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What had been the worst-kept secret in Major League Baseball
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What had been the worst-kept secret in Major League Baseball has become good Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , old-fashioned real news.Manny Machado is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers.After months of speculation and rumors about where the Baltimore Orioles would send Machado when they were finally ready to trade the slugging shortstop, the Dodgers emerged as the team to beat shortly before the All-Star break. A few twists and turns later, the two sides finalized a trade Wednesday.Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, these are the terms:Jeff Passan JeffPassanThe return to the Orioles for Manny Machado: OF Yusniel Diaz, 3B Rylan Bannon, RHP Dean Kremer, RHP Zach Pop and 2B Breyvic Valera. Diaz is the only top-100 type. Kremer could be a dude. Bannon undersized 3B crushing in Cal League. Pop is a reliever, Valera 26-year-old in AAA.Jeff Passan JeffPassanSources: No cash going from Orioles to Dodgers in the Manny Machado deal. More surprising, no international bonus-pool money, either. Orioles use theirs as sweeteners in deals since their Latin American presence is near nonexistent.Although Yusniel Diaz only checks in as MLB.com's No. 84 prospect, he's been pushing his value northward with a .905 OPS for Double-A Tulsa.The fact that he's one of only five prospects leaving Los Angeles in a trade that's bringingzero dollars back from Baltimore speaks to how badly the Dodgers wanted Machado, even if he's only two-and-a-half months away from free agency.But while it's not a steal, this deal isn't without silver linings for the Dodgers.For one thing, the club's bestyoung assets鈥攊.e. Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , right-hander Walker Buehler, outfielder Alex Verdugo and catcher Keibert Ruiz鈥攔emain in the organization. This trade thus fits the Dodgers' usual pattern of being willing to deal young players only as long as they're not the cream of their crop.For another thing, there's the kinda-sorta important detail that the Dodgers just added one of MLB's best players to their quest to snap a World Series championship drought that dates back to 1988.Patrick Semansky/Associated PressAlthough Machado, who has four All-Star nods and two Gold Gloves, should need no introduction at this point, the degree to which he's raised his game in 2018 can't be overlooked.Before this season, the 26-year-old's offensive peak involved an .876 OPS and 37 home runs in 2016. With a .963 OPS and 24 homers through his first 96 games of 2018, he's on track to blow that peak away.Even when the hitter friendly environment of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is factored into the equation via OPS+, Machado still checks in as the fifth-best hitter among batting title qualifiers at the halfway mark:1.Mookie Betts: 2002.Mike Trout: 1933.J.D. Martinez: 1724.Jose Ramirez: 1695.Manny Machado: 164For other teams in the National League, word of a hitter like this joining the Dodgers is the polar opposite of good news.After a slow start, the Dodgers have climbed to the top of the NL West largely because of their offense. It's averaged a .793 OPS and 5.1 runs per game in the team's 37-17 stretch since May 17. In general, there seems to be no going backward for the Dodgers offense:Getting to this point has been a group effort to which Max Muncy, Matt Kemp, Cody Bellinger Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and (when healthy) Yasiel Puig have all contributed.At worst, Machado's arrival means the Dodgers now have a great deal of protection against any regression their incumbent hitters might experience down the stretch. At best, his arrival will boost the Dodgers offense to a point where it's on par with any in MLB.One catch is that it might mean living with a downgraded defense."I'm a shortstop. I play shortstop," Machado insisted when he was asked if he would move back to third base if a new team asked him to, per Marc Carig of The Athletic.Assuming the Dodgers honor Machado's desire to remain at shortstop, they stand to bear the brunt of a defensive performance that has produced minus-19 defensive runs saved and a minus-7.7 ultimate zone rating. Machado simply hasn't been the lockdown defender at short that he was at the hot corner.However, it takes a stretch of the imagination to perceive this as the Dodgers' doom. Whereas Machado was playing on MLB'sleast efficient defense in Baltimore, his new defense is right in the middle of the pack (14th) in efficiency. The Dodgers should have an easier time downplaying any defensive struggles Machado might experience.Besides, the appeal for the Dodgers is all about the offense. Not because they need it to finish off their comeback and clinch a sixth straight NL West title, but more so because extra offense figures to be instrumental in getting them through the postseason.No thanks to Clayton Kershaw's ongoing decline, manager Dave Roberts has had to do even more mixing