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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. Read the rest of this entry

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

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)

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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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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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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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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 10, 2015

Photo: Patric Schneider, AP

Photo: Patric Schneider, AP

A no hitter was nearly thrown, Matt Harvey returned and gum became a controversy.

Man I love the regular season.

That insanity and more on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Matt Harvey, Xander Bogaerts, Edinson Volquez, David Wright, Pedro Alvarez, Odrisamer Despaigne and John Ryan Murphy  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015, 5 Teams Blanked On Monday, 24 Teams Remain

Miller Park is an underrated sneaky wicked park.  Yesterday's sellout watched a 10 - 0 drubbing by the Colorado Rockies.

Miller Park is an underrated sneaky wicked park. Yesterday’s sellout watched a 10 – 0 drubbing by the Colorado Rockies.

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

Last Year the D’Backs, A’s, Braves and  Cubs were the 1st teams to be blanked before March was even over.  To their credit, Arizona was in their 3rd game while the others were in their season openers.

Last night, 5 teams took the bagel, and are officially out.  Milwaukee had the worst loss at 10 – 0, and therefore finish in dead last for this competition.

Also gone are the Phillies and Rangers who took 8 – 0 losses.  Ironically these 2 clubs both faced each other during last years opening day series, and they had the highest scoring contests of day 1.

The Twins did not score a run against David Price for their 1st game skipper Paul Molitor in a 4 – 0 loss, and the Indians couldn’t solve Dallas Keuchel and the Astros to plate a guy either.  And then there were 24 teams left..

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MLB Runs Scored Survivor 2015 Day 2

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015? Read the rest of this entry

MLB Runs Scored Survivor 2015 After Night 1

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015? Read the rest of this entry

Official MLB Reports 2015 Baseball Predictions w/Audio (Includes Post Season + Interleague)

Below is the 90 minute 2015 MLB Triple Play Podcast Preview.  Patrick Beaulieu, Chris Leitch and Chuck Booth chop up the forthcoming year.  Season overs/division winners, and a few cities will not like some of the chatter!  Click the link..

Below is the 90 minute 2015 MLB Triple Play Podcast Preview. Patrick Beaulieu, Chris Leitch and Chuck Booth chop up the forthcoming year. Season overs/division winners, and a few cities will not like some of the chatter! Click the link below this picture

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Another year, and it is time for all of us experts to predict the future.  Keep in mind, that I haven’t seen anyone else do a prediction set like we do.  We don’t throw numbers out blindly.

First off, the number of wins allocated must equal 2430 for all 30 teams, and 2430 Losses.  If this is not done, you fail. Read the rest of this entry

2015 Odds To Win MLB Divisions: Best And Worst Value Bets

Buck Showalter's club are the Rodney Dnagerfield act "They Get NO RESPECT.  Having Baltimore not closer to Toronto for the AL East Division is not wise.  Take advantage of this odd while it presents itself.  Remember that Boston did only win 71 games last year while the 2014 AL East champs did take home 96 victories.  Their odds should vaguely resemble each other heading into the 2015 campaign.  Jonathan Dyer - USA Today Sports

Buck Showalter’s club are the Rodney Dangerfield act “They Get NO RESPECT”. Having Baltimore not closer to Toronto for the AL East Division is not wise. Take advantage of this odd while it presents itself. Remember that Boston did only win 71 games last year while the 2014 AL East champs did take home 96 victories. Their odds should vaguely resemble each other heading into the 2015 campaign.
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The forthcoming season has seen the gambling establishments starting to post their opening lines for Division play.  I like the way they constructed the AL West, NL West (except San Diego) and NL East.  They are pegged perfectly, and would not advise in plunking any money down for those.

The real good bets are within both Central Divisions, and of course the Baltimore Orioles. 

Part of being a good handicapper is watching and predicting the trends as they go up and down. 

