The Cubs are currently half a game behind the St Louis Cardinals, with the Milwaukee Brewers just two and a half games behind. Cincinnati Reds are eight back after underperforming in 2019 despite a top rotation.
And taking postseason baseball away from good teams like the Brewers and the Phillies would solidify that statement.
The Atlanta Braves looked like one of the most complete teams in the National League after the MLB Trade Deadline. That was thanks to the addition of a trio of star relievers in Chris Martin, Mark Melancon and Shane Greene. But once they stepped foot on the mound, it went horribly wrong for the Braves.
The Minnesota Twins were leading the division by 11 games as the calendar turned to June. It seemed the Cleveland Indians were being exposed for winning a weak, uncompetitive division in the past three seasons since their World Series trip.
The Rays remaining in the wildcard hunt might be one of the stories of the season so far. Just look at who they are between in the wildcard standings – teams like the Indians, the Athletics and the Rangers. Two of those teams are among the hottest in all of baseball.
We were lucky enough to witness a dramatic last hour at the trade deadline. The deadline, for the first time a sole one, saw some shocking moves announced just past the 9pm UK time mark, one of which was Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros.
While the Mets will be losing very little next year and this deal puts the 2020 team in even better situation, it was a buyer-type acquisition that has more impact on the team’s battle to change the outcome of the season, and that’s one of the reasons why Syndergaard is not going anywhere.
In addition, they recently got even stronger with the return of pitcher Carlos Martinez from a long injury, who immediately settled into the closer/late-inning reliever with mixed success up to date.
The Seattle Seahawks’ arguably greatest stretch in franchise history came between 2012 and 2015, when the Seahawks recorded two Super Bowl trips, and won Super Bowl XLVIII against the one of the greatest offences of all-time, a Peyton Manning-led Broncos, with the Legion of Boom defensive unit taking centre stage. Just four years later, the team is looking a whole lot different.
The trade deadline in MLB, for the first time a sole one, is just nine days away and needless to say a lot of star pitchers from underachieving teams are on the market. With Madison Bumgarner off market for now, attention turns to Texas Rangers ace Mike Minor – second in Earned Run Average in the American League with 2.86.