and matching with his pitchers than he did in 2017. It's mostly worked Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , but the Dodgers may not have the arms to walk the same path to the World Series that they did last year. That one involved an NL-best 3.38 ERA in the regular season (up to 3.49 this year) and a 2.28 ERA through the first two rounds of the playoffs.And even that path wasn't good enough to take them the distance. Although the Dodgers put up a good fight in the World Series, their arms were ultimately no match for the Houston Astros' bats.Assuming they can get there, an easier challenge isn't likely to be awaiting the Dodgers in the World Series this time around. The Astros still have a high-powered offense, and the ones belonging to the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are even better. As such, any NL team that plans on winning the World Series had better be able to win a slugfest.If the Dodgers weren't already equal to the task, they sure are now. All they need now is for Machado and the rest of their hitters to go to work. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and Baseball Prospectus. Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesWashington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put on a show for the hometown crowd Monday as he won the MLB Home Run Derby thanks to 45 home runs over the course of three rounds.Now the main event will occur Tuesday with the All-Star Game. Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will get the nod for the American League, while Nats pitcher Max Scherzer will do the same for the National League. Start Time, TV Schedule and Live StreamThe MLB All-Star Game will take place Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Fox will televise the contest, and fans can live-stream the action via Fox Sports Go. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 on Fox. Predictions1. Chris Sale Dominates in 2 Innings of WorkEvery so often, it's fun to just look at a baseball player's stats in amazement, like Babe Ruth's numbers during the dead-ball era of the 1920s.One can get that same feeling based off what Sale is doing right now. He finished the first half of the season by striking out 59 batters in 34.0 innings over the course of five games. Not once did he strike out fewer than 11 batters in any of those contests, and his ERA during that span was a microscopic 0.79. Per FanGraphs, Sale has struck out 37.2 percent of batters faced, in addition to inducing a swinging strike rate of 16.0 percent.The most bewildering stat is that the Red Sox are 12-8 in games Sale has started this year Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , but the former Chicago White Sox ace has done all he can to prove himself as the AL's best pitcher.Sale won't have an easy task ahead of him Tuesday. He'll be facing a few excellent hitters at the top of the lineup, most notably Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.However, Sale's stuff has been so phenomenal of late that he's been unhittable, and the guess here is that the NL's best won't fare well. 2. American League Leads from Start to FinishOn one end, the AL's starting lineup can make the case for being one of the best this century. It has an absurd amount of power and hitting talent, so much so that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is hitting sixth.The problem for the AL is thatScherzer is on the mound, and he's the only pitcher this year who can claim to be in the same stratosphere as the aforementioned Sale. He has a 34.5 percent strikeout rate in addition to a 2.41 ERA.Unlike Sale, however, Scherzer isn't coming into this game in top form, as he's allowed 10 earned runs in his last 20 innings over the course of three starts. Two of those appearances were against weaker-hitting teams in the Miami Marlins and New York Mets.That being said, look for a batter or two to break through against him in the early going. The guess here is Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who has two homers off Scherzer in seven plate appearances, comes through with an RBI hit.In the later innings Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , the AL's depth may shine through. In other years, Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman would be starting, but the talent on the roster is too deep. Look for those two to come up with big hits in the latter stages of the game after the NL's top two aces (Scherzer and the New York Mets' Jacob deGrom) take a seat. 3. American League 6, National League 2Per Joe Osborne of OddsShark, the average run total for an MLB All-Star Game is 8.2. Of course, we've seen a fair share of blowouts and low-scoring nail-biters over the years, but that number seems about right this season. The AL is also a -130 favorite (a $130 bet would return $100) at this time.Ultimately, the AL's power bats and strikeout artists will be too much for the NL. Look for the Junior Circuit to take the overall series lead (the two sides are both 43-43-2) after a Tuesday victory.
 
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