Friday, June 26, 2015

Marlins Will Pick Second

9-1-0.....Congratulations to Drew Stevenson and his Miami Marlins for winning the second pick last night!  The Marlins move up from position #7 to win the second pick.

Giants Nab First Pick in 2013 Draft!

The number 9-9-4 was drawn on Wednesday evening......Congratulations to new manager Gene Kipfer and his San Francisco Giants who moved up all the way from the 11th position (!) to snatch the first pick in the 2013 draft.  Amazingly, Gene's squad only had 8 chances out of 1,000 to win the pick.  Congratulations Gene!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dodgers Eliminate D-Backs in Seven Games

A. J. Burnett took a no-hitter into the 8th inning to help the Dodgers defeat Arizona by a score of 7-1 in  the final game of their quarter final series.  The #2 seed Dodgers will now face #3 seed Oakland in the semi-finals.

Angels Sweep Past Twins

The Angels swept the series, but the first three games were very close. Anaheim pitching was the key, compiling a 1.15 ERA. Gio Gonzalez won twice, striking out 20 (including 13 in the finale).

Anaheim 4, Minnesota 2
Wilson Betemit, who hadn't homered in about 2 months, slugged a 3-run shot in the 4th, and Kenley Jansen recorded a 4-out save.
Anaheim 3, Minnesota 2
Prince Fielder homered in the 12th inning after Kenley Jansen worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 11th. Ross Detwiler allowed only 1 hit in 7 innings, but it was a 2-run homer to David Freese in the 6th. The Angels, though, clawed back with Miguel Montero's RBI single in the 8th and Alfonso Soriano's sac fly in the 9th.
Anaheim 3, Minnesota 1
Andy Pettitte and the Angels bullpen combined on a 5-hitter, and Nick Markakis delivered a tie-breaking, 2-run single in the 6th.
Anaheim 8, Minnesota 0
Gio Gonzalez scattered 9 hits and struck out 13 to complete the sweep. Brandon Moss belted a 3-run HR in the 3rd, and finished with 4 RBIs. Alfonso Soriano also contributed a 2-run HR.

Defending Champs Seattle Gets By Pesky Nationals Team

Seattle (AP) - After finishing 6-0 in last season's post season for the World Champion Mariners, Justin Verlander is at it again.  He won two more decisions for Seattle in an opening round victory over the Washington Nationals.  A recap of the series:

Washington #8 vs. Seattle #1
Game 1:  Cole Hamels vs. Justin Verlander
Verlander enters the 9th inning with a 5-1 lead but the Nationals manage to score 5 runs of Verlander and K-Rod with the help of errors by Longoria and Brandon Phillips.  David Robertson pitches a scoreless 9th to hold the victory for Hamels who scatters 10 hits and 2 National errors to earn the victory 6-5 in game 1.
Game 2:  James McDonald vs. Felix Hernandez
Jeff Francouer hit a grand slam in the second inning in a rough inning which also saw a Pujols error and 5 National runs.  The Mariners slowly chip away at the lead by adding a couple of runs in the 6th in the 7th inning to make it 6-5.  Mike Adams and David Robertson do a good job of not allowing the tying run to score from second in the 7th and 8th innings as the Nationals win another road game 6-5.
Game 3:  Jeff Samardzija vs. Stephen Strasburg
Mike Baxter singled in two runs in the 6th.  A-Rod pinch hit for Samardzija in the 6th and knocked in a couple more runs for a 5-2 lead.  Four relievers combined to hold the lead and give the Mariners their first victory in the series.
Game 4:  Justin Verlander vs. Clay Buchholz
Mariners jump out quick with three runs in the first and five in the third for a 8-1 lead.  Verlander tires in the 8th inning but asks to keep the ball in the blowout.  He allows a couple more runs while he finishes with 12 strikeouts.  Mariners win 8-3 and tie the series 2-2 as the road team as won each game so far.

