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

Corey Sipkin - NY Daily News

Corey Sipkin – NY Daily News

Chase Headley reached base 4 times, driving in 3, including a 2 run homer and a double as the Yankees got a much needed laugher 14-1 win over the Royals.

Nori Aoki got on base 4 times, scoring 2, driving in 2, stealing a base and homering as the Giants came from behind to top Milwaukee 8-4.

Drew Hutchinson pitched a brilliant 4 hit, no walk, 8 strikeout, 6-0 complete game shutout of the White Sox in Toronto.

Carlos Martinez blanked Arizona over 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 along the way. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Cardinals would walk off 3-2 winners in the 10th.

They all owned baseball on May 25, 2015.

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

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Justin Upton homered and doubled, driving in 6 runs in the first two innings and led the Padres to a 11-3 laugher against the Dodgers.

Chad Bettis threw a shutout into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs and 7 strikeouts, leading the Rockies past the red hot Giants, 11-2.

Brian Dozier homered twice, driving in 4 runs as the Twins topped the White Sox, 8-1.

Kyle Gibson pitched 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 8 strikeouts while walking no White Sox batter, getting an 8-1 decision for the Twins.

They all owned baseball on May 24, 2015.

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

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun Times

Anthony Rizzo doubled and hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 9th, finishing with 6 RBI altogether, leading the Cubs to a 9-6 victory in Arizona.

Mike Napoli got on base 3 times including a pair of homers, giving the Red Sox an 8-3 win against the Angels.

Mike Bolsinger threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and no walks while striking out 8, earning the 2-0 decision for the Dodgers against San Diego.

Corey Kluber pitched 8 innings, allowing just 1 run, striking out 7 while walking no Reds batters as the Indians won 2-1.

They all owned baseball on May 23, 2015.

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

John Sleezer - KC Times ( JSleezer@kcstar.com )

John Sleezer – KC Times ( JSleezer@kcstar.com )

Kendrys Morales went 3 for 5 with a pair of homers and 5 RBI as the Royals became the best team in baseball with a 5-0 shutout of the Cardinals.

Jeff Samardzjia pitched 8 solid innings, striking out 9 and walking just one Minnesota batter, earning the 3-2 decision for the White Sox.

Gerrit Cole pitched into the 9th, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings, walking 1 and allowing just 1 unearned run, beating the Mets 4-1 in Pittsburgh.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 4 times, stole a pair and hit a 2 out, 2 run, 2 strike game tying homer in the 10th inning that set up Arizona’s 5-4 victory against the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on May 22, 2015.

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

Andrew Savulich - NY Daily News

Andrew Savulich – NY Daily News

Jacob deGrom pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit, no walks and 11 strikeouts in the Mets dominating 5-0 victory over St. Louis.

Michael McKenry hit a go ahead homer while reaching base 4 times as the Rockies topped the Phillies, 7-3.

R. A. Dickey pitched a complete game victory allowing 5 hits and striking out 7 as the Blue Jays beat the Angels 8-4.

Mike Aviles went 4-5 with a  homer to help the Indians top the White Sox, 5-2.

They all owned baseball on May 21, 2015.

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

Melissa Phillip - Houston Chronicle

Melissa Phillip – Houston Chronicle

Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only an unearned run and 6 hits, getting the 6-1 win for the Astros over the A’s.

Tim Lincecum shut the Dodgers out for 7 iinings with 3 hits and no walks and got the 4-0 decision in San Francisco.

Mike Trout reached base 4 times including a homer, and scored 3 runs, helping the Angels sneak past Toronto 4-3.

Buster Posey scored the first run and hit a back breaking 2 run homer, along with a single and a double, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the rival Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on May 20, 2015.

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

Elsa - GETTY IMAGES

Elsa – GETTY IMAGES

Randall Grichuk bounced back from a poor Monday to triple and hit a pair of doubles, scoring one and driving in 3 as St. Louis clobbered the Mets, 10-2.

Colby Rasmus homered and doubled, scoring a pair and driving in 2, helping the Astros take down Oakland, 6-4.

