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Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (8/12/18): MLB DFS Advice for FanDuel and DraftKings

DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for August 12, 2018

We have our MLB DFS 8/12/18 slate for Sunday. 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 (8/12/18): MLB DFS Advice

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Picks (8/12/18): MLB DFS Advice


FanDuel & DraftKings DFS Pitchers

Chris Sale

#41 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Orioles Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
146 39.7 0.238 0.193 1.45
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
79.5 MPH 18.6 ° 0.203 0.161 0.232
* Statcast data only available back to 2015


Luis Castillo

#58 Throws: Right

Career vs Current D-backs Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
37 37.8 0.197 0.147 2.22
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
83.5 MPH 16.3 ° 0.189 0.151 0.223
* Statcast data only available back to 2015


Noah Syndergaard

#34 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Marlins Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
52 13.5 0.322 0.306 2.48
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
79.7 MPH 10.8 ° 0.304 0.287 0.350
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

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

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David Peralta got 4 hits including a homer in the game tying 9th inning rally and a walk off shot in the 14th to give the Diamondbacks a dramatic 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a 2 out, 3 run homer in the 9th to turn a 1-0 Giants lead to a 3-1 Astros victory.

Kyle Freeland threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits as the Rockies blanked the Pirates, 2-0.

Lance Lynn gave the Yankees a much needed boost with 7 1/3 shutout innings, 2 hits and 9 strikeouts, topping the White Sox, 7-0.

They all owned baseball on August 6, 2018

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

MLB DFS Picks & Lineup Advice for July 20th, 2018 at DraftKings & FanDuel

DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for July 20, 2018

We have our MLB DFS 7/20/18 slate for Friday. 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.  We are doing a promo for 50 customers.

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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!

Best MLB DFS Pitchers for July 20, 2018

 

Jon Lester

#34 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Cardinals Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
269 22.7 0.299 0.225 4.44
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
82.8 MPH 16.6 ° 0.349 0.258 0.472
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

 

Stephen Strasburg

#37 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Braves Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
199 27.6 0.325 0.267 3.72
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
83.2 MPH 16.9 ° 0.291 0.242 0.382
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

Noah Syndergaard

#34 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Yankees Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
26 46.2 0.109 0.080 0.28
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
81.7 MPH 8.8 ° 0.147 0.115 0.176
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

Jake Arrieta

#49 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Padres Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
34 26.5 0.144 0.069 2.53
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
80.2 MPH 8.8 ° 0.232 0.184 0.281
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

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Who Owned Baseball July 13, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

Josh Bell doubled, tripled and had 2 singles, driving in 2 runs, giving the Pirates a 7-3 victory over the Brewers.

Justin Smoak reached base 4 times, homering twice and driving in 4 runs, as the Blue Jays broke the Red Sox winning streak by beating them 13-7.

Jake Arrieta threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 3, to help the Phillies blank the Marlins, 2-0.

Dallas Keuchel kept the Tigers off the board for 6 innings, scattering 6 hits and a walk, to lead the Astros to a 3-0 win.

 

They all owned baseball on July 13, 2018

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MLB DFS Picks & Lineup Advice for June 9th, 2018 at DraftKings & FanDuel

DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for June 9, 2018

We have our MLB DFS 6/9/18 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.  We are doing a promo for 50 customers. First 50 to use promo code LIFE99 on the LIFETIME Pass will get $400 off our Lifetime pass!  www.dailyrotohelp.com/memberships/

 

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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!

 

Best MLB DFS Pitchers for June 9, 2018

 

Gio Gonzalez

#47 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Giants Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
179 15.1 0.276 0.219 3.83
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
86.1 MPH 17.5 ° 0.356 0.277 0.471
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

Jake Arrieta

#49 Throws: Right

Career vs Current Brewers Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
115 19.1 0.333 0.240 6.35
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
84.6 MPH 16.9 ° 0.357 0.263 0.455
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

Jon Lester

#34 Throws: Left

Career vs Current Pirates Roster

PA K% wOBA AVG FIP
277 22.0 0.352 0.280 4.40
EV LA xwOBA xBA xSLG
84.1 MPH 11.3 ° 0.347 0.260 0.466
* Statcast data only available back to 2015

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Who Owned Baseball May 29, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

Jake Arrieta threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 5 Dodgers to propel Philadelphia to a 6-1 win.

