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Who Owns October (#WOO) Tallies Updated For October 8, 2018

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(Boston Herald Staff photo by Christopher Evans)

Brock Holt hit for the cycle and wasn’t even the star of their game! Nathan Eovaldi became the ace of the post season and it is safe to say the Red Sox not only owned October but owned the Yankees.

Meanwhile the Astros and Dodgers advanced with final scores that were more lopsided than the games indicated.

So who owned October?

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter.

A complete description of the rules can be found HERE.

From October 7

National League Division Series Game 4
American League Division Series Game 3:

Receiving 1 WOO

Pedro Baez threw 1 1/3 key shutout innings, preventing the Braves from rallying and preserved the lead for the Dodgers as they clinched the Division Series in a 6-2 Game 4.

Nathan Eovaldi dominated the Yankees over 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 garbage time run, to earn the easy 16-1 decision for the Red Sox.

Brock Holt hit the first ever post season cycle, homering in the 9th of Boston’s 16-1 humiliation of the Yankees.

Manny Machado went 2 for 5, homered and drove in 4, as the Dodgers came from behind to top Atlanta 6-2 and advance to the NLCS.

Collin McHugh threw 2 no hit shutout innings, striking out 4 Indians and walking none to earn the 11-3 victory for Houston.

George Springer got 3 hits and 2 homers to lead the Astros in a late charge to eliminate the Indians with an 11-3 final.

Receiving 1/2 WOO

Mike Clevinger struck out 9 Astros over 5 innings, holding the champs to a single run. But the Indians bullpen and defense betrayed him in the 11-3 elimination loss.

Francisco Lindor hit a go ahead homer and added another hit. But the Indians could not hold off the champion Astros, 11-3.

Kurt Suzuki hit a 2 run pinch hit single that briefly gave the Braves the lead. They could not hold the Dodgers, who rallied for a 6-2 win.

Current WOO Totals MLB 2018

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Manny Machado – Dodgers 2, Ronald Acuña, Jr – Braves 1 1/2, Aaron Judge – Yankees 1 1/2, Francisco Lindor – Indians 1 1/2, Alex Bregman – 1 Astros, Marwin Gonzalez – Astros 1, Brock Holt – Red Sox 1, Erik Kratz – Brewers 1,  J. D. Martinez – 1 Red Sox, Mike Moustakas Brewers – 1, Gary Sanchez – Yankees 1, George Springe – Astros 1, Tony Wolters – Rockies 1, Christian Yelich – Brewers 1, Nolan Arenado Rockies – 1 /2, Javier Baez – Cubs 1/2, Charlie Blackmon – Rockies 1/2, Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox 1/2, Khris Davis – Athletics 1/2, Freddie Freeman – Braves 1/2, Trevor Story – Rockies 1/2, Kurt Suzuki  – Braves 1/2, Chris Taylor  – Dodgers 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Pedro Baez – Dodgers 1, Dellin Betances – Yankees 1, Corbin Burnes – Brewers 1, Gerrit Cole – Astros 1, Nathan Eovaldi – Red Sox 1, Kyle Freeland – Rockies 1,Jeremy Jeffress Brewers – 1, Clayton Kershaw – 1 Dodgers, Collin McHugh – Astros 1, Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dodgers 1, Chris Sale 1 – Red Sox, Masahiro Tanaka – Yankeees 1, Justin Verlander – 1 Astros, Arodys Vizcaino – Braves 1, Brandon Woodruff – Brewers 1, Tyler Anderson – Rockies 1/2, Carlos Carrasco – Indians 1/2, Mike Clevinger – Indians 1/2, Chad Green – Yankees 1/2, Joe Kelly – Red Sox 1/2, Jon Lester – Cubs 1/2, Sean Newcomb – Braves 1/2, Touki Toussaint – 1 /2 Braves, Lou Trivino – Athletics 1/2

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Who Owns October (#WOO) Tallies Updated For October 6, 2018

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Charles Wenzelberg

Sorry I missed a day of Who Owned October. I had to take care of something in the real world.

Naturally it was the day the Red Sox WON!

Meanwhile Gary Sanchez found his groove and Gerit Cole announced his presence with authority.

