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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2016

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Evidently I need to explain how Who Owns Baseball works for some people.

It is a “Enter the Mind of Sully” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Dustin Pedroia, Charlie Blackmon, Jose Quintana, Anthony DeSclafani, Hernan Perez and Chris Davis all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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2016 MLB Playoff and Yearly Award Predictions

With only about a month left in the season, it’s time to take a look at playoff and yearly award predictions. These are obviously subject to change, but below are my predictions. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @dynasty_digest.

Playoff Prediction

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Cleveland Indians

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers

 

 

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Which NL Pitcher can Stop Clayton Kershaw From Winning Another Cy Young Award?

Is it possible for a pitcher to take home a Cy Young award despite missing nearly half a season? Judging from what Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw did before he landed on the disabled list and how the rest of his competition has performed since, it sure is.

The southpaw hasn’t pitched since losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 26, but it’s not outrageous to say he’s still the National League’s best pitcher. Despite spotting his competition about two months, he still leads the league in fWAR (5.5) and bWAR (4.8). The biggest question right now is whether or not he’ll return to a big-league mound before the regular season finishes.

The likelihood of that increased with some good news, as J.P. Hoornstra of the L.A. News Group reported on Tuesday. Kershaw escaped a 40-pitch bullpen unscathed and is scheduled for a 60-pitch simulated game later this week. As he continues ramping up, the final step before re-entering the Dodgers’ rotation will be one rehab start.

The award has basically been Kershaw’s to lose all season, with a big determination now being how many starts he can rack up upon getting activated off the DL. There’s still about a month left, which is plenty of time for other contenders to separate themselves from the pack by having a strong finish.

Here are seven NL pitchers who have a shot at preventing Kershaw from winning yet another Cy Young. It all depends on how the last month goes.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 10, 2016

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Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the NL, but he won’t win the 2016 Cy Young.

Mike Trout is the best player in the AL, but he probably won’t win the 2016 MVP.

Who will?
Who should?

I ask the hard questions on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

 

John Lackey, Rick Porcello, Howie Kendrick, Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Neil Walker and Max Scherzer all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports.

 

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Los Angeles Dodgers Were Supposed to Crumble Without Clayton Kershaw, But the Opposite Has Happened

Baseball sure is a fickle game, isn’t it?

Through his first 16 starts of the 2016 season, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw was creating a whole new meaning to the word “ace”. In just 121 innings of work, the southpaw posted an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 145 strikeouts and just nine walks allowed.

Whenever Kershaw took the mound, the Dodgers were basically guaranteed a win. That was helpful because it was awfully tough for Los Angeles to come out on top when he wasn’t pitching. Manager Dave Roberts saw his club post a 14-2 record with his ace in control of things, but they were just 27-34 while anxiously waiting for his turn in the rotation to come around again.

After losing his last start on June 26, the Dodgers were just a half game out of a Wild Card spot, but were struggling to find a groove at 41-36, leaving them eight games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.

The Giants got off to a hot start, it’s an even year and Kershaw had just gone on the DL – all were valid reasons to think the NL West race was over before the calendar even flipped to July. That’s why they play the game, though. LA’s starting rotation hasn’t gotten a whole lot healthier since then, but the entire roster has done nothing but come together as a group and rise to the occasion.

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Selecting the 2016 First Half MVP for Each MLB Team

Now that MLB’s All-Star Week festivities in San Diego are finished, we’re forced with the task of getting through the next few days without any baseball. To pass the time, we’ll do what any self-respecting fan or analyst would do – look back at the first 80-90 games played and see who had the biggest impact.

Below are my first-half MVPs for each of the 30 MLB squads, with some facts to back up why they should be admiring some brand-new, imaginary hardware on their mantle before embarking on the second half of play.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 11, 2016

 

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At the All Star Break, I take a look at what players are in the leading spot for awards like MVP and Cy Young.

And I references the Coen Brothers as a way to reconcile the fact that Mike Trout probably won’t win the AL MVP.

