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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Home Run Leaders In 2014, HR Streaks (3 Active) + Multi HR Games: Tulo Keeps On Fire – Stanton Ties For NL Lead!

Giancarlo Stanton tied the NL For the lead with 8 HRs yesterday, when he went deep in the Marlins 9 - 0 romp of the Atlanta Braves.  Stanton also leads the NL in RBI with 32.  He is one of each a HR and an RBI behind Jose Abreu for the MLB lead.  Is this the year Stanton finally reaches projections?  The MLB Reports picked him to lead the MLB in HRs all the way back in FEB of this year.

Giancarlo Stanton tied the NL For the lead with 8 HRs yesterday, when he went deep in the Marlins 9 – 0 romp of the Atlanta Braves. Stanton also leads the NL in RBI with 32. He is one of each a HR and an RBI behind Jose Abreu for the MLB lead. Is this the year Stanton finally reaches projections? The MLB Reports picked him to lead the MLB in HRs all the way back in FEB of this year.

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Troy Tulowitzki is on fire.  He homered for the 2nd consecutive game, and is now just 1 Roundtrip behind Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Gonzalez for the NL Lead.

TULO is also tied with teammate Justin Morneau, for third in RBI this season at 22.

His efforts help the Rockies win last night in Arizona, and the club is now 16 – 12 on the young season, just 0.5 Games behind the Giants. 

Mark Teixeira hit a HR for the second straight contest, and has now clubbed 3 HRs in the week he has been back from injury. 

While the rest of the teams pitching is struggling  or be hurt outside of Masahiro Tanaka, having the 1B hitting like this bodes well for the lineup.

Carlos Santana must be giving fantasy players a collective sigh of relief after putting forth another HR and 3 RBI effort for the 2nd time in as many games in Los Angeles, too bad they were both losses to the Angels. Read the rest of this entry

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MLB Team Runs Survivor Through Games Played Apr.29: KC Joins The 11/11 Club (6th Team To Complete)

Salvador Perez hit a 2 run HR to make it a 5 -4 game, then hit a 2 run Double to break it open for KC in the 8th inning, as part of a 6 run frame against the Blue Jays Bullpen.  The Royals pulled their record over .500 at 13 - 12 on a 10 - 7 win over the Canadian franchise.

Salvador Perez hit a 2 run HR to make it a 5 -4 game, then hit a 2 run Double to break it open for KC in the 8th inning, as part of a 6 run frame against the Blue Jays Bullpen. The Royals pulled their record over .500 at 13 – 12 on a 10 – 7 win over the Canadian franchise. The win also marked the 1st time the squad had scored 10 or more runs for the year.

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  We are going to keep tracking this category – until all 30 MLB clubs are finished this season!

The Kansas City Royals played their 25th game last night, and became the 6th fastest club to complete their 11 run totals.  The club is far from their offense peak, but last night was promising, dropping a 6 spot in the BOT of 8 to seal a victory against the Blue Jays. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 30, 2014

Robert Sabo - New York Daily News

Robert Sabo – New York Daily News

 

How are the Mets this good so far?

And how will the next month propel the Mets and the Brewers into elite status?

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jose Fernandez, Lyle Overbay, John Lackey, Mike Zunino, Carlos Santana and Yadier Molina all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.29) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports

Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports

Jose Fernandez simply dominated the Atlanta Braves. He pitched 8 shutout 2 hit innings, striking out 8 and walking 2. He also made an amazing fake throw to draw off a runner from third and record an out at the plate. The best baseball show in Miami won the game, 9-0.

Lyle Overbay got two RBI singles, including one in the 11th inning that gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead they would not give up against the Cardinals.

John Lackey threw another solid game, going 8 innings, letting up 2 runs and walking just 1. He got the decision for Boston’s 7-4 win against Tampa Bay.

Mike Zunino collected 4 hits, driving in a run and scoring another, leading the Mariners to a 6-3 win against the Yankees.

They owned baseball on April.29, 2014.

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2014′s Top 5 Home Runs AL + NL, HR Streaks (2 Active) + Multi HR Games:

Heading into play last Thursday night, fantasy players and everyone surrounding the Mariners was wondering what had happened to 3B Kyle Seager.  He has nailed 5 HRs in his last 4 games, and is now hitting for a .798 OPS - with 13 RBI in 79 AB on the young season.  The last 2 years, Seager has hit 20 and 22 HRs respectively - and been the only player on the squad to have decent RBI totals.

