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Who Owned Baseball May 20, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Amed Rosario had a two homer day to help the Mets beat the reeling Diamondbacks, 4-1.

Jack Flaherty pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run and struck out 13 Phillies to earn the 5-1 decision for the Cardinals.

J. D. Martinez reached base 3 times, homering twice and driving in 3 to keep the Red Sox tied for first after blanking Baltimore, 5-0.

Reynaldo Lopez threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 8 Rangers to give the White Sox a rare win, 3-0.

They all owned baseball on May 20, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball May 4, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Walker Buehler threw 6 no hit innings to set up the Dodgers combined 8-0 no hitter of the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico.

Gerrit Cole threw a complete game 1 hit shutout, striking out 16 Diamondbacks as the Astros rolled, 8-0.

Bryce Harper continued to shine as a lead off hitter, homering twice and drive in 3 as the Nationals beat the Phillies, 7-3.

Eduardo Escobar reached base 4 times including a pair of homers, to lead the Twins past the White Sox, 6-4.

They all owned baseball on May 4, 2018

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The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Combined Dodger No Hitter)

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Now THAT was a show for the folks of Monterrey Mexico!

In a game that was drenched in rain, the fans who braved the weather were treated to a combined no hitter. Walker Buehler took the first six. Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a no hit inning and an unlikely group of arms etched their names into Dodgers history.

They knocked a more likely name off of this list… Clayton Kershaw.

Of course they did this against the Padres, still looking for their first No Hitter in Team History.

Now to update the list.

THE MOST RECENT NO HITTERS
FOR EACH FRANCHISE
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LOS ANGELES DODGERS
4-0 over San Diego.
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OAKLAND A’S
Sean Manaea – April 21, 2018
3-0 over Boston.
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MIAMI MARLINS
Edinson Volquez– June 3, 2017.
3-0 over Arizona.
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CHICAGO CUBS
Jake Arrieta – April 21, 2016.
16-0 over Cincinnati Reds.
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Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer – October 3, 2015
2-0 over New York Mets

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HOUSTON ASTROS
Mike Fiers – August 21, 2015.
3-0 over Los Angeles Dodgers.

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SEATTLE MARINERS
Hisashi Iwakuma – August 12, 2015.
3-0 over Orioles
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Cole Hamels – July 25, 2015
5-0 over Chicago Cubs.
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San Francisco Giants
Chris Heston – June 9, 2015
5-0 over New York Mets
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CINCINNATI REDS
Homer Bailey – July 2, 2013.
3-0 over San Francisco.
NEW YORK METS
Johan Santana – June 1, 2012
8-0 over St. Louis
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LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
Jered Weaver – May 2, 2012.
9-0 over Minnesota.
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CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Phillip Humber – April 21, 2012
4-0 over Seattle. (Perfect Game.)
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DETROIT TIGERS
Justin Verlander – May 7, 2011.
9-0 over Toronto.
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MINNESOTA TWINS
Francisco Liriano – May 3, 2011
1-0 over Chicago White Sox
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TAMPA PAY RAYS
Matt Garza – July 26th, 2010
5-0 over Detroit.
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Edwin Jackson – June 25, 2010
1-0 over Tampa Bay
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COLORADO ROCKIES
Ubaldo Jimenez – April 17, 2010
4-0 over Atlanta.
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BOSTON RED SOX
Jon Lester – May 19, 2008.
7-0 over Kansas City.

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Bud Smith – September 3, 2001
4-0 over San Diego.

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NEW YORK YANKEES
David Cone – July 18, 1999.
6-0 over Montreal. (Perfect Game.)

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon – July 12, 1997.
3-0 over Houston. (10 innings.)

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TEXAS RANGERS
Kenny Rogers – July 28, 1994.
4-0 over California. (Perfect Game.)

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ATLANTA BRAVES
Kent Mercker – April 8, 1994.
6-0 over Los Angeles.

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Bret Saberhagen – August 26, 1991
7-0 over Chicago White Sox.

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson andGregg Olson – July 13, 1991.
2-0 over Oakland.

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Dave Stieb – September 2, 1990.
3-0 over Cleveland.

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MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987.
7-0 over Baltimore.

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CLEVELAND INDIANS
Len Barker – May 15, 1981.
3-0 over Toronto. (Perfect Game.)

