With the ending of the All-Star break and the season now in the home stretch, what’s happening in the Baseball?
To start off, if the playoffs started today these are the teams that would be in:
Boston Redsox: 51-39
Houston Astros: 61-29
Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays V. New York Yankees
Washington Nationals: 53-36
Milwaukee Brewers: 51-41
Los Angeles Dodgers: 62-29
Wild Card: Arizona Diamondbacks V. Colorado Rockies
If you noticed any strange absences, it’s more than likely the defending Camps the Chicago Cubs not even making a Wild Card spot. While they haven’t been at their best this season, they are showing no interest in waiting for next year.
Possibly on the move:
The fact that the Cubs have more assets to spare should not only scare competitive teams but make those who are less than and have something to trade all the more willing to deal. Particularly the Oakland Athletics who find themselves 20 games behind the Astros need to move Sonny Gray for some value.
Speaking of moving a player for Value, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a similar situation with pitcher Gerrit Cole. Cole and Gray are both great pitchers in their mid-twenties on decent contracts. The Pirates are one step away from being in a full rebuild and aren’t as prepared to deal Cole than the Athletics would be.
Although this lack of familiarity with the rebuilding process (compared to the Athletics who are perpetually in a constant state of rebuilding) may allow teams to get Cole for a lower price than Gray. However, both will likely be on the move before the July 31 deadline.
Another strong candidate for the MLB relocation program is Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have finally hit the dumps after years of struggling to hold on to the dominance they once had. Yes Verlander is older, and his fastball has most definitely seen better days, but he still has a lot to give. He was only a few points shy of winning Cy Young last season and actually received almost double the number of first place votes.
This is the same Guy that won the MVP as a pitcher back in 2011. At 34 he’s much older than a number of the other available pitchers, but Verlander is under contract for at least another three years. Unlike Gray and Cole who are up for arbitration after this season.
While 28 million isn’t a great price for an aging pitcher, Verlander is a different breed. Adding him to a solid team will be beneficial no matter the cost.
Who should be selling at the deadline:
The Atlanta Braves: they may be in second place in the east, its all a facade created by the southern Illuminati. Trade Freddie Freeman to the Yankees for a boatload of prospects.