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Which Relief Pitcher Will The Washington Nationals Acquire At The Trade Deadline?

The Washington Nationals are currently in first place in the National League East, but they are in desperate need of some help in their bullpen. Their current closer, Jonathan Papelbon, has struggled all season long, which has cost the Nationals multiple games. He currently has a 4.18 ERA, 19 saves, and three blown saves in 34 appearances. Due to these struggles, the Washington Nationals could consider many options near the trade deadline. Some possibilities are mentioned in the link below:

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/29/16

P- Collin McHugh (vs. Detroit Tigers): $8,600. McHugh struggled to start the season, but he has been very reliable in the month of July. In four starts this months, he has a 2.66 ERA and 28 strikeouts. He is pitching in a pitcher favorable ballpark as well, which is also to his favor. Over his last four starts, he is averaging 20.5 points on DraftKings. There is a chance of rain at the start of this game, so keep an eye on the weather forecast.

 

P- Ivan Nova (vs. Tampa Bay Rays): $8,300. Over his last four starts, Nova has been a great option for daily fantasy. He is averaging 19.9 points on DraftKings in that timespan. Tampa Bays’ offense has been brutal all season, specifically over the last seven days, so this should be a great matchup for Nova.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 7/29/16

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 Daily Matchups for 7/29/2016

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Jon Lester

Max Scherzer

Jose Quintana

MID RANGE

Trevor Bauer

Vince Velasquez

Junior Guerra

VALUE

Ivan Nova

Steven Brault

Edwin Jackson

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Midseason Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings Analysis (1-10)

Below you can find my analysis for the prospects ranked between 1-10 for the 2016 midseason top prospect list. If you want to see the full top 100 list, please visit the following link: SEE THE TOP 100 PROSPECT RANKINGS. If you want to see the analysis for the rest of the top 100, please visit my blog: www.dynastydigest.sportsblog.com 

 

  1. Yoan Moncada (BOS, 21 Years Old, 2B): Moncada has stolen my heart and he has stolen the top prospect in my midseason rankings. In 414 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A, Moncada is batting .294, with 12 home runs, 43 stolen bases, .404 OBP, and a .513 slugging percentage. He is blocked by Dustin Pedroia at second base, but there is a good chance the Red Sox move him to third base or to the outfield at some point. Regardless of what position he plays, Moncada will be an elite ball player, and an even better fantasy player. He has the ability to steal 40+ bases, with an on base percentage of .370+, and 20 home runs or more in a season. Needless to say, those statistics would put him in an elite class in fantasy baseball.

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Check out These 5 Franchise-Altering MLB Trades that Almost Happened

Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don’t make. That couldn’t ring more true for what we’re about to talk about.

The trade deadline is literally right around the corner and things are starting to get interesting. With new rumors surfacing every 20 seconds, it’s easy to get lost on social media in order to follow along. It’s also harder for teams to keep these negotiations as private as they used to, which makes their jobs a little more difficult.

This couldn’t have been more evident over the past year with potential deals that fell through with the general public looking on. Situations involving Wilmer FloresBrandon PhillipsMichael Saunders and Jay Bruce were just some of the ones we’ve recently watched break down right in front of our eyes.

After seeing a number of trades fall apart in a short period of time, what about old proposed trades that never happened, but would’ve been ridiculous if they did? I was led to the following five near-deals that had the power to transform the looks of every franchise involved.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 7/28/16

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 Daily Matchups for 7/28/2016

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Jacob deGrom

Jose Fernandez

Chris Sale

David Price

MID RANGE

Mid Tier

Aaron Nola

Michael Wacha

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Who Owned Baseball July 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Gerrit Cole pitched the first complete game of his career, allowing just 3 hits, 1 run and striking out 6 Mariners to lead Pittsburgh in a 10-1 laugher.

Freddie Freeman reached base 5 times, homered, drove in 5 and stole a base to highlight the Braves’ 9-7 victory over Minnesota.

Lance McCullers struck out 10 Yankees, allowing 1 run over 6 innings and earned the 4-1 decision for Houston.

Khris Davis went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers as the A’s held off Texas, 6-4.

