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Who Owned Baseball May 6, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Aaron Hicks got 4 hits, including a homer, driving in 3, scoring 3 and stole a base as the Yankees beat the champion Cubs 11-6.

Jake Odorizzi struck out 6 Blue Jays and allowed 3 hits and 1 run over 7 to get the 6-1 victory for the Rays.

Cody Bellinger got on base 3 times, homered, stole a base and drove in 5 to help the Dodgers clobber the Padres, 10-2.

Gerrit Cole held the Brewers to 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 in 7 innings. He did not get the win but did set up the Pirates 2-1 win.

They all owned baseball on May 6, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball May 4, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Keon Broxton went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI to help Milwaukee beat St. Louis, 5-4.

Max Scherzer dominated his former team, striking out 11 Diamondbacks over 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run to earn the 4-2 decision for Washington.

Seth Smith reached base 5 times, driving in 2, scoring twice and stealing a base to lead the Orioles past the Red Sox, 8-3.

Matt Andriese threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 Marlins to get the 5-1 win for Tampa Bay.

They all owned baseball on May 4, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball September 9, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mark Teixeira reached base 4 times, including a grand slam, as the red hot Yankees continued their playoff push by holding on to a 7-5 rain soaked final over Tampa Bay.

Hunter Pence reached base 5 times, including 2 doubles, and scored 4 runs and made a few key defensive plays to help the Giants take a 7-6 nail biter against Arizona.

Yu Darvish pitched into the 7th, finishing with 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run while fanning 9 Angels. He did not get the win, but the Rangers pulled it out, 2-1.

Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Dodgers over 7 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, earning the 4-1 decision for Miami.

They all owned baseball on September 9, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/28/16

P- Cole Hamels (vs. Kansas City Royals): $9,900. Hamels is coming off a successful start against the Royals his last time out. He threw 5.1 innings, giving up only one unearned run. He has won both his starts since the all-star break, giving up only two runs in 13.1 innings pitched.

P- Tyler Anderson (vs. New York Mets): $7,700. Anderson is facing an offense who has struggled all season long. Over the last seven days, the Mets are ranked 28th in OPS and 29th in runs scored. Over Anderson’s last eight starts, he has given up no more than three runs in seven of those starts. He has also walked two or fewer batters in those starts, which is great for daily fantasy.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/21/16

P – Adam Wainwright (vs. San Diego Padres): $10,400. First of all, Thursday’s slate is brutal for pitching match-ups because there are only nine games. With that said, Wainwright is by far the hottest pitcher taking the mound. Over his last three starts, he owns a 0.39 ERA, 3-0 record, and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. In his last start, he shutout the Marlins while only giving up three hits. In his first start against the Padres this season, he went six innings and gave up three earned runs.

P – Matt Moore (vs. Oakland A’s): $7,600. The Athletics have been very mediocre against left-handed pitcher this season (.737 OPS), so Moore should have an advantage. Moore’s strikeout numbers have been down over his last three starts, but he has gone very deep into game recently to make up for the lack of K’s. During his last start, Moore threw eight innings against the Orioles.

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

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Kris Bryant went 5 for 5 with 3 homers, driving in 6 and scoring 4 to lead the Cubs in a wild 11-8 slugfest in Cincinnati.

Jon Gray struck out 8 Blue Jays over 7 innings, walking none and worked around a pair of homers to get the 9-5 victory for Colorado.

Nick Franklin singled, doubled and homered, driving in 5 runs as the Rays snapped their losing streak, 13-7 over Boston.

Danny Duffy pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs, walking none and struck out 8 Cardinals batters to earn the 6-2 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on June 27, 2016.

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

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Tyler Duffey did not allow a hit until the 6th and finished with 8 innings, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run as the Twins clobbered the Yankees, 7-1.

Jose Fernandez struck out 13 Cubs and allowed just 4 hits and 1 run to earn the 6-1 decision for the red hot Marlins.

Lonnie Chisenhall collected 9 total bases with his 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI as the Indians continued to roll, 9-3, in Detroit.

