Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports

A wild night of baseball ended with 2 teams taking control.

Who owned October on October 13?

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 13, 2020 –

GAME 2 of the NLCS and GAME 3 of the ALCS

Receiving 1 WOO

Freddie Freeman broke a scoreless tie with a 2 run homer and added another RBI single as the Braves held on to top the Dodgers, 8-7.

Tyler Matzek threw a pair of shutout innings to earn the 8-7 decision for Atlanta over the Dodgers.

Joey Wendle got a pair of hits including the 2 run single that put the Rays up for good against Houston en route to a 5-2 victory.

Ryan Yarbrough threw 5 strong innings, striking out 5 Astros, allowing 3 hits and earned the 5-2 win for the Rays

Receiving 1/2 WOO

Michael Brantley got a pair of hits, including a home run, but the Astros dropped the 5-2 game to Tampa Bay.

Jake McGee worked out of a jam with a pair of strikeouts in the Dodgers 8-7 loss to the Braves.

Corey Seager reached base 3 times, including a home run and a double, driving in 4, but the Dodgers comeback fell just short to Atlanta, 8-7.

José Urquidy allowed 1 earned run over 5 innings but his defense betrayed him as the absorbed the 5-2 Houston loss to Tampa Bay.

CURRENT WOO Totals MLB, 2020


Randy Arozarena – Rays 3, Michael Brantley – Astros 2 1/2, Carlos Correa – Astros 2 1/2, Mookie Betts – Dodgers 2, Travis d’Arnaud – Braves 2, Freddie Freeman – Braves 2, Manuel Margot – Rays 2, Chad Pinder – Athletics – 2, Gleyber Torres – Yankees 2, Joey Wendle – Rays 2, Corey Dickerson – Marlins 1 1/2, Yadier Molina – Cardinals 1 1/2, Corey Seager – Dodgers 1 1/2, Fernando Tatís Jr. – Padres 1 1/2, Jose Abreu – White Sox 1, Ronald Acuña Jr. – 1, José Altuve – Astros 1, Brian Anderson – Marlins 1, Michael Brosseau – Rays 1, Garrett Cooper – Marlins 1, Jake Cronenworth – Padres 1, Nelson Cruz – Twins 1, Khris Davis – Athletics 1, Kyle Higashioka – Yankees 1, Austin Riley – Braves 1, Marcus Semien – Athletics 1, Will Smith – Dodgers 1, George Springer – Astros 1, Giancarlo Stanton – Yankees 1, Dansby Swanson – Braves 1, Justin Turner – Dodgers 1, Gio Urshela – Yankees 1, Orlando Arcia – Brewers 1/2, Nick Castellanos – Reds 1/2, Ji-Man Choi – Rays 1/2, Yandy Díaz – Rays 1/2, Freddy Galvis – Reds 1/2, Yasmani Grandal – White Sox 1/2, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – Blue Jays 1/2, Ian Happ – Cubs 1/2, Kiké Hernández – Dodgers 1/2, Jason Heyward – Cubs 1/2, Danny Jansen – Blue Jays 1/2, Aaron Judge – Yankees 1/2, Tommy La Stella – Athletics 1/2, Ramón Laureano – Athletics 1/2, Manny Machado – Padres 1/2, Josh Naylor – Indians 1/2, Austin Nola – Padres 1/2, Tommy Pham – Padres 1/2, José Ramírez – Indians 1/2, Luis Robert – White Sox 1/2, Luis Urías – Brewers 1/2, Kolten Wong – Cardinals 1/2


Gerrit Cole – Yankees 2 1/2, Framber Valdez – Astros 2 1/2, Ian Anderson – Braves 2, Diego Castillo – Rays 2, Max Fried – Braves 2, Chad Green – Yankees 2, Liam Hendriks – Athletics 2, Cristian Javier – Astros 2, Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers 2, Tyler Matzek – Braves 2, Charlie Morton – Rays 2, Julio Urías – Dodgers 2, Sandy Alcantara – Marlins 1 1/2, Ryan Yarbrough – Rays 1 1/2, Nick Anderson – Rays 1, Chris Bassitt – Athletics 1, Walker Buehler – Dodgers 1, Lucas Giolito – White Sox 1, Tyler Glasnow – Rays 1, Dustin May – Dodgers 1, Adrian Morejon – Padres 1, Enoli Paredes – Astros 1, Alex Reyes – Cardinals 1, Trevor Rosenthal – Padres 1, Sixto Sánchez – Marlins 1, Blake Snell – Rays 1, Kyle Wright – Braves 1, Dan Altavilla – Padres 1/2, Trevor Bauer – Reds 1/2, José Berríos – Twins 1/2, Luis Castillo – Reds 1/2, Jimmy Cordero – White Sox 1/2, Yu Darvish – Cubs 1/2, Jack Flaherty – Cardinals 1/2, Austin Gomber – Cardinals 1/2, Kyle Hendricks – Cubs 1/2, Adrian Houser – Brewers 1/2, Michael King – Yankees 1/2, Pablo López – Marlins 1/2, Kenta Maeda – Twins 1/2, Phil Maton – Indians 1/2, Lance McCullers – Astros 1/2, T. J. McFarland – Athletics 1/2, Jake McGee – Dodgers 1/2, Mike Minor – Athletics 1/2, Nick Nelson – Yankees 1/2, Emilio Pagán – Padres 1/2, Nate Pearson – Blue Jays 1/2, Yusmeiro Petit – Athletics 1/2, Drew Pomeranz – Padres 1/2, Andre Scrubb – Astros 1/2, Matt Shoemaker – Blue Jays 1/2, Ryne Stanek – Marlins 1/2, Ryan Thompson – Rays 1/2, José Urquidy – Astros 1/2, Ryan Weathers – Rays 1/2, J. B. Wendelken – Athletics 1/2, Nick Wittgren – Indians 1/2, Eric Yardley – Brewers 1/2,