They All Owned Baseball on July 27, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/28/16

P- Cole Hamels (vs. Kansas City Royals): $9,900. Hamels is coming off a successful start against the Royals his last time out. He threw 5.1 innings, giving up only one unearned run. He has won both his starts since the all-star break, giving up only two runs in 13.1 innings pitched.

P- Tyler Anderson (vs. New York Mets): $7,700. Anderson is facing an offense who has struggled all season long. Over the last seven days, the Mets are ranked 28th in OPS and 29th in runs scored. Over Anderson’s last eight starts, he has given up no more than three runs in seven of those starts. He has also walked two or fewer batters in those starts, which is great for daily fantasy.

 

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Midseason Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings Analysis (11-20)

Below you can find my analysis for the prospects ranked between 11-20 for the 2016 midseason top prospect list. If you want to see the full top 100 list, please visit the following link: SEE THE TOP 100 PROSPECT RANKINGS. I will be posting daily analysis of every player listed in the top 100, so please follow my blog and other social media for updates.

 

  1. Alex Reyes (STL, 21 Years Old, RHP): If you are looking for a frontline starter, look no further. Reyes has the upside of a top-10 pitcher in the next few years. He has an elite fastball-breaking ball combination and his changeup has developed quite nicely. He has been known to touch 102-103 MPH with his fastball, so that speaks for itself. He has struggled this season at Triple-A, but that doesn’t take away from his potential. In 55 innings pitched, he owns a 5.07 ERA, 51 hits against, 79 strikeouts, and 27 walks. He has an elite strikeout rate, but his walk rate does scare me. He was just scratched from his most recent start in the minors, so many people believe the Cardinals are preparing to call him up to the big leagues.

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Why Both the Yankees and Cubs Needed to Make the Chapman Trade

Aroldis Chapman is now a member of the Chicago Cubs. It had long been speculated that Chapman would be on the move at some point, as the Yankees currently sit 7.5 games back in the AL East, as well as 4.5 games out from the second wild card spot with a record of 50-48 and while this deficit may not seem too large, the Yankees have question marks all over their lineup and rotation. 39-year-old Carlos Beltran, who like Chapman is in a contract year, has been the team’s best hitter.  The rotation has failed to find consistency beyond Masahiro Tanaka. It all adds up to the Yankees -25 run differential on the season; the other three teams ahead of them in the AL East all have a run differential of +40 or better. The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, lead the entire league in both record, 59-38, as well as run differential, at +150.

The deal that has been agreed to is as follows:

New York Yankees Receive:

  1. SS Gleyber Torres
  2. RHP Adam Warren
  3. OF Billy Mckinney
  4. OF Rashad Crawford

Chicago Cubs Receive:

  1. LHP Aroldis Chapman

New York’s Side of the Deal:

For the first time since I can remember, the Bronx Bombers have decided to sell pieces from their major league roster at the trade deadline rather than make a run at a championship. GM Brian Cashman picked a great time to do so. Just about every contender in the league is in the market for relief help, and Aroldis Chapman, a rental player who will become a free agent at season’s end, just so happened to be the best one available. As a result, the Yankees were able to demand a return package that was far and away greater than the one they had to give up for Chapman in March.

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Losing Chapman Bittersweet For Yankees Fans

For most teams in the Yankees’ situation, becoming a deadline seller would be a no-brainer. But New York has long suffered from ‘Yankee Pride,’ a mental block that prevented the front office to from making the right decisions for the franchise going forward. Trading Aroldis Chapman is the first true signal that they might have gotten past it.

Seemingly since the close of the World Series in 2009, the team’s last championship, the New York Yankees have been running out lineups of increasingly aging, immobile, progressively unwatchable former superstars, capable of winning 85 games– no more, no less.

Of course, that’s perception more than reality– the Yankees finished in second in 2010 and won the AL East in 2011 and 2012, making it to the ALCS in 2012– but for Yankee fans accustomed to winning, or at the very least, exciting baseball, a la the Core Four Era, it’s been a bit of a drag.

Since 2013, for instance, the Yankees have finished no closer than 6 games out in the division, making the playoffs for one measly day, while the Red Sox hoisted their third championship banner of the 2000’s. It’s been a pretty dramatic fall from grace.