Freddie Freeman reached base 4 times, including a homer and a pair of runs scored in the Braves 5-2 victory over the Mets.

They all owned baseball on June 26, 2016.

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

 

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Cole Hamels struck out 11 Astros over 8 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 1 run and earned the decision in the Rangers 9-2 blow out.

David Ortiz reached base 5 times, including 2 doubles and a homer, driving in 3 and helping the Red Sox top Cleveland, 5-2. If not for a strange hop in centerfield, he would have had the cycle.

Madison Bumgarner not only threw 7 2/3 innings of 3 hit shutout ball, but he drove in the only run of the game in the Giants 1-0 thriller against the Cubs.

Cameron Rupp went 3 for 4 with a homer in Philadelphia’s 5-0 victory over Atlanta.

They all owned baseball on May 22, 2016.

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Philadelphia Phillies Payroll In 2016 + Contracts Going Forward

The Phillies have not had a winning season since 2011 after putting forth a decade straight of them. A promising second half to the season - couple with full seasons by Aaron Nola and Maikel Franco could have them inch closer back to achieving that mark in the next few years. The management finally started the rebuild halfway through the year - and the financial flexibility in going forward should really be shaped up in a few more years. Philadelphia has $110 MIL in approximate Team Salary already committed for next year. I would keep the course and build through the Draft. Spending money on any premiere Free Agents is a little premature right now. In addition, the club could really trade away anything not nailed down.

The Phillies have not had a winning season since 2011 after putting forth a decade straight of them. A promising second half to the season – couple with full seasons by Aaron Nola and Maikel Franco could have them inch closer back to achieving that mark in the next few years. The management finally started the rebuild halfway through the year – and the financial flexibility in going forward should really be shaped up in a few more years. Philadelphia has $110 MIL in approximate Team Salary already committed for next year. I would keep the course and build through the Draft. Spending money on any premiere Free Agents is a little premature right now. In addition, the club could really trade away anything not nailed down for 2017.

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The Philadelphia should have a payroll of near $110 MIL after Arbitration dollars are handed out next year.  Of that money, Ryan Howard and 3 players (Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley) rake in $49 MIL of the salary on players that no longer play on the club, or in Howard’s case – are very unproductive.

I love the deals the franchise has made since the Trade Deadline – and even loved some of the Veterans they have picked up for the coming year like Charlie Morton and Jeremy Hellickson.

Between the half a dozen Starters or so they have acquired through trades, and their nice young Starter in Aaron Nola, they now have a promising future in the Rotation.

Mark Appel was also acquired in the Ken Giles trade.  This is a #1 overall pick who may just need some more seasoning in the Minors.

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The Philadelphia Phillies Prospects + Organizational Depth Charts For All Affiliates – 2014 (MLB + MiLB)

Among Amaro's staff of scouts and underlings, there must be some level of discomfort because no group of baseball men this large who evaluate talent for a living can make that many mistakes on a professional level. Unless, of course, these men are afraid to go against Amaro's will. If that's the case, it will be up to Phillies President and team ownership to hear that the citizens of Philadelphia have already figured out that the emperor has no clothes. It's time for Amaro to go.  It won't happen soon enough, and with Montgomery's latest proclamation, this club will set themselves back for a few more years by not selling off some players in a futile season.

Among Amaro’s staff of scouts and underlings, there must be some level of discomfort because no group of baseball men this large who evaluate talent for a living can make that many mistakes on a professional level. Unless, of course, these men are afraid to go against Amaro’s will. If that’s the case, it will be up to Phillies President and team ownership to hear that the citizens of Philadelphia have already figured out that the emperor has no clothes. It’s time for Amaro to go. It won’t happen soon enough, and with Montgomery’s latest proclamation, this club will set themselves back for a few more years by not selling off some players in a futile season.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth Chart + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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TRADE DEADLINE CHAT/Build your system by trading veterans and regroup for 2015.

I have a newsflash for David Montomery (President, part -owner of the Phillies), your fanbase already hates the team right now, and it is not like you won’t spend money on the club in 2015.