This entry will reflect in the standings both days. That means Clayton Kershaw, J. D. Martinez, Aaron Judge, Mike Moustakas, Alex Bregman, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Justin Verlander, Jeremy Jeffress, Chris Sale, Ronald Acuña, Jr., Touki Toussaint, Chad Green, Tyler Anderson and Nolan Arenado all are credited.

So who owned October?

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter.

A complete description of the rules can be found HERE.

From October 5

American League Division Series Game 2:

Receiving 1 WOO

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 Indians in 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 solo homer to earn the 3-1 win for the Astros.

Marwin Gonzalez went 4 for 4, including a double, driving in 2 as the Astros topped the Indians, 3-1.

Gary Sanchez homered twice, driving in 4 runs to make the difference for the Yankees 6-2 victory in Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed 1 run over 6 innings before handing the lead over to the bullpen as the Yankees topped Boston, 6-2.

Receiving 1/2 WOO

Xander Bogaerts homered in the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Yankees.

Carlos Carrasco held the Astros scoreless for the first 5 innings. He would hand the lead over to the bullpen in the 6th but they could not hold it, dropping the 3-1 final for Cleveland.

Francisco Lindor homered to give the Indians their only run in a 3-1 loss to the Astros.

Joe Kelly kept the Red Sox in the game with 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit. But the damage was done in the Yankees 6-2 win.

Current WOO Totals MLB 2018

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Aaron Judge – Yankees 1 1/2, Alex Bregman – 1 Astros, Marwin Gonzalez – Astros 1, Francisco Lindor – Indians 1, Manny Machado – Dodgers, J. D. Martinez – 1 Red Sox, Mike Moustakas Brewers – 1, Gary Sanchez – Yankees 1, Tony Wolters – Rockies 1, Christian Yelich – Brewers 1, Nolan Arenado Rockies – 1 /2, Ronald Acuña, Jr. – Braves 1/2, Javier Baez – Cubs 1/2, Charlie Blackmon – Rockies 1/2, Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox 1/2, Khris Davis – Athletics 1/2, Freddie Freeman – Braves 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Dellin Betances – Yankees 1, Gerrit Cole – Astros 1, Kyle Freeland – Rockies 1,Jeremy Jeffress Brewers – 1, Clayton Kershaw – 1 Dodgers, Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dodgers 1, Chris Sale 1 – Red Sox, Masahiro Tanaka – Yankeees 1, Justin Verlander – 1 Astros, Brandon Woodruff – Brewers 1, Tyler Anderson – Rockies 1/2, Carlos Carrasco – Indians 1/2, Chad Green – Yankees 1/2, Joe Kelly – Red Sox 1/2, Jon Lester – Cubs 1/2, Sean Newcomb – Braves 1/2, Touki Toussaint – 1 /2 Braves, Lou Trivino – Athletics 1/2

Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/29/18): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for September 29, 2018

We have our MLB DFS 9/28/18 slate for Saturday. Like we’ve mentioned numerous times in all of our videos, weather is extremely important at this time of the season, and lineups are constantly changing. Make sure you keep an eye on both, but check back here for updates.

Below is a list of our top MLB DFS pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.

The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy baseball strategy at drafters.com

If you have an questions or need to see late-minute changes, follow me on Twitter at @FantasyAdvice22. Let’s bring home the bacon!

Fanduel Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/29/18): MLB DFS Advice

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (9/29/18): MLB DFS Advice


FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Pitchers

 

Cole Hamels

#35 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Cardinals Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
117 24.8 0.286 0.226 3.50
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
83.9 MPH 9.8 ° 0.307 0.252 0.344


 

Justin Verlander

#35 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Orioles Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
122 32.0 0.290 0.234 3.48
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
83.0 MPH 25.1 ° 0.315 0.214 0.429
* Statcast data only available back to 2015


Clayton Kershaw

#22 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Giants Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
420 30.0 0.203 0.182 1.93
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
80.6 MPH 15.0 ° 0.243 0.207 0.326
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

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Who Owned Baseball September 9, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Justin Turner reached base 5 times, including a homer, driving in 2 runs as the Dodgers crept closer to Colorado with a 9-6 final.

Willians Astudillo singled and hit a 2 run walk off homer in the 9th to lead the Twins past Kansas City, 3-1.

John Gant pitched into the 7th, finishing with 2 runs and 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 6 Tigers to earn the 5-2 decision for St. Louis.

Andrew Heaney struck out 12 over 7 frames, allowing 3 hits, no walks and no runs as the Angels blanked the White Sox, 1-0.

