The last week in MLB was about a team being undecided regarding their trade deadline strategy, a starting pitcher in the American League nearly made history, and a pitcher is designated for assignment.
San Francisco Giants Unsure About Dealing Starter Madison Bumgarner And Reliever Will Smith
The San Francisco Giants were a sure thing to be sellers by the trade deadline as starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith were expected to be traded.
However, the team’s recent surge up the National League Wild Card standings has forced the team to make both pitchers unavailable, per Andy Martino of SNY.
If you’re calling the Giants about Madison Bumgarner today, you’ll be told he’s not for sale. And the Yankees aren’t calling anyway. https://t.co/wsMp2NmURo
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 19, 2019
The Giants have won eight out of their last ten games and are just two-and-a-half games back of the second Wild Card spot in the NL.
The team had a horrendous first half of the season but have turned things around. They have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs via the Wild Card.
The club tried to deal Bumgarner last month but was unsuccessful in striking a deal, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Bumgarner has had a decent season with the Giants as indicated by his 3.65 ERA in 125 2/3 innings pitched (21 starts) with 127 strikeouts, 26 walks issued and a 1.18 WHIP.
Smith, who was an All-Star for the first time this season has a 2.68 ERA with 24 saves in 42 appearances.
The Giants will have to decide if the improved performance by the team is worth the risk of keeping Bumgarner and trying to make the postseason again.
The club will probably decide to move Bumgarner, which is the logical option, but if the club keeps on winning, it might be difficult to part ways with someone who could help them get back to the postseason.
Seattle Mariners Starting Pitcher Mike Leake Comes Close to Tossing Perfect Game
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake had everything working in Friday’s outing against the Los Angeles Angels.
He carried a perfect game through eight innings and just needed three more outs to toss the 24th perfect game in MLB history.
However, Leake came up short as Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo hit a leadoff single in the ninth inning to prevent history from occurring.
He had to settle for a complete-game shutout, yielding one hit and one walk with six strikeouts on 98 pitches.
A shutout on 98 pitches.
— MLB (@MLB) July 20, 2019
The exciting aspect is the last time Leake pitched on July 12 was when the Mariners were no-hit by the Angels.
The outstanding start by Leake lowered his ERA to 4.27 in 124 1/3 innings pitched (20 starts) with two complete games, one shutout, 91 strikeouts, and a 1.23 WHIP.
Since the Mariners are last in the American League West, Leake will likely get traded.
He would be a great addition to a team trying to make the postseason and has a favorable contract going forward.
He’s set to make $15 million next season and has an $18-million team option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.
Los Angeles Angels DFA Pitcher Matt Harvey
The Los Angeles Angels have designated pitcher Matt Harvey for assignment, per a team announcement.
The #Angels have made the following transactions:
RHP Jake Jewell was optioned to Salt Lake following last night’s game.
RHP Jaime Barria – Recalled from Salt Lake
1B/LHP Jared Walsh – Recalled from Salt Lake
RHP Matt Harvey – Designated for Assignment
— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) July 19, 2019
The Angels signed Harvey in the offseason to a one-year, $11 million contract with the optimism he would give them stability in the starting rotation, but it hasn’t worked out.
The right-hander compiled an astronomical 7.09 ERA in 59 2/3 innings pitched (12 starts) with 39 strikeouts, 29 walks surrendered, 13 home runs allowed, a 6.36 FIP and a 1.54 WHIP.
The Angels will have seven days from officially designating him for assignment to decide their next move, which will probably be releasing him.
It would be shocking if any team is interested in trading for Harvey, given his terrible results in 2019.
Stay tuned next week for of NGSC Sports’ MLB Weekly Digest.
- Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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