But things seem to have come to a head this season. The team is in 4th place in the division….

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 7/26/16

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 Daily Matchups for 7/26/2016

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Noah Syndergaard- Thor has absolutely dominated the Cardinals in the 1 start he had against them. He held them to a .067 BA (1 for 15) with 5 strikeouts and 4 groundouts. He is the best pitcher on the slate in my eyes. We are projecting Thor around 45- 50 FP today. This is obviously a play from yesterday as this game got postponed until today.

Chris Tillman- I absolutely love Tillman here tonight against the Rockies. He’s held them to zero hits in 15 ABs with 9 strikeouts. Tillman comes into this matchup with 127 IP, 104 hits, 48 BBs, 108 Ks, a 3.18 ERA, and 14 Wins tied which is tied for the ML lead. He’s coming off a terrific outing against the Yankees where he pitched 7 innings allowing 4 hits while striking out 7. He ended up with 51 FPs. Tillman has lasted at least 7 innings in his last 4 games and should be able to do the same again tonight.

MID RANGE

Marcus Stroman- He hasn’t faced the Padres much, but he has held them to 1 hit in 9 ABs with 3 Ks. The Padres struggle against RHP and Stroman is coming off his best outing of the season against Arizona where he lasted 8 innings, giving up 8 hits, with no walks and 6 Ks, the W and 51 FP on FD. I could see a similar outing out of him again tonight.

Steven Wright- This is more of a GPP option as he can easily give up too many runs to help a cash game. Wright has only seen the Tigers’ bats 10 times and has given up 3 hits but he is coming off his best game of the year where he pitched 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 1 walk, and 9 Ks against Minnesota and he took the win and 60 FP. He’s now got 4 straight wins.

VALUE

Sonny Gray- This should be an under-owned GPP play tonight. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s less than 5% owned. Gray has struggled this season with 101 IP, allowing 114, 38 walks, 80 Ks, and a massive 5.49 ERA. He’s actually dominated the Rangers in his career to a tune of .197 BA (29 for 147) with a 19.3 K% and 31 Ks and 4 HRs. I think he could be the sneaky play of the day.

Ervin Santana- Here’s another sneaky play that has a great matchup tonight. Santana gets to face the Braves who he has had success with. He’s held the current Braves’ roster to a .219 BA (25 for 114), with an 18.9 K%, 23 strikeouts and 22 groundouts but he has given up 6 HRs. I like him to be a sneaky pick.


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Who Owned Baseball July 25, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Adrian Beltre got 4 hits including 2 homers. The second one was a 2 out, 2 run, come from behind walk off shot to propel the Rangers to a 7-6 final over Oakland.

Aaron Sanchez threw 7 innings with no earned runs and 7 strikeouts to earn the 4-2 decision for the Blue Jays over San Diego.

Jay Bruce slammed a pair of 2 run homers to help the Reds sink the struggling Giants, 7-5.

Jeremy Hellickson threw 6 innings of 1 hit shutout ball. He did not get the decision but set up the Phillies 4-0 blanking of the Marlins.

They All Owned Baseball on July 25, 2016.

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Andrew Benintendi Could Be Promoted By The Boston Red Sox Very Soon

Following the promotion of Alex Bregman and David Dahl, Andrew Benintendicould be the next star prospect called up to the big leagues. The Boston Red Sox organization could use an everyday outfielder in left field, and Benintendi could be the answer.

 

Benintendi was drafted seventh overall by the Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft. Since stepping on the field as a Red Sox prospect, Benintendi has done nothing but impress. He has proven his bat is above average, possesses above average speed, and he has very good defense in centerfield. Over the past two years, he has started every game in centerfield, but the Red Sox have switched him to left field over the last two games. Many people believe this position change is prepping one of their top prospects for a move to the big leagues.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/26/16

P- Felix Hernandez (vs. Pittsburgh Pirates): $8,600. The Pirates offense has struggled over the last seven days. In that time span they are batting .237, with a .297 OBP, and a .678 OPS. In 109 career at bats against Felix, the Pirates offense is batting .165, with a .229 OBP, .249 slugging percentage, and 35 strikeouts. He is coming off an injury and a rough first start, but his career numbers against the Pirates makes me very confident in this pick.

