by Tommy Gimler
A last second deal for Ryan Dempster totally changes the late season outlook for the Texas Rangers and basically wastes the last twenty minutes of my life. I had been writing about how the Rangers were total losers at the deadline. Can’t believe I doubted Nolan Ryan…
Believe it or not, only Colorado scored fewer runs in July than the Rangers, and the Rockies have stopped trying. And last night’s game against the Angels proved two things. First, much like the Christian rock band Creed, Roy Oswalt is done. Second, scoring eight runs in a game isn’t going to win every game now that your starting rotation has guys like Oswalt, Holland, and Feldman at its back end.
Enter Ryan Dempster and his 2.25 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and .210 BAA. He’ll join Darvish and Harrison at the front of the rotation, and that’s a pretty decent starting three for the postseason. Obviously, the offense will come back to life (still ranked 1st in batting average, 2nd in runs, OBP, and SLG %), but with Dempster on the hill, eight runs should be more than enough to win the game.
There were Deadline Day rumors that the Tigers were interested in Alfonso Soriano. By not pulling the trigger on that piece of shit, the Tigers were huge winners at the deadline.
San Francisco Giants
You eventually have to score runs to win baseball games, and while it took a little longer than most anticipated, the Giants figured that out. Adding Hunter Pence and Martin Scutaro is obviously an improvement for a team that ranks 25th in runs scored and SLG % and 22nd in OPS, and they did so without compromising their pitching. Plus, Hunter Pence’s swing is so gay that San Francisco is a great fit.
Somehow, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to unload one of the worst players in Major League Baseball to the Yankees, and get a human being (P Chad Qualls) in return.
The Orioles are still a few pieces away, specifically starting pitchers, and this is not their year. The worst thing to do is sell off your prospects to bring in a rental and still miss out on the postseason. By doing nothing, you keep your core intact and prepare to make a run over the next few years.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Getting Shane Victorino was a nice addition to the top of the lineup, as the Dodgers had to do something to get guys on base for Kemp, Ethier, and Ramirez. But an even bigger concern was their lack of starting pitching down the stretch. Clayton Kershaw is obviously as good as you can get for a number one, but after that it’s like farting after eating Taco Bell: most of the time you are going to have to clean up a mess.
Chris Capuano has been outstanding. So far. At one point, however, Capuano was 9-2. Now he’s 10-6. His post All-Star ERA the last three seasons is 4.60. Over that same time frame, Chad Billingsley is 11-18. Aaron Harang is 8-10 with a 4.30 ERA. And who the hell is Stephen Fife?
Look, the Dodgers pitching has been amazing so far (2nd in ERA and quality starts and 3rd in BAA), but the numbers say it won’t hold up. The offensive additions of Victorino and Ramirez should relieve some of the pressure off of the pitching staff, but I’m not sold on them come October.
Did anybody have more quality pitching pieces to deal than the Oakland Athletics? Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are set to rejoin a loaded pitching staff, and the A’s desperately needed a shortstop. Then again, who am I to question Billy Beane? He’s taken no-name teams to the postseason before, and he had a movie about him make over $75 million at the box office and earn six Oscar nominations.
What are they smoking down in Miami? You unload Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez but keep Carlos Lee? Somebody would have given you a prospect or two or maybe some fans in the seats for that bat. Or at the very least, you could have gotten some cash in return, and as everybody knows, that’s all that owner Jeffrey Loria cares about…