Red Highlighted Picks are my favorites

Blue Highlighted Selections are odds to stay away from

Parenthesis is slated from 1 – 5 designation for best/worst value by color

AL

AL East

Boston +190

Toronto +250

New York +425

Baltimore +375 (2)

Tampa Bay +700 (3)
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MLB Shutout Survivor 2015: Which Team Do You Have Last To Be Blanked This Year?

2014's Shutout Survivor Winners.  The club nearly made it all the way to Memorial Day before they were shutout last year.  The team had a great offense, and rode it to an MLB Best record last year.  I would still put the Jays, Red Sox and O's.

2014’s Shutout Survivor Winners were the Angels. The club nearly made it all the way to Memorial Day before they were shutout last year. The team had a great offense, and rode it to an MLB Best record last year. I would still put the Jays, Red Sox and O’s ahead of them in 2015 with those team’s respective lineups all being strong, and playing in a less pitcher friendly Division with the AL East.

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Last Year the D’Backs, A’s, Braves and  Cubs were the 1st teams to be blanked before March was even over.  To their credit, Arizona was in their 3rd game while the others were in their season openers.

The winner of the competition last year were the Los Angeles Angels who almost made it all the way to Memorial Day weekend without being bageled.

It was between them and the Rockies (NL Winner) for the overall win, and the Halo’s won out. 

Despite a depleted lineup early, the Rangers made it all the way to 3rd place in the category, and their pitching staff also took the most other clubs by hanging a zero on them.

In 2015, I still believe the favorites, if doing a betting line,  would have to be the Colorado Rockies again.  Not only do they play exceedingly well every first 6 weeks of the year, and they play at Coors Field, but they start the campaign at least with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Runs Survivor 2015: 11 Different Run Totals For Each Team

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  As the runs come in on a daily basis, we will keep erasing the numbers beside the team until the last team wins.  The Yankees lost the for the year, finishing much after August had started.  An obvious blight on their offense last year.

Last year the Giants were the 1st team to complete the 11 variation trek, so maybe their is a method to our madness after all.  The 1st AL club to do the 11 run totals were the Tampa Bay Rays. Who do you have to complete all 11 1st in 2015?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 13, 2015

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Did you know Alex Rodriguez was having a good spring training?

Did you even know that A-Rod was AT spring training?

You wouldn’t know that if you were following the Yankees on Twitter.

That and the San Diego Padres rebuilding process continues to be passionate but reckless.

It is a Retweeted episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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The Oakland A’s Payroll In 2015 + Going Forward: Beane Counting

The A's GM has done a masterful job putting together a World Series worthy rotation without breaking the bank to do it. Even for the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) and Samardija (about the same in Arbitration), the Bullpen doesn't make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A's payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015, and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success. The Oakland GM knows how to turnover a roster, developing a young nucleus for 3 year intervals. The A's have made the playoffs three straight years - but struggled down the stretch in 2014 - before dropping the Wild Card in spectacular fashion, after holding a 7 - 3 in the 8th inning.     The A's GM has done a masterful job putting together a World Series worthy rotation without breaking the bank to do it. Even for the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) the Bullpen doesn't make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A's payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015, and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success. The Oakland GM knows how to turnover a roster, developing a young nucleus for 3 year intervals. The A's have made the playoffs three straight years - but struggled down the stretch in 2014 - before dropping the Wild Card in spectacular fashion, after holding a 7 - 3 in the 8th inning.

For the 2015 season, the staff will not cost much more money than this campaign, with the highest monies going to Kazmir ($13 MIL) the Bullpen doesn’t make much money, while only losing Gregerson, and most of the SP are on entry-level deals or 1st year Arbitration. The A’s payroll is slated to be right around $80 MIL in 2015 (down about $10 MIL from 2014), and the club should still be competitive, and if not, they have plenty of assets to trade near the deadline and reload for another run of success.

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MoneyBall 1..MoneyBall 2… So we all have seen the movie or at least read the book – or heard about somebody referencing it all the time on the Baseball airwaves.  Beane does it a different way, and he keeps the rest of the landscape second guessing.

