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

Frank Gunn | AP

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

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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

Tony Avelar - AP

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

ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES

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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Who Owned Baseball May 1, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

Alan Diaz - AP

Alan Diaz – AP

Marcell Ozuna reached base 5 times, getting 3 doubles and driving home the winning run with a walk off hit as the Marlins topped Philadelphia 4-3.

Jon Lester earned his first Cubs victory with 7 shutout frames, allowing 3 hits and sneaking past Milwaukee, 1-0.

Michael Brantley got 2 hits, including a go ahead 2 run homer, to help the Indians win 9-4 against Toronto.

Kyle Gibson threw 8 shutout four hit innings, walking 1 White Sox batter and winning the 1-0 pitchers duel in Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on April 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 30, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Marcio Jose Sanchez  - AP

Marcio Jose Sanchez – AP

Mike Trout reached base 4 times, doubled, scored a pair, stole a base and made a dramatic leaping bases loaded 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th game saving catch to ice the Angels 6-5 win in Oakland.

Danny Duffy pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and 2 walks while striking out 7 Detroit batters, earning the inter division victory for the Royals, 8-1.

Matt Adams went 3-5 with a homer and 3 RBI, helping the Cardinals slug the Phillies, 9-3.

Mike Leake threw 8 shutout frames, allowing just 2 hits as the Reds topped Atlanta, 5-1.

They all owned baseball on April 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 29, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

DENIS POROY - GETTY IMAGES

DENIS POROY – GETTY IMAGES

Dallas Keuchel dominated the Padres for 8 innings, allowing just 3 hits, no walks and 1 run as the Astros won 7-2.

Miguel Cabrera doubled and hit a pair of homers, driving in 4 and leading the Tigers to a 10-7 win over Minnesota.

Josh Collmenter pitched 8 innings, letting up 5 hits, 1 unearned run and no walks, getting the 8-1 decision for Arizona over Colorado.

Ryan Braun got 3 hits including a solo homer and a grand slam, helping the Brewers beat the Reds 8-3.

 

They all owned baseball on April 29, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball April 28, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

LENNY IGNELZI/AP

LENNY IGNELZI/AP

Jose Altuve went 4-6 with 2 doubles, an RBI 2 runs scored and a stolen base, leading the Astros to a 14-3 laugher in San Diego.

Sonny Gray went 8 innings, giving up just 2 runs and won his third game for the A’s in 2015, 6-2 over the Angels.

Dan Uggla got three hits including a triple and a dramatic 3 run 9th inning come from behind homer that capped Washington’s mind boggling 13-12 comeback in Atlanta.

Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants 8 terrific innings, striking out 9, walking one and allowing a single run, beating the Dodgers in a tense 2-1 pitchers duel.

They all owned baseball on April 28, 2015.

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

VICTOR DECOLONGON - GETTY IMAGES

VICTOR DECOLONGON – GETTY IMAGES

Joc Pederson homered, doubled, walked, scored twice, drove in 2 and saved a run with a highlight reel catch as the Dodgers beat their rival Giants, 8-3.

Jose Iglesias singled, tripled and homered, helping the Tigers jump out to a big lead which they held on to, 5-4, in Minnesota.

Jason Hammel pitched 8 shutout innings, walking none, and allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7 Pirates batters, earning the 4-0 decision for the Cubs.

Taijuan Walker pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just an unearned run, 6 hits and one walk, winning the 3-1 game for the Mariners in Texas.

They all owned baseball on April 27 2015.

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

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Chris Archer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7, earning the 5-1 decision and completing the Rays sweep of Toronto.

Miguel Cabrera went 3-4 with a homer and a sacrifice fly, driving in 3 runs and scoring a pair as Detroit beat Cleveland, 8-6.

Francisco Liriano threw shutout ball into the 7th, allowing 2 hits while striking out 7. His Pirates rolled over Arizona, 8-0.

Derek Norris doubled and homered, driving in a pair, leading the Padres past the Dodgers, 3-1.

