Who Owned Baseball – September 22, 2020


Let’s see who owned baseball on September 22, 2020.

For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

Earning Full WOBs:

Steven Brault threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 6 Cubs for the Pirates 3-2 victory.

Marcell Ozuna collected 11 total bases, including 2 homers, driving in 5 as the Braves clobbered the Marlins, 11-1 to capture the NL East crown.

Max Stassi got 4 hits, including 2 homers, as the Angels doubled up the Padres, 4-2.

Framber Valdéz struck out 8 Mariners in 7 innings to give the Astros a critical 6-1 win.

Earning 1/2 WOBs:

Daz Cameron got a pair of hits in the Tigers 5-4 loss to the Twins.

Thomas Eshelman threw 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief but the damage was done as Boston topped Baltimore, 8-3.

Sonny Gray fanned 8 Brewers in 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run. He did not fare in the decision as Cincinnati dropped the 3-2 final.

Anthony Rizzo homered and singled, driving in both Cubs runs in the 3-2 defeat by the Pirates.

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Leaders for American League Hitters in Who Owned Baseball for 2020

Mike Trout – 5 1/2
Tim Anderson – 4 1/2
Kyle Tucker – 3
Luke Voit – 3
Jeimer Candelario – 2 1/2
José Ramírez – 2 1/2
José Abreu – 2
DJ LeMahieu – 2
Franmil Reyes – 2
Xander Bogaerts – 1 1/2
Willy Adames – 1 1/2
Matt Chapman – 1 1/2
Rafael Devers – 1 1/2
Hunter Dozier – 1 1/2
Maikel Franco – 1 1/2
Teoscar Hernández – 1 1/2
Yoán Moncada – 1 1/2
Miguel Sanó – 1 1/2
Marcus Semien – 1 1/2
Giancarlo Stanton – 1 1/2
Max Stassi – 1 1/2

Leaders for National League Hitters in Who Owned Baseball for 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 3
Ronald Acuña Jr. – 2 1/2
Charlie Blackmon – 2 1/2
Freddie Freeman – 2 1/2
Marcell Ozuna – 2 1/2
Pete Alonso – 2
Javier Báez – 2
Mookie Betts – 2
Michael Conforto – 2
Alex Dickerson – 2
Adam Duvall – 2
Manny Machado – 2
Eugenio Suárez – 2
Nicholas Castellanos – 1 1/2<
Wilmer Flores – 1 1/2
Trent Grisham – 1 1/2
Bryce Harper – 1 1/2
Brandon Nimmo – 1 1/2
Jean Segura – 1 1/2
Juan Soto – 1 1/2
Chris Taylor – 1 1/2
Mike Yastrzemski – 1 1/2

Leaders for American League Pitchers in Who Owned Baseball for 2020
Shane Bieber – 5 1/2
Lance Lynn – 4 1/2
Zach Plesac – 3 1/2
Dylan Bundy – 3
Carlos Carrasco – 3
Kenta Maeda – 3
Gerrit Cole – 2 1/2
Marco Gonzales – 2 1/2
J. A. Happ – 2 1/2
Yusei Kikuchi – 2 1/2
Chris Bassitt – 2
Justin Dunn – 2
Mike Fiers – 2
Lucas Giolito – 2
Andrew Heaney – 2
Brad Keller – 2
Dallas Keuchel – 2
Triston McKenzie – 2
Framber Valdéz – 2
Thomas Eshelman 1 1/2
Lance McCullers Jr. – 1 1/2
Frankie Montas – 2
Martín Pérez – 1 1/2
Justus Sheffield – 1 1/2
José Urquidy – 1 1/2
Taijuan Walker – 1 1/2
Ryan Yarbrough – 1 1/2

Leaders for National League Pitchers Who Owned Baseball for 2020
Trevor Bauer – 5
Clayton Kershaw – 5

Yu Darvish – 4 1/2<
Aaron Nola – 3 1/2
Jacob deGrom – 3
Kyle Hendricks – 3
Dinelson Lamet – 3
Luis Castillo – 2 1/2
Jon Lester – 2 1/2
Zack Wheeler – 2 1/2<Steven Brault – 2
Tyler Chatwood – 2
Zac Gallen – 2
Alec Mills – 2
Brandon Woodruff – 2
Sandy Alcantara – 1 1/2
Tyler Anderson – 1 1/2
Taylor Clarke – 1 1/2
Tony Gonsolin – 1 1/2
Jon Gray – 1 1/2
Sonny Gray – 1 1/2
Merrill Kelly – 1 1/2
Max Scherzer – 1 1/2
Antonio Senzatela – 1 1/2
Riley Smith – 1 1/2