BONUS –

Last No Hitters For Teams in Old Locations

MONTREAL EXPOS
Dennis Martinez – July 28, 1991.
2-0 over Los Angeles. (Perfect Game.)

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MILWAUKEE BRAVES

Warren Spahn – April 28, 1961
1-0 over San Francisco.

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BROOKLYN DODGERS
Sal Maglie – September 25, 1956
5-0 over Philadelphia

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ST. LOUIS BROWNS
Bobo Holloman – May 6, 1953
6-0 over Philadelphia

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BOSTON BRAVES

Vern Bickford – August 11, 1950
7-0 over Brooklyn

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS
Bill McCahan – September 3, 1947
3-0 over Washington

WASHINGTON SENATORS
Bobby Burke – August 8, 1931
5-0 over Boston.

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NEW YORK GIANTS
Carl Hubbell – May 8, 1929
11-0 over Pittsburgh.

Did you take notes, Padres? THAT is called a no hitter. Please throw one!

Who Owned Baseball April 22, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Brandon Belt had a mind boggling 21 pitch at bat in the first inning and finished the game with 3 hits including a homer and 2 runs scored to help the Giants top the Angels, 4-2.

Johnny Cueto did not allow a hit until the 6th and finished with 6 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 Angels to lead the Giants to a 4-2 victory.

Jose Ramirez hit a pair of homers and walked, driving in 3, in the Indians 7-3 win over Baltimore.

Luis Severino threw 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run, earning the 5-1 decision for the Yankees over the Blue Jays.

They all owned baseball on April 22, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Live life like Francisco Liriano, Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez – December 28, 2017

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How do you look at your life? How do you look at the careers of Francisco Liriano, Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez? Looking at all of them in a positive way is a good way to live life.

Seeing the glass as half full on this episode of Sully Baseball.

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

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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 April 13, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Travis d’Arnaud reached base 5 times, drove in 4 including a 16th inning homer that was the difference in the Mets 9-8 win in Miami.

Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run and earned the 5-1 victory over the Reds.

Aaron Hicks homered twice as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 3-2.

Jason Vargas pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 A’s batters to get the 3-1 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on April 13, 2017 

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

 

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Ryan Schimpf doubled twice, hit a game tying homer and a walk off 3 run in the 10th to blast the Padres past Arizona, 7-4.

Johnny Cueto threw 7 strong innings, scattering 8 hits and allowing 1 run as the Giants moved back into first with a 8-1 clobbering of the Mets.

Adrian Beltre went 4 for 5 with 2 homers as the Rangers topped the Rays, 6-2.

Kendall Graveman threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking no White Sox batters, to give Oakland the 9-0 victory.

They All Owned Baseball on August 19, 2016.

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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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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/11/16

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

P – Francisco Liriano (@ Cincinnati Reds): $9,000. Liriano has been fairly consistent over his first few starts in 2016. He has thrown 35 innings, with a 3-1 record, 3.60 ERA, 39 strikeouts, and 19 walks.

He will be facing the 25th ranked offense on Wednesday, which is a great matchup for Liriano.

The Reds’ lineup has really struggled against the left-handed throughout his career.

In 170 career at bats against Liriano, the Reds’ lineup is batting .224, with 5 home runs, 40 strikeouts, and a .298 OBP. These numbers are very much in favor of Liriano on Wednesday.

He is currently averaging 15.8 points per game on DraftKings this season.

P – Wei-Yin Chen (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $7,800. Chen is facing another struggling offense on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee Brewers are currently ranked as the 22nd overall offense in Major League Baseball.

In 62 career at bats against Chen, the Brewers’ lineup is batting .210, with 1 home run, 17 strikeouts, and a .258 OBP.

There will be a 12 MPH wind blowing towards home plate, which is a great sign for Chen considering this should limit the number of potential home runs.

Chen has faced the Milwaukee lineup one time this year and he got the win after throwing 6.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Chen is averaging 12.1 points per game on DraftKings this season.

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Who Owned Baseball May 6, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Jose Ramirez reached base four times, doubling twice, driving in five to help the Indians clobber their divisional rival Royals, 7-1.

Ben Zobrist got on four times, homering twice and driving in 4 as the Cubs beat the Nationals, 8-6.

Cole Hamels let up a lead off single and then didn’t allow another hit for 7 shutout innings, walking two Tigers and striking out 9 to earn the 5-1 victory for Texas.