Trevor Bauer gave the Indians another terrific pitching performance, going into the 8th and finishing with 7 1/3 innings with 4 hits, 1 run and 7 strikeouts, beating the White Sox 3-1.

Jimmy Nelson allowed just 3 hits, 4 walks and 1 run over 8 innings, earning the 8-1 decision for the Brewers in Detroit.

They all owned baseball on May 19, 2015.

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

Elsa - Getty Images

Elsa – Getty Images

Matt Harvey pitched brilliantly giving the Mets 8 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk and striking out 9 St. Louis batters. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Mets walked off 2-1 winners in 14 innings.

Chris Sale locked up in a tense pitchers duel, going 8 innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 7. He did not get a decision but the White Sox topped Cleveland 2-1 in 10 innings.

Jose Bautista reached base 4 times including a single and double and a homer, scoring 3 and driving in 3 in Toronto’s back and forth 10-6 win over the Angels.

Carlos Gomez homered and then hit a tie breaking RBI single in the 7th to give Milwaukee a 3-2 victory over Detroit.

They all owned baseball on May 18, 2015.

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

 

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J PAT CARTER/AP

Shelby Miller had a no hitter until 2 outs in the 9th inning when it was broken up with a single. He finished with a 2 hitter and 1 walk, winning 6-0 for the Braves in Miami.

Brandon Belt singled, walked, doubled and homered, scoring 3 times leading the Giants to a 9-8 victory in Cincinnati.

James Paxton pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks, defeating the Red Sox 5-0 in Seattle.

James Loney reached base 5 times, including a double, driving in 3 runs, helping the Rays inch closer to first place with an 11-3 win in Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on May 17, 2015.

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

Jamie Sabaue - Getty Images

Jamie Sabaue – Getty Images

Brandon Crawford singled, doubled and launched a grand slam, driving in 6 runs as San Francisco crushed Cincinnati 11-2.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched 7 1/3 outstanding shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and no walks, giving the Rockies a 7-1 victory.

Eduardo Escobar went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and an RBI in the Twins go ahead 7th inning rally as they topped Detroit 6-4.

Matt Shoemaker pitched 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and no walks while striking out 7 Orioles batters, getting the 6-1 decision for the Angels.

They all owned baseball on May 16, 2015.

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

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FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

Kyle Lohse pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 Mets and getting the 7-0 decision in Milwaukee.

Jered Weaver pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run on a solo homer and 1 walk, earning the Angels 3-1 win in Baltimore.

Brandon Belt singled, doubled and homered, scoring 3 runs and driving in 4, leading the Giants past Cincinnati, 10-2.

Mike Moustakas singled, doubled twice and tripled, scoring 3 and driving in another as Kansas City throttled the Yankees, 12-1.

They all owned baseball on May 15, 2015.

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

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Leon Halip – Getty Images

Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 with a pair of homers, 3 runs scored and 3 driven in, leading Detroit to a 13-1 blow out of Minnesota.

Anibal Sanchez threw 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and one walk while striking out 9 Twins, getting the 13-1 win in Detroit.

Derek Norris got the hard parts of the cycle out of the way early with a triple and a homer, driving in 5 runs in the process. He would later be walked and had a hard shot grabbed but he did his share to beat the Nationals, 8-3 in San Diego.

Aaron Harang threw 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walk, earning the 4-2 decision for Philadelphia over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on May 14, 2015.

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

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Jason Miller – Getty Images

Corey Kluber pitched a masterpiece. He held St. Louis hitless until there were 2 outs in the 7th. He finished with 1 hit, no runs and an incredible 18 strikeouts in 8 innings, getting the 2-0 win for the Indians.

Raisel Iglesias began his start with 5 no hit innings. He would finish with 8 innings of 2 hit, 1 run ball, walking only 3 and earning the 5-1 decision for the Reds over the Braves.

Prince Fielder got 3 hits, including a 2 run homer, in the Rangers 5-2 victory over the Royals.

Dee Gordon went 4 for 5, including 2 doubles, and scored twice in the Marlins 5-4 come from behind win against Los Angeles.

They all owned baseball on May 13, 2015.