Mike Clevinger pitched into the 7th, struck out 7 White Sox in 6 2/3 innings and earned the 7-3 decision for Cleveland.

Bryce Harper went 3 for 5 with a homer as Washington topped Baltimore, 3-2.

Brett Gardner got 4 hits including 2 homers, one of which tied the game in the bottom of the 9th and set up the Yankees dramatic 6-5 extra inning victory over Houston.

They all owned baseball on May 29, 2018

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

The Most Recent No Hitter For Each Franchise (Updated for James Paxton)

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(Photo: Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports)

Third No Hitter This Year… In As Many Countries

Sean Manea threw one in America… Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore combined for one in Mexico and now Canadian James Paxton threw one in his home country.

The Mariners lefty no hit the Blue Jays in a 5-0 final, the sixth no no in Seattle Mariners history. Hisashi Iwakuma had thrown the previous one

 

Paxton has always had ace stuff, but he has had trouble staying healthy. The Mariners are hoping that they finally are going to have that break out year.

Now to update the list.

THE MOST RECENT NO HITTERS
FOR EACH FRANCHISE
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SEATTLE MARINERS
James Paxton May 8, 2018.
5-0 over Blue Jays
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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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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.

BROOKLYN
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.

I am starting to think that the Padres do not WANT a no hitter in their franchise’s history!

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

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(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

 

Mike Trout had his third consecutive 3 hit game, reaching base 4 times altogether. homering, stealing a base and driving in 3 to push the Angels into first place alone with an 8-2 victory in Seattle.

Domingo German threw 6 no hit innings, striking out 9 Cleveland batters along the way in his first major league start. The Yankees bullpen would give up the no hitter and the lead, but New York staged a dramatic 9th inning comeback to walk off 7-4 winners.

Ian Desmond homered twice in the Rockies 3-2 win over the Mets.

Chad Kuhl allowed 1 hit and struck out 8 Brewers over 7 shutout innings as the Pirates rolled to a 9-0 laugher.

They all owned baseball on May 6, 2018

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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

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Orlando Ramirez / USA TODAY Sports – SNLA

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.

BROOKLYN
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 19, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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 Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Pirates over 7 innings of one hit shutout ball as the Phillies cruised to a 7-0 final.

Charlie Morton shutout the Mariners over 7 innings, collecting 8 strikeouts as the champion Astros continued to roll, 9-2.

Lorenzo Cain walked, homered and hit two doubles, scoring 4 times as the Brewers broke open a 12-3 beating of the Marlins.

Leonys Martin singled, tripled and smacked a grand slam to lead the Tigers past the Orioles, 13-8.

They all owned baseball on April 19, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Sign Them While They Are Young – March 17, 2018

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Veterans might be having a hard time signing long term deals. But the contracts handed out to Jose Altuve and Eugenio Suàrez show baseball’s trend of paying players for their prime is not going away.

Plus some thoughts on an improving Phillies team.

Paying for the GOOD years on this episode of Sully Baseball.

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

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Who Owns October (#WOO) Tallies Updated For October 18, 2017

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Photo By Robert Sabo

Ohhhh boy. This classic Yankee hater is bracing for a Bronx Pennant which I was NOT prepared for this year.

But Gary Sanchez and company are making it a magical fall for a team that has upset one 100 win team and on the verge of beating another one.

Meanwhile the defending Champs are alive for another day… now here comes Kershaw.

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 18

2017 ALCS Game 5:
2017 NLCS Game 4:

Receiving 1 WOO

Jake Arrieta struck out 9 Dodgers over 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits including a solo homer to earn the 3-2 decision for the Cubs.

Javier Baez homered twice to save the Cubs season by topping the Dodgers, 3-2.

Gary Sanchez got a pair of hits, including a homer, driving in 2, to help the Yankees beat Houston, 5-0.

Masahiro Tanaka threw 7 shutout innings allowing 3 hits while striking out 8 Astros to put the Yankees on the brink of the pennant, 5-0.

Receiving 1/2 WOO

Yuri Gurriel doubled to give the Astros their lone offensive highlight as they were blanked 5-0 by the Yankees.

