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For starters, Garcia threw seven strong innings at Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers. He was able to limit Los Angeles’ potent lineup over those seven innings, and that ended up being more than enough help for Atlanta’s offense. The Braves lit up the normally-pristine Alex Wood for seven earned runs over 4.2 innings. The last four of those nine runs came off the bat of (of all people) Jaime Garcia. The 31-year-old told reporters after the game that he’d never hit a Grand Slam in his life. That was also his third career home run as a major leaguer, so it’s nice that he made sure it was a memorable one.
The trade deadline was just 11 days ago. It feels like 40 months ago. The rumors were everywhere, hanging over the heads of losing teams, giving life to winning teams. Anything was possible. Justin Verlander on the Twins? Sonny Gray on the Rockies? The Mariners acquiring every single Tyler in baseball after Jerry Dipoto had a waking vision of a flaming trade eagle? Which he has every other week? It was all possible.
Now we’re in the middle of August, and the teams are mostly set. Sure, Verlander still might get sent to the Astros. Other players will be traded. But for the most part, the teams that made moves have to live with those moves, for better or for worse.
These are the teams that would do things differently if the deadline were just China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale 11 days later. Maybe. I don’t know. Probably not. Teams are stubborn.
There are the teams for which I would do things differently, at least. These Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys organizations made their decisions, and I’m here to retroactively change them.