The Morning Edition (April 28, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

From Last Night:

  • Giancarlo Stanton hits his first HR of the season, but the Fish fall to the Cubs 3-2
  • Westbrook throws 6 scoreless innings, but the bullpen gives it away to the Pirates
  • Harper homers as the Nats back Dan Haren in a 6-3 win over the Reds
  • Matt Moore strikes out 9 in 6 innings as the Rays been the White Sox 10-4

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Dickey tries to find Cy Young form in the Bronx (1p Eastern)
  • Hamels and Niese hook up in a battle of NL East lefties (1p Eastern)
  • Shelby Miller tries to keep the rookie magic alive against the Bucs (2p Eastern)
  • Clayton Kershaw faces the Padres (4p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Is Stanton’s big homerun enough to silence the worriers? (Mostly fantasy owners, because the Marlins don’t really have fans anymore)

As I write this, the two highest position players on the WAR leaderboard are Justin Upton and Shin Shoo Choo. I’ve written about both in this space previously, but the point I’d like to make today is that both were traded this offseason and both trades involved the Arizona Diamondbacks. Obviously, we know the Dbacks dealt Upton to the Braves in a package deal that saw Martin Prado as the key return. They also played a role in the Choo deal, as they sent Bauer to Cleveland and got Gregorious from the Reds (via Choo). I’m not sure how long it would take me to verify this, but I can’t imagine that the two best players in the league in a given season had ever been involved in trades made by the same team during the previous winter. Now this doesn’t mean the Dbacks won’t make the playoffs, but I would have to imagine they would have a better shot if they have Upton and/or Choo right now. I mean, Parra is a very good outfielder, but he only has a spot in the lineup because of injuries to Eaton, Ross, and Kubel so far. The Diamondbacks might not understand outfielders.

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