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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

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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

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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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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

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(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

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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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Who Owned Baseball May 3, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Tony Avelar – AP

Tim Lincecum not only gave the Giants 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, walking only one batter and earning the 5-0 decision over the Angels, but he got on base 3 times with a walk and 2 hits.

Justin Upton homered and hit a pair of doubles, driving in 3 and scoring twice, helping the Padres win an 8-6 slugfest against the Rockies.

Sonny Gray pitched shutout ball into the 7th, allowing only 2 hits while striking out 10 and got credit for the 7-1 A’s win in Texas.

Evan Gattis hit 2 homers and drove in 4. The second homer put the Astros up for good, 7-6, as they topped Seattle and pushed their winning streak to 10 games.

They all owned baseball on May 3, 2015.

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

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ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES

David Price threw a 2-1 complete game Tigers victory against the rival Kansas City Royals, allowing just 5 hits, 1 run and walked none.

Kyle Blanks got 4 hits, including a double and a homer, scored twice and drove in three to help the Rangers beat the A’s 8-7 in 10.

Tim Hudson pitched into the 9th, finishing with 8 plus innings, 2 hits and 3 runs, leading the Giants to a dramatic 5-4 win over the Angels.

Jean Segura got 4 hits, including a triple, stole a base, drove in a pair and scored, helping Milwaukee top the Cubs, 6-1.

They all owned baseball on May 2, 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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MLB Reports ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews Indians OF Michael Bourn

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Madison Bumgarner and Lorenzo Cain Owned October (#WOO)

Scott Strazzante, SF Chronicle - David J. Phillip, AP

Scott Strazzante, SF Chronicle – David J. Phillip, AP

One threw a shutout in the Wild Card Game and captured NLCS and World Series MVP honors.

The other got a pair of hits and drove in a pair in the Wild Card Game, batted .533 with an OPS of 1.255 to win ALCS MVP and took his potent bat and highlight catches into the World Series.

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants and Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals owned October in 2014.

I pick a pitcher and hitter every game from each winning post season team and award them a WOO (Who Owns October.)

And I also have the option to give a 1/2 WOO to a player on a losing team.

I awarded Who Owns the World Series to Bumgarner and his teammate Hunter Pence.

But WOO tallies every post season game, from the Wild Card Game all the way to the final pitch of Game 7 of the World Series.

So not only are the Giants and Royals represented, but so are the Orioles, Cardinals, Tigers, Athletics, Angels, Pirates, Dodgers and Nationals.

Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Nelson Cruz, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Travis Ishikawa, Buster Posey and Kolten Wong all got 2 or higher WOO as hitters to trail Cain’s total of 4. Interestingly Bryce Harper also got 2 WOO even though his Nationals lost the Division Series and did not have the ability to pad his total in the LCS and World Series.

Bumgarner’s 6 1/2 WOO total was more than double the next name, his teammate Yusmeiro Petit who pitched to a 3 WOO all in relief.

Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland got 2 WOO in relief. Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura got 2 WOOs as starters.

So they Bumgarner and Cain had amazing post seasons and that will remembered by their fans forever.

They did more than show up for October. They owned it.

Madison Bumgarner And Hunter Pence Owned The 2014 World Series (#WOWS)

MLB.com

MLB.com

Did Madison Bumgarner get the Win or Save tonight? Oh it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that he dominated like no pitcher I have ever seen in my life. 1 run in 21 World Series innings? Being the pitcher to clinch the World Series?

It was a World Series for the ages.

Hunter Pence hit the homer in the top of the first in Game 1 that set the tone of the World Series. He would hit ,429 with a homer and 5 RBI. He got 2 more hits in the Game 7 finale and scored a run.

They were the pitcher and the hitter who owned the 2014 World Series.

Kelvin Herrera with his stellar relief work for the Royals earned 1 1/2 WOWs as well.

Each winning team for every World Series game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns the World Series.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOWS to a worthy player on the losing team.

For a full explanation, click HERE

Who Owns October In MLB Playoffs 2014? (#WOO) + Who Owns the World Series? (#WOWS) Final Tallies Updated For Game 7 – 2014 World Series

Scott Strazzante - San Francisco Chronicle

Scott Strazzante – San Francisco Chronicle

So October 2014 is officially owned by Madison Bumgarner. Savor this amazing post season.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.) This is still up for grabs

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

For a full explanation, click HERE

From October 29th World Series Game 7:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Madison Bumgarner finished his historic post season with 5 shutout innings out of the bullpen, holding Kansas City to 2 hits and clinched the World Series for the Giants with a 3-2 win. 

