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Who Owned Baseball – The Final Regular Season Tally for 2017

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The 2017 regular season is over and the final tally of Who Owned Baseball has been made.

And with it, it turned out there was a 4 way tie for National League pitcher.

Let’s review.

COREY KLUBER was the American League pitcher who owned baseball with 14, well above Chris Sale (8 1/2) and Ervin Santana and Luis Severino (8).

JOSE RAMIREZ was the American League hitter who owned baseball with 8, edging Mookie Betts (7) on the final day with Jose Abreu finishing third with 6 1/2.

GIANCARLO STANTON was the National League hitter who owned baseball finishing with 10 1/2, with Nolan Arenado at second with 7 1/2 and Bryce Harper third with 6.

CLAYTON KERSHAW, CARLOS MARTINEZ, MAX SCHERZER and STEPHEN STRASBURG all tied as the National League pitchers who owned, deadlocked at 8. Zack Greinke almost joined the scrum with a 7 1/2 total.

 

They all owned baseball in 2017

Thanks for following for another season. In the postseason, I will be tallying Who Owned October and Who Owned the World Series.

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Who Owned Baseball September 24, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Jose Quintana threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 10 Brewers and earned a critical 5-0 victory for the Cubs.

Corey Kluber struck out 10 Mariners in 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 unearned runs to solidify his Cy Young case with a 4-2 Cleveland decision.

Pat Valaika came off the bench to homer and double, driving in 2 and helping the Rockies inch closer to the post season by beating San Diego, 8-4.

Jose Ramirez got a pair of hits, including a homer, stealing a base and scoring twice in the Indians 4-2 win over Seattle.

They all owned baseball on September 24, 2017

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Cooler Adrian Gonzalez and Media Bias for Cy Youngs – September 22, 2017

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There are at least 4 and maybe as many as 7 managerial openings in baseball at Bad things happen to teams when Adrian Gonzalez is on the active roster. Not saying he is the cause. Just making an observation.

Meanwhile Ken Gura ( @kengura463inCLE on Twitter ) has some thoughts on media bias.

Sorry buddy but facts might not back that up.

Pondering the hard questions on this episode of Sully Baseball.

While we are at it, enjoy the In Memoriam video.

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Who Owned Baseball September 12, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Corey Kluber threw a masterful 5 hit complete game shutout, striking out 8 Tigers, earning the 2-0 decision in the Indians incredible 20th consecutive victory.

Mookie Betts homered twice and tripled, driving in 6 runs, leading the Red Sox to an 11-1 thrashing of Oakland.

Julio Teheran tossed 7 shutout innings as the Braves beat the NL East Champion Nationals, 8-0.

Carlos Gonzalez reached 3 times including a pair of 2 run homers as the Rockies won a critical 4-2 game over the Diamondbacks.

They all owned baseball on September 12, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball September 2, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Eduardo Escobar got 3 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 6 to lead the Twins in a 17-0 thrashing of Kansas City.

Corey Kluber pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 1 run, striking out 7 while walking no Tigers en route to a 5-2 Cleveland final.

Marcell Ozuna hit a 2 run homer and a pair of RBI singles in the Marlins 10-9 win over the Phillies.

Jeff Samardzija struck out 9 Cardinals allowing 2 hits and 1 run over 7 innings. He didn’t get the decision but set up the 2-1 walk off victory for San Francisco.

They all owned baseball on September 2, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball August 28, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Corey Kluber pitched 8 strong innings, striking out 7 Yankees and earning the 6-2 victory for the Indians.

Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, leading the Giants in the 3-0 blanking of San Diego.

Jose Ramirez hit a go ahead homer and a game tying homer to spark Cleveland’s offense past the Yankees, 6-2.

Howie Kendrick reached base 3 times, including a triple, driving in 3 runs as the Nationals crushed the Marlins, 11-2.

They all owned baseball on August 28, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball August 23, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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I don’t normally have a person getting a 1/2 WOB as the featured picture of Who Owned Baseball. I think you can understand why I made an exception today as I gave out the most brutal 1/2 WOB EVER.

