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Who Owned Baseball Sept 14, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Gene J. Puskar/AP

Photo By Gene J. Puskar/AP

Josh Harrison hit a 2 run, game tying double, came around to score the go ahead run, collected another hit and in the field started a triple play, leading the current Wild Card Pirates to a 7-3 win over the Cubs.

J. D. Martinez got on base 3 times with a homer and an RBI single, helping the Tigers come from behind and defeat division rival Cleveland, 6-4.

Clayton Kershaw threw 8 solid innings, allowing 2 runs, striking out 9 and walking 1 as the Dodgers put some distance between the Giants, winning 4-2.

Dallas Keuchel pitched no hit ball into the 7th and stopped the Angels 10 game winning streak with his 7 innings, 3 hit, 1 run performance, getting the 6-1 decision for Houston.

They all owned baseball on Sept 14, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 13, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WO

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Mike Trout reached base 4 times, doubling, homering twice, leading the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Astros.

Jeremy Guthrie kept Kansas City in the playoff picture with 8 innings of 3 hit no earned run ball to beat the Red Sox, 7-1.

Ian Desmond reached base 4 times, scoring a pair, driving in 3 and stole a pair of bases as the Nationals moved closer to clinching the Division with a 10-3 thrashing of the Mets.

Zack Greinke not only gave the Dodgers 6 strong shutout innings but he got on base 3 times, driving in a pair and homering as Los Angeles throttled San Francisco, 17-0.

They all owned baseball on Sept 13, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 12, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Beck Diefenbach, Contributor / Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

Beck Diefenbach, Contributor / Special To The San Francisco Chronicle

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 shutout innings and set the San Francisco record for most strikeouts by a left hander in a season as the Giants beat the Dodgers 9-0.

Bud Norris helped the Baltimore pitching domination of the Yankees in a double header sweep with 7 innings, no runs, 3 hits and 10 strikeouts in the second  game’s 5-0 win.

Matt Holliday went 2-4 with a homers, 3 runs batted in and a stolen base as the Cardinals closed in on a playoff spot, 5-1 over the Rockies.

J.D. Martinez homered and tripled, driving in 4 runs as the Tigers beat the Indians, 7-2.

 

They owned baseball on Sept 12, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 11, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo/Al Behrman

AP Photo/Al Behrman

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and walking one Cardinal batter and won the 1-0 pitchers duel for the Reds.

Chris Sale dominated the A’s over 8 shutout innings, letting up 2 hits, 2 walks while striking out 9 and earned the 1-0 victory for the White Sox.

Anthony Rendon went 3-5 with a homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, helping the Nationals beat the Mets, 6-2 and inch closer to a Division Title.

Chris Young broke up the Tampa no hitter in the 8th with a double and then crushed a walk off, come from behind 3 run homer to win it in the 9th for the Yankees, 5-4.

They owned baseball on Sept 11, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 10, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

James Shields pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts and propelled the Royals into first place by themselves by winning 3-0 in Detroit.

Aaron Harang threw 7 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, striking out 9 and walking none, giving the Braves a much needed 6-2 win against Washington.

Albert Pujols singled, doubled and tripled, scoring 2 and driving in another as the Angels became the first to reach 90 wins, clobbering the Rangers, 8-1.

Carl Crawford went 4-4 with 3 doubles, a pair of RBI and a run scored, helping the Dodgers move closer to a Division Title, topping the Padres 4-0.

They owned baseball on Sept 10, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 9, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

Josh Donaldson went 5-6 with a doubles, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI, leading a resurgent Oakland offense to an 11-2 drubbing of the White Sox.

Collin McHugh pitched 8 dominant innings, allowing 2 hits and no walks and 1 run on a solo homer as the Astros topped Seattle, 2-1.

Yusmeiro Petit needed only 84 pitches to throw a complete game, 4 hit, 9 strikeout and no walk 5-1 victory for the Giants over the Diamondbacks.

Marcell Ozuna reached base 5 times, scoring twice, driving in 2 and homered in the go ahead 9th inning rally as the Marlins beat the fading Brewers 6-3.

They owned baseball on Sept 9, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 8, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP

Tyler Flowers hit a 9th inning game tying homer and then launched a walk off homer in the 12th as the White Sox stunned the A’s, 5-4.

Marcus Stroman threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, walking no batters and striking out 8 Cubs as the Blue Jays won 8-0.

Carl Crawford reached base 4 times, including a homer, drove in 3 runs and scored 2 in the Dodgers 9-4 win over the Padres.

