Base­ball: Not all trades have paid off

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - MARK ZWOLIN­SKI SPORTS RE­PORTER

The Blue Jays cer­tainly worked magic at the trade dead­line, but the Mets’ ac­qui­si­tion of Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes is ar­guably the best sin­gle move made by any team this year. They don’t all work out that way.

THREE UP

Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes (Mets): The power-hit­ting out­fielder has played 41 games for the Mets and his slash line — .309/.356/.691 with 17 homers —rep­re­sents an in­cred­i­ble up­grade af­ter 18 homers in 102 games for Detroit. He’s also No. 2 on the team in de­fen­sive rat­ing, next to Curtis Gran­der­son.

Ben Zo­brist (Roy­als): The su­per util­ity man has hit .315 in 42 games with Kansas City, in­stantly be­com­ing a dy­namic part of a first-place team af­ter start­ing slowly in Oak­land. He has made starts at sec­ond, third, right field and left field un­til Alex Gor­don’s re­turn from in­jury.

J.A. Happ (Pi­rates): The for­mer Jay has been the play­off-bound Pi­rates’ most con­sis­tent pitcher over the past three weeks — 0.60 ERA with 26 strike­outs, just five walks over his last five starts. His streak of five games with no more than one run al­lowed matched team record.

THREE DOWN

Johnny Cueto (Roy­als): Kansas City faith­ful can’t be com­fort­able with the for­mer Reds ace as “the guy” to open the play­offs. Af­ter a solid start, he’s lost five straight with a 9.57 ERA. Op­po­nents have hit .390 off him over that stretch, in­clud­ing eight homers.

Mat Latos (Dodgers): The exMar­lins starter re­turned from a neck in­jury but has strug­gled big time. He’s win­less in five starts, fail­ing to last more than five in­nings in four of them and al­low­ing four or more runs three times. Added for ro­ta­tion depth, he has spent time in the bullpen.

Jim John­son (Dodgers): The for­mer 50-save man with the Ori­oles re­cently notched his 10th save of the year, but is also 0-3 with a 10.20 ERA as a Dodger af­ter record­ing a tidy 2.25 mark with the Braves. One killer in­ning — eight runs against the Pi­rates on Aug. 9 — wrecked his stats.

GAIL BUR­TON/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Kansas City Roy­als traded for for­mer Reds ace Johnny Cueto to bol­ster their pitch­ing, but he has lost five straight while post­ing a 9.57 ERA.

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