Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 30, 2014

BARRY CHIN/BOSTON GLOBE STAFF

BARRY CHIN/BOSTON GLOBE STAFF

Trade Deadline hysteria is heating up. Jon Lester was scratched from his next start and everyone is panicking.

I give my latest thoughts on potential landing spots for the big trade chips less than 48 hours before the trade deadline passes.

It is a waiver free episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Cole Hamels, Brett Gardner, Alex Cobb, Matt Kemp, J. P. Arencibia, Scott Feldman, Freddie Freeman and Stephen Strasburg and Homer Bailey all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 10, 2014

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox outfield is historically awful.

Should the Red Sox take a chance on Matt Kemp? Does he have an elite season left or is he done?

That question and more on today’s episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast..

Lonnie Chisenhall, Scott Van Slyke, Bud Norris, Charlie Morton, Starlin Castro, Miguel Cabrera and David Price  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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Matt Kemp could still win the NL MVP

When the season began, Matt Kemp, who I think should have won the MVP in 2011, looked like a man on a mission. He was going to win the big award this year and carry the Dodgers on his back. His OPS, his batting average, his power numbers, everything looked like he was playing on another level.

The Dodgers were in first place and it seemed like every other game ended with a Matt Kemp homer.

Then his injury and time on the disabled list started. At first the Dodgers didn’t miss a beat.
Then they missed beats, fat pitches and scoring any runs.

He is last game before going on the disabled list was May 30.
The Dodgers were 32-18, the best team in baseball.
In his absence they went 15-22, fell out of first and went nearly a week without scoring a run.

Kemp is back, he is hitting and extended the game with an RBI infield hit and won it with a walk off.

If the concept of “absence making the heart grow fonder” can help an MVP vote, then Matt Kemp’s time on the DL showed just how valuable he is to the team.

What I am saying is, he isn’t bad.

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