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

LM Otero - AP

LM Otero – AP

Alex Gordon doubled twice and hit the go ahead homer in the 10th that gave the Royals a dramatic 7-6 win in Texas.

Andre Ethier went 5 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Dodgers to an 11-1 thrashing of the Marlins.

Chris Sale went 8 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 walk while striking out 11 Brewers batters, earning the 4-2 decision for the White Sox.

Chris Heston threw a complete game 2 hit victory, allowing just 1 run on a solo homer, striking out 10 and walking no Houston batter as San Francisco rolled, 8-1.

They all owned baseball on May 12, 2015.

 

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

 (Michael Nelson / EPA)

(Michael Nelson / EPA)

Scott Van Slyke singled, doubled, scored twice and launched a come from behind, walk off 3 run homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over Miami.

Mark Teixeira went 4-5 with a double and a homers, scoring 3 runs and driving in a pair, helping the Yankees extending their lead over the Rays with an 11-5 beating.

Shelby Miller pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts. He would not get the decision, but the Braves would pull out the 2-1 win in Cincinnati.

Colby Lewis gave the Rangers 7 innings of 3 hit, 2 walk ball, allowing a single run and beat Kansas City 8-2.

They all owned baseball on May 11, 2015.

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Earning 1/2 WOBs in losing efforts.

Christian Yelich got 2 hits including a dramatic 2 run homer in the top of the 9th that gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers would come back with a walk off homer of their own and win 5-3.

Adam Eaton went 4-5 with a run scored, a double and 2 RBI including a game tying hit, helping the White Sox erase an early deep hole. The Bullpen would falter however and Milwaukee won 10-7.

Tom Koehler held the Dodgers to 3 hits and 1 run over 6 innings. He would get a no decision in Miami’s 3-2 loss.

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2015 WOB Leaders for the National League Hitter,

Freddie Freeman, 2,

Bryce Harper, 2,

Giancarlo Stanton, 2,

Scott Van Slyke2,

Ryan Braun, 1 1/2,

Zack Cozart, 1 1/2,

Khris Davis, 1 1/2,

Odubel Herrera, 1 1/2,

Matt Kemp, 1 1/2,

Andrew McCutchen, 1 1/2,

Anthony Rizzo, 1 1/2,

Joey Votto, 1 1/2,

Kolten Wong, 1 1/2,

 

2015 WOB Leaders for the National League Pitcher,

Johnny Cueto, 2 1/2,

Mike Leake, 2 1/2,

Josh Collmenter, 2,

Anthony DeSclafani, 2,

Matt Harvey, 2,

John Lackey, 2,

Francisco Liriano, 2,

Shelby Miller, 2,

Jimmy Nelson, 2,

Jon Niese, 2,

Chase Anderson, 1 1/2,

Andrew Cashner, 1 1/2,

Jacob deGrom, 1 1/2,

Zack Greinke, 1 1/2,

Chris Heston, 1 1/2,

Tyson Ross, 1 1/2,

Max Scherzer, 1 1/2,

 

2015 WOB Leaders for American League Hitter,

Miguel Cabrera, 3,

Xander Bogaerts, 2,

Michael Brantley, 2,

Nelson Cruz, 2,

Eric Hosmer, 2,

Jose Iglesias, 2,

Steven Souza Jr., 2,

Mark Teixeira, 2,

Devon Travis, 2,

Mike Trout, 2,

Josh Donaldson, 1 1/2,

Hanley Ramirez, 1 1/2,

 

 

2015 WOB Leaders for American League Pitcher,

Sonny Gray, 4 1/2,

Chris Archer, 2 1/2,

Shane Greene, 2 1/2,

Dallas Keuchel, 2 1/2,

Colby Lewis, 2 1/2,

Wei-Yin Chen, 2,

Scott Kazmir, 2,

James Paxton, 2,

Michael Pineda, 2,

David Price, 2,

Alfredo Simon, 2,

Nathan Karns, 1 1/2,

Hector Santiago, 1 1/2,

Edinson Volquez, 1 1/2,

C.J. Wilson, 1 1/2,

 