 

Mark Leiter Jr. threw 7 innings of one hit shutout ball as the Phillies blanked Miami, 8-0.

Mike Fiers allowed 1 run over 7 innings as the Astros beat the Nationals, 6-1.

Rhys Hoskins doubled, homered and walked, driving in 5, as the Phillies clobbered the Marlins, 8-0.

Eric Hosmer reached base 4 times and launched a 2 out, 9th inning come from behind walk off homer to give the Royals a 6-4 win over Colorado.

They all owned baseball on August 23, 2017

Earning 1/2 WOBs:

 

Rich Hill threw a no hitter. HE THREW A NO HITTER. He pitched 9 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks. He only allowed a base runner via an error in the 9th. That’s it. It was a masterpiece. The problem is the Dodgers didn’t score a run. So he took the no hitter into the 10th and let up a walk off homer. He lost a game where he threw a no hitter through 9. This is the most brutal 1/2 WOB of all time in his 1-0 loss to the Pirates.

Corey Kluber pitched into the 8th, striking out 12 Red Sox and allowing 2 runs over 7 2/3 innings. But he was on the wrong end of the Indians 6-1 defeat.

Joey Votto homered and singled but the Reds could not get past the Cubs, 9-3.

Kevin Kiermaier reached base 4 times, homering twice and driving in 3 but the Rays fell short to Toronto, 7-6.

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Who Owned Baseball August 8, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Jake Lamb hit 2 homers, including a come from behind grand slam, to give the Diamondbacks a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers.

Max Kepler got on base 4 times, including a pair of homers, as Minnesota clobbered Milwaukee, 11-4.

Zach Eflin pitched 7 strong innings allowing 2 runs to get the 5-2 decision for the Phillies over the Braves.

Corey Kluber threw a complete game, striking out 11 Rockies, allowing a lead off homer and only 2 hits after that and saw his Indians walk off to a 4-1 final (sorry Sale.)

They all owned baseball on August 8, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball August 3, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

 

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Paul Goldschmidt launched 3 homers, drove in 6 and scored 4 to help the Diamondbacks win a wild, rain soaked 10-8 slugfest over the Cubs.

Brandon Moss hit 2 homers as the Royals beat the surging Mariners, 6-4.

Ty Blach pitched 8 strong innings, allowing 2 hits and launched a 3 run home run of his own as the Giants took the final Bay Bridge match up over Oakland, 11-2.

Corey Kluber gave the Indians a much needed complete game victory, allowing 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 11 Yankees in the 5-1 final.

They all owned baseball on August 3, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball July 23, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Chuck Crow – Cleveland Plain Dealer

Corey Kluber struck out 14 Blue Jays over 7 2/3 solid innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run as the Indians rolled, 8-1.

Whit Merrifield reached base 3 times with a pair of homers. The second blast tied the game in the 8th as the surging Royals walked off over the White Sox, 5-4.

Sal Romano struck out 7 Marlins in 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run to earn the 6-3 decision for the Reds.

Mark Reynolds got 3 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 3 in Colorado’s 13-3 blow out of Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on July 23, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball July 4, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Andrew Benintendi got 5 hits, including a double and 2 homers, scoring 4 and driving home 6 as the Red Sox clobbered Texas, 11-4.

Andrew McCutchen homered twice and added a third hit as Pittsburgh blanked Philadelphia, 3-0.

Michael Fulmer threw 8 solid innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs as the Tigers stopped the Giants winning streak with a 5-3 final.

Clayton Kershaw took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, striking out 11 Diamondbacks as the Dodgers took a key NL West match up, 4-3.

They all owned baseball on July 4, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball June 29, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Corey Kluber set an Indians record with his fourth straight start with 10 or more strikeouts. He went 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run while finishing with 12 K’s as the Indians topped the Rangers, 5-1.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 Angels and allowed no earned runs over 7 innings to earn the 6-2 decision for the Dodgers.

Carlos Correa reached base 3 times, including a pair of homers, drove in 4 and scored twice as the Astros made quick work of Oakland, 6-1.

Randal Grichuk went 3 for 4 with a homer, added a walk, scored 3 and drove in 5 to help the Cardinals come from behind against Arizona, 10-4.