The Boston Red Sox were smart enough to realize that 2012 was a lost season.  Instead of riding it out, they made huge changes to the roster.

Deals that led to numerous Free Agent signings in that winter, that helped them win the 2013 World Series..

A lot of the trades they did were based on the team dumping payroll, becoming younger, and also not having lengthy contracts plaguing their franchises for many years to come.

The “Phigtins” are 8.5 Games the NL East leading Braves, and 8 behind the playoff bar, but here is the problem…. Read the rest of this entry

The Philadelphia Phillies Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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The Phillies slide down the NL East Standings all started at the end of the 2011 NLCS.  Gruesomely, Ryan Howard pulverized his ankle running down to 1st, and the team has not been right since.

A late charge in 2012 preserved a 81 – 81 record – to extend a decade of .500 or better baseball, however 2013 held a cruel fate of a 73 – 89 final mark.

Injuries to ‘now retired’ Roy Halladay and Howard helped plague the team to its first losing season in 11 years.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and the brass steadfastly approach this season like every other campaign in the last few years, “we will be better in 2014, and still have enough to compete.” Read the rest of this entry

The Philadelphia Phillies Players In All Organizational Affiliates, Prospects + Depth Charts (MLB + MiLB) Fall 2013

The club was one of the premiere franchises from 2007 - 2011, with 5 straight NL East Titles, 2 World Series Appearances, and taking home the big prize in 2008.  The Phightins have been battling old age, the injury bug, plus the management not knowing whether to pull the plug on the core talent of this squad - or to give it one more go at it.  Charlie Manuel was finally the fall guy last month when he was let go from his managerial duties.  Ryne Sandberg has the team playing better.  Will it be enough for the organization to back him beyond this season.  Will the franchise restock for another kick at the can in 2014?  Here is the players they currently possess in the system.

The club was one of the premiere franchises from 2007 – 2011, with 5 straight NL East Titles, 2 World Series Appearances, and taking home the big prize in 2008. The ‘Phightins’ have been battling old age, the injury bug, plus the management not knowing whether to pull the plug on the core talent of this squad – or to give it one more go at it. Charlie Manuel was finally the fall guy last month when he was let go from his managerial duties. Ryne Sandberg has the team playing better. Will it be enough for the organization to back him beyond this season?  Or maybe  the franchise restocks for another kick at the can in 2014? Here is the players they currently possess in the system.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and welcome Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

The Phillies have posted winning records since 2001.  While the year may be getting away from them in 2013, there are some extremely encouraging signs for the future.’

Ben Revere was excelling at his position at CF and at the plate before he went down with a season ending injury.

The emergence of Domonic Brown in the 1st half, and 1B/OF Darin Ruf, have given the team a cost conscious alternative to combat huge salaries like Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard, that combine to be over $50 in the next 3 years, the latter, has been injured the most of the last 2 seasons.

You add high priced Veterans like Jimmy Rollins, and $22.5 MIL a year Cole Hamels, and you are talking about a lofty payroll for the next several years.

However, the team also extended franchise face Chase Utley, for 2 YRs/$25 – 30 MIL – that should see him possibly retire a Phillie.

The club has played much better since Ryne Sandberg assumed the helm as manager.

The team also has traded several veterans away in the last few years, to accrue Minor League Talent back in return.  Among the departed have been Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Michael Young.

The question going forward is to what this team will do with Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz.  Somehow, I think that Ruben Amaro JR, will find a way to re-sign these two guys for a limited years, and possibly incentive laden contracts this coming winter.

Whatever the case, it should be an interesting ride in Philly the next few years.

For a Full 3 year Salary Outlook plus last years Stats for every player in the Phillies Organization click here.

For the 3 Part Historical Series I did on the  Phillies organization, click here.