Justin Turner reached base 4 times and homered in the Dodgers 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

 

Current WOO Totals MLB 2017

Hitters ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Aaron Judge – Yankees 3, Justin Turner – Dodgers 2 1/2, Jose Altuve – Astros 2, Carlos Correa – Astros 2, Greg Bird – Yankees 1 1/2, Alex Bregman – Astros 1 1/2, Jay Bruce – Indians 1 1/2, Yuli Gurriel – Astros 1 1/2, Anthony Rizzo – Cubs 1 1/2, Gary Sanchez – Yankees 1 1/2, Michael Taylor – Nationals 1 1/2,  Ryan Zimmerman – Nationals 1 1/2, Javier Baez – Cubs 1,  Cody Bellinger – Dodgers 1, Kris Bryant – Cubs 1, Willson Contreras – Cubs 1, Logan Forsythe – Dodgers 1, Brett Gardner – Yankees 1, Yan Gomes – Indians 1, Didi Gregorius – Yankees 1, Ketel Marte – Diamondbacks 1, Yasiel Puig – Dodgers 1, Hanley Ramirez – Red Sox 1, Chris Taylor – Dodgers 1, Albert Almora Jr. – Yankees 1/2, Andrew Benitendi – Red Sox 1/2, Starlin Castro – Yankees 1/2, Daniel Descalso – Diamondbacks 1/2, Brian Dozier – Twins 1/2, Todd Frazier – Yankees 1/2, Paul Goldschmidt – Diamondbacks 1/2,  Jason Kipnis – Indians 1/2, Sandy Leon – Red Sox 1/2, J. D. Martinez – Diamondbacks 1/2, Addison Russell – Cubs 1/2, Carlos Santana – Indians 1/2, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1/2, Trevor Story – Rockies 1/2, Christian Vazquez – Red Sox 1/2, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2017,

Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees 2 1/2, Yu Darvish – Dodgers 2,  Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 2, David Robertson – Yankees 2, Justin Verlander – Astros 2, Sean Doolittle – Nationals 1 1/2, Dallas Keuchel – Astros 1 1/2, David Price – Red Sox 1 1/2, Stephen Strasburg – Nationals 1 1/2,  Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1, Trevor Bauer – Indians 1, Archie Bradley – Diamondbacks 1, Wade Davis – Cubs 1, Ken Giles – Astros 1, Sonny Gray – Yankees 1, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 1, Jon Lester – Cubs 1, Brandon Morrow – Dodgers 1, Jose Quintana – Cubs 1,  Robbie Ray – Diamondbacks 1, CC Sabathia – Yankees 1, Josh Tomlin – Indians 1, Carlos Carrasco – Indians 1/2, Carl Edwards Jr – Cubs 1/2, Jaime Garcia – Yankees 1/2, Zack Godley – Diamondbacks 1/2, Tommy Kahnle – Yankees 1/2, Collin McHugh – Astros 1/2, Lance McCullers Jr – Astros 1/2, Andrew Miller – Indians 1/2, Chris Rusin – Rockies 1/2, Chris Sale – Red Sox 1/2, Max Scherzer – Nationals 1/2,

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

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Photo by Kyusung Gong, Orange County Register/SCNG

 

C. J. Cron got on base 3 times, including a pair of homers, driving in 4, to help the Angels stay within striking distance of the post season with an 8-2 victory over Oakland.

Dylan Bundy threw a complete game 1 hit shutout, striking out 12 as the Orioles blanked Seattle, 4-0.

Scott Schebler walked, singled and homered and drove in 5 runs as the Reds clobbered the Mets 14-4.

Jake Arrieta threw 6 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, striking out 4 Pirates to earn the 3-0 decision for the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on August 29, 2017

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

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Ervin Santana threw a complete game victory, striking out 9 Padres and allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs and drove in a pair himself with a hit as the Twins got a much needed 5-2 win.

Vance Worley held the Nationals scoreless for 7 innings, giving up 2 hits to earn the 7-0 decision for the Marlins.

Elvis Andrus got 3 hits, including a homer, in the Rangers 5-1 victory over Seattle.

Yadier Molina homered twice and added another hit as the Cardinals edged the Brewers, 5-4.

They all owned baseball on August 2, 2017

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Who Owned Baseball April 9, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Starling Marte went 4 for 5 including a 2 run bottom of the 10th, come from behind, walk off home run to push the Pirates past the Braves, 6-5.

Joey Gallo singled and hit a 3 run homer, driving in 5 altogether, leading the Rangers to an 8-1 thrashing of Oakland.

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Brewers in 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks and earned the 7-4 victory for the Cubs.

