Morosi: The Phillies will finish ahead of the Braves

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I’ve trolled Phillies fans a lot. I’ve criticized Jon Paul Morosi a lot. Now it’s like they’re joining forces in order to troll me:

 

Worth noting that it takes more than a rotation to be successful. Also worth noting that Morosi picked the Phillies to win the 2011 World Series too, so I guess anything can happen.

But that stuff aside, I have to give some grudging applause to Morosi for getting under my skin for a nanosecond. It takes a lot troll a troller. Hats off to you, sir.

 

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.