I am out of my element in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Madison Bumgarner, David Price, Jacoby Ellsbury, Christian Yelich, Steven Matz, Sean Manaea, Brett Eibner and domestic abuser Jose Reyes all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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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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How The Sharks Rip Your MLB DFS Dollars Away From You (Especially On Coors Field + Kershaw Game Slates): What You Can Do About It

With New York recently bringing back MLB DFS under new guidelines, and with the gaming commission giving a serious look at lower player entries per contest, they hope to give the allusion that the games are all playing fair the average player...But will it work?? Hell no...There is a section of guys that rig the contests based on their bankroll, and it is a guarantee they have aligned themselves with other 'sharks' to just get more creative - in order to tip the deck in their favor. we take a look at how the biggest high stakes rollers in MLB DFS take your money.

With New York recently bringing back MLB DFS under new guidelines, and with the gaming commission giving a serious look at lower player entries per contest, they hope to give the allusion that the games are all playing fair for the average player…But will it work?? Hell no!!…There is a section of guys that rig the contests based on their bankroll, and it is a guarantee they have aligned themselves with other ‘sharks’ to just get more creative – in order to tip the deck in their favor. we take a look at how the biggest high stakes rollers in MLB DFS take your money.

BY Hugh Hawkins:

With New York being involved in with DraftKings and FanDuel, coming soon to a theater near you is new rules on maximum entries.  Those are said to be 150 Max Rosters (per contest), or the equivalent of 3% of the total entries (Whichever one is the lowest common denominator).  As of right now, you can still get in to contests and rule with slightly over 5% of the field.

While this new news should be considered a win for the average fan, THIS WILL NOT STOP THE SHARKS!!  THEY WILL JUST GET MORE CREATIVE!!

Listen.  If I had the kind of bankroll these guys are playing with. chances are I may know a friend or 2 who may have the same dollars to wager.  Heck, my friends and family could all be players (with accounts) even though I am rigging the whole contests myself.

The only way to level the playing field entirely is to make up more “Single Entry” contests.  Guaranteed that DraftKings and FanDuel will never go all that format, because they need the dollars spent for the GPP’s.

As said by many other XM Satellite shows, the Sharps (guys who maxing out the contest limits) don’t even have to know that much about baseball as the average fan.  It is all about playing the percentages, and wheeling against the house.

In the coming weeks we are going to focus a hell of a lot on how you can be start wheeling team stacks yourselves.  If you have friends who also play Fantasy. we can teach you how to implore “The Buddy System” in order to bring back your best possible outcome in prizes.

The best wagerers should use FanDuel for their breeding ground, as they are not as stringent with rules, and their slow processing of dynamic player pricing is costing tonnes of money to be wasted by the average guy just looking to plunk down a few dollars. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball June 20, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Justin Upton hit an 8th inning go ahead homer and a walk off shot in the 11th to give the surging Tigers an 8-7 win over Seattle.

Doug Fister gave the Astros 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs and only 4 hits. He would get the 10-7 decision over the Angels.

Mark Reynolds homered twice and walked to help the Rockies top Miami, 5-3.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 8 Washington batters and walked none over 7 innings, allowing 1 run and getting his 11th victory for the Dodgers, 4-1.

They all owned baseball on June 20, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/20/16

P- Clayton Kershaw (vs. Washington Nationals): $14,200. It is close to impossible not to start Kershaw every time he steps on the mound. He is averaging 30.1 points per game this season on DraftKings. He currently owns a 19-1 strikeout to walk ratio, so he should provide plenty of points every time he steps on the mound. In 155 career at bats against Kershaw, the Nationals’ offense is batting .219, with 48 strikeouts, and a .265 OBP.

 

P- Drew Smyly (vs. Cleveland Indians): In 77 career at bats against Smyly, the Indians’ offense is batting .195, with 24 strikeouts, and a .249 OBP. He struggled over the past month or so, but he dominated his last time out, in which he struck out 12 batters over seven innings.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 15, 2016

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If I can’t see my favorite team in the World Series, I would want to see some of the brightest and elite stars in the game. A shocking amount of superstars over the last few decades failed to play in even a single World Series.

It is a star power episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jameson Taillon, Carlos Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Josh Donaldson, Julio Teheran, Jean Segura, David Price and Didi Gregorius all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB REPORTS

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/15/16

P- Corey Kluber (vs. Kansas City Royals): $13,100. This matchup almost looks too good to be true. Kluber has been very successful as of late. He is coming off his second complete game of the season, in which he gave up only three hits, with eight strikeouts against the Angels. He has gone at least six innings in his last six starts. He has also dominated the Royals throughout his career. In 240 career at bats against Kluber, the Royals’ offense is batting .204, with 60 strikeouts, and a .235 OBP.