This website has been one of the frontrunners of dissecting his moves over the last few years, and have accurately predicted a lot of what would happen with the terms of the club.

As much as the MLB Reports has loved the movements the team has done, we have not picked them to advance in the postseason in any prognostications, but we have continuously marveled on how the GM keeps wheeling and dealing.

Chuck Booth likened him to a “Baseball Rounder”, using a nice analogy from the world of poker.

The A’s GM is the best at creating value to his team but exercising all of the freebies in the league, coupled with knowing how to maneuver when the time is right.

Trading Josh Donaldson may come back to haunt him, but he did receive a plethora of young talented throwers, and perhaps Brett Lawrie will emerge into his talent after all.

Being a “Baseball Rounder” is being the smartest guy in the room, and knowing your opponents moves before even they do.

For a Year to Year Breakdown For all of the A’s players salaries please visit here

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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.

Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte also help Polanco round out the Outfield, and I think by the end of the year, they will be pronounced the best trio of players beyond the Infield, rather than the Marlins or Padres. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 12, 2015

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Did you know Alex Rodriguez was having a good spring training?

Did you even know that A-Rod was AT spring training?

You wouldn’t know that if you were following the Yankees on Twitter.

That and the San Diego Padres rebuilding process continues to be passionate but reckless.

It is a Retweeted episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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2nd Week Schedule For The 2015 MLB Season Apr.13 – Apr.19, 2015 (Includes Jackie Robinson Day)

Dodgers' part owner Magic Johnson, Rachel Robinson and '42' star Harrison Ford during the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson Day pre-game celebration on April 15, 2013. Every year on Apr.15th. the whole league honors Robinson by having their players all wear #42

Dodgers’ part owner Magic Johnson, Rachel Robinson and ’42’ star Harrison Ford during the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson Day pre-game celebration on April 15, 2013. Every year on Apr.15th. the whole league honors Robinson by having their players all wear #42 across the MLB.

Week 2 features the remaining last few home openers.  After this week concludes., the usual pattern for the next 25 weeks is pretty much the same throughout the rest of the year.

Highlighted in this set of days will be the home opener of AT @ T Park, who will host their 2014 Championship Banner on Monday Apr. 13th. 

Week 2 is also highlighted by Jackie Robinson day on April.15th, where all teams and players should be wearing the #42.  This is a very great day every season, and should be used as an education tool with the kids especially, for who Jackie was.

MLB Scheduling 2015

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

MLB Season Opening Series

 

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1st Week Schedule For The 2015 MLB Season Apr.05 – Apr.12, 2015

Photo: Brad Barr, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Brad Barr, USA TODAY Sports

We are less than 4 weeks away from the opening game at Wrigley Field.  Weather aside, and every day with a major named player going down to injury, it looks to be the best season ever on the horizon.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we are ramping up out production of the 2015 schedule.  It is a one time chance to give you a full view of the years itinerary as it sits now.

During the year, we will be posting the week ahead for games, but it is more geared towards the ballpark chaser – as oppose to pitching matchups and such.

If you like looking at 7 day glances at a time visit espn.com for their calendar.

If 3 day glances is what you like, than mlb.com is your thing, than go there.

We will have a month to month schedule, and will have a full year schedule on 1 page post.  I would love for one of this entities to take our lead, and signal out special games on their year dockets.  Our calendar shows Interleague and home openers.

MLB Scheduling 2015

Day + Date     Away and Home, Times Start In EST

MLB Season Opening Series

 

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Odds To Win The MLB 2015 World Series + Best Bets

Yu Darvish has exceeded expectations in his 1st 2 seasons with the club.  Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he is seriously underpaid in the last four years of his contract.  Based on that value created, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo.  Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and a AL Leading 277 in 2013.  But he has a torn UCL and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, i call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th

Yu Darvish had exceeded expectations in his 1st 3 seasons with the club. Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he was considered seriously underpaid in the last three years of his contract. Since that value created cash for other deals, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo last winter, but those two sustained massive injuries in 2014 (along with the RHP – and about 57 others lin 2014) in what was a losing season, Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and an AL Leading 277 for the 2013 season, but he has a torn UCL now – and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, I call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th.  Oddsmakers are on board with what I have said, with the team tied for the 22nd worst odd to win it all this campaign.