Heading into play last Thursday night, fantasy players and everyone surrounding the Mariners was wondering what had happened to 3B Kyle Seager? He has since nailed 5 HRs in his last 4 games, and is now hitting for a .798 OPS – with 13 RBI in 79 AB on the young season. The last 2 years, Seager has hit 20 and 22 HRs respectively – and been the only player on the squad to have decent RBI totals.

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With only 6 games being played last night, there were not too many HRs hit for the contests.

This has left the MLB with 2 current players with HR streaks. 

Those players both have clubbed HRs in back to back games, and they are Giants SS Brandon Hicks and Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager, who hit 3 HRs over the Saturday and Sunday games – and has 5 Tater-Trots in the last 4 games.

Seager had exactly zero Home Runs, before squaring 2 baseballs up last Thursday at home versus the Houston Astros, He was blanked by the Rangers on Friday, before doing yard work on Saturday.

Sunday saw the man have his 2n 2 HR game out of 4 contests. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 29, 2014

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USATSI

The Brewers and Cardinals played the game of the night and any Yankee fan who wants to boo Robinson Cano is a fool.

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Troy TulowitzkiMike Trout, Sonny Gray, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Santana and Matt Holliday all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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MLB Shutout Survivor 2014: Texas Were Shutout Last Night, Leaving COL + LAA Left

Tulowitzki nearly has an OPS of 1.200 - and has seen his club go 15 - 12 to start the 2014 season.  They along with the Angeles, are the only two teams remaining this year to be blanked.  Justin Morneau also clubbed a HR in yesterday's game - giving him 6 HRs (like Tulo) but the big 1B has a 1 RBI lead (21 - 20).  Tulowitzki had 2 Doubles and 2 Walks to add to his perfect evening Wed,

Tulowitzki nearly has an OPS of 1.200 – and has seen his club go 15 – 12 to start the 2014 season. They along with the Angeles, are the only two teams remaining this year to be blanked. Justin Morneau also clubbed a HR in yesterday’s game – giving him 6 HRs (like Tulo) but the big 1B has a 1 RBI lead (21 – 20). Tulowitzki had 2 Doubles and 2 Walks to add to his perfect evening Wed,

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It is quite surprising that the Rangers held out this long when you consider the power outage from Prince Fielder – couples with injuries to Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo, but they were blanked for the 1st time last night in the 2014 Season.

Sonny Gray of the Oakland A’s threw a Complete Game Shutout against them, and Yu Darvish so his lifetime record fall to 1 – 7, with a 5.23 ERA versus the Bay Area franchise.

The Rangers have scored 1 run on multiple occasions this year, but had yet to be bageled.

The Angels beat the Indians last evening, by scoring 8 runs.  They have not been blanked.  The Rockies also used a HR barrage to knock off the SF Giants, and run their streak of not having zero runs in the year yet. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.28) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

Tulowitzki nearly has an OPS of 1.200 - and has seen his club go 15 - 12 to start the 2014 season.  They along with the Angeles, are the only two teams remaining this year to be blanked.  Justin Morneau also clubbed a HR in yesterday's game - giving him 6 HRs (like Tulo) but the big 1B has a 1 RBI lead (21 - 20).  Tulowitzki had 2 Doubles and 2 Walks to add to his perfect evening Wed,

Tulowitzki nearly has an OPS of 1.200 – and has seen his club go 15 – 12 to start the 2014 season. They along with the Angeles, are the only two teams remaining this year to be blanked. Justin Morneau also clubbed a HR in yesterday’s game – giving him 6 HRs (like Tulo) but the big 1B has a 1 RBI lead (21 – 20). Tulowitzki still had the better night, adding  2 Doubles and 2 Walks to add to his perfect evening Wed,

Troy Tulowitzki got on base 5 times, hit a pair of doubles and a homer and drove in 3 runs as the Rockies topped the spiraling Diamondbacks, 8-5.

Mike Trout went 2-4 with a triple and drove in the go ahead run in the 8th as the Angels came from behind to beat the Indians, 6-3.

Sonny Gray threw a complete game 3 hit shutout of the Rangers in Arlington, putting the A’s back in first place with a 4-0 win.

