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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 30, 2015

It is time for the SUNDAY REQUEST

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A thought provoking request, if for no other reason than it took me forever to figure out how to even make this evaluation!

It is a “Who is to blame here?” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Edwin Encarnacion, Luis Severino, Joey Votto, Lance Lynn, Brian Dozier, Garrett Richards, Jacob deGrom and Scooter Gennett all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2015

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Don Mattingly violated the main rule: DO NOT TAKE OUT CLAYTON KERSHAW!

Dodger fans… look away. The next week or so could get ugly.

It is a “The walls are crashing down” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Aaron Nola, Lance McCullers, Stephen Piscotty, Mike Moustakas, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Gausman, Scooter Gennett and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Mike Fiers, August 21, 2015)

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

ASTRONOMICAL!

Mike Fiers pitched a masterpiece tonight. The Astros pitcher threw a no hitter and totally shut down the reeling Dodgers, retiring the last 21.

It is the kind of game that could be the inspiration for ONE first place team and the low point for another.

And while we are here, let’s salute Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel andBilly Wagner . They were the Astros pitchers who combined for a no hitter back in 2003. It was fun for them to be listed here until tonight.

But this is Mike Fiers night!

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 15, 2015

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TOPPS

Mike LaCoss, pitcher for the 1989 National League Champion Giants, returns to the Podcast.

He shares his memories of the 1987 Division title, passing the Reds and thoughts of the memorable 1989 postseason.

It is a HUM BABY episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Matt Kemp, Manny Machado, Jaime Garcia, CoreyKluber, Joey Votto, Coco Crisp, David Price and Bartolo Colon  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Matt Kemp, August 14, 2015 )

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DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

THE FIRST PADRE CYCLE!!!

 

No Padre has ever thrown a no hitter. No Padres team has ever won the World Series. No Padre had ever hit for the cycle… until now.

Matt Kemp hit a fly ball that ricocheted off the right center field wall in Coors Field. By the time he stood at third base, the cycle was achieved.

This has been a rough year for the Padres and for Kemp, but this hit must have felt sweet.

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

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Hisashi Iwakuma, August 12, 2015 )

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

A Masterpiece for Iwakuma!

This has been a let down of a season for the Seattle Mariners, but what a highlight for Iwakuma. The 5th no hitter in Seattle Mariners history and the first since the perfect game by Felix Hernandez in 2012.

It was also his first career complete game. It is a good thing they didn’t bring in Fernando Rodney for the 9th.

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 11, 2015

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

James Shields cleared waivers, and trading for him makes a lot of sense for a lot of contenders

It is a “Help ourselves this year and next” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Johnny Cueto, Gio Gonzalez, Avisail Garcia, Wellington Castillo, Jon Gray, Maikel Franco and Franklin Gutierrez  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 9, 2015

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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

 

It is time for the Sunday Request!

You bet. The numbers are on his side. As are many other arguments.

Plus I praise Jeff Banister for managing for the situation rather than the book.

Not all is what it seems on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Stephen Strasburg, Andrew McCutchen, Ubaldo Jimenez, Abraham Almonte, Tyson Ross, Curtis Granderson and David Ortiz  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 8, 2015

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(US Presswire)

Since changing managers in May, the Marlins have the worst record in the National League. If they have a new manager for 2016, who should it be?

Here is one hope that they hire Dusty Baker!

That and my sons get more into A’s Baseball on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sonny Gray, Mike Trout, Chase Anderson, Dexter Fowler, Jimmy Rollins, Nathan Eovaldi, J. D. Martinez and Jordan Zimmermann  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Adrian Beltre, August 3, 2015 )

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SportsGrid.com

Adrian Beltre with the Tri Cycle.

The Rangers third baseman, who is quietly assembling a Hall of Fame resume, joined Bob Meusel, Babe Herman and Long John Reilly in the exclusive “Three Cycles in a Career” club.

OK, it isn’t quite Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays… but it is kind of cool.

Bad news for Shin-Soo Choo who didn’t even last 3 weeks on this list!

Meanwhile Beltre is on here twice as the most recent cycle for the Rangers and the Mariners.

 

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

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

David Banks/Getty Images

David Banks/Getty Images

 

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

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

I think he is in good shape.

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

Alas, it is no more.