They all owned baseball on June 29, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball June 24, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Jacob deGrom held San Francisco to 1 run and 4 hits over 8 strong innings to give the Mets a much needed 5-2 victory.

Michael Taylor homered twice, added 2 hits and drove in 3 as the Nationals clobbered the Reds, 18-3.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx threw 7 innings, allowing 1 run and getting the 8-1 decision for Texas over the Yankees.

Matt Olson hit his first two major league homers and added a pair of walks to lead the A’s past the White Sox, 10-2.

They all owned baseball on June 24, 2017

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Rankings, lineup advice for Saturday, June 24

If you’re looking for some more last-minute advice you can follow me on Twitter and DM me (@FantasyAdvice22)

For this daily fantasy baseball season, each day we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also provide a list of stacks to consider. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to match-up, price, park factor, etc. This is important when constructing a roster.

One thing to remember outside of making sure your guy is in the lineup, is to always check the weather. Always. Make this something that is part of your basic research. Baseball games can get postponed! Your players receive no points from postponed games!

Fanduel Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (6/24/17): MLB DFS Advice

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Our daily plays are from a collection of experts and a ton of research that goes into them. We have spent countless hours a day crunching the numbers from a dozen different aspects of each sport and bring you the best options each day.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice: Saturday, June 24


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Clayton Kershaw

Career vs Current Rockies Roster

AVG: 0.209 [52 for 249], BABIP: 0.274, K%: 28.8, BB%: 4.9
FIP: 2.66 Strikeout: 76 Groundout: 56 Single:35 Flyout: 28 Lineout: 19 Walk: 13 Pop Out: 12Double: 9 Home Run: 6 Forceout: 3 Grounded Into DP: 2 Triple: 2 Fielders Choice Out: 1 Hit By Pitch: 1 Sac Fly: 1


Corey Kluber

Career vs Current Twins Roster

AVG: 0.198 [36 for 182], BABIP: 0.256, K%: 30.0, BB%: 7.9
FIP: 3.28 Strikeout: 61 Groundout: 33 Flyout:22 Single: 19 Walk: 15 Lineout: 11 Pop Out: 10Double: 10 Home Run: 6 Grounded Into DP: 4Forceout: 4 Hit By Pitch: 3 Double Play: 1Triple: 1 Sac Bunt: 1 Sac Fly: 1 Intent Walk: 1


David Price

Career vs Current Angels Roster

AVG: 0.234 [25 for 107], BABIP: 0.256, K%: 19.5, BB%: 4.4
FIP: 4.05 Groundout: 23 Strikeout: 22 Flyout:19 Single: 19 Pop Out: 7 Lineout: 6 Walk: 5Home Run: 4 Forceout: 3 Double: 2 Bunt Pop Out: 1 Sac Bunt: 1 Grounded Into DP: 1


Jacob deGrom

Career vs Current Giants Roster

AVG: 0.277 [18 for 65], BABIP: 0.360, K%: 20.0, BB%: 13.3
FIP: 3.20 Groundout: 16 Strikeout: 15 Single:14 Walk: 10 Lineout: 6 Flyout: 5 Double: 3 Pop Out: 3 Triple: 1 Forceout: 1 Grounded Into DP:1


GPP (Tournament Pitchers)

Jason Vargas

 

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Who Owned Baseball June 19, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mike Zunino hit a go ahead 2 run homer and added a second one in the Mariners 6-2 victory over the Tigers.

Corey Kluber threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 11 Orioles as the Indians stampeded to an 11-0 final.

Cody Bellinger got 3 hits including 2 homers the Dodgers took the 10-6 slugfest from the Mets.

R. A. Dickey pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 6 Giants and earning the 9-0 decision for the Braves,

They all owned baseball on June 19, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball June 14, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Mookie Betts singled, doubled, homered twice and made a spectacular catch to lead Boston past Philadelphia, 7-3.

Brandon Phillips collected 4 hits, driving in 3 and scoring 3 as the Braves crushed Washington, 13-2.