Yovani Gallardo was not dominant but kept the Cardinals from rallying. His 6 inning, 3 run performance set up the Brewers extra inning 5-3 victory.

They owned baseball on April.28, 2014.

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Defending Our MLB Power Rankings + What Is Strength Of Schedule?

Here at the MLB Reports we don't pull punches.  Earlier this week, our chief writer, Hunter Stokes worked his ass off to give a great rankings post for all 30 MLB teams.  You want to debate us on the some of the clubs we choose to place in a standing then fine, but don't say this website slacks off - or doesn't invest their time for each piece.  We eat, live and breathe baseball.  We tell it like it is - no holds barred.  Just to provide more clarity, I decided to write this ditty about how we come up with ratings on a weekly basis.  I fully urge every other sports entity to at least offer that much to do their readers.  This way, at least you know how these rankings came to be, and not just flung them out there.

Here at the MLB Reports we don’t pull punches. Earlier this week, our chief writer, Hunter Stokes worked his ass off to give a great rankings post for all 30 MLB teams. You want to debate us on the some of the clubs we choose to place in a standing then fine, but don’t say this website slacks off – or doesn’t invest their time for each piece. We eat, live and breathe baseball. We tell it like it is – no holds barred. Just to provide more clarity, I decided to write this ditty about how we come up with ratings on a weekly basis. I fully urge every other sports entity to at least offer that much to do their readers. This way, you know how these rankings came to be, and not it wasn’t just us flinging them out there.

I have come on to write an article fresh after talking all morning with people on twitter that have criticized our Rankings system.  Then it occurred to me, a lot of the other main baseball websites do a different rankings system for their ratings.

I love ESPN and their baseball coverage, but seriously the Brewers and Braves don’t deserve to be #1 and #2 respectively in the latest week report.

I wish the website would define how they write their rankings.  Is it how teams are playing?  Maybe I could see that, but there should be a better definition in describing how their system is derived.

At the MLB Reports, there is no confusion at all.  We base our 1 – 30 listings on how the teams rate in terms of the World Series – and if that particular squad has the talent to win the “Fall Classic” for the 2014 campaign. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 28, 2014

New York Times - FEBRUARY 6, 1933

New York Times – FEBRUARY 6, 1933

The public outcry over Donald Sterling and his racist rants shows that we are improving as a society.

It wasn’t long ago that an owner like that would have been accepted… or in the case of Tom Yawkey, honored.

I crap all over Tom Yawkey and wish my brother a happy birthday on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

Justin Upton, A.J. Pierzynski, Tanner Roark, Phil Hughes, A.J. Pollock, Jeremy Guthrie and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.27) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

 

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

 

Kyle Seager had yet another multi homer game. He drove in 4 runs, including a 3 run, come from behind, 8th inning shot that gave the Mariners a stunning 6-5 win over the Rangers.

Starlin Castro went 3-4 with a pair of homers, leading the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the high flying Milwaukee Brewers.

Collin McHugh pitched into the 9th, going 8 2/3 innings, letting up just 2 hits and 3 walks, getting the win as the Astros beat Oakland, 5-1.

Dillon Gee pitched 8 three hit innings, getting the 4-0 decision for the Mets over the Marlins.

They owned baseball on April.27, 2014.

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MLB Reports “Junior Reporter” Haley Smilow Interviews Rickie Weeks!

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Haley Smilow is at it again.  This time Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks was on the other end of her questions.

Our Junior Reporter has now interviewed several players in the MLB over the last 2 years.  Not only that, Haley and her family have been on an epic journey to view all 30 MLB Parks.

This interview was at Miller Park.  Home of the Brewers, the sausage race and the 1st place team in the Majors currently. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports “Junior Reporter” Haley Smilow Interviews David Price!

In 2012,  the 28 Year Old, was 20 - 5, with a 2.56 ERA.  Price led the AL in Wins, Win% and ERA.  2013 wasn't as kind to the LHP.  He still managed a 3.34 ERA based off a 10 - 8 year.  Price was awarded a 1 YR/$14 MIL deal.  While the team may have wanted to trade him, they will do so at a point of higher value than what has been offered.  Price will become a Free Agent regardless following the 2015 campaign.

