The 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone. Last week, Drew Goldfarb, Jim Beviglia, and Taylor Smith went through a number of players that were rumored to be on the trade block and tried to pick whether those players would be dealt prior to the deadline. Some high-profile players wound up finding new homes, while others stayed put.
This week’s primary focus will be on some of the players that were traded before Wednesday’s deadline. Marcus Stroman became the first big-name player to be moved when the Mets ponied up and got him out of Toronto in exchange for a couple of minor leaguers last weekend. Stroman is slated to make his debut for the Mets this weekend against the Pirates at Citi Field. Will the right-hander surpass his season average of 15.65 fantasy points in his first outing for his new team?
Another star pitcher that found a new home is Trevor Bauer, who was traded to the Reds from the Indians in a three-way deal that also involved the Padres. Bauer is averaging 21.21 fantasy points per game thus far as a member of the Tribe. Will he go over or under that number in his Cincinnati debut, which is expected to come this weekend against the Braves in Atlanta?
The Indians got a couple of major league outfielders in the Bauer trade in Yasiel Puig (from the Reds) and Franmil Reyes (from the Padres). Puig and Reyes will give Terry Francona a couple of much-needed right-handed power bats to slot into the middle of the lineup. Both players will likely suit up in an Indians uniform for the first time this weekend when the Los Angeles Angels come to town. Will the new outfielders combine to hit over or under 2.5 home runs in their first series with the team?
While over 70 players were traded before the deadline, several noteworthy players remained with their original teams. Two of the hotter commodities reportedly on the market were Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. However, the Mets and Giants each decided to hold off on dealing their aces. Both teams have an eye on nabbing an NL Wild Card spot this season, so time will tell whether those decisions pay off. Starting August 1st, which team will win more games started by their respective starters?
Join Drew Goldfarb, Jim Beviglia, and Taylor Smith for the latest edition of “Betting for the Cycle,” which can be located at the top of this very page. Then, tune in next week for the next episode featuring their baseball betting picks.