 

P- Sonny Gray (vs. Texas Rangers): $7,100. Gray has really excelled in his first two starts since returning from the disabled list. In his first start, he threw five innings against the Astros giving up five hits, one run, and five strikeouts. In his second outing, he faced the Reds, in which he gave up five hits, two runs, and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. Gray does face a tough offense, but he is pitching at his home park, which is always a good sign. In 176 career at bats against Gray, the Rangers’ lineup is batting .210, with 34 strikeouts, and a .291 OBP.

 

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Why Clayton Kershaw Should Be The National League MVP

That title is a bold statement, but I’m standing by my words. Clayton Kershaw is playing at a level that isn’t even comparable to other pitchers in 2016. It is very difficult to compare the statistics of a batter to a pitcher for the MVP race, but in my opinion, it is very obvious that Kershaw deserves this award if he continues at this pace.

 

Of course there are plenty of deserving bats who will compete for the NL MVP award, including Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo, and many more, but Kershaw is putting together one of the most dominant pitching seasons we have seen in the the history of baseball. Please click the link below to see how Kershaw compares to his peers in 2016 and in baseball history:

 

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Who Owned Baseball June 10, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Xander Bogaerts collected 4 hits, including a 3 run homer, and drove in 4 runs as the Red Sox cruised to a 8-1 thrashing of the Twins.

Corey Kluber went the distance, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs to get the 6-2 decision for Cleveland over the Angels.

Adonis Garcia got on base 4 times, including a homer, to help the Braves upset the mighty Cubs, 5-1.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 Giants in 8 brilliant innings and earned the 3-2 decision for the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on June 10, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/10/16

P- Clayton Kershaw (vs. San Francisco Giants): $13,900. In 237 career at bats against Kershaw, the Giants’ offense is batting .148, with 76 strikeouts, and only 10 walks, with a .189 OBP. Kershaw has been absolutely dominant all year long and regardless of his high price, he is a must start. In 12 starts, he is 8-1, with a 1.46 ERA, 54 hits against, 109 strikeouts, and only 6 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.

 

P- Ian Kennedy (vs. Chicago White Sox): $9,300. In 78 career at bats against Kennedy, the White Sox’ offense is batting .244, with 20 strikeouts, five RBIs, and a .272 OBP. The White Sox offense has also struggled quite a bit recently. In the past seven days, the White Sox rank 28th in runs scored (20), 27th in batting average (.212), and 21st in OBP (.300).

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 30, 2016

 

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Memorial Day is the unofficial 1/3 mark of the season. How has 2016 been unfolding so far.

And please Dodger managers, be it Mattingly or Roberts… do NOT take Clayton Kershaw out!!!

It is a Checkpoint episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Lorenzo Cain, Wilson Ramos, Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw, Kole Calhoun, Matt Holliday and Jake Odorizzi added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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Who Owned Baseball May 29, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Lorenzo Cain got 2 hits including a home run that sparked the comeback rally as the Royals swept into first place with a 5-4 win over the White Sox.

Wilson Ramos reached base 4 times, homering and driving in 4 runs as the Nationals pounded the Cardinals, 10-2.

Rich Hill struck out 9 Tigers over 6 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits and earning the 4-2 decision in Oakland.

Clayton Kershaw pitched brilliantly into the 8th, allowing 4 hits and striking out 10 Mets over 7 2/3 innings. He was inexplicably pulled from the game and the bullpen coughed up his lead. The Dodgers would take the game in the 9th, 4-2.

They all owned baseball on May 29, 2016.

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The Reasons Why Stephen Strasburg Is A Top-Five Pitcher In Baseball

As good as Stephen Strasburg was in the 2nd half of the 2015 year, ( 6 - 2 with a 1.90 ERA post ALL - Star), he has continued to assert himself as a top 5 pitcher in the MLB with his 8 - 0 start in 2016

As good as Stephen Strasburg was in the 2nd half of the 2015 year, ( 6 – 2 with a 1.90 ERA post ALL – Star), he has continued to assert himself as a top 5 pitcher in the MLB with his 8 – 0 start in 2016 – with a 2.79 ERA for`10 GS in his time this campaign so far.  The 27 Year old RHP converted his recent success into a 7 YRs/$175 MIL contract extension – and is full value for it if he throws like this. 

Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

Stephen Strasburg is a completely different and much more dominant pitcher this season. In 2015, Strasburg struggled with injuries. This led to an 11-7 record, 3.46 ERA, 155 strikeouts, 26 walks, and a 2.81 FIP in 127.1 innings. So far in 2016, Strasburg is 8-0, with a 2.79 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 18 walks, and a 2.29 FIP in 67.2 innings. Something has clicked and Strasburg is thriving in 2016.

Strasburg’s elite strikeout rate is what propels him to a top-five starting pitcher in fantasy baseball. He is averaging 11.44 strikeouts per nine innings in 2016. On top of his strikeout rate, he is also limiting his earned runs, but his FIP suggests that his ERA should reduce even more.

His mid-to-upper 90’s fastball and filthy breaking pitches are keeping hitters off balance and limiting consistent contact. From a statistical standpoint, see the link below that compares some of the top pitchers in the game and helps depict why Stephen Strasburg is a top-five pitcher in baseball:

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Who Owned Baseball May 23, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Clayton Kershaw threw a 2 hit complete game shutout for the Dodgers, dominating the Reds, 1-0. (It was razor thin between Kershaw and Cueto. Kershaw’s hit was the lone separation.)

Rich Hill threw 8 shutout innings, striking out 6 Mariners and earned the 5-0 decision for the A’s.

Ichiro Suzuki marched closer to 3,000 hits with another 4 hit day, scoring one and driving in another in Miami’s 7-6 win over the Rays.

Miguel Cabrera reached base 4 times with a double and a pair of homers as the Tigers topped Philadelphia, 5-4.

They all owned baseball on May 23, 2016.

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MLB Fantasy Daily (DFS) Picks For DraftKings – 5/17/16

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

We are ramping up our coverage on DFS play at MLB Reports, and will include some strategy articles in the forthcoming days and weeks.  We come from a high level of handicapping backgrounds, and have been given the go ahead from the braintrust at MLB Reports to start sharing some of these with you.

Of course Chuck Booth and I spearheaded this movement back in a few years ago with just regular baseball futures.  We were not sure if we wanted to go ahead with the MLB DFS Fantasy at all, but were finally convinced for demand by a couple of our BBBA writers (Josh Robbins and Trey Rose).  The need is there and we are looking to deliver.

I have played DFS long enough to be the guy who writes the posts here.  The gambling philosophy championed by Booth in the 90’s is brilliant for any sources of tournaments or gambling period.  It weaves the Martingale Betting System (progressive betting with the double up theory) and it fosters it with several other techniques so you don’t bet against yourself.

One of the biggest blunders made by many gamblers is betting against themselves.  We are going to simplify the process, so if you win, you can really win – none of this barely break even nonsense.

Look for that in coming days.  Now here is what we are going to do for today’s MLB DFS Draft Kings style.

We Will Give You – Daily

5 team stacking options ( We are going to draw most of our players from these 5 squads).

3 Pitching candidates (High level, midlevel and budget).

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MLB Power Rankings 2016: Week 7 – May

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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MAY 15, 2016

Well not much has changed from this week as compared to last week.  Detroit carried its free fall to 4th in the AL Central, the Yankees took 5 of 7 contests – and 7/10 in their homestand to save their season for now.

Miami and Philadelphia continue to stick around in the NL East, and the Giants and Dodgers finally had winning weeks to make the NL West Division Leader respectable.

Nobody looks scarier right now than the Boston Red Sox offense, who led by David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley JR. and Xander Bogaerts, plated 10 runs or more in 5 of the last 6 games, after going their 1st 32 games without doing so.

I am still awaiting for a Jays big winning streak.  Houston has not played winning baseball since the 1st 6 weeks of the 2015 – and are tending to resemble the 2007 Tampa Bay Rays more than anything.

All offense and little pitching and defense.

There is nobody struggling worse than Logan Morrison, Russell Martin, Carlos Gomez and the consortium of LF’s in Anaheim! Recently bouncing out of this list are Jason Heyward and Chase Headley.

We are nearing the quarter pole and rapidly approaching Memorial Day Weekend, so it is not early anymore.
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Who Owned Baseball May 12, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Clayton Kershaw threw a 3 hit, 1 walk complete game shutout masterpiece, striking out 13 Mets and finishing the 5-0 victory for the Dodgers.

