Cubs 7, Marlins 2 (7/4/15)

OSS: A 6-RBI day by Kris Bryant cruises the Cubs to an easy win Three up 1. Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first inning that probably still hasn’t landed. I think the people most upset by the bleacher expansion were probably the ballhawks. 2. Bryant then one-upped himself with a grand slam in the third inning, chasing Cosart and putting the game out of reach. 3. As much...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 3 (7/4/15)

“Saturday. In the park. I think it was the Fourth of July.” That blissful song was in my head as I watched the Mets play at Dodgers Stadium a few hours ago. I wasn’t expecting much. I figured since Matt Harvey and Zach Grienke were pitching it would be a light offensive affair, and for the most part it was. Harvey didn’t give up a tremendous amount of hard hit balls. He did...
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #80: Bigger in Texas – Angels 8, Rangers 2

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the Angels offense. They hadn’t scored more than four runs in a game since June 19th, then they go and double that up in one game. If I didn’t know better, I’d say they were motivated by the presence of a former teammate or maybe the absence of a certain executive. Or maybe baseball is just weird and this was a random coincidence. Angels...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: July 4th

If You Only Read One Thing… Pitching dominated the 4th of July across the MLB, as there were 13 pitchers that picked up a quality start. It was more of the same for Zack Grienke, as he has now reached 27.2 straight innings without allowing a run to score, as the Dodgers beat the Mets 4-3. David Price was great against a tough Toronto lineup with seven strikeouts over seven innings...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke Salutes America

For all the crap we’ve given Jeff Locke throughout the year, you’ve gotta give him major props for not only throwing an eight inning shutout masterpiece on Saturday, but also for doing it in record time (the game barely cracked two hours) – giving everyone more time to enjoy the holiday on a beautiful afternoon/evening. Sure, a quiet day from the Pirate offense helped out with...
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Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Prior to their 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, the Chicago White Sox honored members of the military by stationing them on the field with the home team. Among the uniformed that made their way to the field was Air Force captain Zachary Eaton who is, you guessed it, the older brother of White Sox center fielder. “That was a little shocking when I first came...
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Disgusting losses piling up for Colorado Rockies

  If watching Joey Chestnut polish off 69 hot dogs on the 4th of July didn’t make you want to throw up, the end of the Colorado Rockies game probably did the trick. Once again, in a close game going down to the wire, the Rockies turned a potential win into a blowout loss in the late innings. It was another disgusting performance, one in which the Rockies have started to become...
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Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: July 5, 2015

View image | Below we’ve got a discussion of the starting pitching situation as well as the best teams to use for stacks for Sunday’s all-day, 15-game slate on DraftKings. We’ve also got projections derived from Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, and we have rankings of the top plays at each position. Forecast Outside of the potential for rain in Atlanta...
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Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Named AL Rookie of the Month For June

The Houston Astros called up Carlos Correa on June 8th making him the youngest player in baseball at 20-years of age. He wasted little time making an impression recording his first hit and RBI in his first game and his first home run in his second. When the month was done and over with he had nine doubles, five home runs, and 15 RBIs.Not bad, right? Try good enough to be named AL...
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Minnesota Twins improving rotation and bullpen with recent roster moves

The Minnesota Twins had to make roster moves with Ervin Santana set to come off the restricted list and all the dust settled Saturday as the veteran right-hander was officially reinstated. Santana will join the Twins rotation and start Sunday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals while Trevor May loses his starting spot and moves to the bullpen. The team demoted top...
Via Baseball Essential
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Orioles make right decision in sticking with Kevin Gausman

As expected, the Baltimore Orioles confirmed yesterday that right-hander Kevin Gausman will take the spot of Bud Norris in the team’s starting rotation. Gausman made the decision easy by shutting out the Texas Rangers over 6.1 dominant innings on Thursday. Gausman’s next start will likely come Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. On Gausman, Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter...
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Catching up on Sunday morning: Locke and others

I made the decision to come back to PA for the Fourth this weekend pretty late, so I knew when I decided to come that I’d be seeing Jeff Locke in person on Saturday. I was a bit worried about this; it’s never fun to make the trip home and then to see a baseball game that’s over before it starts or that takes 3+ hours because the starter threw 95 pitches in four innings. We...
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Should the Detroit Tigers buy or sell?