Game 5:  Felix Hernandez vs. Cole Hamels
King Felix is hurt by the long ball again.  This time, Billy Butler launches a 3 run shot in the first inning.  That is all Hamels needs.  He allows one hit until the 8th inning.  Butler launches another 3 run blast in the seventh.  Nationals show everyone the home team can win a game as they coast to the victory, 7-0.  They are on the brink of a big upset as the Mariners tied a regular season record for victories at 110.
Game 6:  James McDonald vs. Matt Moore
Mariners are inspired by the home crowd and come out hungry.  Longoria hits a first inning bomb.  They capitalize on a Drew Stubbs error in the second inning and add four runs for a 5 run lead.  Gordon Beckham leads off the 7th with a HR to put the Nats on the board.  Mike Trout and Billy Butler add a couple of two out RBIs to cut the deficit to 2.  Darren Oliver comes in to stop the rally while K-Rod closes out the ninth for the save and 5-3 Mariner victory.
Game 7:  Stephen Strasburg vs. Justin Verlander
Mike Trout and Carlos Gonzalez hit back-to back HR in the first inning.  Billy Butler just misses making it three in a row.  Ryan Braun answers with a solo HR in the second.  Mariners add two runs in the third to take the lead.  The second run on a GIDP by Longoria.  Mariners add 2 runs in the sixth with HRs by Brandon Belt and another by Braun.  Verlander goes the distance striking out nine and allowing four hits. 5-2 Mariners. 
Washington put up a surprising tough fight.  Congratulations to Nats manager Angelo on a great season.  He has some fun young players to build around.

Oakland Outlasts Houston in Wild Seven Game Series

Oakland (AP) - Matt Kemp and the Oakland A's eliminated the Houston Astros in a hard fought seven game series:

Game 1 - A's win 9-0 as Clayton Kershaw pitches poorly for Houston.  A's OF Josh Willingham went 4-4 with 2 HR's and 2 doubles.  Jon Niese pitched like, well, Clayton Kershaw, tossing a 2-hitter and striking out 14.
Game 2 - The Astros bounce back with a 3-1 win, thanks to Homer Bailey's solid start.
Game 3 - The A's win 10-8 in a back and forth game.  Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in 5 for Houston, Kendry Morales went 4-5 with 2 HR's for Oakland. 
Game 4 - Houston wins 4-1, with all 4 runs scored in the 7th - 9th innings.  Josh Hamilton delivered by collecting 2 hits and 2 RBI's.
Game 5 - The Astros retook the series lead with a thrilling 9-8, 10 inning win.  A's were winning 8-3 going into the 8th when their bullpen imploded.  Scott Hairston had the walk-off single, overall he went 4-6.  Astros bullpen pitched 7 2/3, giving up 1 run.
Game 6 - With their backs to the wall the A's pulled out a comeback, 7-5 win in 10 innings.  Trailing 5-3 entering the 9th, the  A's scored 4 off of Ernesto Frieri. Austin Jackson hit a walk-off 2 run HR after earlier robbing Josh Hamilton of a HR.
Game 7 - The A's take the series with an appropriately tense 3-2 win.  Houston scored 2 in the 3rd on G. Stanton's  double, but the A's scored 3 in the 6th with help from a throwing error by Josh Hamilton. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

2013 Draft Lottery Info

We will be conducting our draft lottery on Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th.....

The “Pennsylvania Daily Number Evening” lottery ( on subsequent nights (7PM EST) will be used to decide who gets the #1 and #2 picks in the first round only. If the second pick yields the same result as the first night, then a third night’s lottery drawing will be used. The remaining ten teams will draft in reverse order of record. So, the team with the poorest record can do no worst than pick third in the first round.

2013 Lottery Drawing Chances:

000 to 249 – Chicago (57-105)

250 to 449 – New York (65-97)

450 to 604 – Cleveland (69-93)

605 to 724 – Boston (71-91)

725 to 814 – Atlanta (72-90)

815 to 879 – Philadelphia (73-89, 37-27 runs scored vs. Miami in tie-breaker )

880 to 924 – Miami (73-89)

925 to 954 – St. Louis (74-88, 4-2 vs. Toronto in tie-breaker)

955 to 974 – Toronto (74-88)

975 to 986 – Kansas City (75-87, 7-5 vs. Pittsburgh & San Francisco in tie-breaker)

987 to 994 – San Francisco (75-87, 6-6 vs. Kansas City & Pittsburgh in tie-breaker)

995 to 999 – Pittsburgh (75-87)

(Click here for a history of previous lottery numbers selected.)