The Rays could deal Wade Davis… and make the playoffs AGAIN

It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are going to trade pitcher Wade Davis.
And this should make Yankees and Red Sox fans soil themselves.

Normally it isn’t wise to deal a 25 year old pitcher with playoff experience who is not eligible for free agency until 2016.

But that’s what makes this brilliant.
Since the start of the 2008 season the Rays have matched the Yankees in playoff appearances, Division Titles and pennants.

They have exceeded the Red Sox in all of those counts.

And while the Yankees try to make sense of their pitching staff and aging roster and the Red Sox are looking at a team at the cross roads, the Rays could get better.

After 2010, they shed payroll, let key free agents go and picked 10 of the first 60 players chosen in the draft, including four pitchers.

They dealt Matt Garza to the Cubs and got a crap load of young players including starting outfielder Sam Fuld and Hak-Ju Lee, their shortstop of the future. They dealt Jason Bartlett to the Padres and got Brandon Gomes, Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, all who were solid relievers for Tampa.

In other words, they know how to get value in their trades.
Right now the Rays could use a corner outfielder or a DH plus a catcher.

And what better piece of trade bait could there be than a pitcher?
A young talented pitcher with big league experience, playoff baseball under his belt and a reasonable price tag in terms of salary?

And take a look at the Tampa Bay pitching staff.
David Price is solid and is still only 25 years old.
James Shields is the Old Man River of this team at 30.
Jeremy Hellickson is 25.
Jeff Niemann is positively ancient at 29.

Relievers Gomes, Russell and Ramos are all under 30.

Jake McGee and Alex Cobb each have experience and are under 25.
And Matt Moore, the best pitching prospect in baseball, won a playoff game and will only be 23.

10 talented pitchers all 30 or under on a team that has made the playoffs 3 of the past 4 seasons?

And that DOESN’T include Wade Davis who will turn 26 next season and is signed through 2014 and under team control until 2016.

Now take a look at this off season. Which team needs pitching?
A few.
The Yankees.
The Red Sox.
The Blue Jays.
The Orioles.
The Mets.
The Nationals.
The Marlins.
The Reds.
The Brewers.
The Cardinals.
The Pirates.
The Rockies.
The Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers.
The Angels.
The A’s.
The Rangers.

That’s 17 teams off the top of my head who should probably be thinking about upgrading their pitching staff if they want a realistic shot at a playoff run in 2012.

Now with CC Sabathia off of the market, who is available via free agency?

C. J. Wilson? As I wrote before, he’s a flop waiting to happen.

Mark Buehrle? He’s probably going back to the White Sox. Besides as wonderful as Buehrle’s career has been, is it wise to sign someone who is entering their mid 30s to an expensive long term contract?

Yu Darvish? Hisashi Iwakuma? Sorry. After seeing Dice-K break down, I will believe it when I see it.

Roy Oswalt? Mid 30s. On the decline. Will be expensive and cost picks. No thank you.

Hiroki Kuroda? He is talented but at age 37 is also a big risk.

Edwin Jackson? A nice #4 starter but hardly a difference maker.

Javier Vazquez? I wouldn’t touch him with a cattle prod.

Eric Bedard? Joel Pineiro? Paul Maholm? Rich Harden? Jason Marquis? Sure they are all talented and all injury risks who may have their best days behind them.

Which one of those pitchers would you want over Wade Davis?
Especially at his current controlled salary?

So they could play a few teams off of each other.

So let’s review:

A team with a lot of playoff experience and talent to spare and a smart front office who can make shrewd moves need to trade for a bat or 2 and have a young, inexpensive, talented, big league and playoff tested starting pitcher to trade who could be the best arm available.

If a team has a surplus of young outfielders and a young catcher it would behoove them to deal both to the Rays to improve their staff.

Meanwhile the Rays would go into 2012 with a deep rotation, nice bullpen and a new bat or two to go along with Longoria, Upton et al.

And the Yankees will throw money at the latest flavor of the month and the Red Sox will wander the woods hoping that fans still have their 2004 and 2007 DVDs.

I’ll say it here and now… the Rays are going to win the 2012 AL East.

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