David Price pitched into the 7th, finishing with 6 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run and 1 walk while striking out 12 Astros as Boston cruised to an 11-1 final.

Matt Holliday went 4 for 5 with a pair of homers and 3 RBI to help the Cardinals take a 12-10 slugfest in Anaheim.

Chase Headley finally got an extra base hit, a homer, and reached base 3 times, driving in two and scoring twice and sparked the Yankees past the Royals, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on May 12, 2016.

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Stephen Strasburg Ties Felix Hernandez For 17th On The MLB’s ALL – Time Top 50 Contract List With Extension

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Chuck Booth (MLB Reports Majority Owner/Lead  Analyst)

Stephen Strasburg shocked he baseball world the other day – by inking a 7 year extension worth from $175 – $180 MIL.  It ties him for 17th All – Time with Felix Hernandez to start with, but he can earn an additional $7 MIL with $1 MIL per year bonuses for reaching 180 IP.

The deal pays him $15 MIL annually from 2016 – 2023, and then the deferrals kick in from 2023 – 2030, in 7 installments of $10 MIL each.

Some will say his deal is worth more like $162 MIL in present day dollars, however we do not operate our top 50 contracts list like that.  The deal is guaranteed at $175 MIL for now, and we will change it if bonuses are hit.

With this contract, the Nats have 4 current players that are on this ALL – Time List with Scherzer (10th), Strasburg (T 17th), Zimmerman (37th) and Werth (Tied 44th).

This signing is a great move to open a 3 year window for Washington, as they also have Bryce Harper under team control until after the 2018 season, however it also may seal the fate the of the young reigning NL MVP to move elsewhere for 2019.

Werth’s contract does end at the end of the 2017 year. but Zimmerman is still on the books until at least 2020.

It will be tough to come up with the dough necessary to drop a 11 – 13 years contract worth $35 – 40 MIL per annum when it comes to Harper.

Even with Scherzer’s and Strasburg’s deals both containing a ton of deferred money- all of them will still run simultaneously to Harper’s deal – even if they are not on the roster each after the 2023 season.

I think you couldn’t risk trying to outbid everyone for Harper’s services, yet to pay Strasburg market value makes sense.

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MLB Daily Fantasy Picks (DFS) For FanDuel – 5/12/16

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)

Clayton Kershaw won me a lot of money last start, and I will use him every time he is Starting.

I like using an affordable stack alongside the LHP, so I am using the struggling Tigers at hitter friendly Camden Yards tomorrow night.

Again, love FanDuel with using Victor Martinez as a Catcher. he can go in a 4 player stack with J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton.

In order to afford this lineup, I am using the KC Royals in another mini stack, imploring the use of Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Omar Infante.  All 3 men are decent contact free swingers, who can do damage against Nate Eovaldi.

Since Aaron Hill crushed it last Saturday night with Kershaw’s start in the same day – I put him in the lineup again.  Not bad value for $2100 the way he has performed recently.

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MLB Power Rankings 2016: Week 6 May

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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MAY 8, 2016

Disclaimer:  We based these rankings on best strength to win the World Series.  Therefore some teams that have an easier division to play in, with the least path of resistance to the postseason overall may be ranked a lot higher than a club who is equally talented, yet may play in a juggernaut of a division.

Rank – Team Record (Last week rank) (Up down) (W – L Record Last week)

(1) (1)  Chicago Cubs (E) (24 – 6) :  A real bad day for the Cubs is battling with a team like Washington on Sunday, to see whether or not they are going to sweep them or go 3 – 1 in a series.

Yep, they swept the 4 game set in a 13 inning walk off HR by Javier Baez – to cap a 7 – 0 week. They are on pace for about 129 wins right now.

Depth of the Starting Rotation is looking solid with Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel (Killer J’s) and Kyle Hendricks.

Hector Rondon is not even needed in most leads, with the team almost at a +100 differential through 30 games,

(2) (3) Chicago White Sox (+1) (22 – 10) ( 4 – 2):  Chris Sale is 7 – 0, and may go Ron Guidry (circa 1979 on us).  If anyone will win 25 games in a year, it would be him or Jake Arrieta.

Bob Welch won 27 games in 1990 for the A’s was the last guy to do that.