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With yesterday’s grim news on the 2015 season of Yu Darvish. I think it is safe to say the Rangers will have a tough campaign this year as well.

It was one thing having all of their top players coming back from injury already, but now you lose one of the true aces left in the American League.  This is a doomsday special.  I don’t think Yovani Gallardo will take on Darvish’s type of role and thrive.  If anything, the Rangers might be able to flip him later in the year.

Jon Daniels should not trade for another pitcher either.  This Division is the best in baseball, and if he were to do that, it would be bad money spent.  Hopefully Prince Fielder and Shin-soo Choo can have bounce back seasons for you, and at least the future will look up beyond 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Dodgers Brass’ Is Brutalizing The 2015 Payroll ($267 MIL) With Dead Money + Injury Plagued Chuckers!

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume.  The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL, and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%).  The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that infraction.  One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll.  The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn't throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax - when the new CBA is put into place before the 2017 season.

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume. The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL for 2015 patyroll and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%). The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that very infraction. Next year(9nd every year after till they drop under the Threshold once, they will rise to a 50% penalty/) One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll. The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn’t throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax – when the new deal with the MLB and MLBPA is put into place before the 2017 season.

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What the hell is Andrew Friedman doing?  Lets just eat the contracts on Brian Wilson and maybe Brandon League, while paying the freight on Dan Haren’s 2015 salary ($10 MIL) to play for the Marlins, and also  forking out money to Brett Anderson, Brandon Beachy and also coming to a theater near you soon. If that weren’t enough, they have signed perennially injured/malcontent guys in Erik Bedard and Dustin McGowan on Minor League deals.

The club will also digest half (or more) of Andre Ethier‘s remaining deal (3 YRs, $56 MIL) if another franchise will take them off of their hands.  Yes that was not the current front office’s deal, however the throwing away of money is still directly tied to their decisions now.

Pretty soon the entire total for the dead money in the Dodgers team salary will rival the contract marks of the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s if this trend persists.

The Los Angeles payroll was supposed to be reigned in – and not jumping to an ALL – Time record.

Even with losing the albatross contract of Matt Kemp, the Dodgers are sitting at nearly $266 MIL in projected team payroll.  Let’s add a 40% penalty for being a 3rd time offender to the mix, and you can kiss another $30 MIL out the door at Chavez Ravine.  Maybe the club should hope for a Zack Greinke opt out.

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MLB Power Rankings March 2015

Once again, the National League is very top heavy. with the Nationals, Dodgers and Cards reeling in 3 of the first 4 rankings spots.

Once again, the National League is very top-heavy. with the Nationals, Dodgers and Cards reeling in 3 of the first 5 rankings spots.  The American League has more parity in the league this year. and could feature several new entrants into postseason play.  This includes the two longest playoff drought teams in the Toronto Blue Jays (the last team to make the playoffs since the Strike/Lockout in 1994 and 1995 – and the M’s haven’t since their 116 win campaign in 2001. The Marlins own the longest such dry spell in the NL<- with their last playoff berth coming in their 2003 World Series win.  You also have many young franchises like the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins having several of their young studs coming into the fold, and teams like the Rangers trying to be relevant again following a league record for DL Stints in 2014.  This will mean there are no easy wins on the J’unior Circuit’ this campaign.

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1.  Washington Nationals – This team is so far above the rest of the MLB, they should be everyones unanimous pick to win the best record in the MLB.  Their Division is weaker the NL West, and the teams in the NL Central are a lot closer in parity.

2.  LA Dodgers – Too many changes will take the club time to gel.  Emphasis on Joc Pederson to do well may be too much to ask.  Not enough is being said about the club losing the offense of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. Any club with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as their top 2 starting pitchers will never be to far from the top ranking.

