I've been updating the Trade Management screen pretty frequently but through 56 games, we've only made one trade; an all-too-necessary move to trade for Twins reliever Trevor May. Since being acquired, May has formed a three-man committee at closer for us along with Ryne Stanek -- who has an 0.00 ERA through nine-plus innings pitched -- and Brandon Kintzler, who has also been having a terrific start to the season with an ERA of 0.93 and has converted 9-of-9 save opportunities.
What has made it so much fun is that with Villar, Brian Anderson, and Garret Cooper being so versatile, I've had to move guys around a lot and most games, utilize the entire bench. Not to mention, I've been in some absolute nail-biters, even hitting a walk-off 2-run home run against the Nationals in the last third of the bottom of the 9th inning with Matt Joyce pinch-hitting. It was also Joyce's 1st HR of the season, too!
Our young starting rotation have exceeded all expectations and more. Caleb Smith is leading the National League in WAR among pitchers. All five members of the rotation have an ERA under 4.00 which has helped us take a full 7.0 game lead over the second place Mets in the NL East. We are currently 37-19 and looking to acquire a few big pieces for the stretch-run before the Trade Deadline. We are, however, in desperate need of a left-handed power-hitter. I have been targeting Andrew Benintendi, Joc Pederson, Miguel Sano, Ryan Zimmerman, Tommy La Stella, Corey Seager, Aristides Aquino, Nomar Mazara, and aiming a bit high for Eugenio Suarez.