Baseball’s insiders believe that, before Monday’s non-waiver deadline, the Dodgers will have added one of the two prize “Chris” starters – Sale of the White Sox or Archer of the Rays – and/or, ace reliever Wade Davis of the KC Royals. The Marlins and Giants have been the biggest pre-deadline upgraders so far, Miami dealing for Padres starter Andrew Cashner and Pods’back-of-rotation newcomer Colin Rea, the Giants snagging Twins All-Star – and former Yankee – infielder Eduardo Nunez. Skipper Bruce Bochy called the addition of Nunez a “depth” deal. The big reinforcement deals by big-market teams are presumably yet to come.
Vox birddog Dylan Matthews sees candidate for Team USA Skipper Hillary Clinton as the equivalent of Baseball’s prize purchase on the political field. And he identifies a supportive President Obama – who turned hawkish at times, while staying on good terms with Wall Street – as the key to making it happen:
“Obama was elected in large part on a promise to tack away from the liberal hawk tradition exemplified by Clinton and her advisers. In some sense, he has done that… But… the dovish wing of the Democratic Party (never) fe(lt) like the battle was won. American robots were still raining death from the skies — and a liberal president, a president elected because he opposed the Iraq War when it counted, whipped up the legal rationales to support that appalling practice…(So progressives’) anger is understandable… It’s especially understandable as he and the entire Democratic Party prepare to fight for the election of someone who promises a markedly more militaristic approach to the Middle East…Even if doves accept Clinton as the lesser of two evils, this is a regrettable situation if you consider reducing American violence abroad a crucial goal.”
Surely aware of the anti-war sentiment expressed at the Convention, Hillary wisely devoted little of her acceptance speech to promising further foreign interventions.
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Snap Quiz: Name the two closest division races? Answer: Orioles-Blue Jays (AL East), half-game apart. Giants-Dodgers (NL West) one-game separation.
Unexpected Advice: NY Times columnist Tyler Kepner on why the Yankees should seek an alternative to vying for a playoff spot in the ALWest: “Clawing their way to contention is entertaining, but unless the Yankees have a real shot at the World Series, it is ultimately hollow. The (Aroldis) Chapman trade was a start. Now the Yankees must keep building.”
Late Friday Scores: Nationals 4, Giants 1; Dodgers 9, D’backs 7; Red Sox 6, Angels 2; Rangers 8, Royals 3; Twins 2, White Sox 1
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