Combined AL and NL WOB Total for Hitters 2020 MLB

Combined AL and NL WOB Total for Pitcher 2020 MLB

Mike Clevinger – 1 (1/2 AL, 1/2 NL)

Players Who Owned Baseball For One Day in 2019 MLB

Nick Ahmed, Jorge Alfaro, Kolby Allard, Brian Anderson, Ian Anderson, Orlando Arcia, Randy Arozarena, Cody Bellinger, Brandon Belt, Brandon Bielak, Walker Buehler, Corbin Burnes, Asdrúbal Cabrera, Mark Cahna, Kole Calhoun, Jason Castro, Michael Chavis, Ji-Man Choi, Aaron Civale,  Patrick Corbin, Brandon Crawford, Nelson Cruz, Johnny Cueto, Travis d’Arnaud, Anthony DeSclafani, Randy Dobnak, Josh Donaldson, Dane Dunning, Zach Eflin, Jack Flaherty, Todd Frazier, Max Fried, Leury García, Kyle Gibson, Erik González, Brian Goodwin, Phil Gosselin, Didi Gregorius,  Ke’Bryan Hayes, Kiké Hernández, Kyle Higashioka, Rich Hill, Rhys Hoskins, Eric Hosmer, Adrian Houser, Dakota Hudson, José Iglesias, Eloy Jiménez, Aaron Judge, Howie Kendrick, Max Kepler, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Alejandro Kirk, Adam Kolarek, Dean Kremer, Francisco Lindor, Pablo López, Gavin Lux, Tyler Mahle,   Nick Margevicius, José Marmolejos, German Márquez, Steven Matz, Dusitn May, James McCann, Mike Minor, Anthony Misiewicz, Dylan Moore, Colin Moran, Mitch Moreland, Mike Moustakas, Daniel Murphy, Sean Murphy, Wil Myers, Tyler Naquin, Austin Nola, Renato Núñez, Matt Olson, Tyler O’Neill, James Paxton, Joc Pederson, Manny Piña, Stephen Piscotty, Jurickson Profar, Albert Pujols, Wilson Ramos, J. T. Realmuto, Victor Reyes, Anthony Rizzo, Tanner Roark, Luis Robert, Miguel Rojas, Sixto Sánchez, Anthony Santander, Jonathan Schoop, Kyle Schwarber, Brady Singer, Tarik Skubal, Austin Slater, Burch Smith, Jorge Soler, George Springer, D. J. Stewart, Masahiro Tanaka, Rowdy Tellez, Touki Toussaint, Spencer Turnbull, Trea Turner, Christian Vázquez, Alex Verdugo, Jonathan Villar, Ryan Vogelbach, Adam Wainwright, Christian Walker, Kyle Wright,

Players Who Owned Earned 1/2 A WOB 2020 MLB
Jesús Aguilar, Tyler Alexander, José Altuve,  Matt Andriese, Nolan Arenado, Jaime Barria, Josh Bell, José Berríos, Bo Bichette, Brandon Bielak, Alec Bohm, Colten Brewer, Jay Bruce, Byron Buxton, Daz Cameron, Griffin Canning, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Castano, Ryan Castellani, Dylan Cease, Jazz Chisholm, Mike Clevinger (AL Only), Mike Clevinger (NL Only), Zach Davies, Yandy Díaz, Mauricio Dubon, Danny Duffy, Adam Eaton, Clint Frazier, Kyle Freeland, Josh Fuentes, Kevin Gausman,  Zack Godley, Yan Gomes, Brian Goodwin, Alex Gordon, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Yuli Gurriel, Ronald Guzmán, Adam Haseley, Kyle Hendricks, Elieser Hernández, Christian Javier, JaCoby Jones, Mitch Keller, Brady Lail, Michael Lorenzen, Jordan Lyles, Lance Lynn, Sean Manaea, John Means, Connor Menez, Whit Merrifield, Brad Miller, Casey Mize, Yadier Molina, Ryan Mountcastle, Yairo Muñoz, Joe Musgrove, Kevin Newman, Josh Osich, Nate Pearson, Luis Perdomo, Salvador Perez, Kevin Plawecki, Rick Porcello, Cody Reed, Trevor Rogers, Eddie Rosario, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Corey Seager, Justin Smoak, Drew Smyly, Blake Snell, Nick Solak, Donovan Solano, Mike Soroka, Andrew Suarez, Raimel Tapia, Leody Taveras, Anderson Tejada, Yoshi Tsutsugo, Justin Turner, Julio Urías, César Valdez, Phillips Valdez, Austin Voth, Joey Votto, Luke Weaver, Evan White


Prince Fielder… Just accept arbitration

Seriously… it’s time to punt.
The market isn’t there right now.

