Daily Archives: September 2, 2016
Who Owned Baseball September 2, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings
Jon Lester took a no hitter into the 7th and went the distance, allowing 3 hits and 1 run over 9 to seal the 2-1 Cubs victory over San Francisco.
Carlos Carrasco pitched into the 8th, allowing no runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out 11 Miami batters and earning the 6-2 decision for Cleveland.
Matt Kemp went 3 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBI to spark the Braves 8-4 final over the Phillies.
Miguel Cabrera collected 3 hits and drove in 4, including a 2 run come from behind single in the 9th inning to give the Tigers a wild 7-6 win over Kansas City.
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P- Tanner Roark (vs. New York Mets): $9,100. Roark has thrown seven or more scoreless innings in eight starts this season, which is the most in Major League Baseball. Over his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record, 3.44 ERA, and 12 strikeouts. In 80 career at bats against the Roark, the Mets’ offense is batting .187, with a .261 OBP, and a .258 slugging percentage.
P- Ivan Nova (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $8,900. Nova is coming off a start in which he dominated the Brewers. Well, guess who he is pitching against on Saturday? You got it, the Brewers. He went six innings, giving up three hits, and only one run. In his five starts with the Pirates, he has a 4-0 record, 2.87 ERA, and 22 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is one of baseball’s best all-around players. Despite that, he doesn’t get nearly as much airtime as some other superstars.
Why is that? Well, Denver isn’t exactly a huge media market when compared to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Playing for a team that can’t get over .500 doesn’t help, either (Mike Trout has been able to buck that trend a little bit, but he’s a special case).
Arenado’s fielding ability has always been there – he’s won a Gold Glove each year since debuting for Colorado in 2013 – and he’s had a good bat, but he went into another stratosphere during the 2015 season. As a 24-year-old, he slashed .287/.323/.575 while leading the National League in both home runs (42) and RBI (130) over 616 at-bats.
With about a month left in 2016, his numbers are sitting just about where they were a year ago. Through 506 at-bats, he’s slashing a healthy .294/.365/.583 while leading the National League in homers (36) and RBI (115).
More or less, 2016 looks a heck of a lot like 2015 did. He went to the All-Star game for the second consecutive year; he’ll also be in the running for another Gold Glove as well as a Silver Slugger. What’s interesting is digging a little deeper into his numbers and seeing that he arrived at very similar results in a slightly different way.
As sad as it is to consider, this is it. The final month of Regular Season Baseball. For most teams, the final month of baseball, period. (Until next spring of course, and yes, I’m already excited for that.)
But! Before we get ahead of ourselves and get all worked up about seeing Gary Sanchez cranking balls into the Tampa sunset, let’s take a look at where we stand now. Which teams are pretty well Locked in for the postseason? Which are right on the cusp of an unexpected run? Which need to get their act together? And which are praying for the merciful arrival of October 2nd?
Let’s take a look:
Group 1: The Top Tier
There is a big drop off between the Cubs and everyone else, with Chicago cruising toward a divisional crown, having somehow lived up to the crazy hype from last February. At this point, they are basically running out the clock until games that count.
Texas and Washington are pretty secure division leaders themselves. DC isn’t playing the greatest baseball headed into the stretch run, but both are definitely better than any other team in their divisions, and should rightly be turning attention to the postseason soon. (For Nationals fans, the process of steeling for the inevitable first round exit is already underway.)
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Labor Day weekend is upon us. A few sweeps this weekend could put the baseball world on its head.
Meanwhile the Giants are somehow as bad the second half as they were good the first half.
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