Guys Who Owned Baseball For One Day In 2015 MLB,

Matt Adams, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Jake Arrieta, Mookie Betts, Kyle Blanks, A.J. Burnett, Lorenzo Cain, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, R.A. Dickey, Lucas Duda, Danny Duffy, Jacoby Ellsbury, Edwin Encarnacion, Kyle Gibson, Hector Gomez, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Cole Hamels, Jason Hammel, Aaron Harang, Adeiny Hechavarria, Felix Hernandez, Roberto Hernandez, Elian Herrera, Jason Heyward, Tim Hudson, Adam Jones, Joe Kelly, Kevin Kiermaier, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Kyle Lobstein, Evan Longoria, Martin Maldonado,  Tommy Milone, Logan Morrison, Brandon Morrow, Daniel Murphy, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Jake Odorizzi, Marcell Ozuna, Angel Pagan, Jimmy Paredes, Steve Pearce, Joc Pederson, David PhelpsAlex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Jordan Schafer, Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Marcus Semien, Jorge Soler, Stephen Strasburg, Kurt Suzuki, Masahiro Tanaka, Justin Turner, Dan Uggla, Justin Upton, Luis Valbuena, Ryan Vogelsong, Adam Wainwright, Taijuan Walker, Jered Weaver, Travis Wood, David Wright,

Guys Who Owned Baseball 1/2 A WOB 2015 MLB,

Jose Abreu, Pedro Alvarez, Cody Asche, Scott Baker, Trevor Bauer, Kole Calhoun, Jarred Cosart, Michael Cuddyer, Ike Davis, Rubby De La Rosa, Odrisamer Despaigne, Adam Eaton, Roenis Elias, Scott Feldman, Todd Frazier, Avisail Garcia, Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Matt Holliday, Howie Kendrick, Clayton Kershaw, Tom Koehler,  Adam Lind, Manny Machado, Wade Miley, Brandon Moss, J.R. Murphy, Daniel Norris, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, A.J. Pierzynski, Trevor Plouffe, Buster Posey, David Ross, Darin Ruf, Addison Russell, Chris Sale, Anibal Sanchez, Jordan Schafer, Andrelton Simmons, Seth Smith, Yangervis Solarte, Chase Utley, Stephen Vogt, Christian Yelich,

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

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Jeffrey Phelps – AP

Martin Maldonado collected 3 hits including a game tying 7th inning homer and a walk off single in the 11th, icing a 3-2 Brewers victory over the Cubs.

Jason Kipnis singled, doubled, tripled, stole a base, scored two and drove in two in the Indians 8-2 victory over the Twins.

Ryan Vogelsong kept the Giants in the game with 7 innings of 4 hit ball, walking none and allowing a single run. He would not get the decision but the Champs would walk off 3-2 winners over Miami.

And in one of the most difficult decisions in Who Owns Baseball and one that will not make everyone happy, Michael Pineda struck out 16 Baltimore batters and walked none over 7 innings, earning the 6-2 win for the Yankees.

They all owned baseball on May 10, 2015.

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Earning 1/2 WOBs in losing efforts.

Kolten Wong hit a game tying 2 run homer in the 6th inning but his Cardinals would eventually lose the 4-3 game in Pittsburgh.

Marcus Semien went 3-4 including a pair of homers off of King Felix. But the A’s would fall short in Seattle, 4-3.

Andrew Cashner walked none and allowed just 4 hits over 7 innings. Unfortunately for him, 2 of those hits were solo home runs and he became a hard luck loser for the Padres, 2-1 in Arizona.

Shane Greene pitched beautifully in an important rivalry game. He went 8 innings, walking none and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run but got a no decision as the Tigers fell to KC, 2-1.

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

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(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Jonathan Niese threw 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 unearned runs, 5 hits and 1 walk, helping the first place Mets take a tight 3-2 game against the Phillies.

Khris Davis got on base 4 times, scored twice, drove in 3 and hit a pair of doubles, including one that put the Brewers up for good in a 12-4 victory over the Cubs.

Wei-Yin Chen held the Yankees to 1 run, 5 hits and 1 walk over 7 innings, striking out 7 along the way and getting the 6-2 decision for Baltimore.

