Monthly Archives: December 2015

Odds To Win The American And National League Pennants For 2016

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Back to Back AL pennants and this years World Series Winners. They should the biggest favorite to win their respective division so far on the board. As such, should be the favorite to win the AL Pennant as well. franchise has most of the core nucleus all heading for Free Agency before the 2018 season. If I were a fan of this club - I would be okay with the team rebuilding after this, but for now to throw all chips in and try to cash in on a chance for a small dynasty. Dayton Moore and the Brass should use any one of their Minor League Players to acquire the next piece or 2 to make that happen in 2016 and 2017. Back to Back AL pennants and this years World Series Winners. They should the biggest favorite to win their respective division so far on the board. As such, should be the favorite to win the AL Pennant as well.  They are truly the Rodney Dangerfield club when it comes to respect.  Keep it up fellas, and many gambling sharps will continue to pad their bank account.  Take the +1200 wager to win the American League all day long.

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Step right up and plunk down as much money as you can on the Royals.  Tied for 6th in the AL odds, and given what other sports gambling websites are giving the defending champs for a World Series odd, it is an ultimate no brainer.

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Arizona Diamondbacks State Of The Union For 2016

The first big surprise of the winter came when the Diamondbacks signed Zack Greinke. The organization followed that up with trading a heavy price tag to acquire Shelby Miller to back him up. Dave Stewart has taken a lot of crap for a lopsided deal. I think that is very speculative to talk like that. Besides Free Agent Pitchers are expensive, and a way for small market clubs to negate that is to trade for a controllable player. Tony La Russa also knows that his club is setup for a winning window of approximately 3 - 4 years.

The first big surprise of the winter came when the Diamondbacks signed Zack Greinke. The organization followed that up with trading a heavy price tag to acquire Shelby Miller to back him up. Dave Stewart has taken a lot of crap for a lopsided deal. I think that is very speculative to talk like that. Besides Free Agent Pitchers are expensive, and a way for small market clubs to negate that is to trade for a controllable player. La Russa also knows that his club is set up for a winning window of approximately 3 – 4 years.  Keep the aggression when it comes to upgrading this team.

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You simply couldn’t have asked for a better start to a winter in 2015 for Arizona.  They are legitimate contenders in the NL West, and still should have the wherewithal to spend another $20 – $25 MIL on salaries for 2016.

I love the aggression set forth by the management.  I hope they keep the pedal to the metal on this one.  A nucleus of a team lasts 3 – 4 years for a mid market club, and by the acquisitions the team has done here completely reflects that.

We have discussed how the Houston Astros developed their young club for a few years now.  It is clearly the best way to rebuild a team.

Another reason why the team has had the financial flexibility to create these maneuvers is that they have Paul Goldschmidt on perhaps the best valued contract in the game of baseball right now.

The other Infielders in the mix for the Diamondbacks need to step up the production for he Arizona squad in 2016.  Whether it is Chris Owings at 2B or Nick Ahmed at SS, these positions were not league average for the slots, as was third base either.

Arizona was carried offensively by Goldschmidt and a great productive OF in A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Ender Inciarte.

The club dealt Inciarte in the Shelby Miller deal, but could pick up the slack with giving his OF position to Yasmany Tomas full time in 2016.

Welington Castillo was one of the most prolific Catchers in the Majors least year, featuring a 3 slash of .255/.317/.496 with the Diamondbacks, clubbing 17 HRs and knocking in 50 RBI during his 254 AB this past season

In a roundabout way, he bettered what the club had previously in Miguel Montero, who incidentally was the reason why Castillo was flipped to Seattle initially.

That trade made up for the previous fiasco that was the trade for Mark Trumbo the previous season. (more…)

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 30, 2015

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More of my conversation with Phil Hecken of Uniwatch where we lament the state of the New York Mets uniforms.

It is a matter of taste on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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10 Detroit Tiger Wishes For The New Year

detroit tigers2I’m not going to start at with a World Series ring, as we’re a ways off still in Detroit for that.  However there are 10 things that I think as fans we should be hope for in the New Year…

  1. A healthy Miguel Cabrera – Cabrera enters his 14th Major League season at age 33 and coming off the his first full season in not reaching 600+ plate appearances.  Due to that, his 100+ RBI streak was broken and numbers looked down, although he did win his 4th batting title

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 29, 2015

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Can you imagine an alternate universe where Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera would have been teammates?

It was possible.

Pondering parallel realities on this episode ofThe Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

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What Is Major League Baseball’s Luxury Tax ?

mlb logoIt’s a term that we hear thrown around in baseball  a bit, but like Rule 5 pick or Waivers, we may not always know the details.  With that, lets take a look at what the “Luxury Tax” is in Major League Baseball.

First off, the luxury tax is not a salary cap, but a way for the MLB to try and keep competitive balance among big, medium, and small market teams.  The tax is a…

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Questions Remain For Tigers Heading In To 2016

detroit tigers2Al Avila has started off the hot stove season with a flurry of moves, firing some of the first shots of free agency and working the trade market.  With the big names being moved during the season, subtractions have been pretty low key, with Alex Avila, Al Albuquerque, Neftali Feliz, being the major players leaving Detroit in the offseason.

We can all agree that the bullpen was the biggest hole to fill, followed by the rotation, and finally leftfield.  We’ve added two starters in Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey, added strong backend bullpen arms with Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe, and Justin Wilson.  Detroit even got better defensively with the addition of once top Tiger prospect, Cameron Maybin.  Yet FanGraphs projects Detroit to finish below .500 again at 74-87, so what’s next?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in step with recent 1B Trends

Nearly four weeks later, many are still questioning the Pittsburgh Pirates for their decision to release first baseman Pedro Alvarez.

While most accept that the move was necessary given Alvarez’s inability to grasp the position defensively, some still look at the team’s recent moves to back-fill as ignoring the need for a power-hitting first baseman.

Indeed, the team’s reliance on some combination of Michael Morse, Jason Rogers and newest acquisition John Jaso would suggest that the Pirates do not value a traditional home-run threat of Alvarez’s ilk at the position.

Are they right to do so?

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Looking back at the pace of play in 2015

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On February 20, 2015, MLB announced a series of initiatives aimed at quickening the pace of play in Major League games, the key changes were:

  • Umpires will enforce Rule 6.02(d), which requires hitters to keep one foot in the box during an at-bat, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Timers will be used to ensure that the game resumes promptly at the end of inning breaks.
  • Managers will no longer come out of the dugout to initiate a replay challenge. A manager will also keep his challenge after each call that is overturned. Last year, a challenge was retained only after the first overturned call.

So how did those changes pan out for you? Did you notice if the pace of play sped up? Did the pace of play speed up at all? I can’t say that I noticed if a game was any quicker or not, I did notice the new rule about stepping out of the batters box because the announcers kept harping on it. I also became aware of the clock between innings when I missed a home run because the game resumed before the television was back to the game from its barrage of commercials.

Check out the rest of the story at Twinstrivia.com.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 28, 2015

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The man who gave me one of the greatest moments of my youth passed away.

Today I pay tribute to the immortal Dave Henderson.

RIP to the hero of 1986 in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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