You thought you were done with MLB trade rumor grades? Oh, my friend, there can be trades in August. There always are. And this one is a doozy: Justin Verlander, former MVP, is tempting the first-place Houston Astros, who are slugging over .500 as a team. They could use another starting pitcher, you know.
Anthony Chickillo Kids Jersey It’s not fair to look at the Astros’ record since the trade deadline and make any sort of point. It’s not just unfair, but it’s also incompetent, brainless, and rude. The Astros didn’t make a big trade at the deadline, the Astros are 2-4 since then, and I need new tires for my car. Those three facts correlate with each other roughly the same.
At the same time, the players don’t have to know that. They’re not in the business of correlations and causations and such. They play sportsball. And when they’re expecting reinforcements and reinforcements don’t come, and then they start losing some games, well, this starts to get in their heads, I would imagine:
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It probably won’t happen because baseball doesn’t quite work like that. Think of the Home Run Derby like the bracket of World Series hopefuls before the postseason starts. You know what your dream matchup is.
This time, though, I can use a different response: Yeah, the postseason will tear your innards out and wear them as an ascot, and any prospective baseball fans should learn that right up front.
Ian Clarkin hasn’t missed a lot of bats in his minor league career, and he doesn’t have an upper-90s fastball, but the former supplemental first-rounder has kept runs off the board. Tito Polo was one of the prospects the Yankees got from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova deal, and while he’s the least known player in the deal, he’s proven he isn’t a fish out of water in the minors.