Edwin Encarnacion got on base 4 times, launched a 3 run homer and stole a base as Toronto blew out Boston, 7-1.

 

They all owned baseball on May 9, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 8, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver threw a complete game 6 hit shutout, walking none and striking out 6 Astros batters, earning the 2-0 Angels win.

Cole Hamels out dueled Harvey and finished with 7 innings, 1 run and struck out 8 Mets, boosting his trade value with a 3-1 win over the Mets in Philadelphia.

Ian Kinsler reached base 5 times, including a double and a bunt which forced the walk off error as Detroit took a tense 6-5 game over divisional rival Kansas City.

Bryce Harper went 3-5 with 2 more homers and 5 RBI, sparking Washington to a 9-2 thrashing of the Braves.

They all owned baseball on May 8, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 7, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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Mike McGinnis – Getty Images

Yasmani Grandal put on quite a show, reaching base 6 times, scoring 3, hitting a 2 RBI single and a pair of 3 run homers, giving him 8 RBI for the day as the Dodgers blew out Milwaukee 14-4.

Eric Hosmer hit a 3 run homer in the first, got another hit and another walk, scoring twice, helping the Royals top the Indians 7-4.

John Lackey kept the Cubs off the board until the 7th and finished with 7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk and 10 strikeouts, winning the 5-1 game for the red hot Cardinals.

Kyle Lobstein allowed only 5 hits, 2 walks and an unearned run over 7 2/3 innings, earning the 4-1 decision for the Tigers over the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on May 7, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 6, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Susan Walsh - AP

Susan Walsh – AP

Bryce Harper smashed 3 homers, driving in 5 runs and led the Nationals to a 7-5 win over Miami.

Mike Leake pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and no walks, earning the 3-0 decision for the Reds in Pittsburgh.

Evan Longoria reached base 4 times including a pair of homers, scored 3 times and sparked Tampa Bay’s 5-3 win in Boston.

Colby Lewis pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run and walking just one Houston batter as the Rangers rolled, 11-3.

They all owned baseball on May 6, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 5, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Frank Gunn | AP

Michael Pineda gave the Yankees another excellent start, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 walks, getting the 6-3 win in Toronto.

Shelby Miller threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, walking just 1 while striking out 8 Phillies batters as Atlanta rolled 9-0.

Eric Hosmer hit a 3 run homer in the first and added an insurance RBI triple in the 8th, helping Kansas City top Cleveland 5-3.

Justin Turner got on base 4 times and drove in 4, including a 3 run homer, as the Dodgers crushed the Brewers 8-2.

They all owned baseball on May 5, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball May 4, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

R. A Dickey kept Toronto in the game with 8 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and just 1 run. He got the decision as the Blue Jays came back against the Yankees , 3-1.

Madison Bumgarner threw a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6 Padres for the 2-0 win in San Francisco.

Jordan Schafer reached base 4 times, doubled, scored 2 and drove in 2 as the Twins came from behind to beat Oakland, 8-7.

Hector Gomez became the first batter to ever triple and homer off of Clayton Kershaw in the same game, sparking lowly Milwaukee’s shocking come from behind, 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on May 4, 2015.

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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.

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With V – Mart’s 4 YR Deal For $68 MIL, The Market Threshold Is Set For Nelson Cruz

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera.  Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle.  V-Mart's 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.379/.486 - with 56 HR and 283 RBI in 1656 AB for the squad.  2014 is the last year of the 35 year old's 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal, and he will be on the open market after this campaign.  This was another good reason to bring in David Price by trade to win the elusive World Series.  There is no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond.

Victor Martinez has thrived offensively in Detroit hitting behind Miguel Cabrera. Aside from the 2012 injury where he missed the whole season to a broken ankle. V-Mart’s 3 Slash Line for the Tigers is .321/.381/.487 – with 58 HR and 289 RBI in 1706 AB for the squad. 2014 was the last year of the 35 year old’s 4 YRs/$50 MIL deal.  There was no guarantee the Tigers could afford to bring him back for 2015 or beyond because of the chance they would move Cabrera to DH in a few years.  However, the “Motown Boys” will have the best Designated Hitter in the game right now, back in the fold for the next 4 campaigns.  The one person who may not like the $ portion of the contract is Nelson Cruz, who is seeking a deal of 5 years at above the dollars per year V-Mart just reeled in.

