Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 30, 2016

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The season is winding down to a few days with some odd details looming. Meanwhile Yankee fans clearly have lowered their expectations of what a successful season is.

Plus thoughts on David Ortiz’s tribute at Yankee Stadium.

It is a “Winding Down the Season” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Yadier Molina, Johnny Cueto, Byron Buxton, Ubaldo Jimenez,Luis Sardinas and Paulo Orlando all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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These 5 Young MLB Players Took a Huge Step Forward in 2016

There’s still another month of baseball to be played before 2016 is officially put in the books, but the cold winter months are feeling closer than ever. The mornings feel brisk, leaves are falling from trees and 20 of MLB’s 30 teams will soon be forced to watch the postseason from their respective couches.

Instead of focusing more on young players who took a huge step back this season, we’ll shift to those who used 2016 to show the tremendous progress in their development. The following five ballplayers put together the type of performance that will make their respective teams depend on them heavily to either repeat or continue growing in 2017.

DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies

It’s been amazing to watch this transformation over the past three seasons. In 2014, LeMahieu won a Gold Glove award, but his offense mostly revolved around hitting singles. His average jumped in 2015 along with a slight bump in power, but he’s come into his own as a 27-year-old this season.

Now, he’s in command of the National League batting race with a few games to go and is slugging nearly .500. Check out the three-year progression in his triple slash:

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Who Owned Baseball September 29, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Yadier Molina homered and hit a controversial walk off 9th inning double to keep the Cardinals in the Wild Card chase by beating the Reds, 4-3.

Byron Buxton doubled, tripled and walked, scoring 2 and driving in 3 as the Royals rallied to top Kansas City, 7-6.

Johnny Cueto settled down after a shaky first and struck out 11 Rockies over 7 innings and put down a bunt that helped spark a key rally in the Giants 7-2 victory.

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed 1 hit over 6 2/3 shutout innings and helped pull the Orioles in a flatfooted Wild Card tie with Toronto with a 4-0 final.

 

They all owned baseball on September 29, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 29, 2016

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Um… yay?

The Red Sox clinched the AL East in the strangest way possible. But go celebrate Sox. It isn’t for one game. It was for 162 games.

It is a “JUST GET IN” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

John Jaso, Carlos Gomez, Tyler Chatwood, Miguel Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Evan Gattis, Jeff Samardzija and Clay Buchholz all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 28, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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John Jaso hit the first ever cycle in the history of PNC Park, driving in 5 runs and helping the Pirates top the Division Champion Cubs, 8-4.

Carlos Gomez got on base 4 times, homering, driving in 3 as the Rangers came back to top Milwaukee, 8-5.

Tyler Chatwood threw 8 innings of dominating shutout ball, striking out 9 Giants and earning the 2-0 decision for Colorado.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched a shutout into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 innings, 3 hits and 5 Rays strikeouts as the White Sox shut them out, 1-0.

They all owned baseball on September 28, 2016.

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For All Teams (Updated for John Jaso, 9-28-2016)

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Could this be the last cycle of the year?

John Jaso got the first ever cycle in PNC Park history. It has been a let down of a year for Pirate fans but at least they got a highlight towards the end of the year.

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

On Jose Fernandez and The 2016 Cy Young

You all know what happened this past Sunday. One of my– and the game’s– favorite players died. Selfishly, I was upset. I never knew the guy, and my team, the Atlanta Braves, had recently thrown at his head. But now he’s gone. He leaves behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten– Dave Cameron can’t wait to tell his children about Jose Fernandez, and the Marlins are going to retire his number so that little kids who attend games will forever ask their parents about Number 16– but I think Max summed it up perfectly on Sunday: this sucks.

A few days have passed and baseball had its Jose Fernandez wake on Monday, and Dee Gordon hit the most important and magical homerun of his life. But I still feel like Jose Fernandez is around. I am not going to try to do any sort of tribute article; I simply would not do a good job if I tried. Someone a year younger than me dying leaves me a bit scatterbrained.

