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Good morning baseball fans! Since home-field advantage has been determined at the All-Star Game, the American League has won 11 of the 14 games under those rules, including last night.
That being said, it’s back to baseball, and we move closer to the trade deadline. Here are the top ten catchers available at the deadline.
Another day, another edition of the FanGraphs Trade Value series. Yesterday it was number’s 40-31.
The Cubs are probably the best team in baseball. Despite that, they just played a rather average month of baseball.
Funny thing about the Cubs rotation struggling is, it’s such a talented staff that it’s tough to make a change, if the Cubs are looking outside the organization with the trade deadline nearing. Arrieta and Lester, of course, aren’t going anywhere. Tough to do much with Lackey’s track record or Hendricks’ upside. Hammel probably isn’t guaranteed a spot forever, but even he’s still got a 3.46 ERA on the season, and there’s likely some diminishing returns to be found in upgrading the fifth spot in a rotation for a playoff run. More than likely, the obvious area of upgrade on this Cubs roster is still the bullpen — it’s the only spot of the team that hasn’t shown dominance this year, and if the rotation continues to scuffle, well, more innings to the pen!
Nearly every player has a blip in the season where they don’t look like themselves. Could be the Cubs’ rotation decided to have theirs all at the same time. Doesn’t mean it’s time for panic in Chicago — there’s plenty of overwhelmingly positive Cubs facts peppered throughout this article. But it serves as a reminder that no team is perfect, and that anything can happen over a month, let alone a seven-game playoff series in October. The Cubs are still the team to beat in the second half and beyond. But the league just showed that it’s certainly not impossible.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League East.
Another edition of our trade deadline preview’s, this time it’s the Milwaukee Brewers.
Evan Davis of Beyond the Box Score shared his five biggest snubs from the All-Star Game last night.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1982, the NL recorded its 11th straight victory over the American League in the All-Star Game.