They all owned baseball on April 26, 2015.

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

 

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

Matt Harvey nearly went the distance, pitching 8 2/3 dominant innings, allowing just 5 hits, 2 runs and 2 walks while striking out 7 Yankees and giving the Mets an 8-2 victory.

Angel Pagan collected 4 hits, including a double and a key single in the Giants game winning 11th inning rally as they topped Colorado 5-4.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs and 1 walk. The bullpen would blow his lead but the Orioles would come back to win, 5-4 in 10 against the Red Sox.

Jimmy Paredes hit 2 singles, a double, a homer, driving in 2 and scoring 2, helping set up the Orioles come from behind 10th inning walk off win, 5-4 against Boston.

They all owned baseball on April 25, 2015.

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

 

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

BILL KOSTROUN/AP

Mark Teixeira homered twice, driving in 4 runs and helped the Yankees stop the Mets winning streak, 6-1 in the Bronx.

Dallas Keuchel gave the Astros 9 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks. The Astros bats were silent and the game went into extra innings. The Astros would hold on after a wild 10th and 11th inning game them a 5-4 win in Oakland.

Anthony Rizzo reached base 4 times, doubled, hit a game tying 2 run homer and scored a pair, including the go ahead run in the 11th as the Cubs topped the Reds, 7-3.

Aaron Harang held Atlanta hitless into the 5th and pitched 8 shutout innings, surrendering just 2 hits and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Phillies walked off 1-0 winners over the Braves.

 

They all owned baseball on April 24, 2015.

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

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JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the board early with a 3 run double and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the 7th to extend their winning streak to 10 with a 6-3 final over Atlanta.

David Phelps gave the Marlins a much needed with with 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks and got the 9-1 decision in Philadelphia.

Jacoby Ellsbury hustled to force a double, reached base two other times, stole a base and scored both Yankee runs to win a tight 2-1 victory in Detroit.

Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yankees another good outing, pitching into the 7th, keeping the mighty Tiger bats to only 3 hits and 1 run over 6 1/3 innings. He did not get the decision but the Yankees prevailed, 2-1.

 

They all owned baseball on April 23, 2015.

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

 

MORRY GASH/AP

MORRY GASH/AP

Johnny Cueto threw 8 dominant innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 walks and 1 run. He got the 2-1 decision for the Reds in Milwaukee.

Sonny Gray stopped an Angels lineup that the night before bombarded Oakland. He went 7 innings, giving up 2 hits while striking out 7 as the A’s rolled 9-2.

Kolten Wong singled, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and provided some highlight reel defense, helping the Cardinals take a wild 7-5 game in Washington.

Devon Travis hit a 2 run homer to give the Blue Jays the lead for good and added a second hit in a 4-2 win over Baltimore.

 

They all owned baseball on April 22, 2015.

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

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Cozart went 3-5 with a pair of homers, a stolen base and 3 RBI and 3 runs scored in the wild 16-10 slugfest Reds victory in Milwaukee.

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the tense 13-6 Blue Jays win over Baltimore.

Jonathon Niese pitched into the 7th, allowing 1 run on a solo homer and just 3 other hits, helping the Mets to their 9th straight win in a 7-1 blow out of the Braves.

Hector Santiago pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 8, earning the 14-1 decision for the Angels over their division rival A’s.

They all owned baseball on April 21, 2015.

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

Elaine Thompson - AP

Elaine Thompson – AP

Luis Valbuena hit a pair of homers, driving in 3, including a go ahead shot in the 8th leading the Astros to a 7-5 win in Seattle.

Matt Kemp led a torrid San Diego attack with 3 hits, including a double, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI in a 14-3 laugher in Colorado.

Alfredo Simon pitched into the 8th inning, striking out 7, walking none and allowing a single run, winning a 2-1 pitchers duel over the Yankees in Detroit.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5, earning the 6-1 decision for the Reds over Milwaukee.

They all owned baseball on April 20, 2015.