Has anyone noticed that Brett Lawrie has an OBP closer to .400 – than his usual .310 – .320?

Jose Quintana is finally receiving some run support.  If Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu start hitting for BA, than look he the hell out.  We could see a “Windy City” World Series for the 1st time since 1906. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball May 1, 2016 (Daily MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 14 Padres along the way in the Dodgers razor thin 1-0 victory.

Nolan Arenado singled, homered, drove in three and showed some solid defense in the Rockies 6-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Marcus Stroman pitched 8 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 9 strikeouts. He would earn the 5-1 decision for the Blue Jays over Tampa Bay.

Brett Lawrie went 3 for 3 with a homer to lead the White Sox past Baltimore, 7-1.

They all owned baseball on May 1, 2016.

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MLB Daily Fantasy Picks DFS For FanDuel 4/27/16

Team Stack #1 includes the Nats 1, 2, 3 and possibly #5 or #6 hitter with Michael Taylor, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Washington will face off against the Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson,

Team Stack #1 includes the Nats 1, 2, 3 and possibly #5 or #6 hitter with Michael Taylor, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Washington will face off against the Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson Wed night at Nationals Park in DC.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

I am all for thinking that Jake Arrieta will continue to deal with the rest of the pitchers, but he is so overpriced on FanDuel, that it will kill the rest of your roster.  Yes his PPG is astronomical, and the experts will say to always use he or Clayton Kershaw on days they are pitching.  I won’t do it, and then split next to nil with the rest of the punters.

I love betting against the Braves each and every day  – and will keep the tradition going for probably the whole year here. Steven Wright is at home versus the powerless Braves.

By using that guy, I am able to stack two lineups with the Red Sox and Nationals, where I can use David Ortiz and Bryce Harper on my roster.

Using the Washington squad minus Daniel Murphy was necessary to implore the Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz move.

The Nats should still hit those guys 1, 2, 3 and 5 tomorrow, or maybe Werth at 6 vs Jeremy Hellickson.

Bryce Harper was walked 3 times on Tuesday – and you can count one a free pass about once a game right now. Read the rest of this entry

MLB DFS Picks For FanDuel – 4/23/16

Bryce Harper has finally come of age as a budding superstar in the league with 42 HRs in the 2015 season - which tied him for the NL Lead. He may be capable of launching up a 50 HR season in his career - however I will believe that he will be pitched around a lot more in 2016 than he was last year.

Bryce Harper has finally come of age as a budding superstar in the league with 42 HRs in the 2015 season – which tied him for the NL Lead. He may be capable of launching up a 50 HR season in his career really soon, and has 8 HRs and 22 RBI though the Nats first 16 Games Played so far.  He is averaging 14.6 PPG on FanDuel, and will be a part of any roster I fill out as the main player, unless an awesome Lefty is opposed to him like Kershaw or Bumgarner.  Using a guy like Michael Taylor to offset the $ is always a good move, or another lateral player that hits 1 – 4 in any lineup and is in the $2500 – $2900 range.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

I will open up by saying that most good fantasy players will play several lineup entries into the contests.  To save face, all of us also will put at least one roster up that takes Coors Field into consideration.

This website knows all to well what the home ballpark in Colorado does for the hitter.  How about hitting .315 as a BA for positional hitters for the Rockies 0 even in the ‘humidor era’?

All the exposing the balls to that room has done is take away the sick amount of homers that were hit.  The spacious outfield is still prone to lots of base knocks.

The reason why I won’t post that lineup is because it won’t help you win any money. The more players that are wagered on (and not unique) makes it unlikely to win any serious money.  You must factor it in to just break even though.

On Saturday, I am loving using Michael Wacha versus San Diego.  Maybe he will have better success against the Padres than his fellow chucker Adam Wainwright had.

With savings to the lineup placed forth by putting in a Danny Espinosa, and creative other value priced Nats in Michael Taylor, we are able to secure Bryce Harper.  I love adding Taylor to offset Harper’s $5900 price tag.  With him leading off a lot, it provides decent chances to at least provide value.

As for the Catcher, I can always switch out before the lineup locks should Matt Wieters not be confident in starting (he never played Friday).  Stephen Vogt, Francisco Cervelli or Miguel Montero would be all right to take the spot. Read the rest of this entry

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