homer, helping San Francisco top Colorado 6-3.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 shutout 4 hit innings, walking none and striking out 7 as the Orioles blanked the Indians 4-0 and won both games of their double header.

James McCann got 2 hits including a 9th inning walk off homer leading the Tigers to a 5-4 come from behind win against the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on June 28, 2015.

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

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

Yovani Gallardo ran his scoreless streak to 23 innings as he took a shutout into the 9th. He finished with 8 1/3 innings, no runs, 3 hits and 2 walks while getting the 4-0 win for the Rangers in Toronto.

Torii Hunter doubled and hit a pair of homers to lead the Twins past the Brewers, 5-2.

Tom Koehler out dueled Kershaw with 7 innings of 6 hit and 2 run ball while walking none getting the Marlins 3-2 decision over the Dodgers.

Matt Duffy singled, doubled and homered, scoring 3 and driving in 2 as the Giants came from behind to top the Rockies 7-5.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2015.

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

ohn E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 homers, including a grand slam, and added another single, driving in 5 as the Blue Jays stampeded over the Rangers, 12-2.

Edinson Volquez pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run, earning the 5-2 Royals win over Oakland.

Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with a double and a triple, scoring 3 and driving in another, helping the Rockies top the Giants, 8-6.

Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run and no walks, giving the Mets a much needed 2-1 win over the Reds.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2015.

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

Gene J. Puskar - AP

Gene J. Puskar – AP

Brandon Phillips singled, tripled, stole a base, made a circus throw to start a double play and hit the game winning homer in the 13th inning to lead Cincinnati to a 5-4 victory in Pittsburgh.

Jose Altuve hit a single and 2 doubles and stole a pair of bases, scoring 3 of the Astros runs in their 4-0 win over the Yankees.

Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a desperately needed win with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7 Brewers in the 2-0 final.

Dallas Keuchel wiggled out of a 9th inning jam to complete a masterful 6 hit, 1 walk shutout, striking out 12 Yankees as the Astros won 4-0.

They all owned baseball on June 25, 2015.

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

 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Marco Estrada, partially aided by some spectacular infield defense, pitched a perfect game until there was one out in the 8th when he allowed an infield hit. He finished 8 2/3 sparkling shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, no walks while striking out 10. He would get a no decision but the Blue Jays won in Tampa Bay, 1-0.

Brett Lawrie went 3 for 5 including a grand slam to lead the red hot A’s to an 8-2 blowout against Texas.

Jimmy Nelson allowed 2 hits, including a solo homer, and 1 walk over 8 innings, earning the 4-1 decision for Milwaukee over the Mets.

Yasmany Tomas collected 4 hits, drove in a run and scored the go ahead run in the Diamondbacks come from behind 9th inning rally to top the Rockies 8-7.

They all owned baseball on June 24, 2015.

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

Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Mike Montgomery pitched a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking no Royals batters as Seattle rolled, 7-0.

Carlos Correa singled, doubled, homered, scored 3 times, drove in 4 and provided sparkling defense, helping Houston crush the Angels, 13-3.

Jason Hammel pitched a shutout into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He got a no decision but the Cubs walked off against the Dodgers, 1-0.

Nolan Arenado homered twice, driving in 4, helping the Rockies top the Diamondacks 10-5.

They all owned baseball on June 23, 2015.

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

Brad Penner - USA Today Sports

Brad Penner – USA Today Sports

Maikel Franco got  4 hits including 2 homers and drove in 5 runs to help the Phillies top the Yankees 11-8.

Albert Pujols homered twice and walked, driving in 3 runs as the Angels snuck past Houston 4-3.

Travis Wood came out of the bullpen to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4, earning the 4-2 decision for the Cubs over Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Hector Santiago threw 6 solid innings with 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. The bullpen blew his lead but the Angels would go on to beat the Astros 4-3.

They all owned baseball on June 22, 2015.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 22, 2015

 

Cincinnati Enquirer/Leigh Taylor

Cincinnati Enquirer/Leigh Taylor

The All Star Game vote is a mess with controversy. How can it be fixed?

I offer a solution that will include fan votes, all teams included, advanced stats and still have the competition to be for World Series home field.