 

They all owned baseball on September 9, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball September 6, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Nick Markakis went 4 for 5 with a double and a pair of RBI to lead the Braves to a wild 7-6 extra inning victory in Arizona.

Francisco Lindor homered twice and singled twice, driving in 4, leading the Indians closer to another Division Title with a 9-4 final over Toronto.

Anibal Sanchez struck out 8 Diamondbacks in 5 innings in the 7-6 win for the Braves.

Shane Bieber pitched into the 7th, allowing 3 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and earned the 9-4 decision for the Indians over Toronto.

They all owned baseball on September 6, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball July 2, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Matt Kemp collected 5 hits, including a homer and a double, driving in 4 and scoring 4 as the Dodgers clobbered Pittsburgh, 17-1.

Francisco Lindor homered twice and drove in a whopping 7 runs to lead the Indians past Kansas City, 9-3.

Kyle Freeland gave up 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 strong innings, earning the 5-2 decision for Colorado over San Francisco.

Mike Fiers allowed 1 run over 8 innings, striking out 5 Blue Jays. The Tigers blew his lead but won the 3-2 game in 10 innings.

 

They all owned baseball on July 2, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball June 14, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

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Ty Blach made the relief performance of the year, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings all after the 9th inning. Each pitch he threw for the first 6 innings had the game on the line and he did not let the Marlins rally and earned the 6-3 decision for the Giants in 16.

Mike Clevinger struck out 11 White Sox in 7 innings, allowing 1 run as the Indians won, 5-2.

David Peralta homered twice as the Diamondbacks beat the spiraling Mets, 6-3.

Francisco Lindor homered, singled and stole a base to help the Indians top the White Sox, 5-2.

 

They all owned baseball on June 14, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball May 31, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Chris Lee – St. Louis Post Dispatch

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Yairo Munoz drove in 5 runs including a dramatic come from behind walk off 3 run homer in the 9th that gave the Cardinals a 10-8 win over Pittsburgh.

Francisco Lindor went 4 for 5 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI as the Indians held on against Minnesota, 9-8.

Aaron Nola held the Dodgers to 2 hits and 1 run over 7 innings, earning the 2-1 decision for Philadelphia.

Daniel Mengden pitched into the 9th, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs over 8 plus innings as the A’s topped the Rays, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on May 31, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball May 12, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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Trevor Story reached base 4 times, including 2 homers and drove in all the runs in the 4-0 Rockies blanking of Milwaukee.

Francisco Lindor homered twice and doubled twice to give the Indians a much needed 6-2 win over Kansas City.

Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 7th, finishing with 1 run and 1 walk over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 9 Diamondbacks and getting the 2-1 victory for the Nationals.

Charlie Morton struck out 14 Rangers over 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run to earn the 6-1 decision for the Astros.

They all owned baseball on May 12, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball May 3, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Julio Teheran took a no hitter into the 7th and finished with 7 shutout frames as the first place Braves blanked the Mets, 11-0.

Nick Markakis reached base 4 times, including a double and a homer, driving in 3 to lead Atlanta past the Mets, 11-0.

Adam Putko gave the exhausted Indians bullpen a break by pitching into the 8th of the second game of the double header with Toronto, allowing 3 hits in 7 1/3 innings and earning the 13-4 decision.

Yangervis Solarte went 5 for 6 in the opening game of the double header, including a tie breaking grand slam that sparked the Blue Jays 13-11 win in Cleveland. He would add 3 more hits including another homer in the nightcap.

They all owned baseball on May 3, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball September 7, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

 

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Francisco Lindor missed the cycle by a double, driving in 3 runs to lead the Indians to an 11-2 blow out of the White Sox.

Corey Kluber struck out 13 White Sox in 7 dominant innings getting the Indians their 15th straight win with an 11-2 final.

Brandon Nimmo reached base 4 times including a pair of homers in the Mets 7-2 victory over Cincinnati.

Clayton Richard threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk as the Padres blanked the Cardinals, 3-0.

They all owned baseball on September 7, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball August 20, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Justin Verlander took a no hitter into the 6th and finished with 8 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run, striking out 9 and helping the Tigers stop the Dodgers winning streak with a 6-1 final.

Adam Conley threw 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run to help the Marlins defeat the Mets, 6-4.