Jeff Locke allowed just 3 hits and no walks while striking 9 Phillies out over 7 innings of 1 run ball. He got the decision as the Pirates topped the Phillies, 6-4.

They owned baseball on Sept 8, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 7, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

REINHOLD MATAY/AP

REINHOLD MATAY/AP

Nelson Cruz nearly hit for the cycle, reaching base 5 times, tripling, homering twice, including in the 11th inning, and driving in all of Baltimore’s 7 runs, leading the way to a 7-5 victory in Tampa Bay.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a 3 run homer in the 6th inning to give the Dodgers the lead and hit another 3 run homer the next inning to pad the score, leading the Dodgers to a 7-2 win against the Diamondbacks.

Carlos Carrasco pitched into the 9th, finishing with 8 2/3 innings of 4 hit, shutout ball, striking out 8 White Sox while walking none as Cleveland won, 2-0.

Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game, allowing 7 hits and 1 run and earning his 17th win for the Cardinals this season in the 9-1 blow out in Milwaukee.

They owned baseball on Sept 7, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 6, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press

Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press

Albert Pujols went 3-5, scoring 3, driving in 3, homering and clubbing a go ahead 9th inning 2 run double to help the Angels come from behind and win 8-5 in Minnesota.

Buster Posey sparked a Giants attack by getting on 4 times, scoring twice and launching a homer in San Francisco’s 5-4 victory against Detroit.

Corey Kluber went the distance with a 5 hit complete game, allowing just 1 unearned run and helping the Indians keep their faint playoff hopes alive, 3-1 over the White Sox.

Johnny Cueto went 7 strong innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run, earning the 2-1 win for the Reds over the Mets.

They owned baseball on Sept 6, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 5, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Julio Cortez/AP

Photo By Julio Cortez/AP

James Shields pitched shutout ball into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and no walks as Kansas City shutout the Yankees 1-0.

Tyler Matzek threw a complete game 3 hit shutout in Coors Field, walking 1 while striking out 6 Padres, earning the 3-0 Rockies victory.

Yoenis Cespedes collected 4 hits, included a double, stole a base and drove home the game winning run as the Red Sox walked off 9-8 winners in 10 against the Blue Jays.

Travis d’Arnaud reached base 4 times including a homer, scored twice and drive in 4, leading the Mets to a 14-5 laugher in Cincinnati.

They owned baseball on Sept 5, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 4, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

STEVE NESIUS/AP

STEVE NESIUS/AP

Mark Buehrle threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk. He did not get the decision but helped pitch the Blue Jays to a 1-0 ten inning victory in Tampa Bay.

Victor Martinez reached base 4 times including a back breaking 3 run homer in the 11th that helped the Tigers hold on and defeat the Indians 11-4.

Randall Delgado pitched 5 innings of 2 hit shutout ball before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He would get the 5-1 win for Arizona over San Diego.

A.J. Pollock went 3-4 with a stolen base, a double and a run scored helping the Diamondbacks top the Padres, 5-1.

They owned baseball on Sept 4, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 3, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

TONY DEJAK/AP

TONY DEJAK/AP

Danny Salazar came up big in an interdivision matchup, throwing the first complete game shutout of his career, walking none, striking out 9 and scattering 8 hits as the Indians dominated the Tigers, 7-0.

Brian McCann went 4-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Yankees past rival Boston, 5-1.

Josh Collmenter pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, earning the 6-1 decision for the Diamondbacks in San Diego.

Adam LaRoche came off the bench to swat a game tying pinch hit homer in the top of the 9th. He would stay in the game to drive in a total of 5 runs, driving in runs in two extra inning rallies, and leading the Nationals to a wild 8-5 victory against the Dodgers.

They owned baseball on Sept 3, 2014.

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Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions

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My record was 2 – 4 in establishing the best odds in the Division  for value last week, however it is a lot different throwing down bets on the Division on this time of year.

I went 2 – 1 in the National League – and 0 – 3 in the American League with the Yankees, Mariners and Indians all being further underdogs, despite New York and Cleveland having okay weeks.

Atlanta fell further off the Division with scoring 1 run in their last 28 innings, including having been no – hit – than shutout by the Phillies in back to back contests.

San Fran and St. Louis helped me not be abysmal with prognosticating  – with registering my only 2 wins..  

The A’s have gone from being favored to win the AL West at a -140 clip, to a +400 underdog.  I am selecting this as the best wager of the week. Oakland has a penchant for awesome runs in the last 3 weeks of the campaign, as they did in 2012 and 2013.