It is a looking for solutions Episode 970 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

J. D. Martinez, Yasmani Grandal, Scott Kazmir, Jake Arrieta, Jose Bautista, Dee Gordon, Alex Colome and Matt Harvey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Who Owned Baseball June 21, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Anthony Gruppuso USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Gruppuso USA TODAY Sports

J. D. Martinez crushed 3 homers, driving in 6 runs as the Tigers rolled against the Yankees, 12-4.

Yasmani Grandal got 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to help the Dodgers avoid a sweep and crush the Giants 10-2.

Scott Kazmir pitched a shutout into the 8th, giving the A’s 7 1/3 innings allowing a single run in a tense 3-2 win against the Angels.

Jake Arrieta threw a complete game 4 hit shutout with no walks and 7 strikeouts, leading the Cubs past the Twins 8-0.

They all owned baseball on June 21, 2015.

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

Rob Carr, Getty Images

Rob Carr, Getty Images

Max Scherzer came within one pitch of a perfect game, finishing with the second no hitter for the Nationals since moving from Montreal. He struckout 10 Pirates and walked none, hitting Tabata with 2 strikes and 2 out.

Randal Grichuk doubled and homered twice, driving in 4 as the Cardinals steam rolled the Phillies, 10-1.

Jesse Hahn pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 1 run, 4 hits and 4 strikeouts getting the 4-1 decision over the Angels in Oakland.

Alex Rodriguez continued his magical weekend by driving in 5 runs, getting on base 3 times and homering in the Yankees 14-3 drubbing of the Tigers.

They all owned baseball on June 20, 2015.

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

Mark J. Terrill - AP

Mark J. Terrill – AP

Buster Posey reached base 4 times, stole a base and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Giants slugged past the rival Dodgers 9-5.

Albert Pujols doubled and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Angels stunned the A’s with a wild 12-7 come from behind victory.

Joe Ross stopped the red hot Pirates with 7 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run and 1 walk while striking out 11, earning the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Phil Hughes pitched 8 innings allowing 2 hits, one being a solo homer, and won the 7-2 game for the Twins over the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on June 19, 2015.

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

Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Christian Petersen / Getty Images

C. J. Wilson threw 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 9 and walking no Arizona batters for an Angels 7-1 win.

Zack Greinke pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 8, 4 hits and no walks. He did not get the decision but the Dodgers got the 1-0 balk off win.

Preston Tucker doubled and homered, driving in 3 helping the Astros top Colorado 8-4.

Ryan Howard got 2 hits, including a 2 run homer that drove in all the Phillies runs, and made a diving stop in a 2-1 victory over Baltimore.

They all owned baseball on June 18, 2015.

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

 

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Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Billy Butler went 4 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI in Oakland’s 16-2 thrashing of the Padres on Pride Night.

Todd Frazier homered twice including a walk off grand slam in the 13th inning, leading the Reds past Detroit 8-4.

Felix Hernandez out dueled Bumgarner with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks as the Mariners snuck past San Francisco, 2-0.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched 7 shutout innings, holding the Indians to 4 hits and 2 walks and earned the decision in the 17-0 Cubs blowout.

They all owned baseball on June 17, 2015.

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

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Brock Holt became the first Red Sox player since 1996 to hit for the cycle, doubling, smacking a single, homering to the opposite field and finally tripling into the triangle, scoring 2 and driving in 2 for the 9-4 victory over Atlanta.

Chi Chi Gonzalez pitched a shutout into the 9th inning before surrendering a game tying homer after 8 1/3 innings. His excellent outing would go as a no decision but the Rangers walked off against the Dodgers, 3-2.

Clint Robinson put Washington on the board with a homer and kept getting on. He would finish with 4 hits and a walk, adding a double and three runs scored in the 16-4 thrashing of Tampa Bay.

Matt Harvey threw 7 shutout innings, walking none and allowing 4 hits, getting the first place Mets another dramatic win against Toronto, 3-2.

They all owned baseball on June 16, 2015.

