Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:22 PM
OUR WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: TRADE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING FAST AND WE SUGGEST WHO IS BUYING, WHO IS SELLING
THE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES TODAY GETS YOU THE BROWNS AND STEELERS
There's no crying in Baseball ... and, of course, there's no sleeping at the wheel either when it comes to playing "let's make a deal" whether you're the buyer or the seller.
Just ask the Chicago Cubs who shipped off a batch of prospects for now-former Chicago White Sox LHP Jose Quintana and are full speed ahead for a second straight World Series championship. Gonna happen now?
Now, without further ado, let's get you to the "Buyers" and "Sellers" as we close in on the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline:
AMERICAN LEAGUE ... One thing we're not "buying" is that the New York Yankees are gonna trade away any of their top prospects and so fully expect Yanks GM Brian Cashman to make a minor swap or two for a #3 or #4 type starter - San Francisco LHP Matt Moore could be a desired commodity by the boys in the Bronx - and don't expect any panic just 'cause RHP Michael Pineda is down for the year and beyond.
Meanwhile, there's bigger fish to fry when it comes to AL pennant contenders Cleveland and Boston:
The Indians would love to snag extra bullpen help (everyone's making a move on San Diego's All-Star LHP Brad Hand at the moment and Cleveland is also eyeballing New York Mets current closer Addison Reed) plus the Tribe is making no secret of the fact they would like another starting pitcher with names such as San Fran RHP Johnny Cueto and Oakland RHP Sonny Gray high on their hit list while the Red Sox need a major infusion of power and Mets' RF Jay Bruce and/or Cincinnati OF Scott Schebler could be the answer.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ... Let's drop a bombshell on your lap right away here: The Los Angeles Dodgers may be playing .678 ball these days but word is LA's very much in the market for another bat (Chicago White Sox All-Star OF Avisail Garcia could cost the Dodgers three mid-to-high level prospects) and the NL West leaders wouldn't mind another reliever to add to the pen with the Mets' Reed and Philadelphia's Pat Neshek possibilities.
What's gonna happen with the other two NL West playoff contenders?
Arizona would love to snag an innings-eater starting pitcher to tag-team with RHP Zach Greinke and fellow All-Star LHP Robbie Ray - if the Diamondbacks want our opinion then go out and swing a deal to import former Cy Young winner RHP Justin Verlander from Motown.
Colorado? The Rockies need to shore up that way-too-young starting rotation and add a body or two for the bench. Perhaps Bud Black's club can bring back some folks from Miami (maybe RHP Edison Volquez and INF Derek Dietrich).
Okay, so we addressed the Quintana deal up above, but the Cubbies likely ain't finished ... maybe RHP Gray will be available for the right set of prospects or maybe the Cubs get their hands on more bullpen help with Philly's Neshak a possibility.
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NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES
It is summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks continuing today with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers ... and check out our quickie pointspread ditties too. Note that last year's SU (straight-up) records appear right next to the team name below:
CLEVELAND (1-15) - Number one draft pick DE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) says his left foot feels fine while heading into camp later this month. Garrett injured his foot in mandatory minicamp in June but he's back to serious weight training/running and so that - hopefully - won't be an issue for the perennially-bad luck Browns. In fact, the team's depth chart lists Garrett as the starter at RDE with Emmanuel Ogbah (5.5 sacks last year) at LDE.
Pointspread Notes - Last year's Browns bogged down badly with a 4-12 ATS (against the spread) mark that included and unsightly eight-game spread losing skid that began with a two-TD loss in Week 7 at Cincinnati. Note the Browns were never a pointspread favorite last year and they're a composite 5-10-1 ATS as chalk sides dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
PITTSBURGH (13-6) - The Ben Roethlisberger stats from the 2016 season included 3,819 yards passing with 29 TDs and 13 INTs as the Steelers finished fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (262.5 ypg) ... so is there room for improvement?
Well, "Big Ben" gets the benefit of suspended WR Martavis Bryant coming back for the 2017 season and remember Bryant's numbers after 21 games featured 76 receptions for 1,314 yards with 14 TDs - right now WR Antonio Brown and Martavis are first-string on the team's depth chart with Eli Rogers slated to be the third wide out but keep your eyes this summer on rookie JuJu Smith-Shuster (USC) who might want up being a real red-zone threat.
Pointspread Notes - In case you're keeping track, the Steelers have produced four consecutive winning spread seasons with last year's 11-8 ATS mark featuring a nifty five-game pointspread winning streak starting in Seek 11 play. Overall, Pittsburgh's a collective 37-30-3 ATS since the start of the 2013 season.
NOTE: Plenty of MLB Updates and more NFL Team Reports in the next Jim Sez.