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Dustin May

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HOUSTON — With a postseason berth all but guaranteed Roberto Alomar Jersey , Astros manager A.J. Hinch has begun the process of mapping out the number of starts his frontline starters will make over the final two weeks of the season in deference to their workload and potential first-round matchups.Right-hander Gerrit Cole, the scheduled starter for Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, will instead pitch the opener of the weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. He is 12 2/3 innings shy of his third 200-inning season and has made 30 starts for the third time. His 260 strikeouts are a career high by a wide margin, 58 more than he had in 2015 with Pittsburgh.“He’s really been worked pretty hard,” Hinch said of Cole. “He’s been very consistent in his work. We have the opportunity to push him back a couple days; we know he’s only going to get two starts.”Article continues below ...Hinch will use care to not overextend right-handers Justin Verlander (202 innings) and Charlie Morton, who is nine innings shy of eclipsing the career-high 171 2/3 innings he logged during his age-27 season with the Pirates in 2011. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel has worked 191 2/3 innings for the Astros (94-56). Keuchel reached 200 innings in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15.“We are getting to that point where we’re trying to line up two more starts (for each pitcher), where they’re going to be, and how much rest they’re going to have in between,” Hinch said.Rookie right-hander Josh James (0-0, 4.22 ERA) will make his second career start and fourth appearance. He made his big-league debut on Sept. 1 against the Angels, working five innings while allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. James followed with two relief appearances during a six-game road trip, combining to work 5 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts against Boston and Detroit.Right-hander Mike Leake (10-9, 3.99 ERA) will start on Tuesday as the Mariners (83-67) try to clinch the season series. It will mark his 30th start on the season, the seventh consecutive season that Leake has reached that benchmark. Leake, coming off his staff-best 18th quality start, will make his 16th career appearance (14th start) against the Astros. He is 6-6 with a 3.67 ERA in his career against Houston, including 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA over three starts this season.Mariners ace left-hander James Paxton traveled with the club to Houston, fully recovered from a bout with pneumonia that had sidelined him since his previous start on Sept. 7 against the New York Yankees. With the Mariners clinging to faint postseason hopes, Paxton is incentivized to return to the mound, but he cannot do so until he has reclaimed full strength.“It’s really going to be a play-it-by-ear thing,” Paxton said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get energy back. I’d have to be able to throw, throw a bullpen http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , and still have energy left to go pitch a game. We’re going to try and build up that energy as best we can and try to get me back out there.” Jacob deGrom's agent, Brodie van Wagenen, didn't mince words when talking about his client's future, perKen Rosenthal of MLB Network:"We have discussed Jacob's future with the Mets at length. Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.If the Mets don't share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.The inertia of the current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."Asking for clarity on his short- and long-term future is a reasonable request from one of the game's best pitchers.That said, he might not get it.The Mets will test the market for the 30-year-old, but their asking price will be extremely high. That's to be expected for a pitcher who is leading the majors in ERA (1.68) and features team control through 2020.There's a good chance no one will gut their farm system for him, and when the dust settles on the trade deadline, deGrom's situation won't be any clearer.Winner: J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays2 of 8Michael Dwyer/Associated PressJ.A. Happ has flown under the radar during his second stint with the Toronto Blue Jays.Here's a look at where he ranks among starters with at least 400 innings since the start of 2016, when he signed a three-year, $36 million deal.W:40 (T-6th)ERA:3.57 (14th)ERA+:122 (T-13th)WHIP:1.22 (22nd)WAR:8.7 (18th)Those are excellent numbers, yet the 35-year-old is still overlooked on a national level.That could change with one trade.He's the top rental starter on the market and is a virtual lock to be dealt before the deadline.Whether he steps into the No. 2 starter spot in the New York Yankees rotation, gives the Chicago Cubs a boost at the back end of their staff or winds up somewhere else, Happ should have a chance to gain well-deserved notoriety on a contender.A strong showing down the stretch and into October would also boost his free-agent stock as he tries to secure another multiyear deal. Losers: Minnesota Twins3 of 8Brian DozierElaine Thompson/Associated PressA 9-2 stretch leading up to the All-Star break has provided the Minnesota Twins with something dangerous for a team on the fringe of contention.Hope.Despite that run, the Twins are 7.5 games back in the AL Central and a whopping 12.5 back for the second wild-card spot.Still, after making a surprise charge to the Wild Card Game last year, the Twins entered the season with modest expectations, and they could see their recent stretch as a jump-off point for a big second half.If that's the case, they'll likely avoid selling at the trade deadline, and that would be a mistake.MLB Trade Rumors listed Eduardo Escobar, Brian Dozier Babe Ruth Jersey , Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke as plausible trade chips if the Twins sell. They also mentioned Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi as possible buy-low options for contenders in need of starting pitching.Dozier and Escobar are each headed for free agency after this season. Dozier is not producing at the level we've seen in recent seasons, but he's still capable of making an impact, while Escobar is having a career year and provides versatility. With several teams in the market for middle infield help and Machado no longer an option, both players could fetch a sizable return.Rodney (37 G, 21/26 SV, 3.12 ERA) and Duke (42 G, 11 HLD, 3.38 ERA) are both having solid seasons, and teams always need cheap bullpen help.FanGraphsplaces the Twins' postseason chances at 1.8 percent. Standing pat would be a mistake, but there's a good shot they do just that.Winners: Cincinnati Reds4 of 8Matt HarveyScott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Cincinnati Reds have done an excellent job of turning spare parts into viable trade chips.MLB Trade Rumorsincluded Matt Harvey (9), Scooter Gennett (57), Jared Hughes (66) and David Hernandez (67) on their list of this year's top 75 trade candidates July 18.Here's how they picked up those players:Harvey:Acquired from the New York Mets May 8 in exchange for Devin Mesoraco and cash. Harvey had a 7.00 ERA in 24 innings at the time of the trade, but he's gone 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 12 starts since joining the Reds.Gennett:Claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers before last season. After a breakout 2017, he's been even better this year. The 28-year-old is leading the NL with a .326 batting average and has 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 3.1 WAR.Hughes:Signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal during the offseason that includes a $3 million option for 2020. He's appeared in 43 games and posted a 1.