Chris Gimenez had 7 total bases, including a homer, scoring 3 times in the Twins critical 12-5 victory over Arizona.

Jesus Aguilar reached base 4 times, homered twice and drove in 3 as the Brewers slugged past the Rockies, 8-4.

They all owned baseball on August 20, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball May 27, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Brian Johnson threw a stunning 5 hit complete game shutout against the Mariners, the Red Sox first complete game of the year, for a 6-0 final.

Jose Altuve went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base as the Astros topped Baltimore, 5-2.

Chase Anderson kept the Diamondbacks hitless into the 8th, finishing with 1 hit and 11 strikeouts over 7 plus shutout innings, getting the 6-1 win for the Brewers.

Tommy Pham got on base 4 times, hit a critical homer and made a nice catch to seal the Cardinals 3-0 win in Colorado.

They all owned baseball on May 27, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball April 27, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Matt Carpenter hit a walk off grand slam and drove in 5 in the opening game and reached base twice and drove in another run in the night cap to help the Cardinals sweep a double header against Toronto, 8-4 and 6-4.

Francisco Lindor hit a come from behind 2 run homer that gave Cleveland a 4-3 lead over the Astros that they would hold.

Taijuan Walker struck out 11 Padres in 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs, earning the 6-2 decision for Arizona.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game 3 hit shutout against the Red Sox as the Yankees swept, 3-0.

They all owned baseball on April 27, 2017

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Is Francisco Lindor Adding Legit Power to His Arsenal?

The first two seasons of Francisco Lindor’s MLB career couldn’t have gone much better – especially when specifically talking about his individual performance. He’s paired Gold Glove defense with more-than-adequate production at the plate, but if we had to nitpick, his offense did take a slight step back last year compared to his rookie campaign.

Despite getting over 200 more plate appearances to work with, his wRC+, Isolated Power (ISO), wOBA and OPS all dropped.

But still, it’s not like any club wouldn’t take a 6.3-fWAR player that posted a .301/.358/.435 triple slash with 15 homers, 78 RBI, 99 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and Gold Glove defense at shortstop.

Entering his age-23 campaign, we know there’s room for growth as he continues approaching his physical prime. Could we be seeing that already with an early-season power binge?

Through 42 plate appearances, Lindor has hit 4 home runs and produced a .441 ISO. It took him until May 27th (201 plate appearances) to reach 4 homers last year.

Some could obviously look at this hot start and call it just that – we’re dealing with a small sample size, after all. And they’re not wrong – we’ll indeed have to wait a bit to see how sustainable his current performance is.

But what have been the reasons behind his fast start in the power department this year? Is it just a hot streak or could it be a sign of growth from the young shortstop?

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Who Owned Baseball April 5, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Francisco Lindor reached base 4 times, stole a base, homered twice including a 9th inning come from behind grand slam to put Cleveland ahead of Texas, 9-6.

Matt Wieters reached base 4 times and drove in 2 to help the Nationals beat the Marlins, 6-4.

Chris Sale shone in his Boston debut, keeping the Pirates scoreless over 7 innings. He did not get a decision but set up the Red Sox 3-0 extra inning win.

Brandon Finnegan struck out 9 Phillies over 7 innings of 1 hit ball to earn the 2-0 victory for Cincinnati.

They all owned baseball on April 5, 2017 

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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.

The club can fend enough offense in RF a Catcher to hit 8th and 9th. Read the rest of this entry

Francisco Lindor’s Postseason Showcasing Why He’s Baseball’s Best Young Shortstop

Baseball is currently enjoying a period full of young, elite shortstops. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is in this group, but often gets overlooked –by myself included – because guys like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager grab most of the headlines.

Well, I’m done overlooking and ready to put him at the top of the list. Lindor has been front and center in October and the 22-year-old is making the most of his opportunity as the Indians are on the verge of their first title since 1948.

Manager Terry Francona is getting a ton of credit for the masterful usage of his bullpen, and rightfully so. However, as important as preventing runs is in the postseason, teams still must score in order to advance.

Lindor has been a catalyst for Cleveland throughout the past month, but this isn’t anything new. His full range of skills and ability to put it all together in the big leagues from the minute he was promoted makes him special and worthy of being the game’s top young shortstop.