 

P- Ervin Santana (vs. Atlanta Braves): $7,800. In 139 career at bats against Santana, the Braves’ lineup is batting .223, with .251 OBP, .454 slugging percentage, and 28 strikeouts. Santana has been on a great hot streak recently. Over his last six starts, he owns a 2-1 record, and a 2.03 ERA.

 

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Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. Prove Their Differences & Similarities During Hall of Fame Weekend

The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s swing got a whole lot more powerful and a whole lot sweeter over this past weekend. Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. graciously accepted the opportunity to forever be immortalized as baseball greats, which they both rightfully deserve.

After watching their induction speeches (which I highly recommend and can be done hereand here), it’s clear to see that pairing these two together in one Hall of Fame class couldn’t have been more perfect.

Not because they were two of the most well known players in the 1990s and early 2000s, but because their stories were so different, yet so similar at the same time. This was evident before they took the podium in Cooperstown to give one of the most difficult speeches of their respective lives. But by the time they were finished, seeing the parallels between them was undeniable.

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Yankees Get A King’s Ransom From The Chicago Cubs For Aroldis Chapman

Many people believed the New York Yankees were going to be in “sell” mode this trade deadline, but today might have confirmed that notion. Reports say the Yankees have dealt four-time all-star, Aroldis Chapman, to the Chicago Cubs for what is believed to be four players. These players include the Cubs’ best prospect, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and one other. I’m sure the Yankees weren’t too keen on rebuilding, but it is too hard to pass up this offer the Chicago Cubs made.

 

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Daily Lineups For FanDuel MLB DFS – 7/25/16

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/25/16

P- Carlos Martinez (vs. New York Mets): $11,400. Martinez has been very reliable in daily fantasy all year long. In fact, he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since late May. He continues to pitch deep into games, which is great in DraftKings. The Mets offense has been brutal all season long and they have struggled to produce runs over the last seven games, so this should be very favorable for Martinez.

P- Jeremy Hellickson (vs. Miami Marlins): $8,300. In 139 career at bats against Hellickson, the Marlins’ lineup is only batting .216, with a .243 OBP, and a .365 slugging percentage. Hellickson should be on his A-game with the trade deadline right around the corner if he wants to be dealt to a competing team. In his last start against the Marlins, he held them to one earned run, on five hits in eight innings pitched.

 

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David Ortiz and Great Final Seasons

At the age of 40, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is playing in his final and perhaps best season of a 20-year major league career. He is providing a grand finale for what may well end up being an eventual induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although such impressive exits from the game are rare, there have been others who retired with a bang instead of a whimper.

If the 2016 season were to end today, it could be reasonably argued that Ortiz truly did go out on top. Thus far, in 89 games, he has hit .332 with a league-leading 35 doubles, 24 home runs, 81 RBIs and a 182 OPS+, which represents a career high. He also leads the league in on base percentage (OBP) and slugging, all while walking (52) more than he has struck out (45).

Keep reading for some other outstanding final seasons. Eligibility was determined by players who voluntarily retired, as opposed to those like Shoeless Joe Jackson (who hit .382 in 1920 with 218 hits, 121 RBIs and just 14 strikeouts but never returned to the game after being suspended for life); injury (Sandy Koufax and Kirby Puckett had tremendous final seasons before retiring suddenly for health reasons), or death (like Roberto Clemente, who hit .312 and won a Gold Glove in 1972 but was killed during the offseason in a plane crash).

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/24/16

P- Jon Lester (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $10,600. In four career starts against the Brewers, Lester holds a 2.22 ERA with a 2-2 record. Lester has been impressive all year long. He currently owns a 10-4 record, with a 2.89 ERA, and 111 strikeouts in 118.1 innings pitched. Milwaukee ranks in the bottom third in the MLB against left-handed pitching this year, so this favors Lester on Sunday.