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 7.0 K/9 with nine holds and six saves for 2.3 WAR.Hernandez:Signed a two-year, $5 million deal during the offseason. He's appeared in 29 games and posted a 1.87 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 with 10 holds and 1.1 WAR.All four of those guys will draw interest from multiple teams in the upcoming days.While there's a good chance Gennett will stay put, they could flip the other three for quality prospects鈥攕omething that would not have seemed possible when the season began.Losers: Arizona Diamondbacks5 of 8Nick AhmedDustin Bradford/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks' hopes of winning the NL West took a double hit when the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Machado.Not only will the All-Star slugger move to their division, but the D-backs were also hot on the trail of the market's top rental bat.It's been a trying offensive season for Arizona:BA:.229 (28th in MLB)OPS:.702 (24th in MLB)HR:107 (16th in MLB)R/G:4.34 (18th in MLB)Getting any sort of production from Steven Souza Jr. (84 PA, .195 BA http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-david-ortiz-jersey , 50 OPS+, 1 HR) would provide a nice in-house boost, but this still looks like a team that needs to add at least one impact bat to return to the postseason.But where will it turn?Dozier could be a fit if the D-backs are open to shifting Ketel Marte to shortstop and putting Nick Ahmed's elite glove on the bench. They won't be the only team vying for his services, though, and as we already touched on, the Twins are by no means a lock to sell.Would Asdrubal Cabrera or Derek Dietrich move the needle? Not likely.There's still time to put something together, but missing out on Machado looks like it could be a crushing blow.Winners: Milwaukee Brewers6 of 8Wilson RamosAdam Hunger/Getty ImagesBold prediction: The Milwaukee Brewers will come out on the other side of not landing Machado with a flurry of mid-level additions that make them a serious postseason threat.Catcher and second base could both be upgraded, and veterans Wilson Ramos and Cabrera would fit nicely at those respective positions. Or maybe they'll aim higher and snag Dozier.Ramos has a hamstring injury that could keep him sidelined until mid-August, but that might simply serve to lower his acquisition price. He'd be a huge upgrade over the incumbent trio of Erik Kratz, Jacob Nottingham and Manny Pina.Maybe they'll even explore a package deal with the Rays that also brings starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi into the mix.What they really need is a legitimate staff ace to front a rotation full of quality, mid-level arms, so a strong push for someone such as Tampa's Chris Archer is also a possibility.We won't try to predict exactly what they'll do, but expect the Brewers to be busy and to come out on the other side of the deadline looking like a serious threat.They've cast off the rebuilding tag and are ready to make a push toward the postseason, and despite a rocky first-half finish, they're still in a strong position to do just that.Losers: Toronto Blue Jays7 of 8Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesOh, what could have been.The Toronto Blue Jays opted against an aggressive offseason sell-off in favor of making one final push with their core group, knowing if they fell out of the race they could still reap the rewards of a busy trade deadline.Or so they thought.Happ should fetch a decent return as the market's top rental starter, but what once looked like a treasure trove of trade chips is now depleted.Josh Donaldson has been sidelined since May 28 with a calf injury, and he suffered a setback in his recovery at the end of June. There's a good chance he'll return before the July 31 deadline passes, but he won't net nearly the same haul he might have during the offseason or if he were healthy.In fact, the Blue Jays may wind up favoring a qualifying offer and the subsequent draft-pick compensation.Marco Estrada (17 GS, 4-7 Bobby Doerr Jersey , 4.72 ERA) had a chance to join Happ as a valuable rental arm if he could return to his 2016 form. Instead, it's unlikely he'll bring back anything of significance, as he has middling numbers and a $13 million salary.Relievers Tyler Clippard (48 G, 3.15 ERA) and Seunghwan Oh (45 G, 2.82 ERA) might be the team's two best trade chips, but what can they realistically expect to get for either beyond a mid-level prospect?Simply put, keeping Donaldson and putting off the rebuild was a huge mistake.They'll get to see the full scope of that error Aug. 1.Winners: Los Angeles Dodgers8 of 8Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers are already winners.They added Machado without parting with the likes of Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz or Gavin Lux.Yusniel Diaz has a chance to be an impact player, and there were other intriguing prospects who went to Baltimore in that deal, but the Dodgers did extremely well to add one of the game's top hitters without gutting the farm.And they're likely not finished.Bob Nightengale ofUSA Todayreported the focus will turn to finding setup help for closer Kenley Jansen.The Dodgers system is flush with high-ceiling prospects beyond the above marquee names, so the team should be able to add a quality arm or two without doing much damage to the farm.L.A. added Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani last summer, and it could take a similar route this time, targeting one rental reliever and one bullpen arm with team control.Zach Britton, Jeurys Familia and Joakim Soria all fall into the first category.Raisel Iglesias, Kyle Barraclough, Kirby Yates and Keone Kela arenames to watch from that second group.At any rate, the Dodgers once again seem prepared to do whatever it takes to put the best roster on the field for the stretch run.The rest of the National League might be in trouble.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate through July 18.
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