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

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JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES

Carlos Gomez collected 3 hits including a grand slam and 5 RBI as the Brewers took a 12-1 laugher in Cincinnati.

Erick Aybar went 5 for 5, including a doubles, scoring twice and driving in another pair, leading the Angels to an 8-2 victory in Texas.

Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing a single run on a solo homer, 5 hits and walking no San Francisco batters, earning the 2-1 decision for the Nationals.

Garrett Richards went into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 hits and struck out 6 Rangers to earn the 8-2 win for the Angels.

They all owned baseball on July 3, 2015.

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

Jeff Chiu - AP

Jeff Chiu – AP

Scott Kazmir pitched 8 shutout 2 hit innings, walking no Seattle batter while striking out 7, earning a 4-0 decision for the A’s.

Alejandro De Aza singled, doubled and tripled, scoring 2 and driving in 4 as the Red Sox blew out Toronto, 12-6.

Jake Arrieta held the Mets to 5 hits, no walks and 1 run while striking out 7 over 8 innings and getting the 6-1 victory for the Cubs.

Neil Walker had a 4 hit day, including a double, while driving in 3 in the Pirates 8-4 win in Detroit.

They all owned baseball on July 2, 2015.

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

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of completing a no hitter before allowing an RBI single. He finished with 8 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 run and struck out 13 Tampa Bay batters and giving the Indians an 8-1 win.

Robinson Cano singled twice, doubled and homered, driving in 3 and led the Mariners to a 7-0 victory in San Diego.

Johnny Cueto pitched 8 solid innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 8 Minnesota batters, earning the 2-1 decision for the Reds.

Neil Walker got 4 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 3 and slugged the Pirates past the Tigers, 9-3.

They all owned baseball on July 1, 2015.

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

Matt York - AP Photo

Matt York – AP Photo

Howie Kendrick got 4 hits, including a double and a go ahead 10th inning homer to lead the Dodgers to a 6-4 win in Arizona,

Mitch Moreland reached base 3 times including a pair of homers, driving in 4, as the Rangers topped Baltimore 8-6.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and no walks while striking out 6 Braves and earning the 6-1 decision for Washington.

Mike Montgomery took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with a complete game 1 hit shutout, his second complete game shutout in a row and in only 6 career games for Seattle, blanking the Padres 5-0.

They all owned baseball on June 30, 2015.

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

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Billy Hamilton reached base 4 times, scored 3 runs and stole four bases, helping the Reds win a wild 11-7 game against Minnesota.

Mike Trout walked, stole a base, homered and made a pair of highlight catches that prevented the Yankees from scoring at least 2 runs and led the Angels to a 4-1 victory.

Cody Anderson retired the first 19 Tampa Baybatters he faced and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run on a solo shot and no walks for his first big league decision, 7-1 for Cleveland.

Manny Parra‘s 2 innings of perfect relief in the Reds 11-7 was the National League pitching highlight of the night.

They all owned baseball on June 29, 2015.

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

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KEN GOLDFIELD/NY DAILY NEWS

Steven Matz had a mind boggling major league debut. Not only did he pitch into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 runs on a pair of solo homers (including a leadoff shot) but he went 3 for 3 with a double and 4 runs batted in to get the decision and be the offensive star in the Mets 7-2 double header clinching victory over the Reds.

Matt Duffy missed the cycle by a single, which he almost got on a video reviewed play that went against him. He finished with a double, triple and homer, helping San Francisco top Colorado 6-3.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 shutout 4 hit innings, walking none and striking out 7 as the Orioles blanked the Indians 4-0 and won both games of their double header.

James McCann got 2 hits including a 9th inning walk off homer leading the Tigers to a 5-4 come from behind win against the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on June 28, 2015.

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

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

Yovani Gallardo ran his scoreless streak to 23 innings as he took a shutout into the 9th. He finished with 8 1/3 innings, no runs, 3 hits and 2 walks while getting the 4-0 win for the Rangers in Toronto.

Torii Hunter doubled and hit a pair of homers to lead the Twins past the Brewers, 5-2.

Tom Koehler out dueled Kershaw with 7 innings of 6 hit and 2 run ball while walking none getting the Marlins 3-2 decision over the Dodgers.

Matt Duffy singled, doubled and homered, scoring 3 and driving in 2 as the Giants came from behind to top the Rockies 7-5.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2015.

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

ohn E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 homers, including a grand slam, and added another single, driving in 5 as the Blue Jays stampeded over the Rangers, 12-2.

Edinson Volquez pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 run, earning the 5-2 Royals win over Oakland.

Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with a double and a triple, scoring 3 and driving in another, helping the Rockies top the Giants, 8-6.

Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run and no walks, giving the Mets a much needed 2-1 win over the Reds.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2015.

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

Gene J. Puskar - AP

Gene J. Puskar – AP

Brandon Phillips singled, tripled, stole a base, made a circus throw to start a double play and hit the game winning homer in the 13th inning to lead Cincinnati to a 5-4 victory in Pittsburgh.

Jose Altuve hit a single and 2 doubles and stole a pair of bases, scoring 3 of the Astros runs in their 4-0 win over the Yankees.

Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a desperately needed win with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and no walks while striking out 7 Brewers in the 2-0 final.

Dallas Keuchel wiggled out of a 9th inning jam to complete a masterful 6 hit, 1 walk shutout, striking out 12 Yankees as the Astros won 4-0.

They all owned baseball on June 25, 2015.

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

 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Marco Estrada, partially aided by some spectacular infield defense, pitched a perfect game until there was one out in the 8th when he allowed an infield hit. He finished 8 2/3 sparkling shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, no walks while striking out 10. He would get a no decision but the Blue Jays won in Tampa Bay, 1-0.

Brett Lawrie went 3 for 5 including a grand slam to lead the red hot A’s to an 8-2 blowout against Texas.

Jimmy Nelson allowed 2 hits, including a solo homer, and 1 walk over 8 innings, earning the 4-1 decision for Milwaukee over the Mets.

Yasmany Tomas collected 4 hits, drove in a run and scored the go ahead run in the Diamondbacks come from behind 9th inning rally to top the Rockies 8-7.

They all owned baseball on June 24, 2015.

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

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Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Mike Montgomery pitched a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking no Royals batters as Seattle rolled, 7-0.

Carlos Correa singled, doubled, homered, scored 3 times, drove in 4 and provided sparkling defense, helping Houston crush the Angels, 13-3.

Jason Hammel pitched a shutout into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He got a no decision but the Cubs walked off against the Dodgers, 1-0.

Nolan Arenado homered twice, driving in 4, helping the Rockies top the Diamondacks 10-5.

They all owned baseball on June 23, 2015.

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

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Brad Penner – USA Today Sports

Maikel Franco got  4 hits including 2 homers and drove in 5 runs to help the Phillies top the Yankees 11-8.

Albert Pujols homered twice and walked, driving in 3 runs as the Angels snuck past Houston 4-3.

Travis Wood came out of the bullpen to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4, earning the 4-2 decision for the Cubs over Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Hector Santiago threw 6 solid innings with 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run. The bullpen blew his lead but the Angels would go on to beat the Astros 4-3.

They all owned baseball on June 22, 2015.

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

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Anthony Gruppuso USA TODAY Sports

J. D. Martinez crushed 3 homers, driving in 6 runs as the Tigers rolled against the Yankees, 12-4.

Yasmani Grandal got 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to help the Dodgers avoid a sweep and crush the Giants 10-2.

Scott Kazmir pitched a shutout into the 8th, giving the A’s 7 1/3 innings allowing a single run in a tense 3-2 win against the Angels.

Jake Arrieta threw a complete game 4 hit shutout with no walks and 7 strikeouts, leading the Cubs past the Twins 8-0.

They all owned baseball on June 21, 2015.

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

Rob Carr, Getty Images

Rob Carr, Getty Images

Max Scherzer came within one pitch of a perfect game, finishing with the second no hitter for the Nationals since moving from Montreal. He struckout 10 Pirates and walked none, hitting Tabata with 2 strikes and 2 out.

Randal Grichuk doubled and homered twice, driving in 4 as the Cardinals steam rolled the Phillies, 10-1.

Jesse Hahn pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 1 run, 4 hits and 4 strikeouts getting the 4-1 decision over the Angels in Oakland.

Alex Rodriguez continued his magical weekend by driving in 5 runs, getting on base 3 times and homering in the Yankees 14-3 drubbing of the Tigers.

They all owned baseball on June 20, 2015.

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

Mark J. Terrill - AP

Mark J. Terrill – AP

Buster Posey reached base 4 times, stole a base and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Giants slugged past the rival Dodgers 9-5.

Albert Pujols doubled and hit a go ahead grand slam as the Angels stunned the A’s with a wild 12-7 come from behind victory.

Joe Ross stopped the red hot Pirates with 7 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run and 1 walk while striking out 11, earning the 4-1 decision for Washington.