Francisco Liriano threw 7 strong innings, striking out 9 Rays and giving up 2 earned runs and 1 unearned run. He did not get a decision but the Blue Jays pulled out the game, 7-6.

Jhoulys Chacin allowed just 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out 4 Reds and getting the 4-2 win for San Diego.

They all owned baseball on June 14, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball June 1, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Chris Lee – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Adam Wainwright pitched 6 shutout innings and his 2 run homer provided all the run production for the game as the Cardinals blanked the Dodgers, 2-0.

Gerardo Parra went 4 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored to help the surprising Rockies top Seattle, 6-3.

Corey Kluber threw 6 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, striking out 10 Oakland batters and earning the 8-0 decision for the Indians.

Aaron Hicks collected 4 hits, scored twice and drove in 6 to help the Yankees throttle Toronto, 12-2.

They all owned baseball on June 1, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball April 21, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Corey Kluber threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 9 White Sox and earning the 3-0 decision for Cleveland.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings to make the Phillies 4-3 winners over Atlanta.

Robinson Chirinos homered twice, walked and drove in 3 as the Rangers topped Kansas City, 6-2.

Bryce Harper got on base 3 times, homered and drove in a pair to lead the Nationals past the Mets, 4-3.

They all owned baseball on April 21, 2017 

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2017 MLB Regular Season Player Prop Bet Odds Part 1

On this list of player over/unders it may be worth a well solution to wager over on all bets across the board and go for about a 60 percent win factor. I did bet a few unders on the board.

On this list of player over/unders it may be worth a well solution to wager over on all bets across the board and go for about a 60 percent win factor. I did bet a few unders on the sheet towards the end.  I continue to find value on the whole gambling aspect of listed odds.  I will throw down some more money on these selections.  I am just hoping that I don’t become too over-confident for my own good.

With less than 2 months until the regular season begins, we are starting to see some prop bets show up online and in Las Vegas.

Come back by the start of March to see Over/Under wins for all 30 MLB clubs, and also when they decide to implement individual player prop bets.

With so many MVP candidates and Cy Young type pitchers, we are favoring Over a lot more than Under yet again in 2017.

We compiled a 6 – 0 individual player bet prop record, and were not so hot on these props listed, but we still managed a .500 record even for those.

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The Cleveland Indians Should Be The Favorite In The AL For 2017 With Encarnacion Signing

Cleveland was one innning away from winning the World Series in 2017, knocked out the Boston Red Sox (who are the odds favorite in the AL currently) and have now added slugger Edwin Encarnacion to their lineup for 2017. Cleveland will also see AL MVP candidate Michael Brantley back to the roster for a full healthy year = after playing the majority of 2016 without his services. A great Pitching Staff, all around defense, combined with a well adjusted lineup, and cupcake Division to play in - and the Tribe should be the favorite to win the AL Pennant next campaign and not the Red Sox.

Cleveland was one inning away from winning the World Series in 2017, knocked out the Boston Red Sox (who are the odds favorite in the AL currently) and have now added slugger Edwin Encarnacion to their lineup for 2017. Cleveland will also see AL MVP candidate Michael Brantley back to the roster for a full healthy year = after playing the majority of 2016 without his services. A great Pitching Staff, all around defense, combined with a well adjusted lineup, and cupcake Division to play in – and the Tribe should be the favorite to win the AL Pennant next campaign and not the Red Sox.

With the news that Edwin Encarnacion signing a 3 Year Deal Worth $55 MIL< and a Team Option for a 4th season that is $25 MIL – or a $5 MIL Buyout, the Indians have put themselves back into the lead as the favorite in the Junior Circuit.

So far, the oddsmakers don’t agree with that last statement, as the Red Sox are currently +475 to win the World Series – while Cleveland is listed at +700 to win the Fall Classic, but lets look at what Cleveland has going for it.

Michael Brantley is coming back (potentially fully healthy, and was a legitimate AL MVP candidate in 2014 and 2015.  Now to have him as a 3/4 tandem with EE, you are talking about a great heart of the lineup.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor are full value to kickstart the offense. Both guys are capable of playing all world ALL – Star campaigns upcoming.