In 2012, the 28 Year Old, was 20 – 5, with a 2.56 ERA. Price led the AL in Wins, Win% and ERA. 2013 wasn’t as kind to the LHP. He still managed a 3.34 ERA based off a 10 – 8 year. Price was awarded a 1 YR/$14 MIL deal. While the team may have wanted to trade him, they will do so at a point of higher value than what has been offered. Price will become a Free Agent regardless following the 2015 campaign.  He is the best pitcher on the Rays, and is a #1 ace in the league.  Price has a career record of 74 – 41 (.643) with an incredible 3.26 ERA pitching for a club that resides in the AL East.

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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan.  She was able to interview 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price  at Tropicana Field recently

Not only was he a bonafide #1 pitcher in the league, he is a great guy.

Haley was able to take David’s mind off of the usual questions he is asked, and it turned out to be a great interview. Read the rest of this entry

30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 5 – Apr. 2014

The Astros have helped pad the stats for teams like the A's, Rangers and Angels offenses and Run Differentials so far,  Having this cupcake team will definitely help your playoff chances with the weighted divisional play.

The Astros have helped pad the stats for teams like the A’s, Rangers and Angels offenses and Run Differentials so far in 2014, Having this cupcake team will definitely help your playoff chances with the weighted divisional play.  I will be amazed if they finish out of last in the American League this year, and maybe only the Chicago Cubs will challenge them for the 1st overall pick again for the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.

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We are now at the 13 – 14% pole of the MLB year.  Parity is reigning supreme on the standings.

For the record, while I love the Milwaukee start, they are just too many variables for them to keep up this pace.

Don’t get me wrong, i think this team is capable of making the playoffs, winning 90 games, but it could be eliminated as fast as they have compiled this record.

Ryan Braun’s thumb could require surgery. Ramirez’s knee’s could fail him.

Considering last night’s situation with Braun and Gomez, that could alter the playing field for the NL.

The suspension laid down for the brawl with the Pirates could also sway some momentum.  Good on Milwaukee for starting 18 – 6.  I just think the Cards will track them down in the next 138 games. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 27, 2014

New York Post

New York Post

It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

While most stadiums see the wrecking ball or dynamite, there have been some ballparks that have found new life after their teams left.

Justin Upton, A.J. Pierzynski, Tanner Roark, Phil Hughes, A.J. Pollock, Jeremy Guthrie and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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2014′s Top 5 HRs AL + NL, HR Streaks (4 Active) + Multi HR Games: Adrian Gonzalez Streaking Again

On a team that has desperately be in need of offense - due to early season woes from Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, A - Gon has delivered the goods.  Yesterday, he hit a HR for the 3rd straight game, and today he has a chance to match the 4 HR streak he already put up earlier in the Month.  The Dodgers 1B is showing signs of his early career power prowess.  He is currently 3 Slashing .309/.362/.639 - with 8 HRs and 22 RBI in his 1st 18 Games Played.  LA has managed to stick in the NL West race, with a 14 -11 clip thus far, I can't imagine where they would be with such a hot start from Gonzalez.

On a team that has desperately be in need of offense – due to early season woes from Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, A – Gon has delivered the goods. Yesterday, he hit a HR for the 3rd straight game, and today he has a chance to match the 4 HR streak he already put up earlier in the Month. The Dodgers 1B is showing signs of his early career power prowess. He is currently 3 Slashing .309/.362/.639 – with 8 HRs and 22 RBI in his 1st 18 Games Played. LA has managed to stick in the NL West race, with a 14 -11 clip thus far, I can’t imagine where they would be with such a hot start from Gonzalez.

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Early season power surges are quite common the MLB.  I mean everyone remember Chris Shelton jumping out of the box with 9 HRs, and also remember Tuffy Rhodes clubbing 3 HRs on Opening Day one year against Dwight Gooden.

The key is parlaying a fast start into some sustainable durability.

Brandon Belt, Brian Dozier are unlikely HR leaders right now, and a lot of people must wonder if Jose Abreu can keep up this kind of pace.

Bautista, Trumbo, Pujols and Stanton had to be penciled in for a lot of HR leaders by experts, fantasy players and scouts alike.

Josh Donaldson has also turned it an, clubbing 7 HRs in the last 15 calendar days, and is looking more like the player that finished 4th in AL MVP balloting.