Phil Hughes pitched 8 innings allowing 2 hits, one being a solo homer, and won the 7-2 game for the Twins over the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on June 19, 2015.

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

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Christian Petersen / Getty Images

C. J. Wilson threw 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 9 and walking no Arizona batters for an Angels 7-1 win.

Zack Greinke pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 8, 4 hits and no walks. He did not get the decision but the Dodgers got the 1-0 balk off win.

Preston Tucker doubled and homered, driving in 3 helping the Astros top Colorado 8-4.

Ryan Howard got 2 hits, including a 2 run homer that drove in all the Phillies runs, and made a diving stop in a 2-1 victory over Baltimore.

They all owned baseball on June 18, 2015.

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

 

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Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Billy Butler went 4 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI in Oakland’s 16-2 thrashing of the Padres on Pride Night.

Todd Frazier homered twice including a walk off grand slam in the 13th inning, leading the Reds past Detroit 8-4.

Felix Hernandez out dueled Bumgarner with 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks as the Mariners snuck past San Francisco, 2-0.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched 7 shutout innings, holding the Indians to 4 hits and 2 walks and earned the decision in the 17-0 Cubs blowout.

They all owned baseball on June 17, 2015.

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

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Brock Holt became the first Red Sox player since 1996 to hit for the cycle, doubling, smacking a single, homering to the opposite field and finally tripling into the triangle, scoring 2 and driving in 2 for the 9-4 victory over Atlanta.

Chi Chi Gonzalez pitched a shutout into the 9th inning before surrendering a game tying homer after 8 1/3 innings. His excellent outing would go as a no decision but the Rangers walked off against the Dodgers, 3-2.

Clint Robinson put Washington on the board with a homer and kept getting on. He would finish with 4 hits and a walk, adding a double and three runs scored in the 16-4 thrashing of Tampa Bay.

Matt Harvey threw 7 shutout innings, walking none and allowing 4 hits, getting the first place Mets another dramatic win against Toronto, 3-2.

They all owned baseball on June 16, 2015.

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

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Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Francisco Liriano struck out 12 and walked just 1 White Sox batter over 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball as the Pirates took a laugher, 11-0.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base 4 times including a single, a double and a homer, driving in 3 runs helping Arizona win a controversial 7-3 game over the Angels.

Anibal Sanchez threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, striking out 7 while walking no Reds batter for the 6-0 victory in Detroit.

George Springer went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, leading the Astros past the Rockies 6-3.

They all owned baseball on June 15, 2015.

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

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Mike McGinnis – Getty Images

Max Schezrer retired the first 18 Milwaukee batters he faced, finishing with a complete game 1 hit shutout, allowing just 1 walk while striking out a career high 16 batters to earn the 4-0 decision for Washington.

Sonny Gray pitched into the 8th inning, allowing just 5 hits, no walks and one unearned runs while striking out 9 Angels, winning the 8-1 game for the A’s.

Juan Lagares collected 3 hits including a double and a go ahead 3 run homer to give the Mets a dramatic come from behind 10-8 victory over Atlanta.

Russell Martin reached base 4 times, including a double, scored 3 runs and drove in 2 more helping the Blue Jays clobber the Red Sox 13-5.

They all owned baseball on June 14, 2015.

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

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Maria Lorenzino / Sun Sentinel

Giancarlo Stanton reached base 3 times including a double off the wall and a homer, driving in all of the Marlins runs in their 4-1 win over the Rockies.

Mat Latos struck out 11 Rockies batters over 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run and getting the 4-1 decision in Miami.

Manny Machado got 3 hits, including a homer, and drove in 4 runs, leading the surging Orioles past the Yankees, 9-4.

C. J. Wilson stifled Oakland with 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 8, earning the razor thin 1-0 victory for the Angels.

They all owned baseball on June 13, 2015.

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

(Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

(Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Justin Smoak singled, homered and blasted a triple that broke the tie in the Blue Jays wild come from behind 13-10 triumph in Boston.

Todd Frazier doubled, homered and scored 3 runs including the go ahead run in the 10th to give the Reds a 5-4 win against the Cubs.

David Price threw a complete game shutout, allowing 7 hits, no walks and struck out 8 Cleveland batters to give Detroit a 4-0 victory.

Chase Anderson threw a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 shutout frames with 1 hit and walked just 1 Giants batter, getting the 1-0 decision for the Diamondbacks.

They all owned baseball on June 12, 2015.

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

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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Scott Kazmir allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks over 8 shutout innings as he dominated the Rangers to a 7-0 final in Oakland.

