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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Some random links as we head toward the trade deadline, from the Blogosphere...

Cork Gaines writes for RaysIndex and can be reached here (cork@raysindex.com).

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Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 8:45 am
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

well put, you are a cubs fan with some sense.  it will be an interesting final 2 months and playoffs.  you know as much as i despise the cubs i will root for you guys any day over the redsox. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

Wainwright is a staff ace on some teams, but not the Red Sox, Cubs, Brewers, Astros, Reds, A's, Giants, Blue Jays, Angels, Diamondbacks, Rays just to name a few, heck even Aaron Cook for the Rockies would be a better ace.  Based on less than a year and a half as a starter Wainwright looks like a very solid #2 if he's starting, but the talk is that he may be closing again when he comes off of the shelf.

Lohse has been surprisingly excellent, but he still is a 4.50+ ERA guy in his career, and I would be more surprised if he finishes with an ERA under 4.00 than if he finishes over 4.50.  He's a top tier pitcher when he is on, but tends to be mediocre as a rule.

Take a look at the aces with injury problems, who do you take Harden, Carpenter or Sheets.  I say Sheets is the best now Harden has an upside way bigger than either of the other two and Carpenter could be the best of the bunch if he comes back from surgery, all in all I'd say slight edge Brewers with no big advantage for anyone here.  You can't throw any of those guys into the mix if you wan't to compare to the Braves run with Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine just based on the health issues alone.

I think your being optimistic, if all the pieces fell into place and everyone pitched near their career best then the Cards would have the best rotation, so long as the same didn't come true for the Cubs or Brewers.

Zambrano and Harden in above average seasons will be Cy Young contenders and Dempster is an All-Stars in his better years, Lilly is solid and can win 15 games and the no. 5 could be Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardizja, Jason Marquis or Chad Gaudin all of who in a really good year would easily be solid #3 starters for most teams, so if the stars aligned the Cubs could put together an unreal rotation with what is already on their roster.

The same could be said for the Brewers, Sabathia and Sheets could both win Cy Young's Manny Parra could be an All-Star and get Capuano and Gallardo healthy and pitching well and there you go.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2008 8:02 am
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

i think i am being objective here.  if the cards got halladay, they would have 2 cy young winners in carpenter and halladay.  then with wainwright as a number 3 starter they would have 3 staff aces.  this would be like when atlanta was at the top of there game with glavin, maddux, and smoltz in the early to mid 90's.  the way loshe has pitched this year 11-2 3.32ERA,  makes him one of the top pitchers in the league this year.  what team would have that potential right now?  I am a die hard fan of baseball itself,  and a rotation with these four would be the best around. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2008 3:40 pm
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

Try to be objective here, if the Cards got Halladay their rotation would be comparable to the Cubs and Brewers, but  not definitively the best and not something better than we've all seen in years



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2008 4:45 pm
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

oh and what the cubs have the best rotation?  there is no way zambrono can compete with sabathia.  i doubt the cardinals will make the moves they need to make.  so if we dont keep up in the central than you go brewers, i can promise you the cubs will choke as always.  oh and the wild card, look for it to come out of the east.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 4:21 pm
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

Bwahh ha ha ha ha,

Not even the best rotation in their division



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2008 3:37 pm
 

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Trade Deadline

My cardinals are shopping AJ Burnett, Roy Halladay,

, and . If they land any of these guys watch out cubs and brewers, it would be a great counter to the pick ups of Sabathia and Harden. Could you imagine a rotation with Carpenter, Halladay, Wainright, Loshe, and Looper. It would be the best rotation by far of any team in a long time. Then adding Sherrill or Fuentes would put an end to are 24 blown saves this season. Please cards do something and do it now.


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