Ervin Santana pitched 6 innings of 2 hit shutout ball as the Twins continued their hot start with a 4-1 win over the White Sox.

They all owned baseball on April 9, 2017 

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The 10 Best Cy Young Performances Since the 2000 Season

While there’s a certain amount of joy in watching two baseball teams slug it out for nine innings, not much can beat a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel.

The game hums along at a nice pace (the commissioner definitely likes that) and every play — whether it’s someone collecting a base hit, stealing a bag, executing a hit-and-run, making a play in the field or something else — gets magnified along the way.

Hitters are forced to face a lot of failure on any given night, and the chances of coming up empty always skyrockets when one of the league’s top hurlers toes the slab. Especially when they’re in the midst of a Cy Young season.

Every award-winning performance is a special one for pitchers, but they’re not all created equally. Since the dawn of the new millennium, we’ve been blessed with some truly dominant pitching performances, but which ones have been the most dominant?

Using FanGraphs’ version of WAR (referred to as fWAR here), we ranked the 10 best Cy Young seasons since 2000 (there was a tie at no. 10, so we handed it to whomever compiled their respective fWAR in the fewest number of innings).

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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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With No Top 50 ALL – Time Contracts Signed This Winter – Who Is Next To Make The List?

Signing Cespedes would not take care of all of New York's postional roster troubles, and injuries may ultimately ravage them again for the next campaign. Many of the Mets Starters are coming off health concerns in 2016. I am not sold they should be placed at such a valuable odd until they sign some players.

Signing Cespedes  has signed the biggest contract of the offseason thus far at 4 YRs/$110 MIL.  it is ranked tied for 60th ALL – Time even though the Annual Average Value is tied for 2nd ALL – Time among position players.  With power having been devalued and a firm new set of penalties for Luxury Tax Threshold Abusers, it may take until the winter of 2018 – heading into 2019 – for another player to ink a contract that places them in the top 50 ALL – Time Salaries.

The winter has seen a lot of great Free Agents sign like Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, Dexter Fowler, Kenley Jansen, Ian Desmond, Mark Melancon and Edwin Encarnacion, however none of them were historic by any means.

While Cespedes’s $110 MIL pact over 4 years is $27.5 MIL per year, which ties him for the  2nd best AAV ALL – Time for a position player with Alex Rodriguez, (trailing Miguel Cabrera‘s 8 YR/$248 MIL extension that started in 2016) – only brings him in for a tie for about 60th on the ALL – Time Biggest Contracts list.

To crack the top 50 list ALL – Time right now, you need to bring in a deal that makes at least $120 MIL for the life of the contract.

During last years offeseason, David Price ($217 MIL), Zack Greinke, ($206.5 MIL) Jason Heyward, ($184 MIL), Chris Davis, ($161 MIL), Justin Upton ($132.8 MIL) and Johnny Cueto ($130 MIL) all inked pacts in excess of that.

Early in the season, Stephen Strasburg shocked the world with his new 7 YRs/$175 MIL deal soon afterwards. Read the rest of this entry

Chicago Cubs Payroll In 2017 + Contracts Going Forward

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Look, there is no way to sugar coat it, the Jason Heyward contract is about the biggest dumpster fire of a contract there may ever be.  Having said that, everyone receives one mulligan. 

Even 3 time World Series winning GM Brian Sabean has had a horrible Matt Cain contract to contend with the last half decade.

Theo Epstein hasn’t made too many blunders – and winning a World Series with both the Red Sox and now the Cubs has solidified a position for him in Cooperstown.

Also lucky is the brilliant signing of Anthony Rizzo of a 7 YR deal prior to 2013, and when he asserted himself as a perennial MVP contender.

Despite carrying a projected payroll in 2017 of around $171 MIL – the team has plenty of expiring contracts in the name of Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Jon Lackey, Jon Jay, Pedro Strop, Miguel Montero and Koji Uehara. to replenisg te talent again in 2018 – and going forward

There are only 4 players signed for $79.2 MIL so far.

This is a perfect contrast to the Heyward pact.  Should Rizzo's Team Options be picked up for 2020 and 2021 (for $16.5 MIL each year), then the club will still only have paid him $74 MIL from 2013 - 2021, spanning 9 years at an Annual Value of $8.2 MIL.  That is completely lights out for the organization going forward.