Mike Trout singled, doubled and homered, helping the Angels beat the Rays, 6-2.

David Phelps pitched 8 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk and earned the 6-0 decision for the Marlins over Colorado.

Giancarlo Stanton singled and homered, driving in 4 runs and leading Miami to a 6-0 win against the Rockies.

They all owned baseball on June 11, 2015.

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

Stephen Dunn - Getty Images

Stephen Dunn – Getty Images

Yasiel Puig reached base 5 times, with a pair of singles, a double, a walk and a 3 run homer and came around to score the game ending run as the Dodgers walked off against Arizona, 7-6.

Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with a homer and provided some highlight reel defense at third as the Blue Jays beat the Marlins again, 7-2.

Charlie Morton pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, 3 hits, no runs and 6 strikeouts as the Pirates topped the Brewers, 2-0.

Edinson Volquez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and 6 hits and getting the 7-2 decision for the Royals over Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on June 10, 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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The 2nd Wild Card Team In The NL For 2015 Could Be Right Near .500

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015.  With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.

The National League is a very top heavy league with the Nats, Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates having the best odds to qualify for the postseason in 2015. With parity at an all time high in the Senior Circuit, we may see a squad break the worst record ever to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card seed this campaign.  The AL is not as big with the dominant clubs, and as such will have many teams hover around 90 wins that make the postseason.  With the AL winning the Interleague matchup for 10 years consecutive, you also have to factor in a few more W’s per team.

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With all due respect to the rest of the Senior Circuit clubs, the Nationals and Dodgers are heads above the rest of the league.  I am also throwing in stalwart franchise St. Louis and Pittsburgh (94 wins and 88 wins in the last 2 years) as other teams that should lock down the NL Central and the other 1 to win the 1st Wild Card – to round out the top 4 seeds in the NL.

Then there are the rest of the clubs.

From the surface odds wise, the gambling pundits are saying the Padres and Giants would be next on the list for wins, followed by the Mets, Cubs and Marlins.

Just below those last 5 teams, you have the fight for competing coming from Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and finally the teams most thought to struggle this campaign are the Rockies, D’Backs and the Phillies.

I believe Washington is going to run away from the rest of the league – and near 100 victories. The Dodgers while not as talented as they have been the last few seasons, should not have a problem topping 90 wins again with their Starting Rotation being so strong.

The Pirates did lose Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, but you have to think bringing A.J. Burnett back replaces Volquez, and the internal improvements from Gregory Polanco, and a return to power from Pedro Alvarez should be enough to compensate for that.

When it comes down to my final prognostication for the Division, I may just jot the Bucs down to win the Division.  Josh Harrison and Neil Walker at 3B and 2B, and if they receive anything from their Starting Catcher and Shortstop then look the hell out.

Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte also help Polanco round out the Outfield, and I think by the end of the year, they will be pronounced the best trio of players beyond the Infield, rather than the Marlins or Padres. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The MLB 2015 World Series + Best Bets

Yu Darvish has exceeded expectations in his 1st 2 seasons with the club.  Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he is seriously underpaid in the last four years of his contract.  Based on that value created, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo.  Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and a AL Leading 277 in 2013.  But he has a torn UCL and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, i call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th

Yu Darvish had exceeded expectations in his 1st 3 seasons with the club. Based on his 6 YRs/$56 MIL contract, he was considered seriously underpaid in the last three years of his contract. Since that value created cash for other deals, the team was able to sign Fielder and Choo last winter, but those two sustained massive injuries in 2014 (along with the RHP – and about 57 others lin 2014) in what was a losing season, Darvish finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Voting with a 2.83 ERA and an AL Leading 277 for the 2013 season, but he has a torn UCL now – and will probably have to go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, I call this a season ender for the Rangers playoffs chances even before we hit the MLB opener on April.5th.  Oddsmakers are on board with what I have said, with the team tied for the 22nd worst odd to win it all this campaign.

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With yesterday’s grim news on the 2015 season of Yu Darvish. I think it is safe to say the Rangers will have a tough campaign this year as well.

It was one thing having all of their top players coming back from injury already, but now you lose one of the true aces left in the American League.  This is a doomsday special.  I don’t think Yovani Gallardo will take on Darvish’s type of role and thrive.  If anything, the Rangers might be able to flip him later in the year.

Jon Daniels should not trade for another pitcher either.  This Division is the best in baseball, and if he were to do that, it would be bad money spent.  Hopefully Prince Fielder and Shin-soo Choo can have bounce back seasons for you, and at least the future will look up beyond 2015. Read the rest of this entry

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.