Picking up Adam Dunn should help compensate for the lack of offense the team lost with Yoenis Cespedes.

I also was big on St. Louis last week, and will continue to ride that truck. as the Brewers are probably done in the Division.  I hate the loss of Carlos Gomez to injury…and where is Ryan Braun?

The Giants are one of the hottest NL teams, while Clayton Kershaw is making a brilliant case for NL MVP.

There is no money to be made in the AL and NL East.

If you are wishing to wager on the Tigers or Royals, there is nice value there.

I am still of the mindset that the Indians at 20/1 odds – and trailing within 5 games is a good longshot stab for a pick. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series Currently + Best/Worst Value Bets

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Another week has passed – and it is time to get serious in our World Series picks.

To start off, I have eliminated 13 teams from the chance to win a World Series.  These clubs include: BOS/CWS/MIN/TEX/HOU/PHI/NYM/COL/SD/ARI/CIN/CHC/TB.

Miami is very close to being put on that list.  Tampa Bay is 9.5 Games Behind the playoff bar, and simply have too many teams to pass to even qualify for the 2nd Wild Card.

I had yet another wicked week of picking value, going 4 – 1, and only suffering a loss because I picked the Jays to go up in their odds.  They were only my 5th favorite on the list.

To my surprise, the Mariners have gone up in the odds, despite being just 3 – 5 in their last 8 games.  Oakland finally fell out of the favorites spot for the 1st time in months.  I was right on this one too.

I also had the fall of the Brew Crew last week.  I did get thwarted on a winning week by the Giants reeling off a 7 – 1 record in their last 8 games.

Kansas City moved up as a favorite as well, but that was a fluke coming off a losing week of baseball.  Still I will take the win.  They are still tied for 9th in odds with San Francisco.

The Royals have a better chance of winning the AL Central, than the Giants have in catching the Dodgers in the NL West.  Having said that, the Giants have taken a nice lead on the 1st position in the Wild Card.

I am still not hot on Milwaukee, and figure them to drop right out of the Central – and fully expect Atlanta to come up for the 2nd Wild Card slot now.

The Cardinals are in  great shape to make another September run with Yadier Molina back behind the plate, and I am locking them down as my favorite pick this week for value. KC is #2 on my faves list.

Baltimore should be rated higher for the very reason they own the biggest division lead.

Finally I like the longshot odd for the Blue Jays.  Out of the teams outside the periphery of the Wild Card Race, these guys are probably the most capable of stringing a lot of wins if their offense becomes hot.

At +3000, the Braves have a nice payout sitting out there.  Yes they can’t score right now, but the Marlins, Phillies and Mets will be the predominant schedule of these guys. and they also play the Nats some more.  They could squeak into a playoff spot.

I think the Angels have jumped too much on the favorites side, and may recede towards Oakland in the next few weeks.  I am banking on Seattle to drop some more in the Standings.

The Brewers are in a free fall, and have played to below .500 since the start of May.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 2, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo: Jack Dempsey

AP Photo: Jack Dempsey

Buster Posey homered and hit a pair of doubles, driving in 4, leading the Giants in a wild comeback against the Rockies, 12-7.

Jose Altuve went 4-5 with a homer, a pair of doubles, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI, helping the Astros stun the Angels, 8-3.

Clayton Kershaw allowed 3 hits (including a solo homer) 1 run, and 2 walks while striking out 8 Nationals while getting the 4-1 decision for the Dodgers.

James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 4 hits and 2 earned runs as the Mariners held on in Oakland, 6-5.

They owned baseball on Sept 2, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 1, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

Cole Hamels pitched the first 6 innings of a combined no hitter as the Phillies topped the Braves 7-0.

Jake DiekmanKen Giles and Jonathan Papelbon all receive 1/2 WOB’s for their role in the no hitter.

Denard Span homered twice, driving in 3, as the Natonals beat the Dodgers 6-4.

Phil Hughes threw 8 innings, allowing no earned runs (3 unearned), striking out 5 and walking none, earning the 6-4 win for the Twins in Baltimore.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-5 with 2 homers, helping the Tigers hold back the Indians, 12-1.

They owned baseball on Sept 1, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.31, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo By Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Photo By Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Pablo Sandoval missed the cycle by a double, got on base 4 times, scored 3 and drove in 3, leading the Giants to a sweep of the Brewers, 15-5.

Alex Wood threw 8 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits and no walks while striking out 12, winning the tight 1-0 game for the Braves over Miami.