Carlos Santana had a career year for HRs (34) RBI (87) OPS (.865) and will still bring in his 100 Walks a year.

Jose Ramirez can hit 6th for me any time.  Tyler Naquin held an .886 OPS in half a years worth AB en route to finishing 3rd in Rookie Of The Year Voting.

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Cleveland Indians State Of The Union For 2017: The Tribe Better Not Trade Andrew Miller!

The Cleveland has ridden great drafting, trades and salaried contracts to put themselves into contention for the AL Pennant over the next couple of years. The last thing they need to do is try and deal the one Bullpen who helped pushed them over the top in the Junior Circuit in 2016. At worst start the season with Andrew Miller - and if things go horribly, you can always trade him midway through the year with other guys as well.

The Cleveland has ridden great drafting, trades and salaried contracts to put themselves into contention for the AL Pennant over the next couple of years. The last thing they need to do is try to deal the one Bullpen member who helped pushed them over the top in the Junior Circuit in 2016. At worst, start the season with Andrew Miller – and if things go horribly, you can always trade him midway through the year with ome other guys as well.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

The 2016 season showed us just how valuable that a Relief Pitcher like Andrew Miller can be.  Loaded with an arsenal of great Bullpen guys, Terry Francona flipped the coaching book on its keester by bringing back the old way that Relievers used to be implemented late in the games.  I was a kid who would watch Goose Gossage mow down hitters as a hired gun late in contests.

We all saw it before our very own eyes.  Now comes the most ridiculous notion ever of considering trading him?  Really Cleveland??  You better not even fathom this until at least midway through the 2017 campaign.

I understand it is tough for a mid market club doling out $9M a year for a guy who might log 70 Innings – and not save the games he is in, but they just need to look at how good they fared in 2016.

The Tribe was without its best player all year in Michael Brantley, and also without Danny Salazar/Carlos Carrasco for the majority of the playoffs too.  There is no way this club should have gone this far, and pushed the Cubs to the brink of elimination in the Fall Classic, before the reigning champs came back to ruin the party in Cleveland.

If I were in Chris Antonetti’s shoes I don’t start any dialogue about 2017’s roster without Andrew Miller on the opening day squad.

$9 Million is not earth shattering cash when you consider Andrew Cashner - and his bloated ERA of 5.25 just backed up his dome into Texas and settled for a cool $10 MIL for the 2017 season. If Cleveland can't afford the guy they might as well pack up town in the middle of the night and head elsewhere (something that has happened in Cleveland before.)

$9 Million is not earth shattering cash when you consider Andrew Cashner – and his bloated ERA of 5.25 just backed up his dome into Texas and settled for a cool $10 MIL for the 2017 season. If Cleveland can’t afford the guy they might as well pack up town in the middle of the night and head elsewhere (something that has happened in Cleveland before.)  The 6 FT 7 – 31 Year old-fashioned a 10 – 1 record this year. with an incredible 123 Ks and just 9 BB in his 74.1 IP worth of work.  Miller then fanned 30 batters, walked just five, while sporting a 1.40 ERA in 20.1 IP in the postseason, winning the ALCS MVP honors and nearly helped lead his team to Cleveland’s first WS win since 1948.  If the goal is to win in the playoffs you can’t trade this guy right now.  He is money there, and you have a chance to go back to October baseball again in 2017.

This 2016 AL Pennant squad should be conceivably better with a healthy Michael Brantley coming back, equaled with more seasoning from Tyler Naquin, and topped off with the emergence of Francisco Lindor/Jason Kipnis as an awesome double play combination.

it may be hard to fill the 34 HRs and 101 RBI that Mike Napoli brought forth, but one could still find a few cheap replacements to pull in some nice numbers. They could employ another DH full time like Pedro Alvarez on the cheap, and work in some against LHP – by bringing back Rajai Davis who crushes southpaws.  Davis could act as a 4th OF in the midst of Naquin, Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.

The Indians still also have Brandou Guyer – who can handle a stick against LHP as well  – and act as a DH/OF.