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Who Owns October and Who Owns the 2016 World Series (#WOO and #WOWS) Tallies Updated For October 28, 2016

29wsblog12-master675Will this be a 5 game series over soon or a seven game series unfolding? Nobody knows yet. Cub fans are HOPING to return to Cleveland!

So who owned October and the World Series?

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

But the World Series deserves its own stats. WOWS (Who Owns the World Series.)

At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter. The WOWS total will be kept separately. Each game now counts towards both tallies.

A complete description of the rules can be found HERE.

From October 28th.
2016 World Series Game 3:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Coco Crisp delivered a pinch hit RBI single that resulted in the only run of the game as Cleveland blanked the Cubs 1-0.

Andrew Miller came into the game in the 5th, retired all 4 Cubs he faced, including 3 by strikeout and earned the decision in the Indians 1-0 Game 3 victory.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Kyle Hendricks struck out 6 Indians in 4 1/3 shutout innings, wiggling out of trouble before being lifted in the 5th. He did not get the decision in the Cubs 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cleveland.

Jorge Soler singled, doubled and threw out a runner at third in the Cubs 1-0 loss to the Indians.

Current ‘WOWS’ Totals MLB 2016:

Hitters ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Coco Crisp  – Indians 1, Roberto Perez – Indians 1, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1, Mike Napoli – Indians 1/2, Jorge Soler – Cubs 1/2, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1, Corey Kluber – Indians 1, Andrew Miller – Indians 1, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1/3,

HCurrent WOO Totals MLB 2016

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays 3 1/2, Francisco Lindor – Indians 3, Adrian Gonzalez – Dodgers 2 1/2, Coco Crisp – Indians 2,   Daniel Murphy – Nationals 2, Addison Russell – Cubs 2, Justin Turner – Dodgers 2,  Javier Baez – Cubs 1 1/2, Edwin Encarnacion – Blue Jays 1 1/2, Conor Gillaspie – Giants 1 1/2, Mike Napoli – Indians 1 1/2,  Roberto Perez – Indians 1 1/2, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1 1/2,  Mookie Betts – Red Sox 1, Kris Bryant – Cubs 1,  Dexter Fowler – Cubs 1, Brandon Guyer – Indians 1, Yasmani Grandal – Dodgers 1, Shawn Kelley – Nationals 1,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1, Miguel Montero – Cubs 1, Joe Panik – Giants 1, Joc Pederson – Dodgers 1, Anthony Rizzo – Cubs 1, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1, Troy Tulowitzki – Blue Jays 1, Jayson Werth – Nationals 1, Elvis Andrus – Rangers 1/2, Jose Bautista – Blue Jays 1/2,  Andrew Benintendi  – Red Sox 1/2, Gregor Blanco – Giants 1/2, Ian Desmond – Rangers 1/2, Curtis Granderson – Mets 1/2, Rougned Odor – Rangers 1/2, Buster Posey – Giants 1/2, Carlos Ruiz – Dodgers 1/2, Michael Saunders – Blue Jays 1/2, Corey Seager – Dodgers 1/2, Jorge Soler – Cubs 1/2, Mark Trumbo – Orioles 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Corey Kluber – Indians 3,  Jon Lester – Cubs 3, Andrew Miller – Indians 3,  Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 2 1/2, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 2,  Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 2,   Roberto Osuna – Blue Jays 2, Josh Tomlin – Indians 2, Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1 1/2, Marco Estrada – Blue Jays 1 1/2, Madison Bumgarner – Giants 1, Aroldis Chapman – Cubs 1, Rich Hill – Dodgers 1, Derek Law – Giants 1,  Mark Melancon– Nationals 1, Ryan Merritt – Indians 1, Mike Montgomery – Cubs 1, Aaron Sanchez – Blue Jays 1, Marcus Stroman – Blue Jays 1, Travis Wood – Cubs 1,  Johnny Cueto – Giants 1/2, Matt Moore – Giants 1/2, Darren O’Day – Orioles 1/2, Max Scherzer – Nationals 1/2, Noah Syndergaard – Mets 1/2,

Who Owns October in MLB Playoffs 2016 (#WOO) Tallies Updated for October 19, 2016

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Thomas Ondrey/The Cleveland Plain Dealer

One series is over while the other is all knotted up after four games.

Time to see who owned October.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter.

A complete description of the rules can be found HERE.

