It was a historic trade deadline for the hated Houston asstros as they get a new hall of fame to anchor the rotation of what was already their most talented team ever. Zack Greinke now has access to the same fountain of youth that Justin Verlander enjoyed via the esteemed Houston ‘analytics’ department. Vegas odds indicate we should start expecting an epic WS rematch of 2017, which will be especially juicy with some potential duels between Greinke and his former colleague Kershaw. Nothing on the line except immortality for the legacies of both themselves and their franchises.
On paper, there is no argument Houston won deadline day, but as they always say we still have to play the games and not everything turns out like it’s supposed to. Listen I’m not criticizing Zack Greinke’s mental health – even the wokest of woke might find it hard to find a real sob story in a $217M and counting career, but he did have to live almost a decade in Kansas City and Milwaukee and that is a truly traumatic way to spend your 20s. The only city in baseball that might be worse than those two is Houston, so let’s hope this ‘analytics’ era of the asstros wasn’t exposed forever by Alex Cora or it might come to a swift collapse with some very sad campers.
Big Swinging Dick GM and The Miracle Mets 2.0
The real winners are the Mets and budding New York hero Brodie Van Wagenen. He started July by berating and throwing a chair at his manager for fucking up way too much and then ended the month by resurrecting the DeGrom/Thor contention window. The Stroman trade put a smile on every baseball fan, but most importantly it gave hope back to the best fans in baseball as the Mets now have the league’s best rotation by far for the next two postseasons.
The Mets are 13-2 in their last 15 and are a lock to clinch the wild card with time to rest before October. If it weren’t for an astonishing 21 blown saves throughout this season, they’d be favorites over Atlanta for the division right now. If Diaz can regain any of his form from last year as the best closer in baseball, the Mets have a shot at pitching their way to a title.
George Steinbrenner Continues to Roll in His Grave
On the other side of town we have the Yankees – woof. In the past three years, this $4.6B franchise has been gifted stars on a silver platter such as…
- #1 prospect in baseball Gleyber Torres in exchange for a two month loan of Chapman
- NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in exchange for two shitty prospects (collusion)
- The best prospect of all time Jasson ‘The Martian’ Dominguez for record money
The Yankees rolled into the trade deadline this year with the best record in baseball, and then lo and behold things weren’t free anymore. Instead of overpaying anyway because titles are worth it (see #1 above), Bryan Cashman opted for prospect hugging. Maybe the SAVAGES and these juiced balls will make October starting pitching obsolete for the first time ever. Otherwise, it’s time for Cashman to be canned. One World Series in 20 years for a franchise like that is flat out not enough. I can’t imagine how furious George Steinbrenner would be if he was still alive.
Other Trade Deadline Notes:
Twins and Indians – have been enjoying the easiest schedules of all time this year which is nice for them. The Twins have a bright future, but they’re not quite ready yet and they’re especially not going anywhere with Sam Dyson throwing meaningful pitches. God he sucks so bad why oh why would they make such a stupid trade.
The Bauer trade for Cleveland? Well he’s a shithead and their window has passed so yeah might as well move on from him. Puig is dope
Braves – had a budding surefire dynasty until the aforementioned Brodie Van Wagenen pulled out his big swinging dick. Despite the new divisional competition, their roster is still stacked everywhere except the bullpen. They acquired closer Shane Greene who had been nearly perfect for the Tigers this season. Immediately after getting traded, he regressed to the 30yo 4.60 ERA spare who ruined so many juicy moneylines and unders in Detroit these past few years. Still, Atlanta has a deep farm system (they also acquired two other relievers) and you gotta take shots and not be pussies like Cashman to win.
Giants – hilarious and awesome that they went on a fluky run at the most inopportune time possible and now will see Bumgarner walk for nothing. Flags fly forever though.
Nats and Phillies – not that any good teams genuinely wanted him but it is funny that Bryce Harper left a trash team in DC for an equally trash team in Philly and they’re both gonna stay trash for the entirety of his contract.