Chase Utley Highlights

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Interview with Cameron Rupp: Phillies Catcher Prospect

Sunday January 1, 2012

 
Jonathan Hacohen:  Today on MLB reports we are proud to feature Philadelphia Phillies Prospect:  Cameron Rupp.  Originally drafted by the Pirates in the 43rd round in the 2007 MLB Draft, Jake was later drafted and signed with the Phillies after being taken in the 3rd round in 2010. One of the most dynamic players that we have enjoyed the pleasure of getting to know, Cameron is truly one in a million.  Born and raised in Texas, Cameron chose in 2007 to attend the University of Texas over signing with the Pirates.  After a successful career at Texas, including a trip to the College World Series, Cameron was drafted by one of the best organizations in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies.  Coming up their system, Cameron just competed a full season in A-ball, playing for the Lakewood Blue Claws.  As his twitter description says, Cameron loves “drinkin beers and killin deers.”  A good old-fashioned Texas boy at heart, Cameron loves the game of baseball and is an extremely grounded young man.  For an organization in need of a long-term solution behind the plate, the team has the answer coming up through its system in the form of Cameron Rupp.  The 23-year old Rupp has a bright future ahead, as strong catching prospects are a rare breed in the game today.  Watch out Philadelphia: Cameron Rupp is on his way!

Featured on MLB reports, I proudly present my interview with Cameron Rupp, Catcher Prospect with the Philadelphia Phillies:

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MLB reports:  First question:  Tell us about growing up in Texas- is it all cowboy hats and oil barons?

Cameron Rupp:  Living in Texas is Cowboys and Oil Barons in some parts, and I have had the fortunate opportunity to be around that lifestyle, riding horses, working cattle, etc.  But for the most part it is a normal life, like most kids in a suburb town north of Dallas playing sports and hanging with my friends.

 

MLB reports:  Love your Twitter profile:  “I’m from Texas, drinkin beer and killin deers is my way of life”.  All true?

Cameron Rupp:  A buddy of mind made that for me.  I do enjoy being from Texas. I do enjoy a beer from time to time with my buddies and going deer hunting with my cousins.

 

MLB reports:  You were originally drafted by the Pirates in 2007.  You chose to go to Texas and become a Longhorn.  Easy decision?  What was the process like in deciding on school over pro ball?

Cameron Rupp:  The fact that I was drafted in the 43rd round made it an easy decision and a college education was an important goal for me.  In order for me to have decided on pro baseball out of high school, it would have required a substantial signing bonus and an early round draft pick.  I believe the decision that my family and I made was a very good decision and time has shown that.  I had a terrific career at the University of Texas, which was a life long dream. The chance to play in the College World Series and for a National Championship was awesome and I have a lot of lifelong friends and teammates as a result.

 

MLB reports:  Did you have a favorite player growing up?

Cameron Rupp:  Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez.  He was a catcher and played for the Texas Rangers, my team growing up.  He was successful and played the position the way I wanted to be able to play it.

 

MLB reports:  Which current MLB star do you most admire and why?

Cameron Rupp:  Derek Jeter. He does it right, both on and off the field.

 

MLB reports:  What are your goals going into the 2012 season?

Cameron Rupp:  I want to continue to progress with my skills and become more consistent. I would like to be a better defensive catcher, working on my throwing and working with the pitchers to call a game to their strengths. Offensively I want to hit .300 with some power. I want to continue to move through the organization to my ultimate goal of playing in the big leagues.

 

MLB reports:  You go from a 43rd round pick by the Pirates to a 3rd round pick by the Phillies in 2010.  How did you find out you were drafted?  Big party that night?

Cameron Rupp:  I was playing in the Super Regional that week at the University of Texas. We were practicing the morning of the draft and during practice, the head of baseball operations walked out and told me the Phillies had drafted me in the 3rd round. A number of my teammates were drafted so we celebrated together that evening.

 

MLB reports:  Did you expect to go to the Phillies- did you think you would go as early as the third round?

Cameron Rupp:  Honestly I was hoping to go earlier, as I had talked to many different organizations that had said that was a possibility. But the third round was great. The Phillies were a surprise because I had conversations and interviews with other organizations that seem to show more interest. But I hope I can show the Phillies made a good choice and justify their confidence in me to draft me in the third round.

 

MLB reports:  You start off your career as a Williamsport Crosscutter and then moved to being a Lakewood Blue Claw last season.  Tell us about your first two professional teams.

