Daily Archives: April 27, 2014

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.

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

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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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