If you are like us, you grew up loving “This Week in Baseball” and Mel Allen. Here at WCT, we have “Last Week in Baseball!” Please don’t sue us FOX!
We’re heading into the last two weeks of the month, and the July 31 trade deadline is approaching. This week we take a look at some of the contenders and what they will be shopping for in the trade market. We are only considering teams with above .500 records (sorry Oakland!).
Boston Red Sox – Not much. Their rotation isn’t great, nor is it deep, but its good enough to get the job done. We guess they could use a bat, and it has to be slightly unnerving that David Ortiz has a bad knee and Manny Ramirez isn’t having the kind of year that they are used to, but otherwise they are pretty much set.
New York Yankees – We can’t imagine that they have money to spend on another high-priced guy, or prospects to trade who aren’t already playing key roles on the team or on the DL. At some point they have to reach their financial limit, right?
Detroit Tigers – Nothing. When Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya get back this team is going to be scary.
Cleveland Indians – Nothing. Wow, we can’t remember the last time that the Indians came to the trade deadline and didn’t really need anybody to help them down the stretch.
Minnesota Twins – This team needs starting pitching in the worst way. Johan Santana is almost unbeatable after the all-star break (41-4 since 2003. That is not a typo. Forty-one wins, four losses) but he can only pitch every fifth day. Would you want Carlos Silva, Boof Bonsor, Ramon Ortiz, and Scott Baker pitching important games for you? We wouldn’t either.
Los Angeles Angels – A big time run-producer. Vlad Guerrero has 78 RBI and no one else on the team has more than 52. The Angels are very vulnerable because they have a team full of table-setters and only one bona fide RBI guy.
Seattle Mariners – Starting pitching, and maybe a bat. Don’t know if any of those will be available for the M’s, or if they have anything to trade, but this team needs help, and they may overtake the Angels if they get it.
New York Mets – Pitching, pitching, pitching! If they don’t trade for pitching because they refuse to give up Lastings Milledge, they are morons. They cannot go deep in the playoffs with the staff they have right now, and they have no idea what they will get out of Pedro Martinez if and when he returns. They may not even hold off the Braves and Phillies.
Atlanta Braves – The Braves have lacked starting pitching depth to challenge the stagnating Mets. If they add a starter (Jose Contreras maybe?) there is no reason they can’t pass them.
Philadelphia Phillies – Starting pitching (seeing a pattern here?). They have no depth in their rotation and their (surprisingly) great offense can only carry them so far.
Milwaukee Brewers – Not much. The Cubs are coming on strong, but the Brewers should be able to hold them off.
Chicago Cubs – They are actually in pretty good shape to compete for the central. Who would have thought that Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis would provide pitching depth? Or that Ryan Dempster would have a 1.01 WHIP and be a stud closer?
Los Angeles Dodgers – Good as is. Our pick to win the NL pennant right now.
San Diego Padres – A run-producer, or hitter of some kind. San Diego has a .243 batting average and a laughable .314 OBP as a team. That is beyond awful. Even though they have the NL’s best pitching staff, their inablility to hit will probably be what keeps the Padres out of the playoffs.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Hitting. When Eric Freaking Byrnes leads your team in basically every conceivable offensive category, you need help.
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Its our blog dammit, so we are going to talk about our favorite team every week – we really hope the signing of Travis Hafner does not signal that the team has given up trying to sign C.C. Sabathia. And speaking of Carsten Charles, what the hell has been wrong with him the last two starts?
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How about tha…er…I’ll be goddamed! – Caught the Devilrays-Yankees game today. Tampa Bay had Greg Norton as their DH. Greg Norton is batting .178 this year. In other words, Norton was in the lineup SOLEY FOR HIS HITTING, and he is batting .178. Unbeleiveable.