Francisco Liriano struck out 10 Cardinals and allowed only 5 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings as the Pirates took the game 4-2.

They all owned baseball on May 6, 2016.

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Who Owned Baseball April 30, 2016 (Daily MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Michael Conforto continued his hot streak with 3 hits, including a homer, a 3 RBI to help the Mets past San Francisco, 6-5.

Jackie Bradley Jr.hit a double, walked and tripled twice, driving in 3 and scoring 2 as the Red Sox crushed the Yankees 8-0.

Francisco Liriano pitched into the 7th, finishing with 6 2/3 innings, 5 hits and 1 run and got the 5-1 decision for the Pirates over the Reds.

Wade Miley threw a complete game 5 hit shutout, walking none and striking out 4 Royals to earn the 6-0 victory in Seattle.

They all owned baseball on April 30, 2016.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates Payroll In 2016 + Roster That Could Have Been

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Jason Rollison (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – piratesbreakdown.com) 

After a second consecutive exit from the playoffs by way of the wild card game, the Pittsburgh Pirates promised a bigger payroll this season, but could they have done better?

In December, Neal Huntington and Frank Connelly both hinted the Pirates target payroll would be approximately $105 million for opening day.  As it stands, the Pirates opening day payroll was about $100 million.

That wouldn’t be so bad if the team’s pitching staff wasn’t off to a rough start, the first base platoon partner wasn’t gone after two weeks, and the Cubs weren’t the center of the baseball universe at the moment.  The saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20,” but we consider what could have been if the Pirates had spent their money a little differently.

Let’s start with the breakdown of the opening day payroll broken down by position: (Note: Only players included on opening day 25-man roster/DL are included below.)

The rules for this little experiment are simple.  We cannot exceed $105 million, and our payroll has to include 28 players due to Jared Hughes, Elias Diaz, and Jung-Ho Kang starting the season on the major league disabled list. 

If we choose any players the Pirates did not sign, we will assume the Pirates could have signed said player(s) to the same terms.  Knowing what we know now, here’s a look at what the Pirates roster could have been.

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MLB Power Rankings 2016: Week 4 – April

One is the #1 club in the whole MLB right now, and the other was the biggest mover and shaker of the week for week 3 of MLB action.

One is the #1 club in the whole MLB right now, and the other was the biggest mover and shaker of the week for week 3 of MLB action.  Both are leading the Central Divisions in their respective leagues behind awesome starting pitching and timely power.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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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.

Game Records were before the results of the ESPN Sunday Night Game was played.

After a crazy week in which we saw our 1st no hitter, and massive long 16 inning game in Washington, we have for you the MLB Power Rankings.

There was no movement from the top 3 clubs.  The NL West saw the Dodgers take a decent lead on the Giants – and that is major critical, as that is the team most likely to give them trouble in their quest for a 4th straight Division crown.

Bryce Harper has pulverized the Phillies, Marlins, Braves and Twins thus far.  His late inning heroics are taking him to the next level.

The biggest mover and shaker this week was the White Sox, who climbed up 7 slots.  The Giants dropping 8 positions was the biggest decline.

Bad weeks were had by the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros.  All clubs in the AL who are supposed to contend for a playoff slot.

The Mariners won their 3rd straight road series against the Angels (after beating the Yankees and Tribe 1s), and sit just a half game back in the AL West.

Oakland had started 7 – 0 on the road, before yielding 15 runs over the last 2 losses to the Blue Jays.  They are tied with the Rangers for the lead in the Division, but it is just a matter of time before they are bounced out in my opinion.

Cleveland had a nice week of 4 – 2 to jump up 5 spots in the rankings. and are that much closer to bringing back Michael Brantley.

Gaining only one spot but having an awesome week were the New York Mets.  All the boys are hitting now, and they are 8 – 2 in their last 10 contests. Read the rest of this entry

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for Jake Arrieta, April 21 2016 )

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FIRST NO HITTER OF THE YEAR!!

Evidently Jake Arrieta and Max Scherzer are the only pitchers allowed to throw no hitters! Well, Arrieta was given plenty of run support and earned it with his second masterpiece in less than a year.

Who knows? Maybe it will be a magic year for the Cubs.

 

It is time to update my list!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 4, 2016

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I check in throughout the day as the season officially began for three times, did not for two more and was blacked out for the finale.