I still think we will see Miguel Cabera and Prince Fielder enter this race at some point once their bats heat up.  Read the rest of this entry

Runs Survivor Through Games Played Apr.26: MIN, TOR + TB Join The 11/11 Club (5 Overall Completed)

The Rays were the 1st AL club to finish all different run variations from 0 - 10 (or 10+) Runs.  They managed to do this in a loss on Friday, when Grant Balfour gave up their 6 - 4 lead, which resulted in a 9 - 6 loss to the White Sox.  Tampa Bay is currently tied for 4th place for the AL East, with Toronto, 3 games behind the New York Yankees.  Subsequently, the Canadian Franchise also totaled off their 6 run game total - to finish their 11 alternative game totals on Saturday.  That was also a loss, and the Jays have dropped 3 games in a row - including their 1st 2 games in a series to the Red Sox.

The Rays were the 1st AL club to finish all different run variations from 0 – 10 (or 10+) Runs. They managed to do this in a loss on Friday, when Grant Balfour gave up their 6 – 4 lead, which resulted in a 9 – 6 loss to the White Sox. Tampa Bay is currently tied for 4th place for the AL East, with Toronto, 3 games behind the New York Yankees. Subsequently, the Canadian Franchise also totaled off their 6 run game total – to finish their 11 alternative game totals on Saturday. That was also a loss, and the Jays have dropped 3 games in a row – including their 1st 2 games in a series to the Red Sox.

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This should turn out to be quite fun.  A lot of gambling establishments have this sort of deal, and it will be fun to see the results.

What Runs Survivor is, a MLB team scoring 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 or (10+) in different games throughout the course of the season.

Once a club has one of these run totals once, you cross it off and keep going until they complete the 11 different variations.  We are going to keep tracking this category – until all 30 MLB clubs are finished this season!

The Tampa Bay Rays were the 1st AL team (3rd overall squad)  to complete this mission on Friday, when they suffered a 9 – 6 Loss to the Chicago White Sox.  Minnesota and Toronto also completed their 11 variations.

Like Tampa, the Jays finished off their 11 variations, with 6 runs scored for a game.  Ironically enough, they lost the game as well.  The Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5 – 3 Saturday, finishing off their 5 run scored game.  Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.26) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

AP Photo/David Goldman

AP Photo/David Goldman

Justin Upton got on base 4 times, stole a base and hit a key homer as the Braves topped the Reds, 4-1..

A.J. Pierzynski clobbered a come from behind grand slam that helped turn around the Red Sox 7-6 win in Toronto.

Tanner Roark threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 8 and walking one, leading the Nationals to a 4-0 topping of the Padres.

Phil Hughes was terrific over 7 innings, letting up 4 hits, 1 earned run and no walks. He got the decision in the Twins’ 5-3 win over the Tigers.

They owned baseball on April.26, 2014.

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MLB Schedule – May 2014

MLB Schedule May 2014

ALL TIMES IN EASTERN

May 2014

Thursday May.01/2014 (7 Games)

1.  Braves @ Marlins 7:10

2.  Brewers @ Reds 7:10

3.  Mets @ Rockies 8:40

4.  Mariners @ Yankees 7:05

5.  Rays @ Red Sox 7:10

6.  Blue Jays @ Royals 8:10

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 26, 2014

Michael Perez - AP

Michael Perez – AP

The Milwaukee Brewers have the best record in baseball. And with Carlos Gomez, Matt Garza, Ryan Braun and Francisco Rodriguez doing well, they have some of the hardest players to root for in the game.

In a strange way, that could be their appeal!

I explain why on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Carlos Gomez, Jose Abreu, Yordano Ventura, Stephen Strasburg, Jason Kubel, Joey Votto and Josh Beckett all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.25) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune

Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune

Jose Abreu got three hits including a pair of homers. The second was a 2 out, bottom of the 9th, come from behind, walk off grand slam. Safe to say that was the highlight of the White Sox’s 9-6 win over the Rays.

Yordano Ventura pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out 8, and getting the 5-0 win for the Royals in Baltimore.

Carlos Gomez went 3-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored, leading the Brewers to a 5-2 win over the Cubs.

Stephen Strasburg pitched seven dominating shutout innings. He struck out 11 Padres, walking just 2 and got the 11-1 victory for the Nationals.