Pablo Sandoval capped off a marvelous World Series with a 3-3 performance, reaching base 4 times, scoring twice played solid defense and caught the final out as the Giants took Game 7, 3-2 in Kansas City.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Alex Gordon went 2-4, scored a run, drove in a run and hit the dramatic 2 out hit that took him all the way to third in the bottom of the 9th. He was stranded as the Royals fell 3-2 to the Giants.

Kelvin Herrera pitched the Royals out of trouble with 2 2/3 shutout innings of relief, striking out 4 and walking none. San Francisco would hold on to win, 3-2.

Who Owns October In MLB Playoffs 2014? (#WOO) + Who Owns the World Series? (#WOWS) Tallies Updated For Game 6 – 2014 World Series

USA Today Sports

USA Today Sports

So October 2014 is officially owned by Madison Bumgarner. Savor this amazing post season.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.) This is still up for grabs

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

For a full explanation, click HERE

From October 28th World Series Game 6:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Yordano Ventura dominated the Giants with 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and forced a game 7 with a 10-0 victory in Kansas City.

Lorenzo Cain drove in 3 runs, scored another, doubled and reached base 4 times, leading the Royals offense to the 10-0 season saving thrashing of San Francisco.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

No Giants hitter nor pitcher earned a WOO or a WOWS

Madison Bumgarner clinched Owning October! (Plus #WOO and #WOWS updates for World Series Game 5)

JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

Madison Bumgarner‘s complete game shutout tonight was obviously worth his title of Owning October and the World Series tonight. But it did more than that.

His 5 1/2 WOO (Who Owns October) total for the post season can not be passed. With only 2 games left, nobody can pass Bumgarner. Hunter Pence, Lorenzo Cain and Yusmeiro Petit all have a total of 3. Even if they pick up a WOO the last 2 games, they can not pass Bumgarner.

So October 2014 is officially owned by Madison Bumgarner. Savor this amazing post season.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.)

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

For a full explanation, click HERE

From October 26th World Series Game 5:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Madison Bumgarner continued his October dominance with his second complete game shutout of the month and second win of the series. He allowed just 4 Kansas City hits, walked, none and struck out 8, giving the Giants a 5-0 victory.

Brandon Crawford got 2 hits and drove in 3 runs, leading the Giants offense to beat the Royals 5-0.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

James Shields kept the Royals in the game with 6 solid innings, working out of jams and let up just 2 runs. He would be the hard luck loser to the Giants 5-0.

Who Owns October In MLB Playoffs 2014? (#WOO) + Who Owns the World Series? (#WOWS) Tallies Updated For Game 4 – 2014 World Series

ROB CARR/GETTY IMAGES

ROB CARR/GETTY IMAGES

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.)

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

For a full explanation, click HERE

From October 25th World Series Game 4:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Hunter Pence, went 3-5, drove in 3, beat out a double play grounder to let another run come in, scored twice and played terrific defense in the Giants surreal 11-4 victory against Kansas City.

Yusmeiro Petit was his usual dominating self, giving the Giants 3 shutout innings of relief and contributing a basehit as well. He got the 11-4 victory over the Royals.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Salvador Perez collected 3 hits including an RBI single in the third that gave the Royals a 4-1 lead. The Giants would eventually respond with 10 unanswered runs and win 11-4.

Who Owns October In MLB Playoffs 2014? (#WOO) + Who Owns the World Series? (#WOWS) Tallies Updated For Game 3 – 2014 World Series

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Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

When it comes to the World Series, I do a separate tally: WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.)

It is important to separate Postseason and World Series accomplishments. It is the purist in me.

For a full explanation, click HERE

From October 24th World Series Game 3:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Alcides Escobar doubled on the first pitch of the game and scored a pair of runs, helping the Royals edge the Giants 3-2.

Greg Holland needed just 8 pitches to dispatch the heart of the Giants order in the bottom of the 9th, making a terrific play on the final out of Kansas City’s 3-2 victory.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Tim Hudson pitched into the 6th inning, going 5 2/3, letting up 4 hits and 1 walk. The Giants bullpen allowed an inherited run to score and he was a hard luck loser to the Royals

Michael Morse came off the bench to drill a pinch hit RBI double and came around to score. That would be all the Giants offense as they lost to the Royals 3-2.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 24, 2014

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Today is the second anniversary of the podcast.

For two straight years I have recorded 365 original podcasts a year. What drives me? The fact that baseball has never let me down nor has stopped giving me thrills.

Baseball allows me to live in the past, present and future all at once. And later tonight I will be doing a first for me: I will be attending a World Series Game

It is an anniversary celebration episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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