Mike Trout went 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI, leading the Angels to a crushing 4 game sweep of the A’s, 8-1.

Clay Buchholz threw a complete game 3 hits, no walk shutout as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-0

They owned baseball on Aug 31, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.30, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle

Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle

Scott Feldman threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, walking just 1 Ranger batter for a 2-0 final in Houston.

Jake Peavy threw no hit ball for 7 1/3 innings. He finished with 7 2/3 one hit shutout innings with 8 strikeouts, earning the 3-1 decision for the Giants over the Brewers.

Jimmy Paredes homered and doubled, driving in a pair, leading the Orioles to a 3-2 win over Minnesota.

Matt Holliday got on base 4 times including a pair of homers with 5 RBI in the Cardinals 13-2 pounding of the Cubs in the night cap of their double header.

They owned baseball on Aug 30, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.29, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

AP Photo - Bill Boyce

AP Photo – Bill Boyce

Jorge Soler reached base 4 times including a pair of homers (the second one was an astonishing no doubter.) He would drive in 3 as the Cubs cruised 7-2 in St. Louis.

Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and homered, leading the Yankees to a 6-3 win against Toronto.

Edinson Volquez took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 3 hits and 1 run. He got a no decision but the Pirates prevailed over the Reds, 2-1

Jered Weaver pitched 7 shutout innings earning the decision in the Angels 4-0 AL West showdown against Oakland.

They owned baseball on Aug 29, 2014.

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

(Cincinnati Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

(Cincinnati Enquirer/Cara Owsley)

Billy Hamilton got on base 4 times, including a double, stole a base, scored twice and drive in a pair as the Reds topped the Cubs 7-2.

Mike Minor threw 7 innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits and earned the 6-1 decision for the Braves against the Mets.

Jordan Schafer went 3-5, scoring 3 and driving in 4 including 2 in the 10th inning of the Twins 11-5 victory in Kansas City.

Collin McHugh pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs and got the 4-2 win for the Astros over Texas.

They owned baseball on Aug 28, 2014.

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

Bob Levey/Getty Images

Bob Levey/Getty Images

Sam Fuld got 3 hits including a double and a 2 run 9th inning go ahead homer that completed Oakland’s 5-4 comeback in Houston.

Drew Smyly threw 7 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and a run on a solo homer, earning Tampa Bay’s 3-1 victory in Baltimore.

Buster Posey threw out a runner, collected a go ahead RBI single and then launched a 2 out, bottom of the 9th walk off homer, as the Giants topped Colorado 4-2.

Clayton Kershaw was his usual brilliant self, pitching 8 dominant innings, allowing 1 unearned run, striking out 10 Diamondbacks and walking just 2 and winning his 16th decision for the Dodgers, 3-1.

They owned baseball on Aug 27, 2014.

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Current Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions + The Week Ahead For The Contenders

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Based on last week’s 4 – 1 – 1 record for picking the best valued odds on the 6 Divisions, I am sticking with the same teams for value again as nothing has really changed.

My only loss for picking the selections, was that Atlanta dropped from +700 to +1000.  I broke even with none of the NL West odds changing.

My AL East pick of the Yankees proved worthy – as they went from +1000 to +800.

My AL Central wager of the week was Cleveland, and they jumped from +2500 to +1800.

The Biggest registered bet was on the Mariners, shaving off a +3500 to a now +2500.  This is the only prognostication I actually put real money on down.

It was a clean sweep for me to win on the American League.

I was 1 – 1 – 1 in the National League.  My St. Louis to rise as a favorite worked in plotting the week.  They are now tied with the Brewers for the odds to win the NL Central.

The Cardinals came up just enough to break me with a .500 record for NL picks.

I have eliminated the Jays and Rays from the Divisional races.  Any double digit deficit will result in this automatically for the rest of the campaign.  

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Who Owned Baseball Aug.26, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Ed Zurga/AP

Ed Zurga/AP

 

Alex Gordon‘s second hit of the night was a 2 run, bottom of the 9th, come from behind walk off homer that gave the first place Royals a 2-1 win over Minnesota

Madison Bumgarner retired the first 21 Colorado batters and 27 of 28, allowing a single hit while striking out 13 and walking none, finishing a 3-0 masterpiece in San Francisco.

Matt Shoemaker threw 7 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks and pitched the Angels back into first place by themselves with a 8-2 victory against the Marlins.

Buster Posey homered twice, driving in all three of the Giants runs in their 3-0 defeat of the Rockies.

They owned baseball on Aug 26, 2014.

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