Instead, I’ll try and write a baseball article, which I think will be difficult and awkward, but necessary. The realization crept into my head today that Jose Fernandez is going to appear on Cy Young ballots. The voters list their top 3 pitchers and Fernandez leads the Majors in fWAR, is second in strikeouts, and while he sits 8th in ERA, he actually leads the league in the two primary ERA predictors, FIP and xFIP. He was among the top handful of starting pitchers in the game in his first real season back from Tommy John.

To continue reading about Jose Fernandez Cy Young voting, please visit my full website at Off The Bench.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 28, 2016

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It may not be Sunday, but I decided to answer a Tweet anyway.

 

If a team clinches a division early they don’t owe another team a damn thing. Play hangover lineups as much as you want.

It is a “Look out for number one” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Moore, Hunter Renfroe, Joey Votto and Eduardo Escobar all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Freddie Freeman Found His Power in 2016, But Did it in a Unique Way

As the Atlanta Braves continued selling off MLB talent to rebuild for the future last winter, general manager John Coppolella was adamant about one thing: first baseman Freddie Freeman wasn’t going anywhere.

Fast-forward to a few months later as the left-handed hitter wraps up a career year and everyone can see why he’s worth every penny of that $135 million contract. Enjoying such a performance was probably the furthest thing from Freeman’s mind after a rough first two months, though.

By the end of May, he was just hoping to get hot and dig himself out of a slow start. While Atlanta’s offense as a whole was historically bad, Freeman also struggled to a .251/.338/.419 triple slash with eight home runs and 15 RBI.

Then, the first baseman caught fire – he’s hitting .335/.435/.654 with 25 homers and 73 RBI since June 1, including a ridiculous 1.249 OPS through 82 at-bats in September.

The biggest sign of growth in Freeman’s game has been his power. His 33 homers and .980 OPS are currently career highs, while his 43 doubles are tied for a career high. This has produced a 6.2 fWAR, which ranks within the top 10 in all of baseball.

So, how did he do it? Not exactly the same way as most young sluggers tap into their power potential.

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Who Owned Baseball September 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Justin Verlander struck out 12 Indians over 7 2/3 shutout innings as Detroit improved their post season odds clobbering the Indians, 12-0.

Matt Moore struck out 11 Rockies over 7 2/3 inning, allowing 1 run and earning the decision in San Francisco’s 12-3 laugher.

Miguel Cabrera led the Detroit attack by reaching base 4 times, homering and driving in 5 in the 12-0 final over Cleveland.

Hunter Renfroe homered twice, driving in 7 as the Padres clubbed the Dodgers, 7-1.

They all owned baseball on September 27, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 27, 2016

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I watched the premiere of the new Fox baseball show Pitch.

There are good things about the show, some concerns but mainly with the prospect of a baseball TV show in the first place.

It is a Prime Time episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Dee Gordon, Robinson Cano, Tim Adleman, Andrew Miller, Trea Turner, Carlos Gomez and Sean Manaea all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Dee Gordon started an emotional game in Miami with a homer dedicated to his late friend Jose Fernandez. He would finish with 4 hits and a stolen base to inspire the Marlins past the Mets, 7-3.

Robinson Cano got 3 hits, including two homers. The second one put the Mariners up for good in the 4-3 extra inning victory in Houston.

Tim Adleman held the Cardinals to 2 runs over 7 strong innings, walking none as Cincinnati ran up the score, 15-2.

Andrew Miller struck out 4 Tigers in 1 2/3 innings and earned the 7-4 decision as the Indians clinched the AL Central.

They all owned baseball on September 26, 2016.

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What happens to the Marlins now?

jose-fernandezBy Josh:

The passing of Jose Fernandez has come as a great shock and a huge blow to the baseball community. Teammates, coaches, competitors, and fans have all been at a loss for words after the news broke yesterday.