It is a “Let’s Get Things Started” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Francisco Liriano, Marcus Stroman, Gregory Polanco, Eric Hosmer, Michael Conforto and Evan Longoria all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.
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Who Owned Baseball April 3, 2016 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Francisco Liriano struck out 10 Cardinals in 6 shutout innings and drove in the first run on the season to earn the 4-1 opening day decision for the Pirates.

Marcus Stroman pitched into the ninth inning, finished with 8 plus frames, 3 runs and 1 walk, getting the 5-3 Toronto win in Tampa Bay.

Gregory Polanco singled, doubled, walked and scored twice in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 victory over St. Louis.

Eric Hosmer went 3 for 4 with an RBI as the Royals took the World Series rematch over the Mets, 4-3.

They all owned baseball on April 3, 2016.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Oct 1, 2013 – Oct 31, 2013 (Episodes 343 – 373)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1231 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 343 – 373 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Sept 1, 2013 – Sept 30, 2013 (Episodes 313 – 342)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1230 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 313 – 342 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Aug 1, 2013 – Aug 31, 2013 (Episodes 282 – 312)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1229 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 282 – 312 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives July 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013 (Episodes 251 – 281)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1228 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 251 – 281 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives June 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013 (Episodes 221 – 250)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1219 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 221 – 250 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

We will also archive all of his podcasts to date (in coming weeks) so they are easily accessible for all his fans. Check out all his Archived info here.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Feb.1, 2013 – Feb.28, 2013 (Episodes 101 – 128)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1216 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 101 – 128 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Sully starting posting his daily podcasts at the mlbreports.com on Feb.6, 2013. We will also archive all of his podcasts to date (in coming weeks) so they are easily accessible for all his fans. Check out all his Archived info here.

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WTF Pittsburgh? Are You Contenders Or Are You At The Kids Table?

This club has improved a great deal over the last 8 years, and they are in great His strategic moves over the next 12 months will determine if that means a playoff round win.

This Pirates club has made themselves relevant in the NL for the last 3 years with appearing in the Wild Card game – and pushing the Cards to the brink of elimination in 2014.  However this organization has looked petty in looking too much to the bottom line so far this offseason.  They have lost 4 players from the 98 win team of 2015 – and only have Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio as guys that help the MLB squad in 2016.  They still have 3 months to go, but thus far the winter has been a tire fire.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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What the hell are the Pirates doing this offseason?!!  I mean I have tonnes of respect for Neil Huntington – however the brass has made some highly questionable moves to save some money.

The Pittsburgh window to win is 2 – 3 more years, yet it almost looks likes the management is throwing a preemptive strike to blow the club up.

Okay, I may be overstating the facts a little here – as there is still well over 3 months before the club even hits Spring Training.

The club first non-tendered Pedro Alvarez – rather than head to the last year of Arbitration with him.  He would have made in the neighborhood of $10 MIL in 2016 – I get that, but losing a 25 – 30 HR out of your lineup will be tough to adjust for. Read the rest of this entry

Minnesota Twins State Of The Union: Looking For The Playoffs In 2016

The Twins finished 2nd in the AL Central and could be the Houston Astros type of 2015 club in 2016. If you think they can finish 2nd in the AL Central one more time, it may be enough to secure a Wild Card Spot. I think the AL East will beat each other up - and will only produce one playoff team in 2016. The management needs to realize that the next 2 or 3 years represent the best time for the organization to take back the helm of the AL Central like they did from 2001 - 2010.

The Twins finished 2nd in the AL Central and could be the Houston Astros type of 2015 club in 2016. If you think they can finish 2nd in the AL Central one more time, it may be enough to secure a Wild Card Spot. I think the AL East will beat each other up – and will only produce one playoff team in 2016. The management needs to realize that the next 2 or 3 years represents the best time for the organization to take back the helm of the AL Central like they did from 2001 – 2010.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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The Minnesota Twins know how to build a winner.  From 1992 – 1999 the team was not the greatest team around and they gradually built a ton of players through the draft like Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau and later Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano and Joe Mauer.

Being a good franchise means a smart game plan, and especially when you are a smaller market.

From 2001 – 2010 the club won 6 AL Central Titles and were always on the verge of sneaking through.  They never seemed to have great depth Starting Pitching to move past clubs in the postseason (despite having Santana).

