Newsletter for games through 7-29-18

TRADE FRENZY

The actual MLB had 32 trades in the week leading up to the deadline; we beat them by 3 at 35.  They had 83 players change hands, and we clobberd them with 122.  The only number they beat us on was teams involved in a trade, 28 to 20…then again, we don’t have fan bases we have to make moves to appease…and Andy Somers of the Nats had a whopping 14 trades the last week, which is basically one trade for every 2 roster spots…Houston, Texas, Mets, Tigers, and Rockies all had 5 trades or more…we don’t keep records on this stuff, but as Rick Wynne pointed out that really was a lot of stuff happening really fast…

NOTES

The only Met starter I haven’t traded is Steve Matz, who started Monday’s 25-4 drubbing…I have now had friends from Boston to Anaheim that have gotten in touch to share that joy with me…and at the end of all that trading, Andy apparently knew what he was doing because he had the only 7-0 record on the week…combined record of the other 5 most active trading teams was 16-15…if you get a moment, check out his new starting lineup…also improved clubhouse chemistry by shipping out Harper…Arizona gained ground in the NL west, and the Reds made some noise in the NL central…the Reds traded for Met pitching that didn’t give up 7 runs in less than an inning, and did get a win out of deGrom’s start…in the other league and at the opposite end of the trade activity spectrum from the Nationals, Boston largely stood pat but posted the best AL record at 5-2…the entire AL East was .500 or better…the entire AL central was .500 or worse…Jose Ramirez of Cleveland leads the ASFBL with 38 HR…JD Martinez only has 32 HR but has 20 more RBI…in a very Trout-like way, Mike is second in both categories but has more HR than Martinez and more RBI than Ramirez…hats off to Alan Minsky, who has 5 actual starting pitchers…the actual Tampa Bay Rays were listing zero on their official MLB depth chart page…

FEATS AND FAILURES

Masahiro Tanaka of NYY had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 7/23/2018
Yairo Munoz of STL struck out 4 times against CIN on 7/23/2018
Tim Beckham of BAL struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/24/2018
Manuel Margot of SDP robbed 3 hits against NYM on 7/24/2018
Jacob deGrom of CIN had 10 strikeouts against STL on 7/25/2018
Adam Frazier of PIT had 6 RBI against CLE on 7/25/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 7/25/2018
Brian Goodwin of WAS struck out 4 times against MIL on 7/25/2018
Matt Hall of DET had 13 strikeouts against KCR on 7/25/2018
Chris Sale of BOS had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 7/25/2018
Tyler Skaggs of LAA had 11 strikeouts against CWS on 7/25/2018
Addison Russell of CHC struck out 5 times against ARI on 7/26/2018
Ben Zobrist of CHC had 5 hits against ARI on 7/26/2018
WAS and MIA played 15.5 innings on 7/26/2018
Clayton Kershaw of LAD had 11 strikeouts against ATL on 7/26/2018
Franklin Barreto of OAK struck out 4 times against TEX on 7/26/2018
German Marquez of BAL had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 7/27/2018
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 15 strikeouts against DET on 7/27/2018
Ross Stripling of LAD had 12 strikeouts against ATL on 7/27/2018
Carlos Rodon of CWS had 11 strikeouts against TOR on 7/27/2018
Gerardo Parra of TOR struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/27/2018
Kyle Freeland of COL had 10 strikeouts against OAK on 7/27/2018
Joe Musgrove of PIT had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 7/28/2018
Nathan Eovaldi of TBR had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 7/28/2018
Brian Dozier of LAD struck out 4 times against ATL on 7/28/2018
Robbie Grossman of MIN struck out 4 times against BOS on 7/28/2018
Charlie Morton of HOU had 12 strikeouts against TEX on 7/28/2018
Robbie Ray of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 7/28/2018
Chris Davis of BAL struck out 4 times against TBR on 7/29/2018
Matt Carpenter of WAS struck out 4 times against MIA on 7/29/2018
Mike Fiers of NYM had 10 strikeouts against PIT on 7/29/2018
Curtis Granderson of TOR struck out 4 times against CWS on 7/29/2018
Jesus Aguilar of MIL struck out 4 times against SFG on 7/29/2018

 

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