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

Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Francisco Liriano struck out 12 and walked just 1 White Sox batter over 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball as the Pirates took a laugher, 11-0.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 4 times including a single, a double and a homer, driving in 3 runs helping Arizona win a controversial 7-3 game over the Angels.

Anibal Sanchez threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, striking out 7 while walking no Reds batter for the 6-0 victory in Detroit.

George Springer went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, leading the Astros past the Rockies 6-3.

They all owned baseball on June 15, 2015.

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

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Mike McGinnis – Getty Images

Max Schezrer retired the first 18 Milwaukee batters he faced, finishing with a complete game 1 hit shutout, allowing just 1 walk while striking out a career high 16 batters to earn the 4-0 decision for Washington.

Sonny Gray pitched into the 8th inning, allowing just 5 hits, no walks and one unearned runs while striking out 9 Angels, winning the 8-1 game for the A’s.

Juan Lagares collected 3 hits including a double and a go ahead 3 run homer to give the Mets a dramatic come from behind 10-8 victory over Atlanta.

Russell Martin reached base 4 times, including a double, scored 3 runs and drove in 2 more helping the Blue Jays clobber the Red Sox 13-5.

They all owned baseball on June 14, 2015.

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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.

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How John Hart Is Quickly Fixing The Braves

The Braves GM has traded the entire OF, shed payroll, and tried to stockpile the Minor Leagues with a boatload of prospects - that should coincide with the opening for the new ballpark in 2017.  The transformation has been swift and just.

The Braves  acting GM John Hart has traded the entire OF, shed payroll, and tried to stockpile the Minor Leagues with a boatload of prospects – that should coincide with the opening for the new ballpark in 2017. The transformation has been swift and just.

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How John Hart is quickly fixing the Braves

When you think of the Atlanta Braves you think of three things:

Their dominant pitching once composed of Hall of Fame trio Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz.
Their former brash manager Bobby Cox.
The face of this franchise since Hank Aaron Chipper Jones.

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The Toronto Blue Jays Payroll In 2015 + Contracts Going Forward

Alex Anthopoulos had done a nice job of assembling his club with players from other teams.  To construct a team with this type of caliber, it can be traced all the way back to the Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion brilliant extensions, while the Jays GM were able to break free from albatross contracts from Vernon Wells and Alex Rios.  He is close to the finish line, but with a flailing Canadian Dollar, and his many guys with 1 or 2 years left on the club signed, he must go one step further to gun for a championship.

Alex Anthopoulos had done a nice job of assembling his club with players from other teams. To construct a team with this type of caliber, it can be traced all the way back to the Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion brilliant extensions, while the Jays GM were able to break free from albatross contracts from Vernon Wells and Alex Rios. He is close to the finish line, but with a flailing Canadian Dollar, and his many guys with 1 or 2 years left on the club signed, he must go one step further to gun for a championship.

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What a difference from just a few seasons ago.  Toronto is on the cusp of contention, and is yielding the best club they have probably since their 1993 World Series run.  The payroll has crept up incrementally – and they are in the top 10 of the game.

The only Canadian franchise is estimated to have a budget of $127.3 MIL this year.   This would slate them 10th in the Majors.  The clubs ahead of them include:  Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Nats, Angels, Giants, Rangers and Tigers. This total still only puts them 3rd in their own Division.

Having signed Russell Martin to a 5 YR deal worth $82 MIL jumps the teams salary big time, but one could argue he will help the team lower its ERA.

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The 2nd Wild Card Team In The NL For 2015 Could Be Right Near .500

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015.  With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015. With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may see a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.  The AL is not as big with the dominant clubs, and as such will have many teams hover around 90 wins that make the postseason.  With the AL winning the Interleague matchup for 10 years consecutive, you also have to factor in a few more W’s per team.

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With all due respect to the rest of the Senior Circuit clubs, the Nationals and Dodgers are heads above the rest of the league.  I am also throwing in stalwart franchise St. Louis and Pittsburgh (94 wins and 88 wins in the last 2 years) as other teams that should lock down the NL Central and the other 1 to win the 1st Wild Card – to round out the top 4 seeds in the NL.

Then there are the rest of the clubs.

From the surface odds wise, the gambling pundits are saying the Padres and Giants would be next on the list for wins, followed by the Mets, Cubs and Marlins.

