After a busy trade deadline for the Indians front office, the players on the field look to improve on their sub .500 record after the deadline. To do so, they will have to compete with two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball: A four-game, home and home series with the Cincinnati Reds and a three games series against the New York Yankees.
The reason to be excited about this upcoming week is the fact that the Indians are giving away Duck Tape on the 5th! Hopefully, the fans wont put it over their eyes for fear of falling further back in the standings.
I do not believe it will happen this week.
The Reds are in a similar position as their cross state rivals. Unlike the Indians, Thursday’s nonwaiver trade deadline passed without the Reds making a trade. They’ll tell you that they still hope to get back in the race this year. They started the day 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card. They’ll tell you that they tried to add offense, but there were no fits. But what standing pat really means is the Reds think this team is close enough to make a run in 2015 with the current rotation. The rotation is undoubtedly the strength of this team but four of the five starters- Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon – all are potential free agents in 2016. It’s impossible to imagine the Reds signing all four beyond 2015.
Going into Thursday, the Reds had scored a total of 24 runs in the 12 games since the All-Star Break. Only Devin Mesoraco’s ninth-inning, two-out homer Wednesday kept them from going 12 straight games in which they scored three runs or fewer. That had not happened since 1948.
The Yankees have an arguably strengthened ball club in the wake of their July acquisitions, although that didn’t stop them from losing their August opener, 4-3 to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. New Yankee Stephen Drew, playing at second base for his first time, struggled and failed to turn a first-inning double play, crisply initiated one in the seventh and then served effectively as the middle man in the eighth inning while going hitless in four at-bats. Martin Prado, another July trade pickup, pinch-hit for Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh inning and wound up 0-for-2 and is a good bet to make his first big league start in right field Saturday.
The moves gave the Yankees a lot of flexibility with its roster.