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Fallen ace Felix Hernandez isn't reversing time

MIAMI — Talented former first-round pick Billy McKinney http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic … all-jersey , the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie left fielder and leadoff batter, is already playing for his fourth major-league organization even though he is only 24 years old.On Friday, when the Jays visit the Miami Marlins to start a three-game series, McKinney will carry a .351 batting average with an even more impressive OPS of 1.147. He has played just 12 games this year but already has three homers and four doubles.McKinney, who is from Texas, was drafted 24th overall straight out of high school by the Oakland A’s in 2013. In 2014, he was part of a blockbuster trade, getting sent to the Chicago Cubs along with shortstop Addison Russell and right-hander Dan Straily.Article continues below ...Ironically, Straily is the pitcher McKinney will face on Friday.In 2016, the Cubs traded for closer Aroldis Chapman, sending McKinney and three other prospects to the New York Yankees.McKinney made his major-league debut this year with the Yankees, getting a hit in his first at-bat. But he injured his left shoulder the next day, went to the disabled list and, ultimately, back to the minors.On July 26, the Yankees traded McKinney to Toronto, and the Blue Jays promoted him to the majors on Aug. 17.The reason McKinney is important is that the Jays (60-73) are going nowhere this year. They have lost four games in a row and were just swept in three by the team with the worst record in the majors, the Baltimore Orioles.Toronto has to find players who belong as part of their future, which is where McKinney comes into play.McKinney — if nothing else — was part of two trades that helped the Cubs acquire Russell and Chapman, who played large roles in Chicago ending its 108-year World Series title drought.But can McKinney be more than just a trivia question? So far, he is proving some scouting reports wrong.“Scouts who saw McKinney at (Triple-A) Scranton said he was a low-energy player who looked lost against pitchers with an even average breaking ball,” Baseball America wrote.On Friday Michael Lorenzen Jersey , McKinney will face Straily (5-6, 4.35 ERA), who is coming off a great performance in his most recent start. Straily allowed just three hits and no runs in a win over the Atlanta Braves.Straily relied mostly on his fastball, which he threw 44 times, and his slider, which he tossed 39 times.“I had zero changeup, so I had to have those two (other pitches),” Straily said. “I found out early that I didn’t have my changeup. I got three outs on my changeup but that was later in the game. Early on, it was nonexistent.”The Jays will counter with right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.95 ERA), a 26-year-old Californian who was drafted 34th overall by Toronto in 2010.Sanchez throws an above-average fastball at 93.7 mph, but he missed time this year with a contusion on his right index finger. In his only start since returning from the disabled list, Sanchez was not sharp, allowing six runs in four innings.Since there is no designated hitter at a National League park, it will be interesting to see what the Jays do with DH Kendrys Morales, the reigning American League Player of the Week after hitting .481 with eight homers and 13 RBIs. His streak of at least one homer a game ended at seven on Monday, still setting a franchise record.The major-league record is eight, held by Marlins manager Don Mattingly along with Ken Griffey Jr. and Dale Long.Mattingly, though, is more worried about his current team as opposed to his old hitting exploits. The Marlins (53-81) have the second-worst record in the National League and are in a similar position as the Jays, trying to find out who is part of their future.The Marlins have actually played well in their past 10 games, going 5-5 — all against quality opponents.During that span http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen … tis-jersey , they took two of three from the Washington Nationals, split two games with the Yankees, split four games with the first-place Atlanta Braves and scored 13 runs but still lost two straight to the team with the best record in the majors, the Boston Red Sox. For much of the year, the Milwaukee Brewers have either been in first place in the National League Central or nipping at the heels of the Chicago Cubs.Now, the Brew Crew is five games out in the division, looking up at the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals and clinging to the second wild-card position.The biggest issue for Milwaukee is a pitching staff that has posted an NL-worst 5.31 ERA in August. Chase Anderson, the club's ostensible ace, owns a 5.61 August ERA.Even if the Brewers manage to sneak into the postseason鈥攁 major "if"鈥攖hey don't have the arms for a deep run.Winner: St. Louis Cardinals2 of 6Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesThe Cardinals made zero notable upgrades at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Instead, they shipped out MLB talent, including outfielder Tommy Pham, and fired manager Mike Matheny in mid-July.Despite all that, the Cards own the NL's top wild-card slot.Heap credit on infielder Matt Carpenter, who leads the Senior Circuit with 5.2 WAR by FanGraphs' calculation and is a bona fide MVP candidate."I never would have thought I'd be where I am right now, but if I keep putting good at-bats together, good things will happen," Carpenter said, summing up his and the Red Birds' situation, per MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.And don't sleep on a pitching staff that leads the NL with a 2.83 August ERA.The Cardinals didn't add cavalry at the deadline. As it turns out, the pieces they had were good enough.Choker: Seattle Mariners3 of 6Brandon Wade/Associated PressThe Seattle Mariners have the game's longest active postseason drought at 16 years and counting."Counting" is the operative word.The M's are on the edge of the American League playoff chase. They're seven games out in the division race and 4.5 out in the wild-card scuffle.That's a tough hill to climb with September looming, and tougher still considering the Mariners pitching staff ranks 23rd in the game with a 4.95 August ERA.Fallen ace Felix Hernandez isn't reversing time to save them. James Paxton is working his way back from yet another injury.In a tough division and a top-heavy AL, general manager Jerry Dipoto didn't do enough to get Seattle past Game 162.Winner: Arizona Diamondbacks4 of 6Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks grabbed the top National League wild-card berth and advanced to the division series in 2017. Now Jonathan Lucroy Jersey , they're on track to win the division outright.Granted, we've got a lot of baseball left to play. But the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't run away with things despite acquiring superstar shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline, and the Colorado Rockies are a flawed foe.The D-Backs, meanwhile, rank fifth in the game with a 3.20 August ERA. Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is peaking at the right time with a 1.124 OPS in August.Add it up, and Arizona leads the NL West by 1.5 games over the Rockies and 2.5 over the Dodgers.It's a tight battle that could go down to the wire, but the Snakes have a strong chance to prevail. Keep your eyes on two key series: when the Diamondbacks meet the Dodgers Aug. 30-Sept. 2, and when the two clubs clash Sept. 24-26.Choker: Colorado Rockies5 of 6John Amis/Associated PressThe Rockies are in the thick of the NL West race, too.One year after claiming the National League's second wild-card spot, Colorado could return to the postseason.Now, the wet blanket: The Rockies own a minus-14 run differential. Their pitchers rank 20th in the game with a 4.56 August ERA. Just as damningly for a team that plays its home games at mile-high altitude, their hitters sit 19th with a .728 August OPS.Charlie Blackmon, an MVP contender in 2017, has morphed into a payroll drag. And Colorado's decision to stand pat at the trade deadline did nothing to improve its fortunes.A miracle run is always possible, but with the D-Backs in the driver's seat and the Dodgers lurking, the Rocks have also-ran written all over them.Winner: Oakland Athletics6 of 6Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are doing battle atop the AL East. What else is new? The Cleveland Indians are dominating in the weak AL Central. OK, sure.The Oakland A's are challenging the defending world champion Houston Astros in the AL West. Wait...what?The A's have been the coolest story of 2018, rising from the dregs of mediocrity to become a surprise postseason hopeful.They've slipped into second place in the division after briefly overtaking the 'Stros. But they're in line to win a wild-card berth and after that...who knows?Their pitchers rank fourth in baseball with a 2.89 August ERA. Their hitters also rank fourth in the calendar month with a .796 OPS.Just when you thought executive Billy Beane's run of Moneyball magic had ended, here we go again. All statistics and standings current entering Tuesday and courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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