Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

For the Pittsburgh Pirates, there is no next year

Following a quiet offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter 2016 hoping a large group of top prospects are prepared to make significant contributions to the big league club down the stretch.

In 2006, the Pittsburgh Pirates started their “We Will” campaign.  Of course, that year is well remembered as the year the Pirates decided to commit to the rebuilding effort.  The next year, Neal Huntington would be brought in as the new general manager, and the completion of the rebuild process was brought to fruition in just six years after a rotating door of front office staff and players failed to reverse the losing streak that nearly forced the team to move.

The “We Will” campaign was meant to embody the work ethic and integrity expected of every member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.  Instead, it became the target of ridicule from many fans.  The banners hanging from the façade of PNC Park did not help matter as disgruntled fans poured out following loss after loss.

Even in success, Pirates fans couldn’t dodge the pangs of defeat.  Following the success of the team in 2013 making a laughingstock of Johnny Cueto in the wild card game and taking the Cardinals to the brink of elimination before melting down in game five of the NLDS, the fans and players expected more, but who could have possibly anticipated the wonders that were Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta?



How Marcus Stroman Showed He’s Ready to be the Toronto Blue Jays’ Ace

Entering the 2016 MLB season, there were plenty of things we already knew about the Toronto Blue Jays, but there was one question surrounding their starting rotation.

Acquiring David Price last summer at the trade deadline put the Jays over the top en route to their first playoff appearance since 1993, but him leaving via free agency left manager John Gibbons without a bonafide “ace” to lead the way. Following Toronto’s 5-3 Opening Day win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, we saw exactly why they didn’t feel the need to make another big splash.

Solely looking at Marcus Stroman’s final line from his season debut is impressive (8 innings pitched, 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts), but it was how he went about his business that was incredibly telling. I’m specifically talking about the maturity, focus and composure he displayed during a three-inning sequence from the third to the fifth.


Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

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Answer me a question bet365.com?  The Dodgers were a +1500 odd when the start of Spring Training commenced, are without Corey Seager, Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal, Brett Anderson, Andre Ethier as of right now on the big roster, and you saw fit to move them top +1300.  Wrong.  They automatically go to a poor wager from a good one.

The Jays have also jumped from +1000 to +800 but since I have them and the Cubs winning their respective leagues. the odds are about where they should be.

Previously I had the Giants on the bad odd list, however with the recent rash of injuries to Los Angeles, and a horrible break for A.J. Pollock of the D’Backs, confidence is at an all time high for the Giants to take the NL West.

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MLB Power Rankings: April 2016

With Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and Addison Russell all under 2 years of service time, these offensive young gems will not be paid very much in the next few years. The Cubs also have breakout starter Jake Arrieta for 2 more years under club control before he hits the open market. Spend the money now and go for it Chicago!

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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.

Yesterday won’t change much for the rankings.  Although it kicked off interleague with the Royals beating the Mets 4 – 3, and starts the Junior Circuit looking to win the AL vs NL competition for a 13th straight year.

Pittsburgh also beat the Cardinals.  I have them both ending the year win 91 victories, but these squad’s really intrigue me.

There are a multitude of reasons why I have picked the Cubs as the #1 team.  I explain them in the writeup.

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National League Rookie Of The Year Odds In MLB 2016 Action

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Hunter Stokes (BBBA Featured Writer) 

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Corey Seager is not even in the lineup to open the season but he is the overwhelming favorite to the win the NL Rookie Of The Year Award in 2016 MLB Action.

Update:  I was wrong, Seager is was in the lineup for the opener.  Having said this, there is no value to bet on him at the odd given, even though he is the overwhelming favorite.

Like we said the American League odds list, there is never a real need to play a whole season to win this award.  That is unless you have to compete against a 2015’s winner in Kris Bryant, who was brought up in mid April last year.

Really this is Seager’s spot to lose.

I hate the odds for a guy who is injured to begin the campaign, nonetheless he would still be my pick for the Award.

Steven Matz has dubbed the 2nd favorite – along with Kenta Maeda.  Both of these guys broke camp with the big club, and could make 26 – 30 starts this year.

I love the odd better for Maeda, who is slotted higher in the rotation than Matz.  These odds are not glamorous to wager on either.

Perhaps the most intriguing guy on the list is Trevor Story.  He is the starting shortstop while Jose Reyes is still on the inactive list – awaiting a resolution (suspension) for his part in a domestic dispute in Hawaii over the winter.

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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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