The Rizzo longterm deal a perfect contrast to the Heyward pact. Should Rizzo’s Team Options be picked up for 2020 and 2021 (for $16.5 MIL each year), then the club will still only have paid him $74 MIL from 2013 – 2021, spanning 9 years at an Annual Value of $8.2 MIL. That is completely lights out for the organization going forward.

The one factor of brilliantly drafting and then rostering a club full of guys the same age is that they are all on entry level contracts for a few years before the squad becomes increasingly expensive before Arbitration rights kick in.

2018 will see Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russell all hit 1st year Eligible on Arbitration, and then 2019 has Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras and Carl Edwards JR. hit the 1st year. 

it will be at this point the team shoots up the salary page.

Other than Jon Lester, Heyward and Ben Zobrist,  there are no real big salaries on the table for the team to digest.

The biggest dilemma will be the status of Jake Arrieta.  My guess is that he will want too much money and walk away from the Cubs.

More important than that even is simply signing Free Agents (not named Arrieta) by Epstein.

Epstein is creative.  It is okay to figure out a Starting Pitcher in Free Agency, and also add another Closer if need be.  Who knows, by 2018, Hector Rondon and Carl Edwards JR. may be able to lock down that role.

There is still money to spend in the 2017 and 2018 winter markets for sure.

Also playing in the NL Central provides them with security of being able to outspend all the other teams – with the Cardinals only being in the atmosphere.

It is not like they are fighting in the tough NL West with the Giants and high spending Dodgers.  It will still mean facing off against those clubs. and contending with the aging Nationals roster, and New York Mets young staff for a few seasons.

Wrigley Field will be sold out, the revenue streams will break out to record levels, all freely flowing cash into the Ricketts family pockets.

The good news is they are not in cap hell yet  The bad news is that it would only take one more bad deal/paired with Heyward, in order to prevent the club from signing all of their young superstars to extensions.

Epstein is too smart for that.  Look for high value Annual Average Value’s that have expiring contracts before the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade for an existing ace pitcher.

Think Zack Greinke now, or a guy like Justin Verlander in 2018 or 2019, where the other club may eat some of the salary, ask for a high level prospect, and then have a legitimate Starter to lug some innings in the playoffs.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if the brass orchestrates a trade for a guy like Chris Archer – or Sonny Gray (midway through this year if he has healed himself).

Maybe it would cost you a Javier Baez, or a combinations of Carl Edwards JR./Albert Almora JR. to do it, however with Ben Zobrist still in town, defense alignment can be configured in a lot of different ways for at least the next 2 – 3 years.

Like I stated in the Giants Payroll article, the new CBA has also reeled in the Dodgers spending $300 MIL on team payroll.  The best thing that could happen for the Cubs is if Clayton Kershaw were to opt out of his deal beyond 2017.

That would either bring up the price for the Dodgers to sign him, or even give them the chance to sign the guy themselves.  Yes. the Cubs have more flexibility than the Dodgers for at least a couple of offseasons.

Guaranteed Contracts/POS/AGE:

Jason Heyward – OF (28):  With a grand sum of $184 MIL from 2016 – 2023 ( 8 years) this is a brutal deal – and the club is lucky to have already won a World Series in season 1 of this pact.

Heyward will make an astonishing $28.2 MIL for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.  Epstein at least frontloaded the contract to erase some of the burden by the time the young talent comes up for raises.

This deal is the 13th richest in history for a guy who carried a .631 OPS. in 2016  I tend to think that Heyward will be closer to his Career OPS of .761 the next few years with the pressure somewhat off him now. 

Hit him 7th or 8th and let him work out his kinks. Defense is at least not a problem here with him winning a 4th Gold Glove.

This could end bad in 2017 – with Heyward riding pine for some of the year – if the club opts to use Zobrist, Schwarber and the tandem of Jon Jay and Almora JR. as the OF.

You also have to think that Joe Maddon won’t hesitate to find Willson Contreras reps as well.

Jon Lester – SP (33):  Lester is in the 3rd year of a 7 YR/$165 MIL deal, and is set to reel in $25 MIL in 2017. The deal calls for $27.5 MIL in both 2018 and 2019, before scaling back to $20 MIL in 2020. 

There is a 2021 Club Option as well. Details on that: $25M Team Option, $10M Buyout option guaranteed with 200 innings in 2020 or 400 IP in 2019-20. 

With the Buyout that large, the man would have to fall from grace hard, to not get the Option.  Although he would be nearly 40, $15 MIL extra will probably not be that bad.