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

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GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGESSte

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 8th, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Phillies in 7 1/3 innings. He warned the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Scott Van Slyke led the red hot Dodgers to a 7-0 drubbing of the Rockies with a pair of doubles and a homer, driving in 3 and scoring a pair.

Shane Greene gave the Tigers another solid start, going 7 innings, allowing just 1 run and improving his record to 3-0 in a 9-1 blowout of the White Sox.

Nelson Cruz got three hits, including a pair of homers and a walk off single, driving in 5 runs as the Mariners erased a 10-5 hole and walked off 11-10 winners over Texas.

They all owned baseball on April 19, 2015.

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

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TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES

Josh Donaldson reached base 4 times and launched a walk off 10th inning homer that sealed Toronto’s 6-5 win over Atlanta.

Felix Hernandez pitched 7 solid innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 run while striking out 12 Rangers and earning the 3-1 decision in Seattle.

Odubel Herrera reached base 4 times, doubled, scored twice, drove in a run and stole 2 bases as the Phillies won in Washington, 5-3.

Chris Heston pitched into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3 and allowing 5 hits and 1 run on a solo homer, earning a much needed 4-1 win for the defending champion Giants over Arizona.

They all owned baseball on April 18, 2015.

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Tampa Bay Rays Payroll In 2015 + Contracts Going Forward

Joe Maddon had a career Record of 781 - 729 (.522), but was 629 - 506 (.567) over the last 7 years  from 2008 - 2014.  He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact.  He may be the best AL Skipper when it comes to utilizing players versatility and matchups. Maddon is also great at working in Rookie players.  But he took his talents to Chicago, when he opted out for many more Million in the Windy City, and will be replaced by rookie skipper Kevin Cash

Joe Maddon had a career Record of 781 – 729 (.522), but was 629 – 506 (.567) over the last 7 years from 2008 – 2014. He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact. He may be the best AL Skipper when it comes to utilizing players versatility and matchups. Maddon is also great at working in Rookie players. But he took his talents to Chicago, when he opted out for many more Million in the Windy City, and will be replaced by rookie skipper Kevin Cash

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David Price is gone, Ben Zobrist is gone.  If you added up their 2 salaries of $20 MIL and $7.5 MIL respectively, it would have pole vaulted the Rays over $100 MIL in the upcoming season   Instead they were traded for younger players, and their total team cash is listed at somewhere near $80 MIL for their budget.

Leading the charge on the cash earnings is Evan Longoria.  While he has had a backloaded deal for years, his pact becomes a little more expensive this year.  In 2015, the longtime 3B will make $13 MIL.

Longoria, who people are lumping into conversations with Kris Bryant right now, because of the Cubs pending decision to hold out their prize prospect. inked a deal just days into his service clock, and has a 15 Year/$144.5 MIL deal he is still working through.

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I Understand The River Boat Gambler Mentality, But Preller’s Method To Build SD Into A Winner Will Fail

A.J. Preller has revamped the roster of the Padres so much in the offseason, that I think it will take a full season for everyone to get used to their surroundings.  Much like the 2012 Angels and Marlins, 2013 Blue Jays and 2014 Yankees, just when you thought they won the winter, it took them half to a full year to round out their talent.  Having 10+ new faces on the roster usually doesn't translate to immediate impact on the field.  The Padres are listed as about an 84 win game club based on their squad.  I think they will be far below that.  For now, I have them ranked below the Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins in the National League.

A.J. Preller has revamped the roster of the Padres so much in the offseason, that I think it will take a full season for everyone to get used to their surroundings. Much like the 2012 Angels and Marlins, 2013 Blue Jays and 2014 Yankees, just when you thought they won the winter, it took them half to a full year to round out their talent. Having 10+ new faces on the roster usually doesn’t translate to immediate impact on the field. The Padres are listed as about an 84 win game club based on their squad. I think they will be far below that. For now, I have them ranked below the Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins in the National League.