Cleveland is currently slated to pay around $105 MIL to all of its current guys.  Maybe there is only a few million in the coffers to play in Free Agency this offseason, yet this teams strength is its Bullpen – so don’t trade from that position of strength.

Terry Francona should be given all ample bodies to begin the campaign.  If it all goes awry during the season you can always trade some players midway through the year if it looks like it will not be their year.

Furthermore, I would ride the beginning of the year just like they ended the playoffs.  I would not change anything at all out of the gate.  I would start the year off by playing with a huge sense of urgency.

The way the rest of the AL  Central is looking, with the Tigers and white Sox talking a bot cutting payroll and maybe going for a rebuild, combined with KC potentially selling on their pending Free Agents in the next couple of years like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis, then you could see how a quick Cleveland start could discourage the rest of the pack.

The Dodgers just set a record for innings logged into the playoffs and it served them well.  The good news is the Indians can rely on their starters to provide some much needed rest for their late inning arms, by logging some of their own innings.

Go into frontrunner mode and let Francona figure out a way to get the likes of Miller, Allen and Shaw enough rest – so they can patchwork it through the end of the season.

Winning a bunch of games early, added with an awesome 2016 season – should see the Indians organization see a rise in attendance through the wickets to start the year.  An early lead would only help the situation out.  Cleveland should go all out to win in 2017.  Go the way of the 2014 Royals turning a World Series loss into a repeat trip the next year.

Cleveland will need Miller’s skill set when it comes time for the playoffs too.  This guy just seems to get better the more work he gets.  Keep riding the horse.

The franchise is so lucky that they have Lindor in Pre-Arbitration status – and that despite missing almost all of the 2016 season – that Michael Brantley is criminally underpaid for his services on the board. 

Kipnis, Kluber and Carrasco were also extended contracts at the exact perfect time. Having all these guys not cost a boatload is the reason you could have afforded Miller in the 1st place

Bryan Shaw and Carlos Santana are the only guys that are free after the 2017 year anyways.  Those guys while vital to the team this year, can be replaced – whereas a guy like Miller is a game changer in his role.  If they really need to keep the finances in line, they would be better served to dangle these players as trade bait first.

Terry Francona has won 2 Manager of the Year Awards in his 4 seasons in Cleveland. He is also underrated in his Bullpen management. The organization should let him have all of the weapons in the Relief Core. I think he should also run with the style he used in the playoffs to start the year. Worry about resting the guys later in the year if they come flying out of the gates early. This way of thinking could have us return to what Relievers used to be implored for in game use.

Terry Francona has won 2 Manager of the Year Awards in his 4 seasons in Cleveland. He is also underrated in his Bullpen management. The organization should let him have all of the weapons in the Relief Core. I think he should also run with the style he used in the playoffs to start the year. Worry about resting the guys later in the year if they come flying out of the gates early. This way of thinking could have us return to what Relievers used to be implored for in game use.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 16, 2016

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The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948.

If they had better timing with their aces, they could have won titles in the 1990’s and the 2000’s. They are close to one in 2017, but maybe they should add a second ace to join Cy Young front runner Corey Kluber.
It is a Tribe Called Champs episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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3 Cubs and an Indian owned the 2016 World Series

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Wows indeed.

My tally for Who owns the World Series had one hitter and 3 pitchers with the lead. And how strange is it that the ACTUAL World Series MVP, Ben Zobrist, was not one of them?

Ah the strangeness of a daily tally!

Kris Bryant’s late surge put him past Jason Kipnis, MVP Zobrist and Rajai Davis. Arrieta’s two starts were not dominant but took the evening. Kluber shut down the Cubs for a pair of games while Lester redeemed his bad Game 1 start with a win as a starter and a solid relief appearance.

Let’s look at the final totals.

Hitters ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Kris Bryant – Cubs 2,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1 1/2, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1 1/2, Rajai Davis – Indians 1 1/2,  Coco Crisp  – Indians 1, Roberto Perez – Indians 1, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1, Dexter Fowler – Cubs 1/2, Mike Napoli – Indians 1/2, Jorge Soler – Cubs 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Jake Arrieta – Cubs 2,  Corey Kluber – Indians 2, Jon Lester – Cubs 2, Andrew Miller – Indians 1, Cody Allen – Indians 1/2, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1/2, Bryan Shaw – Indians 1/2,

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 21, 2016

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With no playoff games today, I decided to spend the dark day giving my choices for the off season awards.

