Also what happened to the Phillies? Cliff Lee is struggling, Halladay's 4-6 and now they're 12 games below .500 and they need to move roster pieces. Never thought they would be the ones trading away stars to the Giants, who only couple years ago were floundering.
Also, Dempster to the already STACKED Texas Rangers! If they don't win this year I can't imagine what other moves they could do to finally get it done after 2 years of disappointment.
And by floundering you mean not the couple of years ago that they won the World Series, right? I'll give you one reason why the Phillies are in last place: injuries. Howard, Utley, Halladay all hurt for significant periods this year. Oh and another reason: they pay guys for past performances. Howard's contract is a disaster, Lee is still a good pitcher but his contract could be an albatross down the road, even Utley is eating up a lot of payroll considering that he's never going to be the same player with the shape his knees are in.
The Rangers are stacked in some aspects, but most definitely not in the pitching department. They were absolutely desperate for starting pitching with Lewis and Feliz both out for the year, and Holland trying to come back. Oswalt's been terrible for them too, and the only starters with any consistency they've had are Darvish and Harrison, hardly the reincarnation of Schilling and Johnson. In comparison, the Angels have a potential postseason rotation of CJ WIlson, Jered Weaver, Zack Greinke and Dan Haren, not to mention an offence boasting Trout, Pujols, Trumbo, Hunter, Morales...you want to talk stacked, that's the team to talk about. Heck, one bad week and the Athletics, who have been steadily gaining, could overtake the Rangers too. I have said it before and I will say it again, the Angels, not the Rangers, are the powerhouse of that division.
Edited by Gretzky's Mullet, 31 July 2012 - 06:07 PM.