After the club moved into Target Field, it should have alleviated some of the financial concerns the organization had.  They were in the top 10 for total team salary.  Except for the core was getting older.  Veterans were traded and the management focused on replenishing the Minor League System.

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Pittsburgh Pirates State Of The Union For 2016: All Hands On Deck To At Least Start 2016!

Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were samarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs - and a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise. My idea is to spend some money this offseason, but if you are 5 or 6 games behind the playoff bar near the Trade Deadline, to deal all guys on the remainder year of their contracts and to retool for 2017.

Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were samarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs – and a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise. My idea is to spend some money this offseason, but if you are 5 or 6 games behind the playoff bar near the Trade Deadline, to deal all guys on the remainder year of their contracts and to retool for 2017.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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I start this blog by praising Neil Huntington and his management for how they assembled this team over the last 6 – 7 years.

It follows the Royals and Twins before them as smaller market clubs that finally used the draft to their advantage after struggling for years.

Here is the thing though..You have a team that needs the final pieces now to compete for a championship!

Heading into 2016 the teams core nucleus comes back, and the club will attempt for a 4th straight playoff appearance.

There are 8 players on the last year of their deals, and you have several other players that will become increasingly more difficult to keep as their Arbitration Dollars exponentially grow over the coming years. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 8, 2015

 

Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette

It is the first Sunday Request of the off season.

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The answer is NONE. The Pirates need to be aggressive this off season and emulate not only the current World Champs but also an unusual strategy by Bill Veeck in the 1970s.

We are family in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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WHO OWNED BASEBALL – THE FINAL RESULTS FOR 2015

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The regular season is over. My daily tally for Who Owns Baseball is at an end. Every day I determine which player had the best individual day on a winning team to earn a full WOB and on a losing team for a 1/2 WOB.

These are final leaders in each categor for Who Owns Baseball

NATIONAL LEAGUE HITTER WHO OWNED BASEBALL

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

JOEY VOTTOCincinnati Reds

(Final Total – 7 1/2 WOB.)

Second Place (TIE):

Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks.
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates.
(Final Total – 7 WOB.)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHER WHO OWNED BASEBALL

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

CLAYTON KERSHAW – Los Angeles Dodgers

(Final Total – 13 1/2 WOB.)

Second Place:
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
(Final Total – 11 WOB)

Third Place
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
(Final Total – 9 1/2 WOB.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE HITTER WHO OWNED BASEBALL

Rob Carr - Getty Image Sports

Rob Carr – Getty Image Sports

MIKE TROUT – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

(Final Total – 10 1/2 WOB.)

Second Place:
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
(Final Total – 6 1/2 WOB)

Third Place
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
(Final Total – 6 WOB.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER WHO OWNED BASEBALL

Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

DALLAS KEUCHEL – Houston Astros

(Final Total – 10  WOB.)

Second Place (TIE):

Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox.
(Final Total – 7 WOB.)

THE WINNERS FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS:

2013

NL Batter: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Batter: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

AL Pitcher: (3 Way Tie) R. A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

2013

NL Pitcher: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

NL Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Batter: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

AL Pitcher:  Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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Who Owned Baseball October 4, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB standings

 

Brandon Wade - Getty Images

Brandon Wade – Getty Images

Cole Hamels settled down after a shaky first inning to throw a complete game, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs, striking out 8 and topped the Angels, 9-2 to clinch the AL West title for the Texas Rangers.

Chris Davis homered twice and reached base 4 times altogether, driving in 4 and helping the Orioles beat the Yankees, 9-4.

Shelby Miller finally recorded another win, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 7 strikeouts, as Atlanta was victorious over St. Louis, 6-0.

A. J. Pollock went 3 for 5, homering and driving in a pair to have the Diamondbacks crush Houston’s hopes to host the Wild Card Game with a 5-3 final.

They all owned baseball on October 4, 2015

Earning 1/2 WOBs on losing efforts.

 

Rick Porcello allowed 2 earned runs and 1 unearned run over 7 innings but was saddled with the 3-1 Red Sox loss in Cleveland.

Jose Altuve went 3 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored. His Astros would fall just short to Arizona, 5-3.

Tanner Roark threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk. He would not factor into the decision as the Nationals lost to the Mets, 1-0.

Dee Gordon captured the NL Batting Title with a single, double and homer, scoring both Marlins runs along the way but Philadelphia won, 7-2.

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