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Sully Baseball Podcast – Talking Angels with J. Keith van Straaten – January 20, 2018

The Angels have the best player in baseball and signed one of the biggest stars in the world. There is plenty to get excited about in Anaheim.

I invited comedian, TV host and Angels super fan J. Keith van Straaten to join the podcast. We talked about his fandom, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Mike Scioscia and what made the 2002 team so special.

Giving Orange County its due on this episode of Sully Baseball.

Visit the website for J. Keith van Straaten by clicking HERE.

Subscribe to the podcast Go Fact Yourself by clicking HERE.

Follow J. Keith van Straaten on Twitter by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Minnesota Glory, Pittsburgh Sorrow and Milwaukee Potential – January 18, 2018

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Minnesota fans might see a title unlike any other in history for the Super Bowl on the site of World Series glory. Meanwhile the Pirates are sadly breaking apart. The Brewers should push to win now in the depressed free agent market.

Smaller markets have their day in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Rooting for Balbino Fuenmayor and Stephen Strasburg – January 14, 2018

 

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I want career minor leaguer Balbino Fuenmayor to make the Nationals this year. Plus I think Stephen Strasburg is one of the players all baseball fans should root for.

Lots of DC love in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Rest in Peace, Keith Jackson – January 13, 2018

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The great announcer Keith Jackson passed away today. Most remember him as a football voice. He was also a great baseball announcer. He would have had more memorable calls had Howard Cosell not stepped on him so often.

Celebrating great pipes in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Twins look to raise expectations – January 9, 2018

 

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The Twins have gone from almost being contracted to being in nearly half of the post seasons over two decades. Yet without a title, nobody will remember. Minnesota wants to do something about that.

Thinking of legacies in this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – It isn’t Collusion… it is the Free Market – January 8, 2018

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Friend of the Podcast @cu8sfan (Cubs fan with an 8) made a request.

I do not think it is collusion.
I think it is the free market at work.

I also plug The Lords of the Realm by John Helyar.

Letting the money lands where it may on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – All in for Rafael Palmeiro’s comeback plus a Marlins suggestion – January 7, 2018

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Rafael Palmeiro is making a comeback at age 53. GOOD!

Making a comeback all the way to the bigs would reset his Hall of Fame clock and give his career a better finish.

I hope he does it with the Marlins, who I also hope become a safe haven for other comebacks.

No finger wagging on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Nobody Suffers Like Canadian Fans – January 2, 2018

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What fans suffer the most? I would argue that Canadian sports fans are suffering the most because they are waiting for hockey glory as well.

Going north of the border on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Suffering Index for the New Year – January 1, 2018

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2018 has begun and I have calculated the Suffering Index. Once again, the Washington Nationals have screwed everything up by making it more complicated.

Wishing everyone a happy new year on this episode of Sully Baseball.

Here is the 2017 Suffering Index explanation.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Waiting for the seeds of 2018 to Grow – December 31, 2017

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I went to a Little League Field in town and saw the seeds were planted for the up coming seasons.

It made me wonder who would sprout and be the biggest names of 2018.

Saying good bye to the year on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Chatting with Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President – December 30, 2017

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This Spring I chatted with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

We talked about the founding of the museum, some of their events and the legacy of the Negro Leagues today.

Honoring the past on this episode of Sully Baseball.

Visit the museum site by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Honoring Jimmy Ring – December 29, 2017

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Chances are you never heard of Jimmy Ring. But had a wild and interesting career involving being dealt for Hall of Famers twice, avoiding scandals and winning in a memorable World Series.

Enjoy this front row to history episode of Sully Baseball .

Read the SABR article by clicking HERE.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Live life like Francisco Liriano, Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez – December 28, 2017

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How do you look at your life? How do you look at the careers of Francisco Liriano, Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez? Looking at all of them in a positive way is a good way to live life.

Seeing the glass as half full on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The Mindset of Marlin Fans with Ely Sussman – December 27, 2017

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I welcome back to the podcast Ely Sussman, editor of Fish Stripes, the Marlins site on the SB Nation Network.

We discussed the state of Marlin fandom and who is optimistic and who isn’t.

In a Miami mood in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

Listen to part 1 of our discussion by clicking here.

Follow Ely on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Follow Fishstripes on Twitter by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Cleveland and Washington thinking October in December – December 26, 2017

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We haven’t even turned the calendar from 2017 to 2018. But the Indians and Nationals, the two most tortured fan bases left in baseball, can be focusing on October already as the Division seems wide open to them.