 

P- Rick Porcello (vs. Minnesota Twins): $9,200. Porcello has been on fire over his last four starts as he is unbeaten. In his last time out against the Twins, he gave up only one earned run over seven innings pitched. Throughout the last five years, Porcello has dominated every hitter in the Twins’ lineup, so I don’t see anything different happening on Sunday.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/23/16

P- Max Scherzer (vs. San Diego Padres): $13,100. In 112 career at bats against Scherzer, the Padres’ lineup is batting .134, with four RBIs, and a .190 OBP. Over his last nine starts, Scherzer owns a 1.61 ERA, with 81 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 61.1 innings pitched. Needless to say, he is a great start on Saturday.

P- Kendall Graveman (vs. Tampa Bay Rays): $7,900. Over his last seven starts, Graveman owns a 4-0 record, with a 2.64 ERA. While he hasn’t faced the Rays’ lineup very much throughout his career, he has shown some success by holding them to a .213 batting average and a .368 slugging percentage.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/22/16

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P – Trevor Bauer (vs. Baltimore Orioles): $8,900

P – Gerrit Cole (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $7,400

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 7/22/16

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 Daily Matchups for 7/22/2016

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Honestly can see that Bumgarner gets rocked tonight by the Yankees. I’m not going to have much exposure or at least enough exposure to warrant a write up on why I want to use him. He’s given up a .292 BA in 96 ABs and I don’t think you should use him.

Masahiro TanakaHe’s only faced the current Giants’ roster for 6 ABs but Tanaka has been almost lights out for the Yankees lately. They have come out of the All-Star Break winning 7 of their last 11 while the Giants are the exact opposite as they are losing more than winning. I think a lot of people will be looking towards MadBum but we can look elsewhere and save money.

Brandon McCarthyHe could very well be the surprise of the year and the comeback story if we continues his dominance. So far this season McCarthy has pitched 16 innings, he has 2 wins, 22 Ks, a 1.69 ERA and he’s coming off a game against the Diamondbacks where he pitched 6 innings, 8 Ks and 0 ERs. Lifetime against the Cardinals he has held them to a .175 BA (7 for 40) with a 15.9% K-rate, 2.3% walk-rate, 7 strikeouts, 14 groundouts. The Cardinals aren’t the same hitting team and he could go very under-owned tonight.

MID RANGE

Tanner Roark  He’s facing the Padres who struggle against right handed pitching and Roark has been phenomenal as of late. Lifetime against the Pads he’s held them to a .170 BA (9 for 53) with a 21.4% K-Rate with only a 3.6% W-Rate. Roark has struck out 12, gotten 12 groundouts, 8 flyouts, and only given up 1 HR.

Adam Conley–  Conley gets to go up against the Mets who struggle against left-handed pitchers. Conley has done well against the Mets in his career by holding them to a .132 BA (5 for 38) with a 31.7% K-Rate, 4.9% W-Rate. HE will go very under-owned as there are other options and absolutely love him tonight.

Michael Fulmer– He’s having a tremendous year as he’s 9-2 while allowing only 63 hits, 28 walks, 77 Ks with a 2.13 ERA. He’s facing a reeling White Sox team that Fulmer has never seen before. He’s honestly had 1 bad game (19 FP) vs. Seattle back on June 22nd and the rest have been better than that. He’s had back to back 33 FP games and then 63  FP against Tampa on July 1. I won’t be surprised if Fulmer gets 30+ FP again tonight.

VALUE

James PaxtonThere’s a reasono he’s a value play and why he’s only a GPP option. He’s facing the Blue Jays which is a lineup that could scare anyone and that’s what we need from a pitcher as he should go under-owned. Paxton has held the Jays to a .105 BA (2 for 19) with 4 Ks and 4 walks. He’s cheap and could provide that that salary relief we need.

Dan StrailyHe hasn’t faced many of these D-Backs but he has faced 7  of them and struck out 5. Arizona is a weak hitting team and take them out of Chase Field, Straily could be the play of the night.


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Have the Mariners Just Given Up On 2016?

The Seattle Mariners are just about in the race for a playoff berth. An improbable 6-5 win over the White Sox in 11 innings last night, after having been down 5-2 in the 7th, leaves the team 6.5 games behind the slumping Rangers in the AL West and 5.5 behind the final Wild Card spot.