From October 19th.
ALCS Game 5 and NLCS Game 4:

Receiving 1 WOO’s

Francisco Lindor collected 3 hits and scored the first run in the 3-0 Cleveland victory that clinched the pennant in Toronto.

Ryan Merritt threw only his second ever major league start and made it count. He pitched shutout ball into the 5th inning and allowed the Indians to tap into their bullpen, who finished up the games, series and pennant, 3-0 over the Blue Jays.

Mike Montgomery threw a pair of shutout innings out of the bullpen and stopped the Dodgers from getting back into the game as the Cubs poured it on, 10-2.

Addison Russell woke up from a nasty slump to go 3 for 5, including a 2 run homer, to lead the Cubs past the Dodgers, 10-2.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s 

Jose Bautista singled and hit a double in the 9th inning but was stranded as Toronto was eliminated in the ALCS by Cleveland, 3-0.

Justin Turner reached base twice and drove in the Dodgers only 2 runs as they were blown out in Game 4 by the Cubs, 10-2.

Current ‘WOO’ Totals MLB 2016:

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays 3 1/2, Francisco Lindor – Indians 3, Adrian Gonzalez – Dodgers 2 1/2,  Daniel Murphy – Nationals 2, Justin Turner – Dodgers 2,  Javier Baez – Cubs 1 1/2, Edwin Encarnacion – Blue Jays 1 1/2, Conor Gillaspie – Giants 1 1/2, Mookie Betts – Red Sox 1, Kris Bryant – Cubs 1,  Coco Crisp – Indians 1,  Dexter Fowler – Cubs 1, Brandon Guyer – Indians 1, Yasmani Grandal – Dodgers 1, Shawn Kelley – Nationals 1,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1, Miguel Montero – Cubs 1, Mike Napoli – Indians 1, Joe Panik – Giants 1, Joc Pederson – Dodgers 1, Troy Tulowitzki – Blue Jays 1, Jayson Werth – Nationals 1, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1,  Elvis Andrus – Rangers 1/2, Jose Bautista – Blue Jays 1/2,  Andrew Benintendi  – Red Sox 1/2, Gregor Blanco – Giants 1/2, Ian Desmond – Rangers 1/2, Curtis Granderson – Mets 1/2, Rougned Odor – Rangers 1/2, Roberto Perez – Indians 1/2, Buster Posey – Giants 1/2, Carlos Ruiz – Dodgers 1/2, Michael Saunders – Blue Jays 1/2, Mark Trumbo – Orioles 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 2, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 2, Corey Kluber – Indians 2, Jon Lester – Cubs 2Andrew Miller – Indians 2,   Roberto Osuna – Blue Jays 2, Josh Tomlin – Indians 2, Marco Estrada – Blue Jays 1 1/2,  Madison Bumgarner – Giants 1, Aroldis Chapman – Cubs 1, Rich Hill – Dodgers 1, Derek Law – Giants 1,  Mark Melancon– Nationals 1, Ryan Merritt – Indians 1, Mike Montgomery – Cubs 1, Aaron Sanchez – Blue Jays 1, Marcus Stroman – Blue Jays 1, Travis Wood – Cubs 1, Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1/2,  Johnny Cueto – Giants 1/2, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1/2, Matt Moore – Giants 1/2, Darren O’Day – Orioles 1/2, Max Scherzer – Nationals 1/2, Noah Syndergaard – Mets 1/2,

Who Owns October in MLB Playoffs 2016 (#WOO) Tallies Updated for October 15, 2016

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RON VESELY/MLB PHOTOS

Ho hum… another day and another pair of heart stopping playoff games.

Time to see who owned October.

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO (Who Owns October.)

And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO’S to a worthy player on the losing team.

At the end of the post season, we will see who had the highest WOO total as a pitcher and a hitter.

A complete description of the rules can be found HERE.

From October 15th.
ALCS Game 2 and NLCS Game 1:

Receiving 1 WOO’s 

Jon Lester allowed 4 hits and 1 run, on a solo homer, over 6 innings. He was pulled, probably too early, and did not get a decision but helped set up the Cubs’ 8-4 win over the Dodgers.

Francisco Lindor collected a pair of hits and drove in the run that put Cleveland up for good, 2-1 over the Blue Jays.

Miguel Montero launched a 2 out, 2 strike bottom of the 8th game tying pinch hit grand slam to give the Cubs a dramatic 8-4 Game 1 victory over Los Angeles.

