MLB Week in Review (July 19-25)

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The halfway point of the season has come and gone in the MLB season and for many teams that means they know where they are going to be at the end of the year. There are teams that have already lost their chance to make the postseason and others that are just waiting to clinch their divisions. There are also the many teams fighting to get enough wins to make the postseason right until the end of the season. That is where the Trade Deadline comes in as teams look to find that one piece to help them push over the top to make a run at the postseason. This year is no different as teams approach the July 31st trade deadline looking to add that piece or sell for the future. There are a number of big names on the market but there seems to be nobody with more talk around him than David Price. The Tampa Bay Rays were one of the best teams in the league only recently but this year it has not been the same. After making the playoffs in the 2013 the Rays are struggling this year and that has put their best player on the market. The future is uncertain in Tampa as the team looks like they might be on the decline. As the Rays prepare to rebuild and rework their team to get back to the top of the division they need to move on from the old team. That last piece of the old team is David Price and he will command a heavy price if he is to be traded before the deadline. For a Cy Young pitcher there is always something big to give up from the team that wants him. That is largely because everyone wants a pitcher and more than that everyone needs that pitcher to help them get to the postseason. Anyone interested in Price is need of a boost on their pitching rotation as they march towards the postseason. That list is a long one as well with plenty of teams looking for pitching help as they try to make a push to the playoffs. That includes two teams in the playoff in Tampa’s division which will only mean a bigger payday for the Rays. To trade a pitcher the caliber of Price within the division would require a lot. The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are both likely heating up the phones in Tampa as both sit in a tight battle with a questionable rotation. For the Blue Jays their rotation has been a mix of good and bad all season with the struggles of RA Dickey and the emergence of Marcus Stroman. They could always use an extra pitcher to help them get a leg up on the competition. One of the teams in competition is the Yankees who themselves have had issues with their rotation. It would all start well with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka proving to be a good one-two punch. Then both pitchers would go down with injuries and now hanging onto a hope of the postseason they are in need of some pitching help if they hope to clinch a spot. The Jays and Yankees will have some work to do to get Price as he will cost a lot. The Yankees will likely have a few options to trade with a number of good prospects in the system that the Rays would like. The Blue Jays essentially have one in Aaron Sanchez who was recently called up in a move that had many believing he was being trotted out as trade bait for other teams. As these two teams are likely in the running for Price there are a few other teams all looking to add a top flight pitcher to their rotation. That includes the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cleveland Indians. All of them are trying to find that extra piece they need as the trade deadline approaches which will be followed closely by the postseason race.

 

Extra Innings
(More on the week that was in the MLB)

Early Trade Pays off
The Yankees got in on the trades early on acquiring Chase Headley which would immediately paid off as Headley would be the one to earn a walk-off win for the Yankees in his first game in the Bronx

Big Papi pursuing records
Solidifying his place as one of the best Designated Hitters in the game David Ortiz would achieve a few major accomplishments this week when he would hit his 1,500 RBI and would move into third place in the Red Sox home run rankings

Jeter Continues Great goodbye
Derek Jeter has not had the best season of his career in his last go around but he is still racking up accomplishments after passing Lou Gehrig and becoming the all-time Doubles leader in Yankees history

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Key Scores:
Washington Nationals 8 – 3 Milwaukee Brewers
– The Brewers were simply hoping to hold onto their lead in the division after struggling at the end of the first half but they wouldn’t be able to do it against the Nationals who are just getting hot as they head into the second half of the season

Pittsburgh Pirates 12 – 7 Los Angeles Dodgers
– The Pirates are trying to make a comeback after falling behind in the division race and a big win against the Dodgers who are just trying to keep up with the Giants would help them close the gap in the Central

San Francisco Giants 3 – 1 Philadelphia Phillies
– The Giants are hoping that their midseason struggles ae over as they try to continue to build on a lead in the West Division and they would be able to do that against a struggling Phillies team who are reduced to spoilers in the second half of the season

Toronto Blue Jays 8 – 0 Boston Red Sox
– The Jays have had a strange season so far s they seem good enough to get a postseason spot at times and one of the reasons for this is the emergence of a young pitcher in Marcus Stroman who flirted with a no-hitter against Boston to help the Jays to an important win

 

Next Week:
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees (Sunday July 27th; 1:05 pm ET)
– The Jays and Yankees have rarely fought like they are right now as both teams are struggling but not enough to put them out of the postseason race as they face off looking to get a leg up on the other in the wild card hunt

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants (Monday July 28th; 10:15 pm ET)
– The Pirates are still trying to climb out of the hole they created at the start of the season in their division while the Giants are trying to hold on to their division lead after struggling recently

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers (Tuesday July 29th; 7:08 pm ET)
– The Tigers are once again dominating the Central division with little concern over not winning but the White Sox are looking to put a little pressure on them as they try to make a push in the second half

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Friday August 1st; 8:15 pm ET)
– The Brewers have had the best start to the season out of any team in the MLB but have recently slowed down and the Cards are hoping that continues as they try to make up gorund to take the division away

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