I too have just been in a little bit of a daze.  I never met Jose, never watched him play in person, but he was a part of the baseball community/family. Baseball brings strangers together, and when a talented player, and by all accounts amazing person, dies way to young it affects the entire baseball family.

Read the rest of What happens to the Marlins now via 9 Inning Know It All.

Scouting Report: Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson is 6’3″ 170′ 18-year-old out of Shenendehowa High School in Rexford, New York. He was selected third overall by the Braves in the 2016 MLB Draft. He has a hard fastball with growing offspeed pitches. He currently can throw 90-94 with a potential to add more velocity. He has a big gap between the speed in his off-speed pitches and has room to create two pitches out of his curveball. He has some red flags regarding injury potential and needs to clean up his mechanics and generate more energy up the chain in his lower half. He has lightning quick arm speed that helps compensate at the moment. When fully matured and refined he could be a real ace.

Ian Anderson’s Scouting Report

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 26, 2016

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It was an emotional day. Jose Fernandez had his life cut short and a booming legacy unfulfilled.

Meanwhile Vin Scully had an ending to his broadcasting career that would have seemed so improbable if it didn’t actually happen.

It is an overly emotional episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Charlie Culberson, Alex Gordon, Robert Gsellman, Carlos Rodon, Cameron Maybin and Jung Ho Kang all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 25, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Charlie Culberson collected 3 hits, the lost one being a 2 out, 10th inning, walk off homer that clinched the NL West for the Dodgers, 4-3 over Colorado and gave Vin Scully a send off for the ages.

Alex Gordon reached base 4 times, homered and drove in 3 as Kansas City held on in a 12-9 slugfest in Detroit.

Robert Gsellman kept the Mets in the Wild Card lead by throwing 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 Phillies in a 17-0 blow out.

Carlos Rodon threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 11 strikeouts as the White Sox postponed the Indians clinching party with a 3-0 blanking.

They all owned baseball on September 25, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 25, 2016

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It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

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That’s some intense praise for your pal Sully.

As we are praise Vin Scully at the end of his career, I wonder if I am allowed to praise anyone else.

It is a praising others episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Wade Miley, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Bautista, Josh Reddick, George Springer, Dexter Fowler and CC Sabathia all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Jose Fernandez: Death Shocks Baseball World

Reports are pouring in that Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez has sadly died in a tragic boating accident.

Details are sparse at this point but the death has been confirmed by multiple sources. Baseball has lost one of its youngest and brightest stars.

The 24-year-old right-handed native of Cuba (later came to the United States) came to the Marlins as a first-round draft choice in 2011 out of high school. He made the majors just two years later, and despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, came back as good as ever.

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Who Owned Baseball September 24, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Wade Miley was one out from throwing a complete game shutout. He settled for 8 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 11 Diamondbacks, giving the Orioles a critical 6-1 victory.

Clayton Kershaw threw 7 innings of 3 hit shutout ball as the Dodgers clobbered the Rockies, 14-1 and put them on the brink of a division title.

Jose Bautista supplied all the offense with a 3 run homer that pushed Toronto past the Yankees, 3-0.

Josh Reddick reached base 4 times, including a back breaking grand slam, as the Dodgers crushed the Rockies 14-1.

They all owned baseball on September 24, 2016.

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WINTER LEAGUE BASEBALL COVERAGE: LOOKING INTO THE NOTABLE NATIVE PROSPECTS

The Winter League helps players work on their weaknesses, their game plan and do so facing more advanced levels of competition. It also has the obvious benefit of helping stay in shape. For many these factors assist them to get to spring training with a more distinct advantage over those that stick to the gym and home based development work. The competitive level in these league don’t allow managers to treat this tournament as development leagues since they are there to win, we have seen times with four different managers in a season including switching managers in Playoffs, even in Finals!

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 24, 2016

 

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Injuries to the Cleveland pitching staff will probably derail their pennant hopes because pitching wins titles.

Or does it?

