NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — JULY 28, 2007
This is how one game can conceivably change the temperature as the trade deadline nears.
Arizona blanks Atlanta in nine out of ten innings, winning in 10, 4-3.
The Braves managed five singles and two doubles on the night. First baseman Julio Franco went hitless, fanning twice from the eight hole, dropping his numbers to .200/.316/.275.
The Diamondbacks won their eighth straight, pulling to within a virtual tie with the Dodgers for the NL West lead. The Braves fall 3.5 games behind those two clubs in the Wild Card race.
Atlanta needs Mark Teixeira. And now Arizona, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, wants him, too. Prospect-rich Arizona.
Oh, and in the Dodgers’ 6-2 loss to Colorado, which allowed the Diamondbacks to catch them? Olmedo Saenz got the start at first base against lefthander Jeff Francis, going 0 for 4 while batting third, and seeing his line drop to .192/.313/.359.
Angels first base tandem Robb Quinlan and Casey Kotchman had a double, walk, and sac bunt in LA’s 10-3 pasting of the Tigers, a game perhaps more notable in this context because Detroit carried a 3-1 lead to the bottom of the sixth, only to see its bullpen get torched. The Tigers nurse a half-game lead over Cleveland, with a screaming weakness in the bullpen.
The Indians, incidentally, fell to Minnesota, 3-2, with closer Joe Borowski taking the loss. Cleveland needs late-inning help, too.
Octavio Dotel’s rough ninth against the Rangers doesn’t hurt, either.
Neither does the Houston-Tampa Bay trade involving reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Ty Wigginton, two players that the Yankees had shown interest in.
There’s obviously a meaningful risk in not pouncing on a trade offer that you like, but patience is often richly rewarded as well.
Hang on tight.