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

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

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

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 23, 2015

USA TODAY SPORTS

USA TODAY SPORTS

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

The Astros made a smart deal to improve and the A’s did the right thing by selling at the peak value.

Also, I talk about gum throwing and styling at home after a grand slam.

The trading season has begun and it is episode 1,003 for The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Joey Votto, Preston Tucker, Mike Leake, Edinson Volquez, Adam Lind, Nelson Cruz and Julio Teheran all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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

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DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP

First Texas cycle in 2 years!

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

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

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

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2015

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After a Giants game in May at AT&T Park, I wandered around the ballpark and pondered the fabric of the universe and the connections that constitute reality.

It is what I do.

It is a cosmic and Giant episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 5, 2015

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It is the Sunday Request

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Instagram Follower CHURCHILL BEE wants me to go back to the long lost spots of San Francisco Baseball.

I return to all the former homes of San Francisco baseball teams and try to find any clue that they played there… and it led me to an aisle of an Office Depot.

It is a star spangled episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 Clay Buchholz, Jeff Locke, Kris Bryant, C. J. Cron, Steven Souza Jr., Todd Frazier and Cody Anderson, all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 2, 2015

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Tampa Bay Rays 3 By:Todd Carr CC BY-ND 2.0

Three star pitchers are making a return to baseball, all before 10AM on the west coast.

While the AL East is all bunched together at the top, the return of injured players are making me think this could be the Rays division to lose.

It is a come back Episode 981 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Carlos Carrasco, Robinson Cano, Johnny Cueto, Neil Walker, Lorenzo Cain, Bartolo Colon and Maikel Franco all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Max Scherzer, June 20, 2015 )

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Rob Carr/Getty Images

Max Scherzer gets his first no hitter!

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

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

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 19, 2015

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

OF COURSE A-Rod hit a homer for his 3,000th hit.

It is a tale of two third baseman. One who is beloved by the fan base now and the other reviled. How things have changed for A-Rod and the Panda

It is a Hot Corner Episode 968 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

CJ Wilson, Zack Greinke, Ryan Howard, Preston Tucker, Anthony Ranaudo, Manny Machado, Jaime Garcia and Yunel Escobar all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team (Updated for Brock Holt – June 16, 2015)

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The First Cycle Hit for 2015!

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

Good bye John Valentin, no longer on this list.

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

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

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 10, 2015

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(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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

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

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

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

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The first No Hitter of 2015!

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

I bet the Giants are glad nobody did.

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

I am sure Tim is fine with it.

It is time to update my list!

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

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

contest finished up June 2, 2015

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

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

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 2, 2015

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The Blue Jays need to look at what the 1987 Giants did to become relevant: They overhauled their pitching staff midway through the season.

It is a Hum Baby North of the Border Episode 950 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Michael Pineda, Jacob deGrom, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jaime Garcia, Ryan Flaherty and Nolan Arenado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 29, 2015

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The Giants do a lot to honor the greats of their past, both from San Francisco and New York. There are a few names they should add and a couple of more numbers they could retire.

I record Episode 946 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast at AT&T Park among the seagulls.

3 guys named Chris (Sale, Iannetta and Heston) plus Andrew McCutchen, Nick Martinez, Shelby Miller, Brian McCann and Justin Upton all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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183 Day MLB Trip in 2015: Games 64/65 – Miller Park/Wrigley Field

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Wednesday, May.27/2015

Games 64 & 65 Day #53

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

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Odds To Win The 2015 MLB World Series Week 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MLB Power Rankings – May 2015

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

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

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

Washington also should beat up on the National League East for the remainder of the year.  With the exception of the Mets, the Phillies, Marlins and Braves should all provide the proverbial speedbag position, for this club to beat up on.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 13, 2015

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds wants to sue for collusion? Here is a settlement: Have a team sign him NOW!

That plus Stephen Strasburg thoughts on Episode 932 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Alex Gordon, Chris Sale, Andre Ethier, Chris Heston, Kyle Kendrick, Kyle Gibson, Jason Kipnis and Bryce Harper all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 9, 2015

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Remembering the moments where both teams had a chance to clinch at the same time. Plus my brother witnesses another grand slam

It is a paying respect Episode 928 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jered Weaver, Cole Hamels, Ian Kinsler, Bryce Harper, Alex Gordon, Jimmy Nelson, Ryan Braun and Roberto Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

The link to my article about clinching can be found here.

 

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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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