For most clubs at this time of the year this would dictate aggressively approaching the trade market in an attempt to force their way into the postseason. Yet with yesterday’s trade between the Mariners and Cubs, with Mike Montgomery heading to Chicago in return for Triple-A slugger Dan Vogelbach, have the Mariners just revealed their hand?

The instant reaction to the trade has been one of quiet satisfaction on both sides, the Cubs got their high-leverage lefty out of the pen without having to pay an astronomical price for Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees. Vogelbach also represents good value for the Mariners, offering insurance for a declining Adam Lind and plenty of upside on top of that. Furthermore, Vogelbach’s route to the Majors with the Cubs was blocked by Anthony Rizzo who isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Yet still – has a seemingly even and mutually beneficial swap signaled the Mariners’ intentions that 2016 is not to be their year, thereby positioning themselves as sellers come the deadline on July 31st? To answer this question, 3 factors need to be considered:

  1. Just how good is Mike Montgomery?
  2. Can Dan Vogelbach improve the Mariners this year?
  3. Finally, does the Mariners current record of 48-47 reflect their potential?

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Who Owned Baseball July 20, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Hanley Ramirez homered three times, driving in 6 and sparked the Red Sox to take the 11-7 slugfest with San Francisco.

Jedd Gyorko got 3 hits including 2 homers and drove in all of the Cardinals runs as they defeated the Padres, 3-2.

Carlos Carrasco threw 6 innings of 1 hit shutout ball to give the Indians a key divisional victory over the defending champion Royals, 11-4.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed only 1 run over 8 innings, striking out 8 Marlins and earned the 4-1 decision for the Phillies.

They All Owned Baseball on July 20, 2016.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

In Memoriam Video For all baseball family who have passed since 2015 ASG.

TRADE RUMORS: Cleveland Indians Looking To Acquire Jonathan Lucroy

It is no secret the Cleveland Indians are looking to acquire an elite bat near the trade deadline. There were rumors the Tribe were going after Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder, Jay Bruce, but it looks like their attention is focused elsewhere at the moment. The latest rumor is the Indians are making a strong push to trade for Milwaukee Brewers’ catcher, Jonathan Lucroy.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 7/21/16

P – Adam Wainwright (vs. San Diego Padres): $10,400. First of all, Thursday’s slate is brutal for pitching match-ups because there are only nine games. With that said, Wainwright is by far the hottest pitcher taking the mound. Over his last three starts, he owns a 0.39 ERA, 3-0 record, and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched. In his last start, he shutout the Marlins while only giving up three hits. In his first start against the Padres this season, he went six innings and gave up three earned runs.

P – Matt Moore (vs. Oakland A’s): $7,600. The Athletics have been very mediocre against left-handed pitcher this season (.737 OPS), so Moore should have an advantage. Moore’s strikeout numbers have been down over his last three starts, but he has gone very deep into game recently to make up for the lack of K’s. During his last start, Moore threw eight innings against the Orioles.

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These 4 Offseason MLB Trades Look Awfully Lopsided Now

There are less than two weeks before MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline passes in 2016, but we can’t help looking back at some of last winter’s most notable deals as we wait for more to happen.

It’s common for fans and analysts to crown a “winner” and “loser” for any kind of swap between two or more teams. However, those conversations happen right when a deal takes place more often than down the road when it’s easier justify either side of the argument with a player’s performance.

As usual, last winter contained a ton of player movement, both on the free agent market and through trades. The initial perspectives on the following four swaps are no longer relevant because there’s no question each of them now look incredibly lopsided.

Let’s revisit these trades for a stroll down memory lane as the current trade market continues heating up: 

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Who Owned Baseball July 18, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Jarrod Dyson reached base 3 times and hit a critical grand slam in the Royals 7-3 defeat of the Indians.

Matt Boyd threw 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 and earning Detroit’s 1-0 decision over the Twins.

Jedd Gyorko reached base 4 times, homered and helped the Cardinals slug the Padres 10-2.

Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Phillies in 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. He would not factor in the decision but helped set up the 3-2 Marlins win.

They All Owned Baseball on July 18, 2016.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

In Memoriam Video For all baseball family who have passed since 2015 ASG.

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