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Yesterday Victor Martinez finalized re-signing with the Detroit Tigers for 4 YRs/$68 MIL.  This both was a great deal for the “Motown Boys” and also set a likely threshold for Free Agent DH slugger Nelson Cruz.

The Orioles DH/OF must not be happy with the amount of cash that V-Mart signed with, because there is no way he should reach that stratosphere.

2014 Stats

Victor Martinez (35):  .335/.409/.565, with 32 HRs 103 RBI and only 42 SO in 561 AB.

Nelson Cruz  (34):  .271/.333/.525, with 40 HRs 108 RBI and 140 SO in 613 AB.

 

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Beane Acquires Lester + Gomes For Cespedes: Then Acquires Fuld For Millone

Jon Lester, 30, is in the last year of his contract, which will make him around $4 MIL for the last 2 months of the 2014 season.  While there is no way he signs with Oakland past this campaign, this is a calculated move to land a playoff assassin that can front a franchise a #1 starter for a playoff series - or as the pitcher in a Play in Wild Card game should the Angels run the A's down for the AL West.  Much like Samardzija, the Athletics brass knows these guys could never be acquired via Free Agency, and have the wherewithal to know that inking longterm aces to deals past the age of 30 is just not in the cards for the franchise.  The A's were put in the position to rent them because of Beane's nice deals to build the organization's depth.

Jon Lester, 30, is in the last year of his contract, which will make him around $4 MIL for the last 2 months of the 2014 season. While there is no way he signs with Oakland past this campaign, this is a calculated move to land a playoff assassin that can front a franchise a #1 starter for a playoff series – or as the pitcher in a Play in Wild Card game should the Angels run the A’s down for the AL West. Much like Samardzija, the Athletics brass knows these guys could never be acquired via Free Agency, and have the wherewithal to know that inking longterm aces to deals past the age of 30 is just not in the cards for the franchise. The A’s were put in the position to rent them because of Beane’s nice deals to build the organization’s depth. Lester features a 2.11 ERA in 76.2 IP worth of work in the Post season lifetime.  Lester is 10 – 7, with a 2.52 ERA in 143.2 IP this season in 21 Game Starts.

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Billy Beane has been adamant about his team winning the World Series in 2014, and he fired yet another salvo on the July 31st deadline.

The A’s GM acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes for the popular Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes.

Lets have the finances out of the way 1st.

Jon Lester, 30,  is in the last year of his contract, and will be a Free Agent after this year. 

There is no shot at the man signing with the Athletics after this year. however the A’s will receive a compensatory pick for giving him a qualifying offer following 2014.

The LHP wll make approximately $4 MIL the rest of the season.

Yoenis Cespedes, 28,  is signed through the 2015 at $10.5 MIL per year the next 2 seasons, and will become a Free Agent after next year. 

As per the article 20B section of the CBA, he negotiated that he would be free and clear once his original 4 YRs/$36 MIL deal with the A’s was completed – prior to the 2012 campaign.

The 2013 and 2014 HR Derby winner will make just south of $3.3 MIL for the rest of this year.

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Oakland Athletics State Of The Union: 2014 Preview

When does Beane ever sleep?   56 transactions over the last calendar year, and he may be prepping the phone with another rash of injuries to 60% of his Starting Staff.  Beane has at least addressed the teams depth for 15 years, and when you look at the salary for their Pitchers, you will be able to detect why.  They never overpay on long-term deals for Starters.

When does Beane ever sleep? 56 transactions over the last calendar year, and he may be prepping the phone with another rash of injuries to 60% of his Starting Staff. Beane has at least addressed the teams depth for next 2 – 3 years, and when you look at the salary for their Pitchers, you will be able to detect why. They never overpay on long-term deals for Starters.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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It has been a tough week in Oakland for the Starting Pitching.  Jarrod Parker will need Tommy John Surgery and is  out for the 2014 year.

