With the final chips having been tossed into the pot before the non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon, teams were ready to assess their next move heading into the final two months of the season.
Major League clubs proved to be pretty active, making it one of the more interesting deadlines in recent years. Maybe baseball was getting a little jealous after the other major sports started to get the attention that their trade deadlines were becoming a little more interesting to the fans than the national pastime.
Manny Machado (Dodgers), Mike Moustakas (Brewers), Eduardo Escobar (Diamondbacks), Asdrubal Cabrera (Phillies) and Gold Glove catcher Martin Maldonado (Astros) were the biggest names on offense added by contending clubs as the deadline approached.
Meanwhile, Cole Hamels (Cubs), Nathan Eovaldi (Red Sox), Zach Britton (Yankees), J.A. Happ (Yankees), Brad Hand (Indians), Joakim Soria (Brewers), Jeurys Familia (A’s), Seunghwan Oh (Rockies), Sam Tiuvailala (Mariners) and Brad Brach (Braves) were among the bigger mound pieces added to by contenders in the final two weeks of July.
Other scuttlebutt had Chris Archer (Rays), Matt Harvey (Reds), Brian Dozier (Twins), Keona Kela (Rangers), Miami’s J.T. Realmuto and Brad Ziegler possibly headed to other clubs in the final 36 hours leading up to the 1 p.m. deadline.
The Yankees made their moves to shore up their staff to try and close the gap between them and the Red Sox, and then beyond, added both a starter and a reliever.
Boston addition Eovaldi was stellar in his Red Sox debut at Fenway on Sunday, dominating the Twins for seven innings in a 3-0 win, while Happ also shined for the Yanks on Sunday in his first start in pinstripes, going six in a 6-3 win over KC..
Teams such as the Angels, St. Louis, Minnesota, Washington, Pittsburgh and San Francisco seemed resigned to standing pat or moving into seller territory as their playoff hopes were fading quickly with the turn of the calendar.
BLUE JAYS (+125, 8o15) at ATHLETICS (Wed., 12:35): A’s LHP Sean Manaea got tagged with his first loss in his last 10 starts last out in Colorado, but Blue Jays are down nearly 15 units to left-handed starters this season. Marcus Stroman (3.09 ERA on road) has returned to good form, winning four of his last six starts, but Jays are 0-3 in his road day starts. OAK, 4-3
CUBS (-140, 8.5) at PIRATES (Wed., 4:05): Cole Hamels makes his first Cubs start. He was good on the road for Texas, compiling a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts and has a 1.22 ERA in five career starts at PNC Park. Bucs are down five units to lefties this season. Pirates’ Nick Kingham struggled with an ERA over six in July but still won three of his five starts. CUBS, 5-3
ROCKIES (+110, 8o15) at CARDINALS (Thu., 10:15): The Rockies rolled into contention with a great run in July as they send Antonio Senzatela to the mound after he earned a home win against Oakland on Saturday at a -125 favorite. The Cards’ Miles Mikolas is 11-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, which has been good for nearly five units to his backers. STL, 4-3
MARLINS (+150, 8.5u15) at PHILLIES (Thu., 4): Phillies’ Nick Pivetta has 21 strikeouts over his last two starts, but they have just a pair of losses to show for it. The expected Miami lineup has hit well over .300 against him. The Marlins’ Trevor Richards has been dynamite for three straight outings, allowing just one earned run (16.1 innings) with 18 strikeouts. MIA, 4-3
BRAVES (+107, 7o15) at METS (Fri., 4:05): Sean Newcomb is off his near no-hitter on Sunday at home against the Dodgers in a 4-1 win. The Braves are 4-1 in Newcomb’s road night starts. A great matchup with New York’s Jacob deGrom, who has a 1.82 ERA, but is still down nearly 10 units this year after a loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. ATL, 3-2
HOU ASTROS (-109, 7) at DODGERS (Fri., 7): The Astros’ Justin Verlander has a 2.24 ERA and 0.89 WHIP but is down over 13 units for his backers following a loss at home to Texas on Saturday at -360. Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood has won his last six decisions including wins at Milwaukee and Atlanta on the last trip. Astros down 9.5 units to left-handers. LAD, 3-2
WHITE SOX (EV, 8o15) at RAYS (Sat., 3:10): The Rays’ Ronny Chirinos allowed no earned runs to the White Sox over 5-1/3 innings during his April surprise, but he has taken the loss in both of his starts upon his return to the bigs. ChiSox lefty Carlos Rodon has pitched well over his last three starts, allowing four earned runs (22.2 innings) while striking out 21. CWS, 4-3
SF GIANTS (+150, 8) at ARIZ D’BACKS (Sat. 5:10): Arizona’s Clay Buchholz (2.65 ERA) earned his second-straight win off the DL on Sunday at San Diego. He has allowed two or fewer runs in all nine of his starts this season. Giants’ Andrew Suarez has regressed a bit out of the break and is down 3.25 units after a win at home against Milwaukee on Sunday. ARI, 5-3
ANGELS (EV, 9o15) at CLE INDIANS (Sun., 10:10): Tyler Skaggs had a 2.11 ERA on the road this season and the Angels were 7-3 in his road starts heading into Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay. The Indians’ Shane Bieber is expected to get the ball following his road start at Minnesota on Monday. The Indians were 5-1 in his night starts heading into that contest. LAA, 5-4
YANKEES (+105, 8o20) at RED SOX (Sun., 5:05): David Price had earned the win in seven of his last 10 starts and was up nearly seven units on the season heading into Monday’s start at home against the Phils. The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka, who shut out Tampa Bay last Tuesday hadn’t lost since April heading into Tuesday’s home start against the Orioles. BOS, 5-4