They owned baseball on April.25, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 25, 2014

Photo by Chris Lee - St. Louis Post Dispatch

Photo by Chris Lee – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Adam Wainwright continues being a dominating pitcher. How many more years does he have to be an elite pitcher to start thinking of him as a Hall of Fame pitcher?

How much does closing out the 2006 World Series add to his lore?

How much does missing the 2011 Series take away from it?

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Donaldson, Carlos Ruiz, Corey Kluber, Bartolo Colon, Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon Cumpton and Dayan Viciedo all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB Divisions Currently: Cincinnati Is the Best Odd Value On The Board

This website told everyone a few weeks ago not to worry about the "Nati.  They were victims of some 1 run losses - and untimely slumps.  Heading into play today, the team has squared its record at 11 - 11, after starting the year 3 - 8.  Hamilton is hitting, Votto has thrived in the #2 slot, and Bruce and Phillips will break out eventually.  Cueto and Cingrani have looked great.  For this team, who trails the Cards by just 0.5 GB, to have a +750 odd to win the NL Central is a steal - and the best bet on the board this week.  The Reds do trail the Brewers by 5 games, however when you read the oddsmakers, they are still heavily favoring the Cards to win the division.

This website told everyone a few weeks ago not to worry about the “Nati. They were victims of some 1 run losses – and untimely slumps. Heading into play today, the team has squared its record at 11 – 11, after starting the year 3 – 8. Hamilton is hitting, Votto has thrived in the #2 slot, and Bruce and Phillips will break out eventually. Cueto and Cingrani have looked great. For this team, who trails the Cards by just 0.5 GB, to have a +750 odd to win the NL Central is a steal – and the best bet on the board this week. The Reds do trail the Brewers by 5 games, however when you read the oddsmakers, they are still heavily favoring the Cards to win the division.

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After about 13% of the schedule now gone in the MLB, the parity in the AL is crazy.  Only the Mariners and Astros have failed to register 10 wins apiece yet.

Most of the teams in the NL are still alive for everything – all but they DBacks and Cubs.

I am not sure the Marlins will stick around for a long time either, but they have ridden a great home record to be right at near .500.

The Tigers have significant holes at SS, and the Bullpen has been shaky, opening up the door to the rest of the division so far.

The Dodgers have been stymied by lackluster play from their superstars – and are still awaiting Clayton Kershaw’s arrival.

For each division I have highlighted the best odd for the team out of the 5.  Again, this doesn’t mean I like them to win the division, it means I like the value. Read the rest of this entry

Week 5 MLB Schedule For The 2014 Season

ALL TIMES IN EASTERN

Week 5

Monday April.28/2014 (7 Games)

1.  Cubs @ Reds 7:10

2.  Indians @ Angels 10:05

3.  Rockies @ D-backs 9:40

4.  Brewers @ Cardinals 8:15

5.  Athletics @ Rangers 8:05

6.  Padres @ Giants 10:15

7.  Rays @ White Sox 7:10

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Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.24) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Carlos Ruiz got on base 5 times, scored twice, hit two doubles including one that drove in 2 runs and broke a 9th inning tie. The Phillies would top the Dodgers 7-3.

Josh Donaldson got on 5 times, clubbed 2 homers and hit another double, driving in 4 and scoring 3 as the A’s rolled 10-1 in Houston.

Bartolo Colon was excellent against the Cardinals. He pitched 7 strong innings, letting up just 1 run, 4 hits and walked none while striking out 8. He got the 4-1 win for the Mets.

Corey Kluber pitched his first complete game against the Royals. He went the full nine, giving up just 4 hits, 1 unearned run, 11 strikeouts and walking none, earning the 5-1 win for the Indians.

They owned baseball on April.24, 2014.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 24, 2014

(Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

(Photo by Anthony J. Causi)

Why don’t I record my podcasts ahead of time?

Because you will never know when a Yankee pitcher smeared pine tar on his neck!

Also, the Cubs snub Sammy Sosa and I am not cool with that.

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Kyle Seager, Martin Perez, Hector Sanchez, Zack Greinke, Desmond Jennings, Sonny Gray, Matt Carpenter and Jeff Samardzija all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

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Baltimore Orioles Early Season Grades

Baltimore Orioles

By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports Writer)  

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As the first full month of the season reaches its final week, the Orioles need to get away from the .500 baseball they have been playing in order to make a push towards the 2014 postseason. 

Of course, the season is still very young, as there are about 140 games left to play.