Getting ahead of ourselves on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Merry Christmas from Dodger Stadium – December 25, 2017

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Merry Christmas to my Sully Baseball followers. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, I am giving a gift to you all…

A trip to the ballpark.

OK, so I can’t REALLY do that, but I can do the next best thing. I recorded today’s podcast at a late September game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. I am joined by my friend Michael X. Ferraro, the great sports writer.

We hang out, watch the game, chat and see a few runs be scored.

Enjoy this bit of baseball fun on Christmas for this episode of Sully Baseball.

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While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – The MLB Burning Log for Christmas – December 24, 2017

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As a Christmas gift to my followers, I will post a new podcast every day for the rest of 2017.

I make a few suggestions to MLB network for off season programming, especially around Christmas time.

Bringing in the yule tide cheer on this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Talking Marlins Baseball with Ely Sussman of FishStripes.com – December 19, 2017

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The Marlins are going through a rough off season, dumping off their star players AGAIN.

I welcomed Ely Sussman to the podcast . He is the editor of Fish Stripes, the Marlins site on the SB Nation Network.

Together we discussed the direction of the Miami Marlins and figuring out the future and the culture of the strange team.

Bringing in the fish talk in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

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Follow Fishstripes on Twitter by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Getting Depressed about the Mets with Kate Feldman – December 15, 2017

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Today I had the Baseball Prospectus Mets editor in Chief Kate Feldman on as a guest.

We had a great discussion. But what was the tone of our talk about the prospects of the 2018 Mets season?

Maybe I should have this tweet she wrote after our talk speak for itself.

Seeing the glass half empty in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

Follow Kate Feldman on Twitter by clicking HERE.

Follow The Baseball Prospectus local site covering the New York Mets by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Marlins Fans are the Most Loyal in All of Baseball – December 12, 2017

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Is there a fan base whose fans are more loyal and shown more dedication than the Miami Marlins? I don’t think so. They suffer and get no sympathy… in fact their very existence is questioned.

That plus I look at the new statue to Jackie Robinson at the Rose Bowl in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Trammell and Morris in the Hall of Fame and other Cooperstown Wishes – December 11, 2017

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Detroit Tigers stars Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are now Hall of Famers. Whatever you think of that bears no matter. They are in. Deal with it. It looks like this summer will be super crowded in Cooperstown no matter what.

Why not open the doors to Bonds, Clemens and everyone else for a massive Hall of Fame class?

Becoming immortal in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Talking Yankees and Aaron Boone with Lisa Swan – December 9, 2017

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Frequent guest of the podcast Lisa Swan, co creator of Subway Squawkers, joined the podcast to talk about the Yankees and the hiring of Aaron Boone.

This was recorded a few hours before the Yankees pulled off the Giancarlo Stanton deal, so news moves fast!

Reviving rivals on in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

Follow Lisa Swan at Subway Squawkers by clicking HERE.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – A sense of urgency with the A’s Stadium – December 8, 2017

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The A’s stadium plan at a local college fell through. They HAVE to come up with a solution soon, even if it is a painful divorce.

Pushing for solutions in this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Wishing Ohtani Success and Batting Pujols 9th – December 7, 2017

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I want Shohei Ohtani to sign with a team to let him bat and pitch. The Angels would be a great fit for him. Meanwhile I urge the Angels to either bat Pujols 9th or to cut him.

Giving credit where it is due this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Sons of ’84 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot (If I Had One)

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It’s that time of year again where I lay out who I’d vote for if I had a Hall of Fame ballot towards the 2018 election.  Standard rules apply with from the BBWAA form, where I can select between zero and ten players on the current ballot.  For the BBWAA, a player must receive at 75% or more of the 442 ballots being sent out.

New to this year’s ballot: Chipper JonesJim ThomeOmar VizquelJohan SantanaJamie MoyerAndruw JonesLivan HernandezJohnny DamonHideki MatsuiChris CarpenterOrlando HudsonAubrey HuffJason IsringhausenCarlos LeeBrad LidgeKevin MillwoodScott RolenBilly WagnerKerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano

Returning players include (% votes received for 2017): Trevor Hoffman (74%, 5 votes short in ’17), Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%), Edgar Martinez (58.6%), Roger Clemens (54.1%), Barry Bonds (53.8%), Mike Mussina (51.8%), Curt Schilling (45%), Manny Ramirez (23.8%), Larry Walker (21.9%), Fred McGriff (21.7%),  Jeff Kent (16.7%), Gary Sheffield (13.7%), Sammy Sosa (8.6%)

Let’s get the PED thing out of the way right now…I don’t care.  We can’t be sure of who was and wasn’t on anything first off.  Second, ever hear of amphetamines or greenies?  How about gamblers, drinkers, drug users, domestic abusers?  You will find all of these in the Hall already, so I’m not going to preach out the ground of morals why a player can’t be in.

