With so many big deals hit this year’s trade deadline, it’s no surprise that many players switching teams are having a significant impact on the race after the season.
Max Scherzer has been dominating for the Dodgers. Adam Frazier has fought for San Diego. Javier Baez has played well for the Mets—while not long after found himself in hot water with New York fans.
With so many major deals looming over this year’s trade deadline, it’s no surprise that many players switching teams are having a significant impact on the race after the season.
At the end of July, the Dodgers and Padres were in solid shape to at least earn a wild card. Since then, the teams have gone in different directions. Los Angeles is still second in the NL West, but the Dodgers are now 15 games ahead of San Diego, trying to avoid a multiteam race for a second wild card.
Scherzer isn’t the only reason, but he has been a difference maker for Los Angeles, leading 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA in eight since coming from Washington. On Sunday, Scherzer reached the 3,000-strikeout milestone and played eight one-hit innings. 8-0 win over San Diego.
The Padres traded for Frazier at the end of July, but his luck has shown his new team. After hitting .324 for Pittsburgh this year, he batted 90 points less than San Diego, posting an OPS of just .576 since the deal.
Besides the Dodgers, the other big winners of the trade deadline are the Atlanta Braves. George Soler scored .192 runs for Kansas City, but since coming to the Braves, he has batted .281 in 38 games with 10 homers. Adam Duvall has had a dozen homers in the same number of games since he played from Miami to Atlanta.
For Bez, She and Francisco Lindoro had to apologize Last month for a thumbs-down gesture directed at New York fans, but since being traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Mets, Baez has hit .306 with eight homers and .949 OPS.
In 1987, Doyle Alexander famously went 9–0 for Detroit after being acquired from Atlanta in a trade that season. Alexander helped the Tigers narrowly win the AL East, but Detroit dropped future Hall of Famer John Smoltz in that deal.
Not many remember that Alexander was involved in another important trade last year when he moved from Toronto to Atlanta. Which future All-Star did the Blue Jays get in that deal?
A stellar season for Milwaukee’s Corbin Burns got even better on Saturday night, when he played eight no-hits in a 3-0 win over Cleveland. Josh Haider then moved 1-2-3 to ninth, leading the major leagues a record nine no-hitters this session. Burns made 14 and went for one.
It was the third time Cleveland was a no-hit this year, which is also a record.
return of the week
The Baltimore Orioles ended the week with 44 runs in less than 24 hours in their final three games against Toronto. However, the week started well. On Wednesday night, the Orioles scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth, converting a 5-0 deficit against Kansas City into a four-run lead. Baltimore eventually won 9-8.
Orioles had 1.5% chance To win after seven innings, according to Baseball Sawant.
Lindor shaded three-homer game With a drive in right field in the eighth inning on Sunday night, lifting the Mets to a controversial 7-6 win over the Yankees in the final game of the emotional Subway Series.
General Knowledge Answer:
The Blue Jays acquired Duane Ward for Alexander in 1986. He would be an important part of the bullpen when Toronto won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. Ward had 45 saves in ’93.
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