Josh Tomlin allowed only 3 hits and 1 run over 5 2/3 innings, striking out 6 and giving the Indians a victory in his emergency start over Toronto, 2-1.

 

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s 

Josh Donaldson doubled home the first and so far only Toronto run of the series as the Blue Jays fell to Cleveland, 2-1.
Adrian Gonzalez got a pair of hits including a game tying 2 run single in the 8th. The Dodgers bullpen would melt down in the bottom of the 8th and the Cubs would take the game, 8-4.

Current ‘WOO’ Totals MLB 2016:

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Josh Donaldson – Blue Jays 2 1/2, Francisco Lindor – Indians 2, Daniel Murphy – Nationals 2, Edwin Encarnacion – Blue Jays 1 1/2, Conor Gillaspie – Giants 1 1/2, Adrian Gonzalez – Dodgers 1 1/2,  Justin Turner – Dodgers 1 1/2, Javier Baez – Cubs 1, Mookie Betts – Red Sox 1,  Coco Crisp – Indians 1,  Dexter Fowler – Cubs 1, Brandon Guyer – Indians 1, Shawn Kelley – Nationals 1,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1, Miguel Montero – Cubs 1, Joe Panik – Giants 1, Joc Pederson – Dodgers 1, Troy Tulowitzki – Blue Jays 1, Jayson Werth – Nationals 1, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1,  Elvis Andrus – Rangers 1/2,  Andrew Benintendi  – Red Sox 1/2, Gregor Blanco – Giants 1/2, Kris Bryant – Cubs 1/2,  Ian Desmond – Rangers 1/2, Curtis Granderson – Mets 1/2, Rougned Odor – Rangers 1/2, Buster Posey – Giants 1/2, Carlos Ruiz – Dodgers 1/2, Mark Trumbo – Orioles 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 2, Corey Kluber – Indians 2, Jon Lester – Cubs 2,  Roberto Osuna – Blue Jays 2, Josh Tomlin – Indians 2, Marco Estrada – Blue Jays 1 1/2,  Madison Bumgarner – Giants 1, Aroldis Chapman – Cubs 1,  Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 1, Derek Law – Giants 1,  Mark Melancon– Nationals 1, Andrew Miller – Indians 1,  Marcus Stroman – Blue Jays 1, Travis Wood – Cubs 1, Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1/2,  Johnny Cueto – Giants 1/2, Matt Moore – Giants 1/2, Darren O’Day – Orioles 1/2, Max Scherzer – Nationals 1/2, Noah Syndergaard – Mets 1/2,

Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 9/10/16

P- Masahiro Tanaka (vs. Tampa Bay Rays): $10,800. Over his last six starts, Tanaka is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA. That includes a start against the Rays which he gave up four runs over seven innings and struck out eight. While that start isn’t fantastic, Tanaka has pretty much dominated this team over his career. In 84 career at bats against Tanaka, the Rays’ offense is batting .179, with 19 strikeouts, and a .188 OBP.

P- Adam Wainwright (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $8,100. It looks like Wainwright has finally snapped out of his funk. Over his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record, 3.71 ERA, and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. That includes a start against Milwaukee where he went seven innings, giving up only three hits, seven strikeouts, and one earned run. In 144 career at bats against Wainwright, the Brewers’ offense is batting .215, with 37 strikeouts, and a .245 OBP.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/30/16

P- Kyle Hendricks (vs. Pittsburgh Pirates): $10,800. Over the last 17 starts, Hendricks has given up three or fewer earned runs. Included in those starts is his sole start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he threw six innings, giving up one earned run, and 12 strikeouts. The Pirates offense has been very mediocre recently, which is in favor of the right-handed pitcher.

P- Adam Wainwright (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $6,900. Wainwright has gone through some struggles recently, but he has been very successful against the Brewers’ lineup throughout his career. In 122 career at bats against Waino, the Brewers are batting .230, with a .264 OBP, and a .321 slugging percentage. In his only start against the Brewers in 2016, Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up seven hits, and he struck out seven.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/24/16

P- Masahiro Tanaka (vs. Seattle Mariners): $10,800. There are a lot of great options at starting pitcher for Wednesday. Based on the prices and competition of some of the elite tier starts, I think Tanaka provides the most value. Over his last three starts, he has struck out at least eight batters, with zero walks, and a 2.18 ERA. In 67 career at bats against Tanaka, the Mariners’ lineup is batting .164 with a .200 OBP.