On to my vote…

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Milwaukee Brewers History – Saturday Night Massacre

“Perhaps the best thing (Bud) Selig could do to improve things is get rid of General Manager Jim Baumer and Manager Alex Grammas.” – columnist Dennis Punzel, November 4, 1977.

This week in Milwaukee Brewers history (November 19, 1977), Selig did just that. He fired Grammas and Al Widmar as director of player development, plus accepted Baumer’s resignation.  This front office housecleaning became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.”

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Milwaukee Brewers History: Doc Halladay vs. Milwaukee

The recent passing of Roy “Doc” Halladay had me wondering about the number of times he pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers over the years.  Despite appearing in 416 games (390 of those being starts), I knew some factors worked against Doc matching up against the Brew Crew very often.  So I did a bit deeper investigation, leading to the following post:

Hallday broke into the bigs with Toronto as a September call-up in 1998.  The Brewers had already moved to the National League in 1998, thereby making Toronto an occasional Interleague opponent.  In fact, the Brewers wouldn’t play Toronto until 2005, which turned out to be the first time they’d face Halladay.

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Sully Baseball Podcast – RIP Roy Halladay and Hall of Fame Thoughts – 11-9-2017

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Roy Halladay, the best pitcher of his era, suddenly died. I pay my respects to him. Plus I talk about a crowded Hall of Fame ballot and a Veterans Committee that blew it.

Giving credit where it is due this Episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Springer, Verlander, Morton and Kershaw owned the World Series

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It may seem strange, seeing Clayton Kershaw on this list. But as it turned out, despite his disastrous Game 5, Clayton Kershaw was tied with the highest WOWS total for a pitcher in the 2017 World Series.

Sure George Springer makes sense. He hit 5 homers and took the World Series MVP trophy. Yeah Charlie Morton makes sense. He was dominant as a starter in Game 4 and pitched 4 brilliant innings out of the bullpen to clinch Game 7. And Justin Verlander pitched well enough to win both Games 2 and 6.

But Morton’s WOWs total was 1 1/2 because of the bullpen meltdown in Game 4. And Verlander took the hard luck loss in Game 6, which also made his WOWs total 1 1/2.

And Kershaw was brilliant in Game 1 and pitched 4 shutout innings in relief in Game 7, earning him a 1 1/2 total.

So while Kershaw continues to lick his wounds and listen to how he is a post season failure, in at least one metric, he was a solid contributor.

This October, Kershaw was 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA. That includes the homers he let up in his victory over the Diamondbacks and his 4th and 5th inning meltdowns in Game 5 of the World Series.

Remember he threw 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, no walks and 11 strikeouts in Game 1, seemingly putting his post season woes to rest.

They will stick around another year, but maybe he had a better October than his Game 5 would let on.

Let’s look at the final tally.

 

Final WOWS Totals MLB 2017

Hitters ‘WOWS’ MLB 2017,

George Springer – Astros 3 1/2, Cody Bellinger – Dodgers 1 1/2, Alex Bregman – Astros 1, Yuli Gurriel – Astros 1, Joc Pederson – Dodgers 1, Chris Taylor – Dodgers 1, Justin Turner – Dodgers 1,   Corey Seager – Dodgers 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Justin Verlander – Astros 1 1/2, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 1 1/2, Charlie Morton – Astros 1 1/2, Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 1, Joe Musgrove – Astros 1, Brad Peacock – Astros 1, Alex Wood – Dodgers 1, Dallas Keuchel – Astros 1/2, Kenta Maeda – Dodgers 1/2,

 

Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve Owned October (Final #WOO Tally and Results)

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The World Series is over. The Houston Astros have their first ever title in franchise history. And it is appropriate that the two players with the highest WOO (Who Owns October) score would be heroes for Houston.

Mapping the entire post season, Justin Verlander won a game in the Division Series as a starter and another as a reliever over Boston, clinched the ALCS MVP by dominating the Yankees and pitched well in the World Series over the Dodgers.

Meanwhile Altuve homered 3 times in the opening game of the Division Series and finished the 4 game defeat of Boston with a .533 average and an OPS of 1.765. His slugging continued in the ALCS with 3 homers, a .974 OPS and big plays against the Yankees.

