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Getaway Day: Class is back in session

July 16th, 2017 at 6:28 PM
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Starting pitcher Jose Quintana dominated against the Baltimore Orioles in his first game playing for Chicago Cubs on July 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

With the All-Star Game and its festivities behind us, the pennant chase is back underway. Everything changes in this part of the year and in the brief return back to action over the weekend, we have already seen some trends emerge ahead of the trade deadline, from Jose Quintana’s dominant debut in his new cross-town address in Chicago to Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers continuing where they left off a week ago. Without a doubt, things are heating up in baseball’s busy season. 

Let’s have a look around and see where everyone checks back in after the second half’s first Getaway Day.

American League  

Baltimore Orioles: The second half has started with a dud for the O’s, who provided a springboard for the Cubs over the weekend. And while the lackluster returns continue to plague the team, as it seems like forever ago that they spent nearly the entirety of the first month of the year leading the East. Now they instead head into the new week desperately trying to stay out of the cellar of the division for long. So it should be no surprise that the club is making their excess of elite relief options available, including former All-Stars Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day.

Despite the cost, the Red Sox decided it was better to pay out Pablo Sandoval than keep him on the roster.  Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox: The highlight of the week for the Red Sox is not Chris Sale’s impressive All-Star Game start, nor was it Craig Kimbrel’s victory in it. Rather, it was shedding some excess weight from their roster in the form of Pablo Sandoval, whom the team decided to release after just two and a half years into a $90 million pact – and with over $40 million left to dish out. It ends the circle on one of the worst deals in the history of free agency.

Chicago White Sox: The year-long White Sox sale hit another high mark this week, as the Sox agreed to the rare same city deal with the Cubs to ship out their most recent ace, Jose Quintana. The Sox again grabbed the cream of the crop in prospects in return, netting the Cubs’ top two minor leaguers in Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. The forecast for the South Siders continue to get brighter and brighter, although those days still stand far off.

Cleveland Indians: Ideal times are ahead for the Tribe, who play a string of last place teams over the first ten games of the second half of the season. It is a desirable scenario for manager Terry Francona, who returns to dugout after undergoing treatment for a heart condition last week. The Tribe would be best served taking advantage of both his return and the fortuitous break in the schedule as they cling to a small lead over the hard-charging Twins.

Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is generating trade talk across the league.  Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit TigersThe J.D. Martinez next destination sweepstakes is the biggest piece of action around the Tigers, who continue to drift further and further away from the action in the Central. As the top rental bat on the market, Martinez has suitors from far and wide checking in on his availability. It appears imminent that he will at least be able to cash out of the frustrating season that is engulfing the once dominant club.

Houston Astros: After putting up 19 runs in their first half finale against the Blue Jays, the AL’s top guns wasted little time in getting back into the swing of things, literally, after the break. Houston put up ten runs on the Twins on Friday night, proving that even a week off can’t cool a team that is on pace to fly past 100 wins. And upcoming dates with Seattle, Baltimore and Philadelphia certainly look to help that cause.

Kansas City Royals: After their inspirational run to round out the first half, a pair of losses at the hands of the Rangers coming out of the All-Star break pushed the recent Royals struggles out to a five-game losing skid, their longest slide since April. And while it is not reason to panic (yet), they cannot afford to lose much more ground, with the tenacious Indians and Twins still  within arm’s length in the Central.

The return of Mike Trout was good news for the Angels this week.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels: No team received better news coming out of the break than the Halos, who got regained the services of Mike Trout after his first disabled stint of his career cost him 39 games. And he got back into the swing of things immediately, racking up three hits and a stolen base of his first two games back. Unfortunately, it was for lost cause, as Anaheim dropped two games at the hands of the Rays.

Minnesota Twins: It is proving ground time for the Twins, who …

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