Lester is worth every dollar the club has spent so far.  It is hard to find playoff proven commodities on the open market.

Ben Zobrist – UT (36):  Zobrist is the only player in the MLB who was won 2 straight World Series, as also being a member of the 2015 WS Champ KC Royals.

With the availability to play 5 defensive positions, Zobrist was the perfect compliment to the Cubs defensive roster in 2016 – although he played predominantly at 2B. 

With the emergence of Baez in the playoffs, he will likely rove more around in 2017.

Zobrist earns $16.5 MIL in both 2017 and 2018 – before retreating back to $12.5 MIL in 2019.  He will be in his Age 39 season at that point, and it may not look so hot at that point, but one can’t argue at his flexibility on the Roster providing so many options in the title run.

You can even say that his positional switching gives the club a better chance to hold onto Kyle Schwarber (instead of trading him in the American League).

John Lackey – SP (38):  Lackey joined Lester, David Ross. and Epstein as guys who have won World Series in 2013 with Boston and the Cubs in 2016.  He will make $16 MIL in 2017 before hitting Free Agency in 2018.

Lackey lugged 188.1 IP and gave the Cubs a 3.35 ERA in the process.  It doesn’t even matter that he was being pulled in the early innings of the postseason.

Jake Arrieta – SP (31):  Arrieta earns a tidy $15.6 MIL this year and will likely head out into Free Agency as a Scott Boras client.  Unfortunately the man is going to be 32 heading into 2018.

I would not offer him higher than a 4 year deal at $20 – $21 MIL after, yet that will not get the job done when he hits the open market.  Someone will pony up 5 YRs/$125 MIL for him, you watch.

Miguel Montero – C (34);  Montero will make $14 MIL in 2017 – and I am not sure he will Catch more than about 60 games.  Contreras at last is on an entry level contract to offset this salary.  I am surprised the team has not ventured out to trade him.

Wade Davis – CL (32):  It cost the club Jorge Soler and 4 years of Team Control, yet this was the way to go.  $10 MIL for one year of Davis (who Closed for the 2015 wS Champion Royals) is smart business practice.

To acquire an elite Reliever such as this is a great move – when you consider the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants spent $86 MIL, $80 MIL and $62 MIL to sign Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon respectively.

Soler was going to be their 7th option as an OF.  Davis, by the way, has a 0.83 ERA in 32.2 IP for his postseason career – and has carried a mid 1 ERA from 2014 – 2016 as a late inning Reliever – spanning 183 IP.

I would also think the club will extend the Qualifying Offer to him this winter ( $17.5 – $19 MIL range for one year), so they may even recover a 2nd or 3rd Draft Pick back all for just $10 MIL.

Jon Jay – OF (32): Has a 2017 contract or $8 MIL to play OF.  He has a career .352 OBP, so could hit 1st or 9th for Maddon, working as an on base guy for the big boppers.  Brilliant little move.

Anthony Rizzo – 1B (28):  Rizzo will take him $7 MIL for 2017, coming after the heels of an ALL-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and top 4 MVP season in which he clubbed 30+ HRs and added 100 RBI for a 2nd straight season.

Rizzo also makes $7 MIL in 2018, $12 MIL in 2019, and two Team Options in a row call for $16.5 MIL and $2 MIL Buyouts for both 2020 and 2021.

It is contracts like this that setup championship caliber clubs for the organization.

Other valued deals that compare to it last decade or so.  Paul Goldschmidt (5 YRs/$32.5 MIL), Madison Bumgarner (6 YRS/$35.6 MIL) and Andrew McCutchen ( 6 YRs/$51 MIL)  that coincided with 4 straight top 5 NL MVP finishes.

Rizzo should challenge for an MVP every year of that remains on this deal.

Koji Uehara – RP (42):  $6 MIL for one year seems like a lot or a guy of his age, but Uehara has plenty of playoff/Closer experience that is invaluable to a club like this.  I would take it easy on him in the regular season and save the bullets for playoffs.

Hector Rondon – RP (29):  $5.8 MIL for this former Closer is not a bad deal in 2017. Rondon has one more year left of Arbitration before hitting Free Agency in 2019.  He has 77 Saves and a career ERA of 2.97.

