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Daily Matchups for 7/4/2016
Yadier Molina- 10 for 28, 8 singles, 1 double, 1 HR, .357 BA vs. Jonathon Niese
Just like beauty, MLB trade value is in the eye of the beholder. What one interested team deems as desirable may not float the next team’s boat and vice versa.
The non-waiver trade deadline is at the end of July (or in this case, the beginning of August) for a reason. Not only does it allow teams to figure out if they have a chance at contending, but it also gives players time to show whether or not they’re worth the inherent risk that comes with acquiring them.
Some players who carried trade value on Opening Day have either maintained or enhancedit – Jonathan Lucroy and Jay Bruce come to mind – while others lost what little value they appeared to have left – like Matt Kemp.
Then, there’s another group of players that already had zero value, but have surprised everyone with their current performance. And since this level of play has been sustained through the first half of the season, there’s a good chance they’ll be wearing a different uniform within the next few weeks.
Outside of relief pitchers, the midseason trade market may not be as robust as in recent years. Teams in need of a boost must overturn every rock to find the value needed in order to reach the postseason and find success. That can lead front office executives down some unlikely paths, but these two players in particular seem more unlikely than the rest.
When it comes to hot streaks, slumps and everything in between on a baseball diamond, there’s not always a good explanation for what we see unfold. Add Matt Kemp struggling mightily in the month of May to that list.
Since getting traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the San Diego Padres two winters ago, the season’s second month has not been kind to the outfielder. What’s even more interesting is Kemp has begun each season hot at the plate, but in very different ways.
Drew Pomeranz, 27 years old, has been a very pleasant surprise in 2016. After being traded to the San Diego Padres in the offseason, the Padres decided to transfer Pomeranz back to the starting rotation after three years of work in the bullpen with the Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies.
Through his first 10 starts in 2016, he has a 4-5 record, 2.48 ERA, 35 hits against, 69 strikeouts, and 29 walks in 58 innings pitched.
Unfortunately, this left-hander’s talents are being put the waste on the last place San Diego Padres. It is no secret that the Padres will look to sell their talent at the deadline to continue their rebuilding process. Pomeranz will be at the top of everyone’s wish list when they look at the assets the Padres are offering.
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Joe Musgrove (Houston Astros; RHP): Musgrove might be considered under the radar to some, but his numbers are in a league of his own over the past year and a half. In 2015, he threw 100.2 innings, with a 1.88 ERA, 99 strikeouts, and only 8 walks between Single-A and Double-A. He started 2016 in Double-A, but quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A.
In his first 8 games, he has thrown 37.1 innings, with a 0.96 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and only 5 walks. These incredible statistics should speak for themselves. Based on the Astros struggles in 2016, it would not be surprising to see Musgrove promoted at some point to provide depth and a kick start to their rotation. His elite command and above average ability to strikeout batters could provide a great 2/3 option in fantasy baseball at his prime.
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Matt Kemp has had quite the 2016 campaign so far for the San Diego Padres. In 167 plate appearances, he is batting .244, with 10 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 20 runs. While he doesn’t have the value he once did, he could improve many competing teams who have a lack of talent in their outfield. His power and run production could be a big boost to many lineups, including the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners are currently 22-17 and sitting at the top of the American League West. They aren’t necessarily struggling with run production, but their outfield doesn’t strike fear into many pitcher’s eyes. Their outfield is currently manned by Nori Aoki (.224 BA, 0 HR, 6 RBIs, 20 R, 2 SB), Leonys Martin (.203 BA, 6 HR, 14 RBIs, 16 R, 7 SB), and Seth Smith (.240 BA, 4 HR, 14 RBIs, 18 R). Realistically, Kemp could take over for any one of these players and provide an upgrade to the Mariners’ lineup.
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Matt Bush has quite the comeback story. Twelve years ago, in 2004, Bush was drafted as the #1 overall pick by the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, his life was turned upside down by alcoholism. He found himself behind bars after his third DUI, which was a hit-and-run in 2012. Since being released on October 30th, 2015, he has turned his life around and he is finally back on track.
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Many baseball fans are wondering where Tim Lincecum will sign. He threw a bullpen for upwards of 20 Major League Baseball organizations about a week ago, but he has yet to commit to a team. Many teams were impressed with his fastball velocity, which sat in the low-90 MPH range, and his sharp breaking ball. It is only a matter of time before he signs with an organization.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner could greatly improve multiple rotations of competing organizations. The two that come to mind are the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers. Both teams are playing exceptional baseball, but the addition of Lincecum could push them over the top.
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Tim Lincecum will pitch in front of upwards of 15 to 20 teams on Friday. He has been sidelined since last season due to arthroscopic hip surgery. He has been rehabbing for the last few months, and it looks as if he is finally ready to showcase his talents in front of scouts. There are reports that he is already throwing in the low 90’s, which is great news for the right-handed pitcher. As of right now, some of the reported teams who will be in attendance on Friday include the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, and the Baltimore Orioles.
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Pete Kelich (Special Guest Writer, Former MiLB Prospect, visit his site tommyjohninsider.com)
My name is Pete Kelich and I am a former minor league pitcher with the San Diego Padres. I had Tommy John surgery in May of 2014 – and navigated my way to a successful recovery. My goal is to help others that are going through the same obstacle with insight into my personal experience.
Check out www.tommyjohninsider.com for more information. My objective of this blog is to highlight setbacks during Tommy John rehab and the importance of dealing with them in the right way.
The Mental Roller Coaster
The most difficult part of Tommy John rehab is understanding that there WILL BE some bumps along the way. Unfortunately, TJ surgery has one of the longer and more intricate recovery processes already. So combined with the inevitable distractions and setbacks, it can really be a difficult rehabilitation to get through mentally and emotionally.
Part of the reason why it can be such a mental and emotional roller coaster is the fact that as a player, you want to be out on the field doing what you love. You continue to see your friends or co-workers lacing up their spikes each day and after a while, that gets to be frustrating.
For me personally, it wasn’t a jealousy issue at all. It was purely the fact that I wanted to be playing the game I loved.
To put a positive spin on this topic, what sitting out for over a year will do for you is really make you appreciate each and every time you are able to lace them up.
While going through rehab and the early stages of the rehab throwing program, I realized how much I took for granted.
Even more so, I realized the importance of making each throw count and being smart during throwing sessions. Read the rest of this entry