Cameron Rupp:  Of course there is a transition from college to pro and it took a little time for me to adjust, as I went like 0-15 to begin my pro career.  I think you press a little at the beginning and being an early draft choice, you feel the pressure to perform.

I enjoyed the my first year at Williamsport learning how to play pro ball and hit with wood on a consistent basis.  You begin to learn the routine of going to the ballpark and playing everyday.

The second season in Lakewood was great, adjusting to a full season of 140 plus games and learning to manage the grind. But when you love something as much as I do playing baseball, it’s not too much of grind.

In Lakewood, I started really slow but finish much stronger during the second half of the year.  I need this to carryover into my third year and put together two halves like the second half of last year.

I also enjoyed the people of both Williamsport and Lakewood. The support of the minor league fan is outstanding.

 

MLB reports:  How did you feel going from school to professional baseball?  What was the transition like?

Cameron Rupp:  I was very excited to start a new part of my baseball career.  Playing baseball at UT (University of Texas) was a phenomenal experience. They kind of treated like us like we were in the big leagues, so it was adjustment.  It was nice not to have to worry about school and classes and to just focus on baseball.   As mentioned before, learning to hit with wood, learning the routine of playing everyday, going to the ballpark and staying mentally focused everyday, for every at-bat and pitch.

 

MLB reports:  At what age did you know that you would be a catcher?  Do you see yourself staying behind the plate long-term?

Cameron Rupp:  I began catching at the age of 8 and have caught ever since.  It is a position I have enjoyed, to be so involved in the game, working with the pitcher and being a position of leadership.  I want to stay behind the plate for the majority of my career.  I think I have the skills and the drive to work to do that. If towards the end of my career first base is an option to extend my career, that would be great.

 

MLB reports:  What do you consider your greatest baseball skill(s)?

Cameron Rupp:  I think my best skill is my work ethic and love of the game. I am not sure what is my best skill. I believe that I have a strong-arm and the ability to be a good power hitting catcher.

 

MLB reports:  What facets of your game do you most wish to improve upon?

Cameron Rupp:  Consistency in all phases.  I believe at times we all show big league ability. It’s about doing it over and over again.

 

MLB reports:  If you had to look into a crystal ball, when do you see your expected time of arrival in the big leagues and what do you think you need to do most to get there?

Cameron Rupp:  I wish I could project when my time will come. I hope it is sooner rather than later, but I understand getting to the big leagues is a process of continuing to improve everyday.

I would like to think that I can have an opportunity within the next couple of years.  In order to do that, I probably will need to hit with power more consistently.

 

MLB reports:  Favorite baseball movie of all-time and why?

Cameron Rupp:  Bull Durham, it really was my first exposure to minor league baseball and it is probably pretty close to reality.

Also, The Sandlot is a great baseball movie. It was more of my dad and uncle’s time, but it showed how baseball becomes such an important part of your life, that your friends and can carry through your whole life.

 

MLB reports:  Have you been to Philadelphia yet?  Are you ready for the Philly Phaithfuls?

Cameron Rupp:  I have been to Philly.  Right after the draft I was fortunate to see a game at Citizens Park, meet some of the Phillies and visit with the organization.  It was a great opportunity for me.

I don’t know if the Philly Phaithfuls are ready for me, as I am a big Cowboys fan.

 

MLB reports:  Final Thoughts?

Cameron Rupp:  It has been a lifelong dream to play in the big leagues. I love the game of baseball and have been very fortunate to do the things I have been able to do because of baseball.  The friends I have made, the opportunity to play at Texas, and now to play professional baseball.

With hard work and focus, hopefully I will be able have a long career playing the game that I love.  

Thank you again to Cameron Rupp for taking the time to join us today on MLB reports.  We highly encourage our readers to post at the bottom of the article any questions and/or comments that you may have for Cameron.  You can also  follow Cameron on Twitter (@CameronRupp)

 

Jonathan Hacohen is the Lead Baseball Columnist & Editor for MLB reports:  You can follow Jonathan on Twitter (@JHacohen)

 

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