Newsletter: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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NEW PREMIUM CONTENT
Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED
by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
The Cubs deal backstop Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers while sending Paul
Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves.
Snider and Lincoln Change Scenery, LA Adds League, and Thames Joins the M's
by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein
The Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates, and Dodgers get to wheeling and dealing
before the deadline.
Where Has Upton's Power Gone?
by Geoff Young
Justin Upton has suffered a major power outage this year, but is there a root
cause for his season-long blackout?
Inefficiency Becoming the Norm with Veteran Contract Extensions
by Maury Brown
A look at the growing trend of huge free agent contracts.
Daily Hit List
Monday, July 30
by Matthew Kory
For all your Jose Altuve needs.
NEW FANTASY CONTENT
First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
by Michael Street
With his Value Pick roster all having good weeks, Michael adds another VP
while looking at the roster shakeups from last weekâ€™s trades and injuries
among corner infielders.
NEW BASIC CONTENT
How to Root for Your Team's Recently Acquired Rent-a-Player
by Josh Worn
In some cases, getting attached to your team's newest player requires extra
effort. Josh is here to help.
William Saroyan Writes to LIFE Magazine
by Larry Granillo
Pulitzer prize-winning playwright William Saroyan cared enough about the
beauty of baseball to write into LIFE Magazine in 1954.
What You Need to Know
Tuesday, July 31
by Daniel Rathman
The Angels are making a strong statement in the AL West; will the Rangers and
Rex Hudler, Misanthrope
by Sam Miller
Rex Hudler, clubhouses, fist-fights, "Open Season, Baby."
Tater Trot Tracker
Trot Times for July 29
by Larry Granillo
The tater trots for July 29: a walkoff from Anthony Rizzo and Carlos Gomez
continues to fly around the bases.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: JULY 31
THE MONDAY TAKEAWAY
Going deep from both sides of the plate in the same game? That’s tough. Doing
it in the same inning? That’s tougher. Throwing a grand slam into the mix?
Well, until Kendrys Morales delivered the deathblow during the Angels’
nine-run sixth inning on Monday, no one had ever done that before.
The Angels traveled to Arlington on Monday trailing the first-place Rangers by
five games and the second-place Athletics by half a game. Just days before the
pivotal American League West battle, general manager Jerry DiPoto made a
statement by adding Zack Greinke to his stockpile of aces. In the series
opener, DiPoto’s players made theirs by thumping the Rangers, 15-8.
Morales’ two-homer, six-RBI sixth inning made the headlines, but scoring 15
runs takes a team effort. Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with his 17th home run of
the season, Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and even backup
catcher Bobby Wilson chipped in a 2-for-4 effort from the bottom of the order.
Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz did their part, but the Rangers could not keep
In addition to showcasing the Angels’ firepower, Monday’s rout exposed the
Rangers’ greatest flaw: rotation depth or lack thereof. Roy Oswalt was shelled
to the tune of 11 hits (three homers) and eight runs in 5 1/3 innings, just 24
hours after Neftali Feliz was scratched from a minor-league rehab start with
elbow discomfort. Thus, the pressure is now on general manager Jon Daniels to
add a starter—or a reliever to enable Alexi Ogando to move back into the
rotation—before the clock strikes 5:30 p.m. in Texas this afternoon.
At 8:05 p.m. ET, the Angels will send Jered Weaver to the mound tonight
looking to ensure a series split and a chance to bridge most of the four-game
gap before they head to Chicago on Friday. Mike Scioscia’s team has not lost a
game behind its 29-year-old ace since May 13—a span of 10 starts—when Ron
Washinton’s offense battered him for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Rangers
starter Derek Holland was charged with six runs in 6 2/3 frames in a loss to
the Angels on July 20.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON TUESDAY
Plenty of players have already changed uniforms since the All-Star break, and
plenty more are expected to be on the move before this afternoon’s trade
deadline. Will the Rangers land much-needed pitching help? Will the Dodgers
finally get Ryan Dempster from the Cubs? Will the Giants answer their rivals’
acquisition of Hanley Ramirez? Will closers Jonathan Broxton, Brandon League,
and Rafael Betancourt be dealt? Stay tuned for answers to those questions and
many more (4:30 p.m. ET).
The Red Sox have reportedly tried to move Josh Beckett, but their
unwillingness to provide salary relief has made other teams wary of taking a
chance on the 32-year-old right-hander. Beckett has not allowed a home run
since May 10, but he has worked into the seventh inning just once in his last
five starts, and his ERA has risen from 4.06 to 4.57 in the last month.
Assuming he is not traded, Beckett will take on Justin Verlander and the
Tigers in game two of a series with potential wild card implications (7:10
First, Ichiro Suzuki did it. Then, Wandy Rodriguez did it. Tonight, Francisco
Liriano will follow in their footsteps by making his first appearance for his
new team in the only home park he has known as a major leaguer. The
28–year-old southpaw was traded to the White Sox on Saturday—just days after
allowing three home runs in a 2 2/3 inning, seven-run implosion at U.S.
Cellular Field—in exchange for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez. He will
look for better results back at Target Field, where the Twins will counter
with Nick Blackburn (8:10 p.m. ET).
Speaking of happy returns, the red-hot Matt Holliday will get a chance to
continue his surge at Coors Field against former teammate Jeff Francis.
Holliday has upped his OPS from 793 to 938 since June 15, and he has drawn at
least one walk in nine of his last 10 games. The 32-year-old left fielder is a
.357/.423/.648 career hitter in 366 games in Denver, and he is batting
.340/.452/.660 against left-handed pitchers this season, so the stars appear
to be aligned for Holliday to snap out of an 0-for-7 mini-slump that has
briefly interrupted his rise up the National League leaderboards (8:40 p.m.
Mets rookie Matt Harvey was dominant in his major-league debut on July 26,
tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames and whiffing 11 Diamondbacks in a 3-1 victory.
The only knock on the 23-year-old righty was that he needed a season-high 106
pitches to record those 16 outs, so efficiency is likely to be Harvey’s goal
as he takes the mound at AT&T Park for a duel with Tim Lincecum (10:15 p.m.
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BP PODCAST EPISODE 99: ARE YOU SIPPING ON SOMETHING ALREADY?
This week's episode is packed with tons of prospect talk, but our special
guest is really special, as Evald Johnson, a filmmaker who also happens to be
the son of former big leaguer and big league manager Tim Johnson is making a
baseball movie. One of the starts of that movie is underground rock legend
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BP FANTASY PODCAST EPISODE 14: THE NEXT YOUKILIS
Jason and Paul discuss the fantasy impact of trades involving Hanley Ramirez
and Zack Greinke and what recently promoted rookie Starling Marte can bring to
your team. That and much more at the link below.
INTRODUCING THE CALL-UP 2012 E-BOOK
Like our bestselling annual, this mid-season debut provides the latest scoops
and analysis to help fans follow their favorite teams and win their fantasy
leagues. The e-book highlights the most notable teams and players of the
season's first half, offering over 50 new player comments by 10 of your
favorite BP authors, a preface by e-book editor Ben Lindbergh, and some of the
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