The Detroit Tigers roared out of the gates this season, winning the first six games of the season, and 11 of the first 13. They ended April with a 15-8 record. What followed that hot start, however, was two months of mediocre baseball — 13-16 in May and 11-13 in June. Since starting the year 11-2, the Tigers are 30-37, and have a negative run differential on the season. Now, five...
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While You Were (Day) Drinking 2015 Game 83 (SD at STL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an entire day searching for parking anywhere near the beach. Or gorging yourself on hot dogs and hamburgers at your friend’s barbecue. Or braving the traffic and the crowds in Coronado to watch the Independence Day parade. Or passed out after drinking a little too many Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas before the Big Bay Boom. Here’s a...
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Ervin Santana set to rejoin the Twins

The Minnesota Twins can now rejoice as the team’s biggest acquisition can now rejoin the team. Pitcher Ervin Santana has served his debt to society and will make his season debut. Santana is coming off an 80-game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol , a performance enhancing drug, in April right after the Twins signed him to a four year deal worth $55 million. This came...
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Don’t Count Out Michael Fulmer

Steven Matz’s record setting debut had Met fans abuzz last weekend. Pre-game press stories hyping the event called Matz’s Citi Field ascendency ‘the final call up of the crop of Met ‘uber-pitching prospects,’ the last piece of Sandy Alderson’s Met pitching puzzle. Certainly, the highly touted cadre of young Met pitching prospects made being a Binghamton Met baseball...
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This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: July 5

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. The Royals played a sloppy game, committing four errors, going 3-11 with runners in scoring position, […]
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Cody Anderson proves himself for the Cleveland Indians

It’s safe to say that the Cleveland Indians has found a fifth man for the starting rotation in Cody Anderson. The rookie has dazzled both fans and coaches alike in Cleveland, having another solid performance on the mound yesterday against the Pittsburgh Pirates despite the loss. Anderson went eight innings only allowing one run on six hits against one of the best teams the National...
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The Angels nearly traded for Ben Revere

The Angels need offense, and they very nearly got some offense earlier this season in the form of…Ben Revere. Yeah, *that* Ben Revere. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the brief details. 1. Trevor Gott, RHP, Angels — A few weeks ago the Phillies thought they had a deal with the Angels that would have sent Ben Revere west for Gott, who was then in Double A. The Angels pulled...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds sign two teenagers to six-figure bonuses

On July 2nd the Cincinnati Reds made a big splash when they spent $1.65M on the signings of outfielder Cristian Olivo and shortstop Miguel Hernandez. While they didn’t match either of those two signings, they did ink two more teenagers to six-figure deals in the last two days. Jesse Sanchez of reported on July 3rd that the Reds had signed outfielder Reniel Ozuna to a bonus...
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My thoughts on the state of the Yankees, the A-rod milestone deals, and other assorted shenanigans

Looks like I missed two of the best Yankee games this year, in Friday's and Saturday's epic walkoff wins, the first two walkoff wins of 2015 for the Bombers! Back in 2009, I was at the first "pie game' that May, and the Yanks seemed to start to have an aura again about them. That aura translated into ring #27.I am still not sold on this current team being a World Series winner, even...
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DraftKings: King Salazar The Unpredictable

So I just wrote 250 about why you should start Chris Sale. Then It come to my attention that Mr. Sale had been pushed back until Monday. Damn you DFS gods why have you foresaken me. So with Sale being pushed back and Carlos Rodon taking his place it can only mean one thing, I'm going to focus on Danny Salazar. You didn't think I was going to sit here and suggest you start Rodon vs...
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WATCH: Cesar Ramos K’s Rougned Odor with nasty eephus pitch

It seems like the eephus pitch works like… 10 percent of the time and usually has the opposing batter smirking. Angels pitcher Cesar Ramos had it work for him as he struck out Rougned Odor of the Rangers with this pretty sick 69 mph piece of junk.
Via The Majors National
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Ambulance Chasers, Week 14: Motown Funks You Up

Hopefully everyone else had an excellent Fourth of July! Depending on your local weather, perhaps you spent it lounging in a hammock, lounging in a pool or lounging on the couch. The important part is I hoped you all had a lazy holiday. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: After spending the day indulging on steaks and burgers, clearly the cows decided to strike back, putting a curse on Cabrera...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors: Chicago Cubs edition

The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs may be done facing off on the field in 2015, but it doesn’t mean they can’t still match up. The Mets and Cubs have long been reported to be one of the best fits for a trade; the Mets have excess pitching while the Cubs have excess young infielders. On paper this is the perfect fit, especially considering the Mets’ urgent need to for a...
7 hours ago  |  Discuss
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