Brian Duensing – SP/RP (33):  Makes $2 MIL in 2017 and a Free Agent in 2018. A spot start here and extra Bullpen arm,

Justin Grimm – RP (29): Avoided Arbitration with a $1.8 MIL, has 2 more years left of Arbitration before he is a Free Agent.

Total Money for this Category for 2017: $157.5 MIL (13 Players)

Arbitration Eligible/POS/AGE

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Pedro Strop – RP (33):  Is projected to to earn $5.5 MIL in Arbitration, and is a Free Agent in 2018.

Total Money for this Category for 2017: $5.5 MI:  Total money is now $163 MIL

Pre-Arbitration – Entry Level Contracts:

Tommy La Stella – INF (28):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Kyle Hendricks – SP (27): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2020 and a Free Agent in 2021.

Kris Bryant – 3B Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2021 as a “Super 2” and a Free Agent in 2021.  Bryant is only 25 Years old, and will have 4 years of Arbitration kick in starting next season.

Since the club opted to start his 2015 after the 10 days of service time, they wll retian his rights until the end of 2021.  Bryant is on pace to end up recording Arbitration cash if he keeps his career trajectory.

The club should really look to extend him similar to the Mike Trout 6 YRs.$144 MIL deal he got.

Addison Russell – SS (23):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2018 – 2021 as a “Super 2” and a Free Agent in 2022.

Comparisons to an extension similar to what he may get are:  Jason Kipnis and Matt Carpenter (6 YRs and $52 MIL)

Matt Szczur – UT (28): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Javier Baez – 2B/3B (24):  Is Arbitration Eligible from 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Mike Montgomery – SP/RP (29): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Kyle Schwarber – OF (24): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2019 – 2021 and a Free Agent in 2022.

Willson Contreras – C (25): Is Arbitration Eligible from 2022 – 2022 and a Free Agent in 2023.

Albert Almora JR – OF (23):   Is Arbitration Eligible from 2022 – 2022 and a Free Agent in 2023.

Rob Zastryzny – RP (25) Is Arbitration Eligible from 2022 – 2022 and a Free Agent in 2023.

Total Money for this Category for 2017: $6.0 MIL MIL Toral Money Oveall – $169.0 MIL

Buyouts/Dead Money

Jason Hammel – $2 Million Buyout for 2017 that was agreed to in a gentleman’s deal. There is no dead money on he books past 2017 thus far.

Conclusions:

Despite the Heyward mistake of a deal, Epstein has done everything right.  It will be a constant maneuvering of the incoming talent – to surround the plethora of young superstars the club has.

The Cubs have the availability to sign an elite pitcher in Free Agency in the year or 2, or trade for one.  Beyond that, the team can’t make another top 50 ALL – Time Salary roster mistake.

The brass should also investigate early extensions for Bryant, Ruseell and Contreras immediately while they may afford to wait for Hendricks and Schwarber yet. 

Some sort of guaranteed money to the budget would be wise

As for Arrieta, he is just too old – an unorthodox in order to grant him the cash he will seek.  Epstein has to find creative ways to bring in a #1 or $2 beyond this campaign. 

Chicago is fantastic shape financially to spend as much as it takes to ensure a dynasty in the next half-dozen years. 

If I were in charge I would try to limit any big historic contracts to their own young superstars from this point forwards. 

Also don’t be afraid to trade one of the premiere young offensive players for a quality Starter (#1 or #2 Starter)like Baez, Contreras or Almora.

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New York Yankees Payroll In 2017 + Contracts Going Forward

Brian Cashman can finally see some relief from some exorbitant contracts plaguing him from the last several years. Alex Rodriguez is still on the book for this years salary of $21 MIL. What is worse is that his Annual Average Salary of $27.5 MIL per year for the duration of his 2008 - 2017 contract still counts towards the $195 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold limit.

Brian Cashman can finally see some relief from some exorbitant contracts plaguing him from the last several years.Alex Rodriguez is still on the book for this years salary of $21 MIL. What is worse is that his Annual Average Salary of $27.5 MIL per year for the duration of his 2008 – 2017 contract still counts towards the $195 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold limit this season.  Will the Yankees spend beyond that mark, or will they finally get under the limit and reset their penalties?

The Bronx Bombers have a projected payroll of $195 MIL already – and are perennial abusers of the Luxury Tax Threshold – so they are at a 50% penalty for any money spent between $195 – $215 MIL.

Don’t look for them to add much – unless they can orchestrate a trade of one of their salaried players already.