A.J. Griffin received better news, but also will be sidelined for the near future with a UCL strain.

To complicate the opening roster even more, Scott Kazmir has Triceps soreness and is currently also on the shelf.

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Tampa Bay Rays In Payroll 2014 + Contracts Going Forward: They Should Also Trade David Price To St. Louis For Matt Adams

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013.  He was 9 - 8, with a 3.39 ERA.  Since he is due a payraise - to the $13 - $15 MIL range, it is my feeling the team should trade him for a slugging 1B.  How about Matt Adams of the Cardinals anyone?  The St. Louis team will need an ace to replace Chris Carpenter - and could bridge the gap for his few years of eligibility.

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013. He was  still 9 – 8, with a 3.39 ERA. Since he is due a payraise – to the $13 – $15 MIL range in Arbitration, it is my feeling the team should trade him for a slugging 1B. How about Matt Adams of the Cardinals anyone? The St. Louis team will need an ace to replace Chris Carpenter – and could bridge the gap for the team before Free Agency eligibility in 2016.  It was too bad Hak-Ju Lee was hurt for some of 2013, as that would have been a perfect package to help bringing back another Starter.  Perhaps the Rays should use Matt Joyce also as bait?  Maybe they could a prospect Starter after all.  The team figures to be around $55 – 57 MIL before Price.

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I am of the belief that the Andrew Friedman and Stu Sternberg have been the ‘model franchise’ in the AL over the last 6 years. 

Not only do they compete in the vaunted AL East versus the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, but they have made the playoffs 4 times in that span, including a World Series Loss to the Philadelphia in the 2008 year. 

Had Evan Longoria not been hurt for the majority of the 2012 season, one could argue that the club was poised to make another playoff appearance to make it 6. 

So how are they doing this?  Their team payroll is roughly one-third of the Yankees and the 40 % of the Red Sox total Payroll. 

The Rays are smart enough to let their higher priced Free Agents walk, or even trading them before they are due significant pay raises. 

They are also using the philosophy of the ‘John Hart‘ Indians of the Pre-Milennium Cleveland Indians.  Once it was established that Evan Longoria could play at the MLB Level, they signed him to an 8 year contract. 

They did the same thing with Starting Pitching Matt Moore last year with a 5 year deal for the rookie based on one playoffs of decent pitching. 

It is a risk sometimes to do this, yet the rewards can save you Millions in future payroll if the new player (s) outperforms his/their contract (s).

Rays Highlights 2013:

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Oakland Athletics Payroll in 2013 And Contracts Going Forward

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Monday, August.05, 2013

Coco Crisp is having a good season for the Athletics, while playing superb defense for the club.  He has a .251/.332/.752  triple-slash in 347 at-bats on the season. He has 10 HRs and 39 RBIs to include 16 Doubles and 87 hits overall. Coco is still a threat to steal bases with him swiping 16 bases and has only been caught four times. He also shows tremendous plate discipline with walking  and striking out 45 times this season. He is a switch-hitter, but prefers to face right-handers with a .275 batting average in 218 at-bats. He does struggle against left-handers, as he only has a .214 average in 126 at-bats. He does a good job with runners in scoring position, as indicated by his .266 average and 29 RBIs in 64 at-bats.

Coco Crisp is having a good season for the Athletics, while playing superb defense for the club. He has a .251/.332/.752 triple-slash in 347 at-bats on the season. He has 10 HRs and 39 RBIs to include 16 Doubles and 87 hits overall. Coco is still a threat to steal bases with him swiping 16 bases and has only been caught four times. He also shows tremendous plate discipline with walking and striking out 45 times this season. He is a switch-hitter, but prefers to face right-handers with a .275 batting average in 218 at-bats. He does struggle against left-handers, as he only has a .214 average in 126 at-bats. He does a good job with runners in scoring position, as indicated by his .266 average and 29 RBIs in 64 at-bats.

By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner)

The surprise team in the American League this season has to be the Oakland Athletics. They have a 2 ½ game lead over the Texas Rangers in the AL West division and they are doing it with their pitching.