The O’s got an early taste of the competitive AL East Division, as six of their first seven series were against division rivals, including two series verse the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. 

As we are about 1/8th through the season, I decided to grade the Orioles up to this point of the season, looking for ways for them to improve. Read the rest of this entry

2014′s Top 5 HRs AL + NL, HR Streaks (4 Active) + Multi HR Games: Breakouts For Colabello + Abreu

Chris Colabello is the most unlikely early RBI leader in the AL, with 26 knocked in during his 1st 20 Games Played this year.  While he is leading the AL in Doubles with 9, he has now added HRs in back to back games.  The Team Italy player for the last WBC tournament has been hitting in the middle of the lineup for the 10 - 10 Minnesota Twins.  The RHB originally from Framington, MA came into the 2013 season with just 160 AB last year (his rookie campaign in the MLB).  So far in 2014, he has 3 Slashed .346/.386/.577 - and has played 1B/RF and DH.

Chris Colabello is the most unlikely early RBI leader in the AL, with 26 knocked in during his 1st 20 Games Played this year. While he is leading the AL in Doubles with 9, he has now added HRs in back to back games. The Team Italy player for the last WBC tournament has been hitting in the middle of the lineup for the 10 – 10 Minnesota Twins. The RHB originally from Framington, MA came into the 2013 season with just 160 AB last year (his rookie campaign in the MLB). So far in 2014, he has 3 Slashed .346/.386/.577 – and has played 1B/RF and DH.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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It was a great night for Tater Trot’s yesterday.  The Giants had teammates crack 2 HRs each in Morse and Sanchez, while Blackmon extended his consecutive HR games streak to 3, and Tulowitzki clubbed a big fly for the 2nd straight contest.

2 men (McCutchen and Blackmon enter play today with 3 games straight with a HR.  The 2013 NL MVP will try to extend his mark versus Tony Cingrani of the Reds in a Thursday afternoon game at PNC Park – while Blackmon will travel to LA – trying to extend his streak versus Josh Beckett tomorrow night.

Kyle Seager, of the Mariners, and Hector Santiago of the Giants, hit their 1st 2 HRs of the year, in Multi HR efforts Wednesday.

Mike Morse and Nelson Cruz continued to pad their early starts towards 2015 Free Agency, also with 2 HR games yesterday. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (April.23) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

Photo: Ben Margot, AP

Photo: Ben Margot, AP

Martin Perez threw a complete game, 3 hit shutout in Oakland. The 3-0 victory propelled the Rangers into first place by themselves.

Kyle Seager launched a pair of homers, driving in all 5 Seattle runs, including a 3 run bottom of the ninth come from behind walk off homer to give the Mariners a 5-3 win over Houston.

Zack Greinke pitched 7 strong innings, letting up just 5 hits, 2 earned runs and walking 1 while striking out 11. He improved to 4-0 for the Dodgers with the 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Hector Sanchez hit two homers including an 11th inning grand slam, collecting 5 RBI in all and propelling the Giants to a 12-10 win over the Rockies.

They owned baseball on April.23, 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.

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series – Updated For Week 4

Wrigley Field is about the best all natural ballpark experience out of all of the 30 teams in the MLB - however the attendance has started to sag with the recent play of the franchise.  Wrigley Field has seen a decline in fans attended every year since 2008, down from 3.3 Million fans in 2008, to 2.65 Million people in 2013 (only good for 7th out of 15 NL Teams).  Today's 100th birthday of the field should be the best game of the year at Addison and Clark.

Wrigley Field is about the best all natural ballpark experience out of all of the 30 teams in the MLB – however the attendance has started to sag with the recent play of the franchise. Wrigley Field has seen a decline in fans attended every year since 2008, down from 3.3 Million fans in 2008, to 2.65 Million people in 2013 (only good for 7th out of 15 NL Teams). Today’s 100th birthday of the field should be the best game of the year at Addison and Clark.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Odds To Win The 2014 World Series

1.  LA Dodgers +600

2.  Detroit Tigers +700

T3.  Washington Nationals +900 (Down from +700)

They have only really beat the Marlins all year, haven’t fared well against the great clubs,

T3. St. Louis Cardinals +900 (Down From +850)

Surprising a little they have come down a little, still will be able to catch Milwaukee.  Poor start for Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta should correct itself.

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