It must stink to know your big payday isn’t here yet. But the Marlins have spent their money. The Cardinals have closed up their payroll. The Rangers are focused on Yu Darvish and pitching. The Nationals wasted their dough on Jayson Werth and have too many options at first. The Cubs are going to try and see if Anthony Rizzo can cut it. The Red Sox and Yankees have first basemen and the Dodgers and Mets are a mess.

Take arbitration with the Brewers and have a kick butt season and try it again next year.
The fans might boo you. Smack a few homers and they’ll love you.

The Mariners will have money to spend. Rizzo might not have worked in Chicago. The Nationals could be ready. The Dodgers might have a new owner willing to spend and the Mets could have their act together and the Blue Jays might have taken a step towards contending.

Try again next year… put up awesome numbers as usual.
You might have to wait a year for that 9 figure deal.

It’s a nice problem to have.

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The Padres will win the pennant before the Red Sox, Cubs or Mets

Call this a hunch.
Call this a long shot.

But I think I am right about this.
I think the San Diego Padres will be in a position to be in the World Series BEFORE big market teams like the Red Sox, Cubs or Mets.

Yeah yeah yeah, I know. The Padres were a whole lot of suck last year. And I know their penny pinching ways aren’t going to end in 2012.

And their chances of winning in 2012 are slim to none.
You know… like the Diamondbacks’ chances were in 2011.

I know the Padres will be in full “Let’s see what we’ve got in the minor leagues” mode in 2012 and the mantra will be “Patience while we give some talented players some experience.”

But guess what? That’s a better place than the Red Sox, Cubs or Mets will be in for 2012.

The 2012 Red Sox will still be reeling from a September that took them from a potential World Series to the scorched Earth purging of the front office and management. Nobody even knows who is running the show.

The 2012 Cubs have a nice story with the arrival of Theo Epstein. But when he took over the Red Sox after the 2002 season, they had just won 93 games and were a contender until the last week of the season. This Cubs team is a 91 loss mess with the Soriano and Zambrano contracts making it damn near impossible to make any major moves this season.

And those two teams are locks for the playoffs compared to the Amazing Messed Up Mets. They have unmovable contracts, injured stars, their marquee player (Jose Reyes) is a free agent and who knows what their financial situation is. Will they be sold? Will MLB focus on the Mets after the Dodger debacle is cleared?

The Padres are in a much better place. They KNOW what they are doing. They are playing young prospects and have a low payroll.

Heath Bell could leave via free agency and give them even more payroll flexibility and draft picks. Or he could stick around and anchor the bullpen and give the young pitchers some built up confidence.

Mat Latos had a step back season but still wasn’t bad. And he will only be 24 next season. Clayton Richards, Cory Luebke, Josh Spence and Ernesto Frieri are all young and pitching in one of the best pitchers parks in the league.

Um… that is potentially a staff 6 pitchers deep.
Can the Red Sox, Cubs or Mets say that? Honestly?

Plus they have young Robert Erlin, Anthony Bass, Joe Weiland and Casey Kelly not far away.

They have the likes of Cameron Maybin and Kyle Blanks who seem to have been around forever but they are both still only 25 years old.

They have the young Anthony Rizzo who has already made his big league debut. So did another minor league stud, James Darnell. Third baseman Jedd Gyorko is working his way up the system.

Mix that all in with the fact that they play in a totally unpredictable division.

Between 2005 and about 2 weeks to go in the 2007 season, it looked like the Padres had control of the NL West.

Oh wait! The Diamondbacks won the 2007 Division title and about midway through the 2008 season it looked like it was theirs for a while.

Oh wait! The Dodgers won it in 2008 and 2009. And for many years to come it was going to be the Dodgers’ division.

Except that the Giants won it all in 2010. And their repeat in the NL West was preordained…

But nobody told the Diamondbacks who suddenly became the Division standard bearers again.

Throw in a pennant and a Wild Card in Colorado and this Division is anyones.
Teams turn around, flame out and turn around again quickly in the NL West.

And the Padres would have almost all of the names I mentioned controlled for a few years and be allowed to gel and have a few reasonable additions to the payroll. By 2013 or 2014 they will have a legit shot at the playoffs.

As we saw by the last few Octobers, a team can make it to the World Series if they get on a roll.

The Padres have a DIRECTION.
Can you honestly say that about the Red Sox? The Cubs? The Mets?

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