The Athletics are 6th in the AL with a starters ERA of 3.90 this season and they have a solid offense that is 8th in the AL with 488 runs scored. The best thing about this team is that their rotation is comprised of several young pitchers.

The Swingin’ A’s 2012 – Parental Guidance Is Advised

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Oakland Athletics Payroll In 2013: A’s Organizational Rosters + Depth Charts – (MLB + MiLB)

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Monday, Apr.29/2013

How important was Cespedes to The A's Lineup?  They went 82-47 with him in the lineup and 12-21 without him.  He was the biggest reason the team has soared into the playoff race and wont the AL East.  Beane secured him Free Agency last year without trading any prospects.  Cespedes clubbed 23 HRs.  So far in 2013, the team has gone 10 - 2 with the big Cuban and 4 - 8 without him.

How important was Cespedes to The A’s Lineup? They went 82-47 with him in the lineup and 12-21 without him. So far in 2013, the team has gone 10 – 2 with the big Cuban and 4 – 8 without him.  Clearly he is the teams MVP.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and welcome Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

You guys are all in for a treat.  Jeff Kleiner recently contacted me about a partnership merge for the website.  He has developed a site (prosportsrosters.com) that covers all organizational affiliates in the Minors for all of the Major League Baseball Clubs.  We are going to combine efforts to bring you the best look at salaries, current 25 Man Player Rosters and Depth Charts for all 30 teams. 

Jeff is going to provide the documents in form of spreadsheets and I am going to accompany the posts with deep analysis of what the numbers tell us from my perspective.  If you can’t wait for all of my assessments for each club, go and visit Jeff’s website over at http://www.prosportsrosters.com.

In Speaking with Jeff, he is one of the more passionate fans I have come across towards the game of baseball.  He spends enough time in updating his MLB Facts for it to be a Full-Time Job.  So after the usual Video Clip and READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY button, you will find some serious &*!@?!#!

Jeff updates this page below on a daily basis.  After you click on it….Bookmark it.  There is a 3 year salary forecast and stats not listed here on this page.  Jeff updates these pages daily and these changes include any Roster moves!

For a Full 3 year Salary Outlook plus last years Stats for every player in the Athletics Organization click here

MLB Hard Talk 101 – Can The A’s Do It Again?

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Tampa Bay Rays Player Roster In 2013 Part 1 – The Hitters: State Of The Union

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Sunday, Mar.03/2013

Ben Zobrist has quietly tuned into one of the best all around players in the game.  He has finished in the top for WAR in 3 of the 4 years - including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009.  At Age 31, Zobrist goes into a contract year.

Ben Zobrist has quietly turned into one of the best all around players in the game. He has finished in the top 10 for WAR in 3 of the last 4 years – including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009. At Age 31, Zobrist goes into a contract year in 2013.  It may be his last season with TB.

By Jake Bullington (Rays Correspondent)

Part 1: The hitters:

2012 saw the Tampa Bay Rays miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009. They would finish a very respectable 90-win season and finish third in the AL Wild card. The offseason saw much of what Rays fans are used to from this small market club. Impact players such as B.J. Upton (ATL), Jeff Keppinger (CHW),  and Carlos Pena (HOU),  would move on to greener pastures and sign elsewhere. That meant GM Andrew Friedman and his team would get to work. They would pick up options on SP James Shields, CL Fernando Rodney, and C Jose Molina. They would decline the option on DH Luke Scott and later sign him back.

The offseason would also see the reworking of a long-term deal to keep the Rays 3B Evan Longoria in a Rays uniform at least through the 2022 season. But with Free Agency looming for “Big Game” James the Rays would do what they do best and send Shields, Wade Davis, and a PTBNL (Elliot Johnson) to the Royals for a prospect package that included future rotation regulars Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi and MLB.com 2nd best prospect OF Wil Myers. The Rays would shore up the middle of the infield by Signing and trading for the Blue Jays previous middle infield of Yunel Escobar (MIA) and Kelly Johnson (FA). To replace Carlos Pena, the Rays would sign Free Agent James Loney.   The organization also brought back Joel Peralta on a deal that included a record three Club Options.

Desmond Jennings Highlights:

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