The all star break is over and baseball is back in full swing. This weekend featured a few big trades that are sure to help teams come October. The first notable move was the cubs acquiring Chicago White Sox ace, Jose Quintana. He made a dazzling debut on Sunday , throwing 7 scoreless and striking out 12. This move is definitely going to Benifit the Cubs moving forward and who knows this might be the key piece they need to repeat as champs. Another notable treade was The trade sending Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals in exhanche for prospects. The Nats are in dire need of bullpen help so this is definitely a big move for them. It will be interesting to see if this move makes them a word Series contender because we all know the starring pitching and the offense is there.
The Yankees made a trip to Boston this weekend looking to make up some ground in the division. It was a 4 game series that would end with a double header on Sunday. After a blown save by Aroldis Champman on Friday night , the Yankees knew they needed to respond on Saturday. Trailing in the top of the 9th on Saturday, facing the almost unhittable Craig Kimbrel, Matt Holiday hit a game tying homer which sent the Boston faithful into a phase of estoneshment. The game would than be a marathoner as the boys in blue would prevail in 16 innings. They then would have to play in a grueling double header on Sunday with short pitching due to the 16 inning game the night before. Fortunately for the Yankees, CC Sebathia threw a gem during the day portion of the double header giving the Yankees the win but more importantly, preserving their pitching for the night game as they would try to get a huge series win. The night game featured another gem by Red Sox pitcher David Price. He threw 8 scoreless giving the Red Sox a win and in the 8th inning Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed a Aaron Judge of a home run which was one of the best catchest if not plays we have seen all year. Another notable story was the continued dominance of the L.A dodgers. They went on the road and swept the Miami Marlins that included a game winning home run in the 9th and a Cycle by rookie Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers continue to show why this year they are poised to win the fall classic.