This is what a trade deadline is supposed to look like.
Several players who were believed to be on the move (namely Trevor Story) remained in place, while there were a lot of unexpected movements, like Eddie Rosario in Atlanta, or the Cubs landing Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer for the services of closest Craig Kimbrel, or the Phillies hooking up Ian Kennedy and Kyle Gibson and abandoning longtime best prospect Spencer Howard.
The Dodgers also put the finishing touches on their own fantastic team in make a deal for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, two of the top 25 fantastic talents. While this was by far the most impressive and shocking deal of the deadline, and both players should continue to thrive for fantasy owners, Roto Rage will focus on certain deals featuring hitters who will benefit. a change of scenery, as well as those who may have problems (or find nothing to change) in their new home.
It’s Miller time!
One of the best moves on the deadline was Milwaukee moving versatile Eduardo Escobar away from Chase Field, cellar hell.
After a disappointing 2020 season (.212, 4 HR, 20 RBI, .665 OPS) for Arizona, Escobar rebounded to reach .246 with 22 home runs, 65 RBIs, 50 runs, a stolen base and a .778 OPS. on his first 98 games. He also became an All-Star for the first time in an 11-year career.
Despite hitting a career high 21.3 percent of the time and walking in just 7.2 percent of his batting appearances, Escobar came in 17th overall in major tournaments in RBIs on Friday (third among players from third base) and 18th in home runs (tied for second among third baseman).
The biggest factor in his success will be Miller Park, a friendly hitter. Escobar might not be the most dynamic player moved by the deadline, but the move from the Diamondbacks forward from the cellar to the first place Brewers should make him very valuable to fantasy owners.
In 17 career games at Giants’ AT&T Park, Kris Bryant has reached .324 with five homers, 15 RBIs and a 1,004 OPS, so the move from Chicago to a competitor in San Francisco should be great for the 29-year-old.
Kyle Schwarber moves to BostonDespite Fenway Park not favoring powerful left-handed hitters, the Red Sox don’t appear to have any openings in the outfield or at DH and Schwarber is still on the IL. He had a historic run from June 12-29 (0.348, 16 HR, 27 RBI, 1.446 OPS) before sustaining a hamstring injury that has kept him on the shelf since July 2. There’s no timeline for his return, so the fancy owners will have to wait and see if he can keep hitting the ball on his return (that won’t happen, as the hot streaks don’t last forever – Especially after long IL relays).
In 22 matches in his new home, Citi Field, Javier Baez reached 0.257 with seven home runs, 14 RBIs, 31 strikeouts, six walks and an OPS of 0.907. Other than (possibly) playing alongside Francisco Lindor, there shouldn’t be much of a difference in the former Cub’s play. The veteran streak is going to hit a ton (36.3% this year, the worst mark in the majors) and rarely walk while hitting for power and a respectable average.
Anthony Rizzo was awful last year (.222, 11 HR, 24 RBI, .755 OPS), and wasn’t exactly smashing the ball for the Cubs (.248, 14 HR, 40 RBI, .792 OPS) before being distributed to the Yankees. Despite his mediocre stats, the 31-year-old still only hits 15.7% of his at-bat (a top 25 in the majors) and hit the ball hard, and he will play in a stadium that favors left-handed people. The move to Yankee Stadium just might be the antidote to relaunching his fantastic career.
Midway through a career year, Adam Frazier transferred from Pittsburgh, where he was a thriving day-to-day player, to a busy San Diego squad with whom he can struggle to find playing time every day. This is a big hit for its value in the future.
If you need some power in your roster, Adam Duvall returns to Atlanta after a solid first 90 games with the Marlins, in which he hit 22 home runs and recorded 68 points. While he’ll boost your power numbers, he’s a career .232 hitter who barely walks and hits 31 percent of the time.
All The same
Former Ranger Joey Gallo leads the league in walk percentage (19.1%), has the second-highest strikeout percentage in majors (32.2) and entered Friday with the 10th worst batting average (0.223). It is in the top 3% of the league in barrel percentage (18.4) and in the top 5% in maximum output speed (115.1 mph). Don’t expect much to change for Gallo as he is what he is and neither the Yankee Stadium short porch nor being in a better lineup will change that.
Austin Riley, 3B, Braves
In his first 14 games since the break, he’s reached 0.373 with seven home runs, 18 RBIs and 1.276 OPS.
Sean Manaea, SP, Athletics
After going 0-4 with a 3.91 ERA in four starts from June 20 to July 7, he’s 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA, strikeout rate of 29. -4 and an average of 0.169 over his last three starts.
Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
Not only did the veteran come in on Friday with a seven-game hitting streak, he has a six-game homerun. He was 18 for 41 (0.439) with nine home runs, 18 RBIs and an OPS of 1.666 in his previous 11 games.
Walker Buehler, SP, Dodgers
After suffering a loss on June 24, he’s 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA, 45-10 strikeout rate and an opponent average of 0.169 over his last six starts. .
Jarred Kelenic, OF, marins
The rookie continues to struggle: he’s 6-for-43 (.140) with 22 strikeouts and a .369 OPS in his first 12 games in the greats, and 6-for-80 (.075) with 39 strikeouts. batting in his past 23 games.
Kenley Jansen, RP, Dodgers
The closest is 0-1 with a 24.00 ERA (eight earned runs in 3 innings), three missed saves and an opponent’s average of 0.500 over his last four outings.
Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Rouges
In his first 13 games since the break, he’s 7 for 48 (0.146) with 18 strikeouts, three runs, one homer, four RBIs and a .532 OPS.
Adbert Alzolay, SP, Cubs
After his last win on June 2, he is 0-7 with a 6.28 ERA, 16 walks, 14 homers allowed and a 0.262 opposing average in his last eight starts.
Check the swings
- The Blue Jays scored one of the biggest arms in the trading market in the old Twin Jose Berrios. He was 0-3 with a 3.45 ERA, a 45-12 strikeout rate and an opponent’s 0.194 average over his last seven starts. Having this powerful Blue Jays roster behind him should help him rack up some wins.
- Craig Kimbrel loses value after crossing town for the White Sox, where he can share the ninth inning chores with Liam Hendriks. Richard Rodriguez, who recorded 14 saves on 17 occasions for the Pirates, is also losing significant fantastic value after landing with the Braves.
- that of Seattle Paul Sewald, who was 1-14 with a 5.50 ERA in four seasons with the Mets, made four saves in his first 11 games this month while going 1-0 with an ERA of 3.27, strikeout rate of 20-2 and. 214 opponents on average. He has allowed just four earned runs in his last 24 appearances while limiting his opponents to an average of .138 during that span.
- Juan Soto continues to stay hot for the Nationals, going 19 for 46 (0.413) with seven homers, 16 RBIs, 13 runs, stolen base and 1.455 OPS in his first 13 games since the all-star break. He’s 50-for-146 (.342) with 10 homers, 31 RBIs, five stolen bases and 1,051 OPS in 41 games since June 13.
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