3.  Detroit Tigers – This is all based on the American League Central.  While I believe the team is not as strong as last year in the pitching department with Max Scherzer, they may be better in the lineup with Yoenis Cespedes. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The MLB 2015 League Pennants

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Yesterday we went over the World Series Odds.  Since I have the Nationals as a heavy favorite, I think the best way to receive a win for any AL clubs, is to bet the team to win the Pennant.

The Angels are listed as the #1 favorite to win the American League at +500.  If you like them (even though I wouldn’t wager on them), this is a much better risk, than the +1000 mark for the World Series.  If the Dodgers or Nationals are their adversary in the Fall Classic, that is at least a +125 odd for the Halo’s to reel in their 1st Title in 13 years.

Since I love the Mariners more in the AL West, obviously I love the +700 odd they have right now to win the Junior Circuit. 

Pulling up the rear in the AL, are the Twins at +5000 to win the Pennant.  If you like the Royals to play good in 2015 as well, they are +1200 to win the American League in 2015 on this site, while bet365.com was offering just +1800 for a World Series triumph.  That is good value. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The MLB 2015 World Series + Best Bets

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

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

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

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

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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

Buying 2015 MLB Tickets For All 30 Clubs: Rating Packages, Partial Plans + Single Game Sale Dates

With Philadelphia not having the best team the last few years, I am giving them the nod for having the best ticket campaigning to drive sales in 2015.  They had their schedule up early, offered a Christmas special, 3, 4 or 6 game fan select packages (that didn't omit any games), and most of them included the season opener option - while supplies lasted.  In addition to this, they had a business person's special, Phillie Phanatic birthday package, and 4 different option for 20 game plans.  I am glad I am watching the most games here on my 179 day trip - than any other venue.

With Philadelphia not having the best team the last few years, I am giving them the nod for having the best ticket campaigning to drive sales in 2015. They had their schedule up early, offered a Christmas special, 3, 4 or 6 game fan select packages (that didn’t omit any games), and most of them included the season opener option – while supplies lasted. In addition to this, they had a business person’s special, the Phillie Phanatic birthday package, Mothers Day and Father’s day specials  and 4 different options for 20 game plans. I am glad I am watching the most games here on my 179 day trip – than any other venue.

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One of the things that has made me quite upset over forecasting my big road trip is the waiting for single game tickets.  I made a point back in December that baseball needs to look at this in great detail for all 30 MLB franchises.

Some of the clubs are doing a better job than the others, having said that, maybe Rob Manfred could help address some of these marketing drives. 

There is no reason why fans have to wait so long for to buy game tickets for the upcoming campaign!  Kudos to the teams like Seattle, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto, Philadelphia and the Giants for having several fan selection packages available in a timely fashion.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years.  Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year.   Boston even had a day where they waived their processing fee's in January.  Other teams should take heed on this brilliant idea.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years. Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year. Boston even had a day where they waved their processing fee’s for a 24 hour stretch.   Other teams should take heed on this brilliant idea.

The Red Sox had one of the best promotions I have seen this winter during a day in January this year.  For their lower tier games in dynamic pricing, they offered a fee waiver on service charges for a 24 hour session.  I ended up buying 9 tickets for $90.  Outstanding value to see a park most people have near the tops of their stadium rankings! Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 21, 2015

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Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images

Today I play part 2 of my interview with former San Diego Padre star shortstop Garry Templeton.

We talked about memories of the 1984 playoffs and World Series and some other San Diego thoughts

It is a brown capped episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 13, 2015

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Former Cardinals and Padres SS Garry Templeton joins the podcast. He talks about All Star Game memories and playing with the likes of Keith Hernandez, Mike Easler and Lou Brock.

It is a Kellogg’s 3D edition of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 9, 2015

 

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James Shields signs with the Padres, who turned out to be one of the biggest spenders this off season, along with the Marlins.

We all predicted that, right?

It is a World Turned Upside Down episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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