How the trade deadline is affecting the playoff races

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It has been more than a month since the Major League Baseball trade deadline. A lot of moves were made including a few huge blockbuster trades that have greatly affected the race for the postseason, but are some of these blockbuster trades working? 

Since the trade deadline there have been two teams that have fallen out of first place in their respective divisions. Both the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics slumped a bit during the month of August, both teams were part of major deals before the deadline.

Oakland has seen the wild American League West lead taken over by a red-hot Angels club, and the Tigers have been surprised by the Kansas City Royals, who have been on a roll since the All-Star break. 

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In the National League, much has remained the same, except for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are currently riding a eight-game losing streak after leading the National League Central for basically the entire season. The St. Lois Cardinals, who are seemingly always in the postseason, have taken over first place in the Central. 

The Dodgers and Nationals are both playing great, leading their division. Washington has begun to run away with the NL East, while the San Francisco Giants are right behind the Dodgers in the West, just two games back.

So, what trades worked, and what trades didn't for teams at the trade deadline?

Street to the Angels

The most effective trade at the deadline involved the first place Angels, when they acquired closer Huston Street from the San Diego Padres. Street has been one of the best closers in the game this season, and the Angels added a shut-down closer to an already solid bullpen. Street has done a fantastic job as the Angels ninth inning man and has the team in first place in the very competitive American League West.

Giants for Peavy

The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox at the break, which looked like a scary decision, as Peavy was 1-9 with 4.72 ERA with Boston. That was then, this is now. Peavy has pitched into the seventh inning or later in five of his seven outings as a member of the Giants, and over his past four starts Peavy has a 1.29 ERA. It is safe to say the move has helped San Francisco in its quest for a National League West division title.

Tigers' trades

One of the biggest trades at the deadline was seeing the Detroit Tigers receive former Cy Young winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Price joined other former Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in Detroit.

The Tigers have suffered a few injuries to their rotation as Verlander missed a few starts, and the return of Anibal Sanchez is still in question. Detroit is 1 1/2 games back of the Royals in the Central, and have to be feeling fortunate that they have another ace to give the ball to down the stretch.

Oakland's trades

The most active team during the month of July was Oakland, who made two trades and acquired pitchers Jeff Samadzija, Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to bolster their starting rotation. For the Athletics, the trades have not worked as planned. Oakland is currently 4 1/2 game back of the Angels in the American League West, and Samardzija has not been great. 

With less than a month left it will be interesting to see how the players involved at the trade deadline make either a positive or negative impact on their new team down the stretch.

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