It is a question what you know episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Cole Hamels, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Nelson Cruz, Shelby Miller, Melky Cabrera, Jose Peraza and Kendall Graveman all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 23, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Cole Hamels threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 7 Oakland batters and earned the 3-0 decision as the Texas Rangers clinched the American League Western Division title.

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals and dominated over 7 shutout innings as the Cubs blanked their rivals, 5-0.

Nelson Cruz kept Seattle’s post season hopes alive with a pair of hits, including a mammoth homer, and 4 RBI in the 10-1 thrashing of the lowly Twins.

Michael Conforto got two hits including a game breaking 3 run home run that put the Mets at the top of the Wild Card with a 10-5 pounding of the Phillies.

They all owned baseball on September 23, 2016.

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These 5 Young MLB Players Took a Huge Step Back in 2016

MLB players enter a new year with the best intentions, but this is baseball, and things don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they almost never do.

To have a successful regular season and a shot at clinching a playoff berth, managers need production from every corner of their respective rosters. It also helps to get unexpected sources of production, as we touched upon a couple weeks ago.

The following five players have recently shown potential to be a significant contributor at the big-league level. Each of them were expected to be an important piece in 2016, but that didn’t happen. Now, they’ll be looking ahead to 2017 for another opportunity to solidify themselves in the big leagues.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 23, 2016

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No, the World Baseball Classic will NEVER be the World Cup of baseball. But it could be the gateway to make the game better than ever.

It is a Global Interest episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Santana, Ricky Nolasco, Trey Mancini, Cesar Hernandez, Mike Fiers and Christian Friedrich all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 22, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Asdrubal Cabrera got 3 hits, including a 3 run, come from behind, walk off homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Mets a dramatic 9-8 win over Philadelphia.

Jeff Samardzija dominated the Padres over 7 shutout innings, striking out 9 to get the 2-1 decision for the Giants.

Carlos Santana reached base 3 times including a homer and 4 RBI to help the Indians inch closer to a division title with a 5-2 final over Kansas City.

Ricky Nolasco threw 7 scoreless innings to throw a wrench in Houston’s playoffs chances and the Angels shut them out 2-0.

They all owned baseball on September 22, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 22, 2016

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Will the Ender Inciarte catch be one of the moments that haunts the Mets? Will it be totally forgotten in 2 weeks?

All narratives, good and bad, are written in retrospect.

It is a hindsight episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Gary Sanchez, Paul Goldschmidt, Felix Hernandez Chad Kuhl Brad Miller, Jose Peraza, Aaron Sanchez and Bartolo Colon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 21, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

sanchez5Gary Sanchez reached base 4 times, homering twice and powered the Yankees to an 11-5 thumping of the Rays.

Felix Hernandez threw 7 shutout innings against Toronto. He did not get the decision but the Mariners walked off 2-1 winners.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and provided all the offense as the Diamondbacks pushed past San Diego, 3-2.

Chad Kuhl struck out 6 Brewers in 6 innings, allowing 1 run and got the 4-1 victory for the Pirates.

They all owned baseball on September 21, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 21, 2016

11 games to go and 3 teams have identical records in the Wild Card Game. Who will win it?

It is an 11 game sample size for a trip to October.

It is anyone’s guess on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jose Fernandez, Matt Boyd, Odubel Herrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Tanner Roard, Edinson Volquez, Yunel Escobar and Asdrubel Cabrera all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball September 20, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Jose Fernandez struck out 12 Nationals over 8 innings of 3 hit shutout ball and earned the 1-0 decision for Miami.

Matt Boyd allowed only 1 run and 3 hits over 8 frames and led the Tigers to an 8-1 beating of Minnesota.

Odubel Herrera went 3 for 4 with a homer, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases to help the Phillies edge the White Sox, 7-6.

Edwin Encarnacion homered and doubled, driving in 3 as the Blue Jays clobbered the Mariners, 10-2.

They all owned baseball on September 20, 2016.

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