His stats in the World Series were not as robust but he still homered twice, including a dramatic 3 run game tying shot in the wild Game 5 victory and drove in 6 runs in the 7 game series.

While Verlander and Altuve got the highest totals, they were by no means the only October heroes.

Verlander’s 4 1/2 WOO total beat out Clayton Kershaw’s 3 1/2 and Kenley Jansen’s 3.

Altuve’s final of 4 barely beat Aaron Judge, who had 3 1/2 despite not even playing in the World Series. George Springer, who took the World Series MVP and Justin Turner, who had a huge post season, also had 3 1/2, barely behind Altuve’s total.

Looking back at the final tally is odd because it encompasses the entire post season. So yes, Trevor Story of the Rockies and Brian Dozier of the Twins are on there from their Wild Card Game losses. There are Yankee, Red Sox and Nationals players with a WOO total who saw their managers let go before the October tallies were done.

But in the end, Verlander and Altuve were good representatives of owning October. They certainly led Houston to the greatest baseball moment in the city’s history.

 

 

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Final WOO Totals MLB 2017

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Jose Altuve – Astros 4, Aaron Judge – Yankees 3 1/2, George Springer – Astros 3 1/2, Justin Turner – Dodgers 3 1/2, Cody Bellinger – Dodgers 2 1/2, Alex Bregman – Astros 2 1/2, Yuli Gurriel – Astros 2 1/2, Greg Bird – Yankees 2, Carlos Correa – Astros 2, Chris Taylor – Dodgers 2, Jay Bruce – Indians 1 1/2, Kris Bryant – Cubs 1 1/2, Anthony Rizzo – Cubs 1 1/2, Gary Sanchez – Yankees 1 1/2, Michael Taylor – Nationals 1 1/2,  Ryan Zimmerman – Nationals 1 1/2, Javier Baez – Cubs 1,  Willson Contreras – Cubs 1, Logan Forsythe – Dodgers 1, Brett Gardner – Yankees 1, Yan Gomes – Indians 1, Didi Gregorius – Yankees 1, Enrique Hernandez – Dodgers 1, Ketel Marte – Diamondbacks 1, Joc Pederson – Dodgers 1, Yasiel Puig – Dodgers 1, Hanley Ramirez – Red Sox 1, Albert Almora Jr. – Yankees 1/2, Andrew Benitendi – Red Sox 1/2, Starlin Castro – Yankees 1/2, Daniel Descalso – Diamondbacks 1/2, Brian Dozier – Twins 1/2, Todd Frazier – Yankees 1/2, Paul Goldschmidt – Diamondbacks 1/2,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1/2, Sandy Leon – Red Sox 1/2, J. D. Martinez – Diamondbacks 1/2,  Addison Russell – Cubs 1/2, Carlos Santana – Indians 1/2, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1/2, Corey Seager – Dodgers 1/2, Trevor Story – Rockies 1/2, Christian Vazquez – Red Sox 1/2, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Justin Verlander – Astros 4 1/2, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 3 1/2, Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 3, Charlie Morton – Astros 2 1/2, David Robertson – Yankees 2 1/2, Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees 2 1/2, Yu Darvish – Dodgers 2,   Dallas Keuchel – Astros 2, Sean Doolittle – Nationals 1 1/2,  David Price – Red Sox 1 1/2, Stephen Strasburg – Nationals 1 1/2,  Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1, Trevor Bauer – Indians 1, Archie Bradley – Diamondbacks 1, Wade Davis – Cubs 1, Ken Giles – Astros 1, Sonny Gray – Yankees 1, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1, Jon Lester – Cubs 1, Brandon Morrow – Dodgers 1, Joe Musgrove – Astros 1, Brad Peacock – Astros 1, Jose Quintana – Cubs 1,  Robbie Ray – Diamondbacks 1, CC Sabathia – Yankees 1, Josh Tomlin – Indians 1, Alex Wood – Dodgers 1, Carlos Carrasco – Indians 1/2, Brian Duensing – Cubs 1/2, Carl Edwards Jr – Cubs 1/2, Jaime Garcia – Yankees 1/2, Zack Godley – Diamondbacks 1/2, Chad Green – Yankees 1/2, Tommy Kahnle – Yankees 1/2, Kenta Maeda – Dodgers 1/2, Collin McHugh – Astros 1/2, Lance McCullers Jr – Astros 1/2, Andrew Miller – Indians 1/2, Chris Rusin – Rockies 1/2, Chris Sale – Red Sox 1/2, Max Scherzer – Nationals 1/2,

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