Just below those last 5 teams, you have the fight for competing coming from Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and finally the teams most thought to struggle this campaign are the Rockies, D’Backs and the Phillies.

I believe Washington is going to run away from the rest of the league – and near 100 victories. The Dodgers while not as talented as they have been the last few seasons, should not have a problem topping 90 wins again with their Starting Rotation being so strong.

The Pirates did lose Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, but you have to think bringing A.J. Burnett back replaces Volquez, and the internal improvements from Gregory Polanco, and a return to power from Pedro Alvarez should be enough to compensate for that.

When it comes down to my final prognostication for the Division, I may just jot the Bucs down to win the Division.  Josh Harrison and Neil Walker at 3B and 2B, and if they receive anything from their Starting Catcher and Shortstop then look the hell out.

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Russell Martin Inks A Deal With The Jays (5 YRs/$82.5 MIL) In A Classic Overpay

 

Russell Martin is a great game caller - and has been on teams making the playoffs in 6 of the last 7 years between LAD/NYY and Pit.  He will turn 32 before next season, and has logged 1163 Games in the Majors as a backstopper.  Signing him to a 5 Year deal, at $16.5 MIL per annum is not wise..

Russell Martin is a great game caller – and has been on teams making the playoffs in 6 of the last 7 years between LAD/NYY and Pit. He will turn 32 before next season, and has logged 1163 Games in the Majors as a backstopper. Signing him to a 5 Year deal, at $16.5 MIL per annum is not wise..

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Jays Acquire Russell Martin

I get it, the guy may help you for the next 2 years, but to spend $82 MIL on a 5 year contract for a Catcher north of 30, who doesn’t have 20 HRs per year is beyond stupid.

Keep in mind, you are now paying him more cash than you pay Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion,  Those were steals for deals on signings, but that will be now trumped by Martin.

I will say the man will help the Pitching Staff in the future years.  Honestly though, this team needed to sign an ace pitcher like Max Scherzer or Jon Lester, and at the least, a proven innings eater like James Shields.  Now you have effectively killed that chance.

The Blue Jays better hope that Justin Smoak can fill the bill at DH in a tandem with Dioner Navarro or Juan Francisco in the upcoming year, because as it stands right now, they are very heavy at the Right Handed side of their lineup.

Bautista, Encarnacion and Lawrie are all right handed, as is the newly acquired Catcher.

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Stanton’s Deal Will Set Off A Collective Groan For Small To Mid Market Clubs

Giancarlo Stanton;s new 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL has got to be a red flag for other small to mid market franchises who are looking to extend their own talent.  Everything is a cumulative effect on another when a deal like this goes down.  Many teams are going to be asked to grant contracts of more than 10 plus years, and for ridiculous sums of money.

Giancarlo Stanton’s new 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL has got to be a red flag for other small to mid market franchises who are looking to extend their own talent. Everything is a cumulative effect on another when a deal like this goes down. Many teams are going to be asked to grant contracts of more than 10 plus years, and for ridiculous sums of money.

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Giancarlo Stanton signing his whopper of a deal has to be shaking the foundation of all but the many low to mid level market’s boots.  He just raised the bar on what young franchise players will make in terms of years and dollars,  Not good.

Arizona you better thank the lord you inked Paul Goldschmidt before he took off in his career,.  The same can be said for Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh and Chris Sale in Chicago.  All among the better valued deals in the game right now.

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Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

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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

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Eduardo Escobar got 4 hits, including a 3 run homer, and drove in 6 runs, helping the Twins spoil the Tigers hopes of clinching with a 12-3 blow out.

Mark Trumbo got on base 3 times and drove in 4, including a tie breaking 3 run homer in the 7th that was the difference in Arizona’s 5-2 win against the Cardinals.

John Danks gave the White Sox 7 strong innings, scattering 5 hits and allowing just 2 runs, earning the 5-4 decision over Kansas City.

Wily Peralta finished his season with 17 wins following his 7 innings, 1 run and 13 strikeout performance against the Cubs for a 2-1 final.

 

They all owned baseball on Sept 27, 2014.

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

Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

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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