The brass is playing this smart.  The young players will make or break this current roster of players, however if the season gets away from New York, they will assuredly deal a few players away to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold once and for all.

By doing such that, they will reset the penalty to a 1st time user.

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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,

Who Owns October and Who Owns the 2016 World Series (#WOO and #WOWS) Tallies Updated For October 26, 2016

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The Cubs have won their first World Series game since Game 6 of the 1945 World Series. Meanwhile Terry Francona lost a World Series game for the first time ever as a manager.

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 26th.
2016 World Series Game 2:

Receiving 1 WOO’s and WOWS

Jake Arrieta took a no hitter into the 6th and finished with 5 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run and 6 strikeouts, earning the 5-1 decision for the Cubs over the Indians.

Kyle Schwarber continued his improbable World Series comeback by reaching base 3 times, scoring a run and driving in 2 to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 Game 2 victory in Cleveland.

Receiving 1/2 WOO’s and WOWS

Mike Napoli reached base 3 times but was stranded each time as the Indians fell to the Cubs, 5-1.

Current ‘WOWS’ Totals MLB 2016:

Hitters ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Roberto Perez – Indians 1, Kyle Schwarber – Cubs 1, Mike Napoli – Indians 1, Ben Zobrist – Cubs 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOWS’ MLB 2016,

Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1, Corey Kluber – Indians 1,

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,  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,  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, 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, Mark Trumbo – Orioles 1/2,

Pitchers ‘WOO’ MLB 2016,

Corey Kluber – Indians 3,  Jon Lester – Cubs 3, Kenley Jansen – Dodgers 2 1/2, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 2, Andrew Miller – Indians 2,   Roberto Osuna – Blue Jays 2, Josh Tomlin – Indians 2, Jake Arrieta – Cubs 1 1/2, Marco Estrada – Blue Jays 1 1/2, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 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 Owned Baseball September 23, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Cole Hamels threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 7 Oakland batters and earned the 3-0 decision as the Texas Rangers clinched the American League Western Division title.

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals and dominated over 7 shutout innings as the Cubs blanked their rivals, 5-0.

Nelson Cruz kept Seattle’s post season hopes alive with a pair of hits, including a mammoth homer, and 4 RBI in the 10-1 thrashing of the lowly Twins.

Michael Conforto got two hits including a game breaking 3 run home run that put the Mets at the top of the Wild Card with a 10-5 pounding of the Phillies.

They all owned baseball on September 23, 2016.

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2016 MLB Playoff and Yearly Award Predictions

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

Playoff Prediction

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Cleveland Indians

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gregory Polanco went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI to help the Pirates thrash the Astros, 7-1.

Victor Martinez collected 3 hits, including a homer, driving in 2 as Detroit beat Minnesota, 8-3.

Jake Arrieta pitched 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, striking out 6 San Diego batters and earning the 5-3 decision for the Cubs.

Sean Manaea struck out 8 Cleveland batters over 7 innings, yielding 3 hits and 1 run while getting the 9-1 win for Oakland.

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

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Jake Arrieta threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 Oakland hits and earned the 4-0 decision for the Cubs.

Ryan Braun reached base 4 times, homered twice, stole a base and drove in 7 as the Brewers outslugged Arizona, 15-6.

Corey Kluber allowed 2 runs and 5 hits over 8 strong innings and won the 5-2 Cleveland final over the Yankees.

Jonathan Lucroy homered twice in the Rangers 3-2 win over Houston.

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

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Justin Verlander went the distance, giving up 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 runs while striking out 11 Astros as the Tigers walked off with the 3-2 victory.

Braden Shipley threw 6 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 walk and earned the 4-2 decision for the Diamondbacks over the Dodgers.

Jason Kipnis reached base 3 times, including a double and a homer, scoring twice and driving in a pair to lead Cleveland past Oakland, 6-3.

Hernan Perez collected 3 hits, including a homer, and drove in 3 to help Milwaukee top the Pirates, 5-3.

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

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Scott Kazmir threw 7 innings, striking out 8 Nationals and allowed just one run to earn the 8-4 victory for the Dodgers.

Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with a homer in the Dodgers 8-4 win against the Angels.

Blake Snell struck out 9 Rockies and allowed only one hit over 6 innings as Seattle cruised to 10-1.

Albert Pujols hit a pair of 3 run homers and added another hit to lead the Angels past the Rangers, 8-5.

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