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You are the San Diego Padres, and are looking at the Dodgers (north of $230 MIL in payroll the last 2 years and $267 MIL in 2015), and also the 3 times in 5 year champions (Giants) that also hail in your Division. Your franchise barely can scrape up enough dollars to crack the $100 MIL salary barrier, and you have 2 Pennants since your inception in 1969.

Petco Park’s attendance has been dropping since the park opened over a decade ago, and you needed to shake things up.  I get that.  Everyone and their grandma is calling A.J. Preller’s winter as a landmark win for any new executive that there has been.

Similar words were spoken in the winter of 2012 – going into 2013, when Alex Anthopoulos pulled off that mega trade with the Marlins, and everyone was casting them for the World Series (even the oddsmakers).  He based that trade with several components from Miami that were riddled with injury troubles in their career. Read the rest of this entry

The Top 100 MLB Prospects In 2015

Kris Bryant is about as sure of a prospect there has been in the last 5 years.  Will the Cubs let him start the year in 2015, or will they send him down until the end of April to save service time.  All you need to know about the franchises desire to win it all this campaign may be based on this decision.  The young slugger had 40 HRs in the Minor League's last year.

Kris Bryant is about as sure of a prospect there has been in the last 5 years. Will the Cubs let him start the year in 2015, or will they send him down until the end of April to save service time. All you need to know about the franchises desire to win it all this campaign may be based on this decision. The young slugger had 40 HRs in the Minor League’s last year.

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Top 100 Prospects

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These are my top 100 prospects in baseball. There is a lot of talent in the minor leagues right now across almost all levels. Yoan Moncada signed after I wrote this but he would slot in the 8th slot right ahead of Joey Gallo and I do believe Moncada will be a stud.

1. Kris Bryant 3B CHC – He will hit for power and hit for a high average at what is an underrated position. He was the 2nd overall pick in 2013 and has the looks of a perennial all star.

2. Carlos Correa SS Hou- He was having a very nice season at the best hitters park in the minors in Lancaster before he broke his leg. I think he can stay at SS with almost all five tools with power rapidly emerging. He’s the future face of the Astros.

3. Corey Seager SS LAD- There are people who think he may get too big for SS and have to transfer to 3B but I think he has much more value at SS and can stick there for at least a few years. He should have an elite bat with plus plus power. Possibly the next Troy Tulowitzki with a slightly worse glove.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 22, 2014

Lenny Ignelzi - AP

Lenny Ignelzi – AP

I swear I am not obsessed with the Padres.

But they ARE having the most interesting off season in baseball. And if they acquire Cole Hamels, it would finally make sense.

It is yet another San Diego episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 19, 2014

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Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

The Padres are going for it. Should they? Are they making a mistake?

It is worth thinking about in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 8, 2014

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

MARK THE DATE AND TIME!

I am predicting that James Shields will be a bad free agent signing. Someone will sign him to a long term deal and regret it.

Where did you hear it first? You heard it on in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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Kansas City Royals Pitching Roster Tree In 2014 – World Series Edition: Shields Pivotal Despite Playoff Struggles

How All Of The 2014 Royals Pitchers Were Acquired:

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While James Shields has not had a banner postseason – however it is important to remember his influence on culture change in the Royals clubhouse for this successful franchise turnaround.

The trade that brought the RHP, also brought in Wade Davis, who may be the most important pitcher on the squad other than Greg Holland this campaign.

Dayton Moore has done a fantastic job of assembling this franchise’s roster over the last 5 – 7 years.  It came on the heels of a quarter century of futility yes, but the future definitely looks  bright.

As we have said before, teams residing in either league’s Central Division have a fair chance of competing in a season every year.

The highest payroll team is the Detroit Tigers, but they are not in the stratosphere of the Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Angels and Phillies, were there is a 2nd team in the division who can go buck wild in contracts.

The Nationals and Giants are able to spend in the $150 MIL range to join Philly and the Dodgers.  In the AL West, Texas and the Angels can mirror each other, whereas the Red Sox and Yankees own the AL East payroll leaders.