P- Marco Estrada (vs. Los Angeles Angels): $8,600. Estrada is coming off a rough start, but that is very uncommon of the righty this season. It was the first time since May 13th that he allowed more than three earned runs in a game. Over the last seven days, the Los Angeles Angels have a .241/.304/.366 slash line, which isn’t superb by any means. Estrada is going to be hungry to get out on the mound and succeed after a tough loss last week, which could be great for a start in daily fantasy.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/19/16

P- Tanner Roark (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,600. In nine career starts against Atlanta, Tanner Roark has a 1.77 ERA. In fact, his last start was against the Braves, where he went seven innings giving up five hits, one earned run, and he struck out three. In his two starts against Atlanta this year, Roark has given up one earned run in 14 innings pitched.

P- Adam Wainwright (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $6,600. This pick does scare me a bit, but I’m going to stick with it. Over Wainwright’s last two starts, he has not been effective at all. Luckily, the Cardinals are giving Wainwright an extra two days of rest because he believes he has found the issue in his windup. This pick is risky, but the other options that are affordable are very risky as well.

 

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

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Derik Hamilton, AP

Dernard Span went 3 for 4, driving in a pair including a 10th inning go ahead homer to give the Giants a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia.

Brandon Finnegan kept the Cardinals shut out over 6 innings of 1 hit ball and warned the 7-0 decision for the Reds.

Francisco Lindor homered, singled, drove in a pair and showed some dazzling defense in Cleveland’s 9-2 drubbing of the Twins.

Drew Smyly struck out 10 Royals in 7 innings, giving up just 2 runs. He did not fare in the decision but the Rays came back to win, 3-2.

They All Owned Baseball on August 4, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/5/16

P- Jeremy Hellickson (vs. San Diego Padres): $9,300. Many people believed Hellickson was going to be traded at the trade deadline, but the Phillies decided to hang on to him. He has been dominant on the mound recently. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-0 record, 1.83 ERA, and 11 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.

P- Blake Snell (vs. Minnesota Twins): $8,700. Snell has been fantastic on the mound since the All-Star break. His last three starts have come against very tough opponents and he has faired very well. In that time span, he threw 18 innings, with a 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 22 strikeouts.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/4/16

P- Matt Moore (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $8,400. Thursday is an absolutely brutal day for potential starting pitcher choices in daily fantasy. I decided to go with Matt Moore as he makes his debut for the San Francisco Giants. Over his last three starts with the Rays, he has a 2-1 record, 2.14 ERA, and 12 strikeouts. Over the last seven games, the Phillies have a .694 OPS, which is ranked 20th in baseball. They also rank 28th in OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, which is a great sign for Moore. If Moore can limit his walks, he could go very deep into this game.

 

P- Nathan Eovaldi (vs. New York Mets): $7,300. Eovaldi had a terrible June, but he has been very sharp recently. Over his last six appearances, he has only allowed six runs. The New York Mets’ offense has been very lackluster this year, so hopefully Eovaldi shows more success. I would typically go with a more “for sure” option, but the pitching slate is very slim on Thursday.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/20/16

I’m sorry for getting these picks out so late. I was unfortunately involved in a small car accident, which took forever to sort out. I am completely fine and so is my truck, but it has been a long night. Due to the late post, I’m not going to post explanations for each pick. If you have any specific questions about players, please feel free to reach out to me on social media.

P – Felix Hernandez (vs. Chicago White Sox): $10,100

P – Jaime Garcia (vs. San Diego Padres): $7,900

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/26/16

P- Justin Verlander (vs. Cleveland Indians): $10,700. In 264 career at bats against Verlander, the Indians’ offense is batting .223, with 63 strikeouts, and a .306 OBP. He struggled against the Indians in his last start, but in the nine starts since, he is 6-2, with a 2.34 ERA.

 

P- Hector Santiago (vs. Oakland Athletics): $5,800. Santiago has been very solid over his last two starts. Oakland’s offense has really struggled over the past seven games. They are ranked 26th in runs scored, 25th in OBP, and 26th in slugging. They have also struggled against left-handed pitching all season, which points in Santiago’s favor as well.

 

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