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

Jamie Squire - Getty Images

Jamie Squire – Getty Images

 

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 26, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 26, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

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

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 25, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

DREW HALLOWELL/GETTY IMAGES

DREW HALLOWELL/GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 24, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

ALAN DIAZ/AP

ALAN DIAZ/AP

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 23, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

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

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JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 21, 2015

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 20, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 19, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Patrick Semansky/AP

Patrick Semansky/AP

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 18, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 17, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

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

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

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

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

 

NAM Y.HUH - AP

NAM Y.HUH – AP

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 16, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

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

FRED THORNHILL/AP Photo

FRED THORNHILL/AP Photo

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 15, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 14, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

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

 

HANNAH FOSLIEN/GETTY IMAGES

HANNAH FOSLIEN/GETTY IMAGES

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

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

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

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

They all owned baseball on August 13, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

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

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

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

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

 

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

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Hisashi Iwakuma threw the fifth no hitter in Mariners history, walking 3 Orioles and striking out 7, sealing the 3-0 final.

Clayton Kershaw was perfect into the 6th and finished with 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, walking no Washington batter and striking out 8, earning the 3-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Aaron Hicks went 4 for 5 with a homer, four runs scored and a circus catch in centerfield to help the Twins demolish the Rangers, 11-1.

J. T. Realmuto went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 6 RBI, a triple and a grand slam to help Miami win a 14-6 laugher over Boston.

They all owned baseball on August 12, 2015.

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

CHARLIE RIEDEL/AP

CHARLIE RIEDEL/AP

Lorenzo Cain went 4 for 4 with a double and a homer to lead the first place Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Tigers.

Yasiel Puig homered, tripled and drove in 5 runs as the Dodgers logged a much needed 5-0 win over Washington.

Carlos Rodon threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and striking out 11 Angels batters, earning the 3-0 decision for the White Sox.

Madison Bumgarner threw a complete game allowing 5 hits and 1 walk and striking out 12 Houston batters, winning 3-1 in San Francisco.

They all owned baseball on August 11, 2015.

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

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JOHN SLEEZER – Kansas City Star JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Johnny Cueto pitched in front of the Kansas City crowd as a Royal for the first time and did not disappoint. He threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 8 Detroit batters and walking none, earning the 4-0 decision.

Gio Gonzalez went 8 shutout innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, giving the Nationals a much needed easy 8-3 win over the Dodgers.

Avisail Garcia launched a pair of homers, driving in 4, helping the White Sox past the Angels, 8-2.

Wellington Castillo clubbed his 8th homer in 12 games and added a 3 run triple as the Diamondbacks humiliated the Phillies, 13-3.

They all owned baseball on August 10, 2015.

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

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Jackie Bradley Jr. reached base 3 times, including a triple and a homer, drove in 5 runs and made a spectacular back to home plate catch in center field to help the Red Sox top the fading Tigers, 7-2.

Francisco Cervelli singled, tripled and homered, driving in 3 runs and led the Pirates to a wild 13-6 come from behind victory over the Dodgers.

Corey Kluber took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with a three hit complete game 8-1 win over the Twins in Cleveland.

Jake Arrieta pitched shutout ball for 7 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 6 Giants as the Cubs completed the 4 game sweep, 2-0.

They all owned baseball on August 9, 2015.

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2015 Regular Season Win Over/Unders In The MLB + Best Bets

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season?  We have selected our top 10.

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season? We have selected our top 10.

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Over/Unders for the year, based on odds given by http://www.bovada.com sports book

Arizona – 71.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I gotta go with the under.  San Diego, LA and SF are all much better, and even Colorado is tough on the road. Like them at just around 70 wins.  Is a rebuilding year, and they might fetch a heavy ransom if Mark Trumbo can have a bounce back 1st half.  2016 maybe the year the can contend again.

Atlanta – 73.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I like the over on this one big time.  This club lost a ton of offense, yet I like their run prevention more than ever.  Shelby Miller was a great acquisition, and they still have a nasty Bullpen.  I am not as bullish on the rest of the NL East as a lot of clubs are too.  Wouldn’t call this a best bet, however, like them to win 75 – 77 games. Read the rest of this entry

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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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

The Dodgers Winning The Title Could Cure Baseball In The Future – Part 1

Magic Johnson said the new ownership group would put their money down on the players to stay or come to the franchise, and man he wasn't kidding.  The Los Angeles Dodgers now own 5 of the top 23 player contracts of ALL - Time in the MLB.  With a total team payroll likely to be north of $240 MIL for the next few year, he was right.

Magic Johnson said the new ownership group would put their money down on the players to stay or come to the franchise, and man he wasn’t kidding. The Los Angeles Dodgers now own 5 of the top 23 player contracts of ALL – Time in the MLB. With a total team payroll likely to be north of $240 MIL for the next few years, he was right.  The team is presently the highest salaried team, and they will pay about $16 MIL in Luxury Tax, based on 30% penalty for $51 over the $189 MIL mark in 2014.  Their cash infusion to the NL has spawned a rapid ascent for other teams in the Senior Circuit  – who are looking just to keep up, while some franchises have no chance at all with their revenue streams.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article on how the Dodgers were going to change the way the MLB operates.  I may be proven right this fall.

4 of the top 5 clubs were alive in the LDS round

1.  LA Dodgers $240.7 MIL

2.  NY Yankees $227 MIL

3.  SF Giants –  $172.4 MIL

4.  Detroit Tigers – $170.5 MIL

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (All 10 Playoff Teams)

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series.  That didn't stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today.  They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience.  The Stephen Strasburg decision of a few years  back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title.  Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series. That didn’t stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today. They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience. The Stephen Strasburg ‘decision’ of a few years back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title. Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

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It is time to place your bets on the World Series. The Washington Nationals are your favorites to win the whole thing at +450.  The Tigers, Angels and Dodgers are both next at all tied for +500.

To round out the teams in sequence…5 –  Baltimore is at +700, 6 –  St. Louis at +900, 7 – Oakland at +1100, 8 – San Fran at +1400, and the Royals and the Bucs are the biggest odds on the board at +1600 for 9th.

At first glance I see the pattern.  The Nationals are the most deep team across the board, with having all 4 starters as potential aces in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.

Each one of the players in the positional lineup, were over right near of plus.400 for Slugging Percentage, and this doesn’t even include Ryan Zimmerman – who will be an awesome bat off the bench at least to start. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

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

They all owned baseball in 2014.

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

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

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

The American League races were razor thin.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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