Now that the trade deadline has passed a majority of the players who were traded are getting playing time with their new teams. For some, it did not take long for them to make a positive impact. Crazily enough, six players on six different teams hit home runs in their first game with their new team.
A Week Earlier
Most of the major trades happened either a couple days or a couple minutes before the deadline hit. One of the earlier trades was made by the Tampa Bay Rays who acquired power hitter Nelson Cruz. He made his Rays debut on Friday, July 23, one week prior to the deadline.
Cruz is 40 years old, but he can hit homers at the same rate as many of the young studs and he made this known quickly with the Rays. In the top of third of his first game he whacked a solo home run for his first with the Rays.
New to the Crew
A couple days before the deadline the Milwaukee Brewers made a big move by grabbing Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Escobar made his first start in his first game with the Crew on Friday, July 30.
He came to the Crew with 22 homers who is more than any Brewer hitter this season. He showed this pop late in game one with the Brewers. Through the first eight innings he had already made an impact with two walks and a great play at third. In the top of the ninth he added to his great introduction with a solo home run to center field.
One of the many Washington Nationals traded was catcher Yan Gomes who was scooped up by the Oakland Athletics. His first game was on the first day of August and it was a perfect start to the month.
He has plenty of power, but has never really been considered a power hitter, that changed in his first start. He came up to bat in the third inning trying to make it a huge inning offensively. With a guy on in front of him he demolished a ball down the left field line with the loudest crack of the bat ever heard.
No Longer Cubs
The Cubs emptied house this trade season. After a collapse that put them near the bottom of the division their front office decided it was time to start fresh. They got rid of their three biggest bats Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. So far, all three seem comfortable in their new uniforms.
The New York Yankees have been in need of a spark this season and they may have found it in Rizzo. On Friday, July 30 he made his first start with the Yankees and it was superb. He got on base three times including a homer that he absolutely demolished in the sixth inning to get the scoring going.
Teaming up with good friend Fransisco Lindor with the New York Mets is shortstop Javier Baez. His first start came on Saturday, July 31 when he made a big impact in a close game. Despite striking out a ton this season he put his power on display in the bottom of the sixth when he launched a ball into left field for a two run dinger.
Rizzo went deep on Friday, Baez on Saturday, it was Bryant’s turn on Sunday. Bryant was one of the biggest names in baseball to be traded and he was picked up by the best team in baseball: the San Fransisco Giants. He started August as well as he played in July. In the bottom of the third he smashed an absolute laser into left field for his first homer in black and orange.
Impactful Home Runs?
The big question is just how impactful were all of these home runs for these six teams? The Rays won 10-5; The Brewers won 9-5; The Athletics won 8-3; The Yankees won 3-1; The Mets won 5-4. Five for five so far and it might be obvious, but, yes, the Giants won 5-3. All six of these new guys came ready to help their new clubs and that they did.
There are a slew of other big names on new teams who may not have gone yard in their first games, but will still be hugely impactful. These six players, though, have to make sure they continue to add power to their teams in order to get to the playoffs.
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