St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals

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The Los Angeles Angels [url=]Jesus Aguilar Jersey[/url] ,  appeared to accept that this isn't their year."Bryce [Harper] is not going anywhere. I believe in this team," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.Rizzo apparently didn't believe in it to the point of making additions to the roster, though, and he even traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to a fellow National League contender in the Cubs.The Cardinals turned Tommy Pham into prospects in a trade with the Rays, opening a spot for Tyler O'Neill on the big league roster. They also sent off Luke Voit and Sam Tuivailala in small-scale moves while failing to add anyone of short-term significance.And it looks like the Angels will squander another year of Mike Trout.They traded catcher Martin Maldonado and second baseman Ian Kinsler, both impending free agents, but made no notable additions.The San Francisco Giants also seem to be cooked.They didn't get rid of any veteran pieces, but they also didn't add anyone to a team that is .500 and may have just lost Johnny Cueto to Tommy John surgery. MVPs of the WeekHitter: Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore OriolesStats: 11-for-29, 1 2B, 5 HR [url=][/url] , 13 RBI, 6 RAfter struggling to a .197/.242/.345 line with just eight home runs and 21 RBI over the first three-plus months of the season, Schoop has caught fire.He's hitting .360/.356/.700 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in July%nough to make him a hot commodity at the trade deadline, with the Brewers getting a deal done.Always a promising offensive player, Schoop exploded for a 122 OPS+ with 32 home runs and 105 RBI last season en route to 5.2 WAR and a 12th-place finish in AL MVP voting.Second basemen have provided a brutal .242/.297/.362 line for the Brewers this year, so Schoop will be a welcome addition as they look to secure a postseason spot. Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka, New York YankeesStats: 1 GS, W, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R [url=]Travis Shaw Jersey[/url] , 1 BB, 9 KWhile the Yankees were proactive in addressing their starting rotation with the additions of J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn, a strong finish to the season by Masahiro Tanaka would go a long way.The 29-year-old twirled his third career shutout last Monday against the Rays, and he's pitched to a 2.29 ERA in three starts since returning fr om the hamstring injuries that cost him roughly a month.All told, he's 8-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 92.1 innings.Looking ahead, Tanaka showed in October how much of an impact he can make when he's on top of his game, posting a 0.90 ERA over 20 innings in three postseason starts.A similar run this year could push the Yankees over the top. Video Highlights of the WeekLongest Home Run: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (454 feet)Nolan Arenado has hit an NL-leading 28 home runs, including three in his last four games and eight in July.His 26th blast came Friday in the form of this towering 454-foot shot off Athletics lefty Sean Manaea.While that was the longest home run of the season for Arenado, it checked in as just the seventh-longest by Rockies hitters.In fact [url=]Paul Molitor Jersey[/url] , Carlos Gonzalez (473 feet, 461, 455), Ian Desmond (472, 459) and Trevor Story (464, 459) have multiple homers that have gone farther.The Rockies rank eighth in the majors and second in the NL with 136 home runs. Best Defensive Play: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red SoxJackie Bradley Jr. is having a rough season offensively, hitting just .213 with a 76 OPS+ and 28 extra-base hits in 357 plate appearances.He remains, however, a human highlight reel in center field.The 28-year-old has been featured in our "best defensive play" section before, and he was at it again with this tremendous catch in the left-center field gap on what looked like a sure double.Bradley's 9.1 UZR/150 is the fourth-best mark among qualified center fielders and speaks to his elite instincts and tremendous range.The Red Sox are the highest-scoring team in baseball with 5.3 runs per game [url=][/url] , so they can afford to sacrifice some offense for an elite glove at a premium position. Must-See Upcoming MatchupHouston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Friday-Sunday)Justin VerlanderRob Leiter/Getty ImagesNothing like a World Series rematch to gauge wh ere two contenders are heading into the final two months of the season.Last time the Astros and Dodgers squared off, it was Game 7 of another thrilling Fall Classic, and both teams have title aspirations again this year.The Astros rotation is lined up perfectly for this series, with Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Gerrit Cole slated to throw.The Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler. Ace Clayton Kershaw will make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.This series won't have a huge impact on the standings, but it will be an excellent barometer, and it should provide fans with a postseason atmosphere. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. The Chicago Cubsdidn't wait until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to address their bullpen.Chicago announced Thursday it acquired veteran reliever Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas.The Cubs are his ninth team in his 11-year career and sixth since 2015.Chavez is having one of his best seasons, posting a 3.51 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 30 appearances. He has 50 strikeouts in 56.1 innings and has issued just 12 walks.The 34-year-old will be a free agent after the season.Chicago had baseball's fourth-best bullpen ERA and the second-best in the National League during the first half at 3.09. The likes ofBrandon Morrow,Steve Cishek and Randy Rosario all have posted sub-2.00 ERAs in 20-plus outings, with a trio of others coming in under 3.00.But a team can never have too much bullpen depth%specially considering Morrow hit the disabled list Thursday with lower back tightness [url=]Matt Garza Jersey[/url] , per'sCarrie Muskat.Thomas, meanwhile, was a seventh-round pick in last year's draft. The southpaw has gotten off to a strong start to his pro career, posting a 2.77 ERA in 26 games between two levels of Single-A. He had a 2.88 ERA and an impressive 0.96 WHIP in 15 outings (14 starts) for the South Bend Cubs this year, striking out 105 in 94.1 innings.The deal makes sense for both sides. The Cubs hold a 2.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and just brought in a proven arm manager Joe Maddon can turn to in key situations. The last-place Rangers, on the other hand, added a promising young pitcher who could help the team down the road.
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