The moves made at the trade deadline serve a few different purposes. Some teams look for that one player that will favor their MLB odds, while others are either clearing salary or looking for some guys that will help strengthen their squad for next year. The San Francisco Giants have made a move that will help them now, while the Texas Rangers are probably looking at next year with their acquisition. These two teams will meet in Texas on Saturday as part of a 3-game series.
San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers MLB Game Review
Date/Time: Saturday, August 1st, 8:05 PM
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Radio: KNBR 680
Opening Line: Texas -130
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The Giants (56-45) are very much in the division hunt, as they are just a half game back of the Dodgers in the West. Their biggest issue this season has been keeping their starting rotation healthy, as it has seemed like two guys at a time have been on the DL. The addition of Mike Leake to the rotation is not one that is going to make huge waves, but what they do get is a reliable starter who will slot nicely into the 3rd spot on the rotation. This is a move that can only make them better, which is a little scary when you look at how well they have been playing of late. They are 10-2 to start the second half, and have been effectively shutting down every opponent that they have faced. Tim Hudson (6-8, 4.80 ERA) will start on Saturday as he goes in search of back to back wins.
The biggest race to land a big name star at the deadline was the pack that was chasing Cole Hamels. It was the Rangers (49-52) who emerged victorious. While most would view this as a move towards improving their squad for next season, the Rangers will try to tell you otherwise. Texas are 8 games back in the division race, and are up against an Astros team who are red hot right now. They are only 4 games back in the Wild Card, but there are just too many teams ahead of them right now. The Rangers are not really helping their cause, and are just .500 through the first 12 games of the second half. There is no official word on who will start for Texas on Saturday, and it may well end up being Cole Hamels.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
- Tim Lincecum P 15-Day DL
- Marco Scutaro 2B 60-Day DL
- Andrew Susac C 15-Day DL
- Kyle Blanks 1B 15-Day DL
- Lisalverto Bonilla P 60-Day DL
- Carlos Corporan C 15-Day DL
- Yu Darvish P 60-Day DL
- Derek Holland P 60-Day DL
- Jurickson Profar 2B 60-Day DL
- Antoan Richardson OF 60-Day DL
- Nick Tepesch P 60-Day DL
The Giants look like a team on a mission right now, as they seem intent on winning the division. I think they will get one step closer with a win in this game.