St. Louis is the highest NL Central club, and are always near the fringe of the top 10 for dollars spent annually only.  

The Tigers are the only franchise spending big cash in the AL Central, although the White Sox have delved into higher salaries in previous seasons – when they drew well following the 2005 World Series.  They have since scaled back.

The Royals should be able to field a nice team for the next 2 – 3 years, and it shouldn’t break the bank for the ownership.

  Detroit has aging and hefty contract problems coming up, and KC has more depth for the  1 – 25 Roster, when it comes to withstanding injuries

For the foreseeable few seasons ahead, you will bank on the emergence of Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy to continue their development as aces, and the Relief Core is the still the strongest asset of the equation. Read the rest of this entry

The Royals Or O’s Winning The Title Would Be Good And Bad: MLB Payrolls Part 2

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago.  It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money.  The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year.  It is imperative that the MLB work with 'cost control' in the upcoming 'Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions.  Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago. It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money. The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year. It is imperative that the MLB work with ‘cost control’ in the upcoming ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top-level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions. Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Yesterday I addressed the Dodgers potentially winning the World Series in the next few years while bringing more attention to the inequities of the big and small market clubs. 

Even with LAD losing today and being eliminated, it doesn’t change the fact they will be playoff contenders for years to come based on their talent level, and super imposed revenue stream to outspend every team in the National League.

I identified the last several lower revenue teams that have had success, and pointed out that it took them big stretches of poor campaigns in order to collect on some good.

This is the biggest reason why baseball needs to adopt a salary cap – in order to leveling off the field.

Kansas City and Baltimore are perfect examples of this.  The narrative is great here  Franchises that haven’t appeared in the Fall Classic since 1985 and 1983 respectively, when both organization won their last Titles.

The Royals 29 years since that has been tough to stomach.  The later George Brett years, the core from the championship had aged or moved on by the time he hung up the cleats.

After the 1994 strike/1995 lockout, the Royals found themselves at the bottom of the division for years. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 30, 2014

JILL TOYOSHIBA/THE KANSAS CITY STAR

JILL TOYOSHIBA/THE KANSAS CITY STAR

It is the Post Season!!!! I make my picks for the playoffs.

Meanwhile the Royals or A’s will justify a big trade with a win. Will it be Jon Lester or James Shields who will vindicate their General Manager.

And why should Fox want a Dodgers – A’s World Series?

All that and more on this post season kick off episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

Getty Images, USA Today Sports and The Seattle Times

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

They all owned baseball in 2014.

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

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

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

The American League races were razor thin.

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

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

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

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

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

To view the Final Tally of Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

Who Owned Baseball Sept 28, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + FINAL 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no hitter in Washington Nationals history (and the franchise’s first since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game for the Expos in 1991). He allowed only 1 walk while striking out 10 Miami hitters en route to his 1-0 masterpiece.

Sonny Gray provided relief for 2 months of Oakland frustration with a post season clinching 6 hit complete game shutout of the Rangers, striking out 5 and walking none.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Cubs win against Milwaukee 5-2.

Ian Kinsler homered, hit an RBI single and added another hit to lead the Tigers to the Division Title with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on Sept 28, 2014.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

Who Owned Baseball Sept 27, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Eduardo Escobar got 4 hits, including a 3 run homer, and drove in 6 runs, helping the Twins spoil the Tigers hopes of clinching with a 12-3 blow out.

Mark Trumbo got on base 3 times and drove in 4, including a tie breaking 3 run homer in the 7th that was the difference in Arizona’s 5-2 win against the Cardinals.

John Danks gave the White Sox 7 strong innings, scattering 5 hits and allowing just 2 runs, earning the 5-4 decision over Kansas City.

Wily Peralta finished his season with 17 wins following his 7 innings, 1 run and 13 strikeout performance against the Cubs for a 2-1 final.

 

They all owned baseball on Sept 27, 2014.

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