84 games down, 78 to go. While the media and casual fans call the All Star Break the half way point, mathematically we’ve already passed it.
Midseason reports are coming out. FanGraphs looks at the most consistent and least consistent hitters in the league. Mike Trout makes one of those lists.
They’ve also updated their ZIPS projections for the American League and the Angels sit at a whopping 5.6% chance of getting a Wild Card.
Voting for the Midsummer Classic wrapped up yesterday and early reports have Mike Trout starting with Ohtani neck and neck with Yordan Alvarez at DH.
The game might feature Albert Pujols due to a “legends” clause in the new CBA.
The team will be without Michael Lorenzen in the run up to the deadline as he’s on the IL with a shoulder strain. Really, I’d prefer to extend him.
The Angels might have a massive trade chip in reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani. Trading him would hurt, how much might it help?
There are plenty of outlets gearing up for the trade deadline. Here’s SI’s primer on all you need to know heading to the deadline.
The trade market is a fluid thing. The Dodgers probably needed an outfielder at the beginning of the week. Now that Chris Taylor has a fractured foot, that need is greater. I think there’s a deal to be made.
Count the Dodgers among the many suitors for Andrew Benintindi. A quick Google search shows nearly every team in on him.
Once the Benintindi shoe drops, teams will look elsewhere. Arizona is open to trading from its outfield depth.
Around baseball, MLB’s anti trust exemption is already under fire from Congress. Now a group wants Congress to issue a “Minor League Curt Flood Act” that would end MLB’s anti trust exemption’s domain over the minor leagues.
I’m sure Congress looking into a bunch of billionaires right when their campaigns need midterm election money is just a coincidence.
What has me smiling today?
The World Baseball Classic returns in 2023. Play will genuinely be spread around the world and Team USA will play at Chase Field March 11th-15th. Spring Training plus the Classic? You know where I’ll be.
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