Corey Kluber, Jose Fernandez, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Michael Fulmer, Corey Seager, Terry Francona and Dave Roberts all will show up with some hardware.

It is a “Blue Ribbon” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

For the up to date standings of Who Owns October, click MLB Reports.

What is “Who Owns October”? Click HERE for an explanation.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 15, 2016

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As the ALCS gets started, how much of the postseason narrative will be focusing on Corey Kluber? Or Clayton Kershaw?

It is a “Let the story unfold” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

For the up to date standings of Who Owns October, Click MLB Reports

What is “Who Owns October”? Click HERE for an explanation.

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WHO OWNS BASEBALL – The Final Tally for 2016

 

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That’s the season and the final tally. Who Owns Baseball is over for the year and these are the four who finished with the highest totals.

FREDDIE FREEMAN edged Nolan Arenado as the National League hitter.

JOSE FERNANDEZ posthumously owned as the National League pitcher, astonishingly 1/2 ahead of Clayton Kershaw.

MIGUEL CABRERA topped Betts and Trout to earn the top total for American League hitters.

COREY KLUBER ran away with the American League pitcher total with Chris Sale a distance second.

Phew. Another year of this tally. Until next year…

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 24, 2016

 

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Injuries to the Cleveland pitching staff will probably derail their pennant hopes because pitching wins titles.

Or does it?

It is a question what you know episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Cole Hamels, Jake Arrieta, Michael Conforto, Nelson Cruz, Shelby Miller, Melky Cabrera, Jose Peraza and Kendall Graveman all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

 

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Greatest Strength of Mets & Indians is Now Their Biggest Concern, But They’re Not Dead Yet

The old adage in baseball is you can never have enough pitching. While every team can vouch for that, the two organizations currently feeling this the most are the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians.

Heading into 2016, both squads had one clear strength: a solid starting rotation expected to be one of the best in baseball. By solely looking at the cumulative statistics – and paying no mind to who contributed – New York and Cleveland received the kind of production necessary to be on the verge of a playoff berth (via FanGraphs):

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When it comes to fWAR production, the Mets rank second in baseball, while the Indians are second in the American League.

But with October on the horizon, they’ll each be forced to use a much different group than those who toed the line on Opening Day. With a seven-game lead in the American League Central, the Indians are all but assured a spot in the postseason. The Mets still have some work to do with just a one-game cushion in the National League Wild Card race, though.

Each situation is distinctly different, but the Mets and Indians will have a similarly steep hill to climb once the regular season comes to a close, and there seems to be quite a few naysayers.

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Who Owned Baseball September 11, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Andrelton Simmons hit 2 homers to help the Angels prevent a sweep by the Rangers with a 3-2 final.

Corey Kluber struck out 10 Twins in 7 innings, allowing 1 run and earning the 7-1 Cleveland victory.

Addison Russell went 3 for 4 with a homer, scoring 3 times to help the Cubs slug past Houston, 9-5.

Jose Urena missed a complete game shutout by one out, finished with 8 2/3 scoreless frames, allowing 4 hits as the Marlins blanked the Dodgers, 3-0.

They all owned baseball on September 11, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/31/16

P- Corey Kluber (vs. Minnesota Twins): $11,300. Kluber has been dominant all year long. Over his last nine starts, he is 6-0, with a 1.75 ERA. Over his last three starts, he is 2-0, with a 1.93 ERA, and 22 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. In 215 career at bats against Kluber, the Twins’ lineup is batting .223 with a .282 OBP.

P- Gio Gonzalez (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $8,400. Gonzalez struggled midway through the season, but he has bounced back quite nice recently. Over his last nine starts, Gonzalez has a 3.20 ERA and opposing batting average of .219. In 123 career at bats against Gonzalez, the Phillies’ offense is batting .187, with a .248 OBP, and a .240 slugging percentage.

 

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