With seven weeks remaining in the regular season, the Washington Nationals find themselves in third place in the NL East. They are six games out of second place behind the Phillies and seven games behind the Braves for first. They are only one game above .500 with a 60-59 record, and are six games out of a wild card spot. We’ve been waiting all season for the Nats to finally take off and surge back into first, but is it time to consider that the Nationals might miss the playoffs in what may be Bryce Harper’s last year in Washington?

 

The Cleveland Browns have won just four games over their last three seasons. Last season, they joined the 2008 Lions as the second team in history to finish a season with a 0-16 record. They’ve finished last in the AFC North in thirteen out of their last 15 seasons. The last quarterback to start more than two consecutive seasons with the Browns was Tim Couch, who was the starter from 1999-2002.

In other words, the Browns are bad. Like, really bad.

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Via FANDOM.com

But they’ve also been quite busy this offseason.

Remember Christmas Day as a kid? The feeling that it was the most magical day of the year, and you didn’t want it to be over?

That’s how I felt about the trade deadline on Tuesday.

Okay, so that might be a bit dramatic. But I’ve always loved trade deadline day: the blockbuster trades, the surprise deals, the last minute moves that happen minutes just as the clock strikes metaphorical midnight on the deadline. It’s exciting, man. And this year’s deadline did not disappoint.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
Chris Archer was traded to the Pirates before the trade deadline on Tuesday. (Courtesy of NESN.com)

News broke Tuesday night that the Yankees have acquired closer Zach Britton from the Orioles in perhaps the second-most anticipated trade before this year’s deadline. In return for Britton, the Bronx Bombers received three minor league pitchers, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Britton, who was the top available reliever on the market this year, will join a Yankees bullpen that features an MLB-leading 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts. Upon joining the team, Britton will reportedly be the setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Red Sox, Cubs, and Astros were also reportedly in talks with Britton.

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Photo via NESN.com

In their last 33 games, the Oakland Athletics are 26-7. Yes, you read that right. The A’s are the hottest team in baseball right now.

Things are going great for the Bay Area’s American League club as of late. Khris Davis- who I recently dropped from my fantasy team, of course- has hit six home runs in his last four games, and is now fourth in the Majors with 27 home runs on the year. Their ‘pen boasts a 3.54 ERA, 7th-best in the league. They haven’t lost a series since June 15.

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Khris Davis, via NBC Sports Bay Area

If you know me at all, or have had a conversation with me that has lasted longer than fifteen minutes, you know that I am a huge sports fan. Like, it’s even in my Facebook bio: Sports junkie. Though I enjoy and appreciate almost every sport (sorry NASCAR), I have always had a deep passion for America’s Pastime.

As far back as I can remember, baseball has been in my life. Whether watching games on TV or in person, playing catch with my dad and brother in the front yard, collecting baseball cards, playing little league, or listening to Pat Hughes and the late Ron Santo announce Chicago Cubs games on the radio, I have always been a baseball nerd.

Which is how this blog came to be.