I honestly don’t remember a week this active ever before…Leo has done an excellent job of chronicling the seasonal totals, so I won’t repeat that here, but on the week…there were FIFTY ONE trades, starting last Wednesday. when Texas, Colorado, the ChiSox, Baltimore, Detroit, and Houston started on day 1. three trades have involved free waives, which is the first time all year that free waivers have been traded…a total of 139 players were involved…twenty-six different teams made trades…the biggest trade involved 8 players (Washington offer Josh Bell, Patrick Corbin, Carl Edwards Jr., Keibert Ruiz, and to Houston for Bailey Falter, Rhys Hoskins, Phil Maton, Ryan Pressly, and Kyle Schwarber) and came in at 11:25pm California time….1:25am Central and 2:25am Eastern…plenty of big names flying around and plenty of roster tweaks…thanks to all for making this a really fun trading deadline!
THE DARK CLOUD
I’m not one to openly mourn the loss of public personas, but if you’ll indulge me I just want to say that Vin Scully was a national treasure. I don’t like the Dodgers at all (lingering resentment about the 1988 NLCS), but when my kids were first born and I would endlessly circle our block with a stroller the big treat in my day was being able to put a game on my portable AM radio just to hear Scully talk about baseball…I can’t think of any other time in my life I’ve listened to something I didn’t care about just to hear the way it was being described…thanks to those of you who shared on email…
I’LL TAKE TWO, PLEASE
Jon Gray (Texas) threw a no-hitter! (on 7/26/2022 against Seattle)
Marcus Stroman (Chicago (CC)) threw a no-hitter! (on 7/29/2022 against San Francisco)
..the most amazing thing is that both pitchers are with their original clubs…
So watching MLB I saw that the Angels and Nationals basically tanked their rosters while the Mets bolstered theirs, and so naturally the Mets immediately lost to the Nationals and the Angels won at home…anyway, winning the trades is no guarantee of immediately winning more games…one of the truer aphorisms of baseball is that on any given day anything can happen…big mover in the AL East was early-trading partner Baltimore, who went 5-2…it’s a longshot, dark-horse route but Mark’s team is single-digits from first place…with the actual Bosox sellers at the trade deadline it will be fun to see whether Hugh Brown — doing one of the absolute best jobs in the ASFBL this year by taking a bad team, holding first, and posting a +8 WOR — can hang on to first in a tough division…Bosox made two 1-for-1 deals on the week…Tim Walsh has the Twinkies at the top of the AL central but all other teams had winning records this week, with the Royals taking the prize at 6-1 and Skrovan’s Guardians checking in at 5-2…the cumulative divisional WOR is +7 and no team is more than a half-game behind the actual team…you gotta love Texas and Ben Brockreide is riding a +14 WOR…still got a ways to catch the Astros but went 5-2…after Trader Jim Casey — I’m not putting quote marks around the Trader because if that isn’t his full legal name by now it should be — pulled off the last 3 trades, including the Soto/Bell blockbuster, he has a 6-1 record and 10-game lead to show for it…Toronto, Texas, and the Yankees are the NL wildcard frontrunners but Baltimore, the ChiSox, Cleveland, and Anaheim still have a shot…Atlanta and the Mets continue to trade punches at the top of the NL East, where Danny Wildes held to the top spot, but Adam Symonds’ Phillies had the best record in the division and he front-loaded his trades…they are 17-13 over the last 30…the Braves made three trades on the week but also did some roster maneuvering the week prior to set their rotation for the year…Zewiske’s Brewers took advantage of a Cardinal stumble to move to within a half game…Gordon’s Cubbies were the most active team at the trade deadline and posted a 5-1 record out of the gate…and that 3-team race is a thing to behold, where the 3 teams are a collective 21 games ahead of the MLB teams…the NL West, and maybe the entire NL, is all about the Dodgers, who cruised to a 6-1 week, but it says something that the Rockies went 1-6 and are still +6 WOR…mad respect to Al Benedek for pulling the trigger on multiple trades in August while sitting 28 games back…moved some named players…and, in what was the single most awesome moment of the week and the finale to any trading deadline flurry, the Padres and Tigers traded Luis Garcia for…Luis Garcia…brilliant!
FEATS AND FAILURES
Joe Dunand (Miami) struck out 4 times (on 7/25/2022 against Cincinnati) Matt Chapman (Philadelphia) hit 3 homers (on 7/25/2022 against Atlanta) AJ Pollock (Houston) struck out 4 times (on 7/25/2022 against Oakland) Martin Maldonado (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 7/25/2022 against Washington) Bobby Witt (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 7/25/2022 against Washington) Eric Thames (Los Angeles) struck out 4 times (on 7/25/2022 against Washington) Jeremy Pena (Boston) struck out 4 times (on 7/26/2022 against Cleveland) Marcus Semien (Texas) hit 6 RBI (on 7/26/2022 against Seattle) Adolis GarcÃa (Texas) had 5 hits (on 7/26/2022 against Seattle) Adolis GarcÃa (Texas) hit for the cycle! (on 7/26/2022 against Seattle) Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee) struck out 12 batters (on 7/27/2022 against Minnesota) Dylan Carlson (St. Louis) struck out 4 times (on 7/27/2022 against Toronto) Shohei Ohtani (New York (NYM)) struck out 11 batters (on 7/27/2022 against New York (NYY)) Joe Musgrove (Houston) struck out 11 batters (on 7/28/2022 against Seattle) Rhys Hoskins (Washington) struck out 4 times (on 7/29/2022 against St. Louis) Teoscar Hernandez (Toronto) had 5 hits (on 7/29/2022 against Detroit) Nick Pratto (Kansas City) struck out 4 times (on 7/30/2022 against New York (NYY)) Justin Verlander (Cleveland) struck out 11 batters (on 7/31/2022 against Tampa Bay) Logan Webb (San Francisco) struck out 11 batters (on 7/31/2022 against Chicago (CC)) Andrew Velazquez (Anaheim) stole 3 bases (on 7/31/2022 against Texas)