With each passing day Hisashi
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, we get morerumors coming down the pike as we
approach the MLB trade deadline on July 31.From now until then, there's going to
be so many that it will almost be impossible to keep track of them all.A rumor
could emerge one day and then a deal is agreed on the next.That's what happened
with Cole Hamels. He's now a Chicago Cub, according to Patrick Mooney ofThe
Athletic:Patrick Mooney PJ_MooneySources: #Cubs moving toward a Cole Hamels deal
that would be centered around lower-level minor-league prospects and salary
relief for #Rangers. Something to monitor: Class-A Myrtle Beach right-hander
Rollie Lacy was scratched from tonight鈥檚 start.Fortunately, we can help with
that in a small way.We'll look at three players who could land on your favorite
MLB team ahead of the 4 p.m. ET deadline on July 31.There is a slew of starting
pitchers in the news, so let's take a look at some.Zack Wheeler on the Move?With
the deadline looming, the Milwaukee Brewers are 60-46 thanks in large part to a
relatively consistent pitching staff.Even with that, they're looking to try to
improve it even further.According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Brewers have
discussed a potential deal for Wheeler with the New York Mets, though no deal is
close:Jon Morosi jonmorosiSources: #Brewers, #Mets have discussed Zack Wheeler
trade. No deal is close. MLB MLBNetworkTheback end of theBrewers' rotation could
use a more consistent arm. They sport Wade Miley and Freddy Peralta back there
at the moment, and while they're doing well, they've combined for just 13 starts
this season.Wheeler has an ERA of 4.33 over 19 starts, but in his last 10
starts, his ERA is 3.50.No, Wheeler isn't a player you're going to break down
the door for, but he could certainly help the Brewers push themselves over the
hump in the postseason with a more well-defined rotation.Let's see how this
rumor evolves.Stroman On the Block?One would have to assume thatbaseball general
managers are fans of certain players for one reason or another.Perhaps they
drafted someoneduring their time with one team and are now with another team and
are interested in trading for that player to make theircurrent outfit
better.Well, that could be happening with the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue
Jays.Former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos Ken
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, now the general manager of the Braves,has reached
out to his old team about acquiring starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, Morosi
reported, though nothing appears close.Morosi noted that Stroman is not a free
agent until after 2020, but he pointed out the arbitration difficulties the Blue
Jays had with the 27-year-old, and they may not feel they can complete a
long-term deal.The Braves are remarkably competitive, but they need to bolster
their rotation.They've dealt with injuries all year long and also poor play from
fellow starter Julio Teheran.Although, Stroman has been horrific this year,
pitching to a 4-7 record with an ERA of 5.20 over 14 games started.This could be
a move that helps Stroman because of the new team, but this is also a move that
Anthopolous wants to make to assist with the future of the club.Brewers Eyeing
Schoop and GausmanIt seems as though the Brewers are ready to buy at the
deadline as they have rumors flying around them over numerous players.According
to Ken Rosenthal ofThe Athletic,the Brewers have engaged in "serious
discussions" with the Baltimore Orioles, though Rosenthal isn't sure if it's
about infielder Jonathan Schoop, starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, or both as a
package deal:Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Brewers engaged in serious discussions
with the #Orioles, sources tell The Athletic. Unclear if MIL鈥檚 focus is Schoop,
Gausman or a package including both.The Orioles would be trading Schoop at a
premium right now, as he's hit five home runs over his last six games.The
Brewers sporting Hernan Perez at second base is fine and dandy and
all ,
but Schoop would be an immediate upgrade especially in the power department, as
Schoop has more than half of the total home runs Perez has.As far as Gausman
goes, he's another guy who could appear consistently for the Brewers like
Wheeler and log some innings.His numbers haven't been that spectacular this
season,going 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA, but going from the AL East to the NL Central
could benefit Gausman, and it will help the Brewers to have more consistency in
their starting rotation as we get closer to the postseason.With a trade like
this, the Orioles will have officially cleaned house. They've traded third
basemen Manny Machado and relief pitcher Zack Britton, so a deal like this will
even further illustrate their desire to get this rebuild going sooner rather
than later.It should be noted, though, that the Brewers acquired third basemen
Mike Moustakas, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of Flanagan
FlannyMLBPer source: The Royals have agreed to a deal with the Brewers for Mike
Moustakas for Minor Leaguers Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez.That transaction
could impact the prospect load the Brewers are willing to give up. They dealt
Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez as a part of the deal, and Phillips ranks as a
top-10 prospect for the club overall.Both Schoop and Gausman would have a
defined role on the Brewers today if they were able to get them despite trading
prospects for him?Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Referenceand CHICAGO
(AP) — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers were on top of the NL Central
for much of the season’s first half. Then Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs
moved into the lead of what just might be baseball’s best division.Then Yelich
powered the Brewers to one more charge.So of course, it’s going to extra
innings.Milwaukee visits Chicago on Monday for the first tiebreaker in major
league history in which the loser doesn’t go home. The winner advances to the
Division Series, the loser to Tuesday’s wild-card game against the loser of the
NL West tiebreaker later Monday between Colorado and the Los Angeles
Dodgers.“Just like the last couple weeks, we’ve approached almost every one of
these games like a do-or-die game,” Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said. “Tomorrow
won’t be any different. Obviously, it will be a challenging place for us to go
and win but we’re playing good baseball and if we go in there and do the things
we’ve done over the last couple of weeks we’ll forget about where we are.”The
winner at Wrigley Field gets home-field advantage throughout the NL
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, starting with a Division Series on Thursday against
the wild-card winner.“We put ourself in a position to come down to one game to
win the division and get a couple days off,” Rizzo said after Sunday’s 10-5
victory over St. Louis. “If we win it, we’ll be ecstatic. If we lose, we’ve
played more games in a row before, so we’ll be ready to play.”Chicago had a
five-game lead on Sept. 2, but Milwaukee won seven straight and nine of 10
overall to finish with a 95-67 record. Yelich led the way, rising to the top of
the NL MVP conversation and making a bid for the Triple Crown by hitting .383
with 13 homers and 42 RBIs in his last 30 games.“We need to be ready to go,”
Yelich said. “They are a great team. We’ve played each other tough all year.
It’s only fitting that we have to do one more.”The playoff-tested Cubs are going
for their third straight NL Central title. They went 11-8 against the Brewers
this season but dropped two of three in each of their two September
series.Planning for a possible tiebreaker, Chicago has Jose Quintana lined up on
regular rest. The left-hander is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against
Milwaukee.“He’s pitched really well against us all year,” Yelich said. “I’m sure
they know that. We know that. It’s going to come down to execution like it has
all year. It should be a fun one.”Milwaukee did not announce a starter, but the
Brewers’ deep bullpen might be the biggest concern for the Cubs.“The big thing
is to get up early and hold onto a lead, that’s the big thing,” Chicago manager
Joe Maddon said. “To stay out of the beefier part of their bullpen also, they’re
very good.”
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