Play It Forward July 27-Aug. 2: The trade off before the Dodgers-Angels series is a looming deadline

Cole Hamels, who threw a no-hitter in his last outing at Chicago, could be in a Dodgers' uniform by this weekend against the Angels.

Cole Hamels, who threw a no-hitter in his last outing at Chicago, could be in a Dodgers’ uniform by this weekend against the Angels.

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
MLB: DODGERS vs. ANGELS
Details/TV: At Dodger Stadium, Friday-Sunday, SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West, FS1:
By the time this first meeting of Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles takes place on Friday evening, the MLB non-waiver trade deadline will have come and gone hours earlier in the day. There’s a chance that the Dodgers and Angels may have done most of the roster refreshing they anticipated in the days leading up to this weekend leadership retreat – unless the plan includes going all the way up until late August to really pull the trigger on a trade (re: 2012). Could no-hit man Cole Hamels’ next start be with the Phillies on Thursday at home, or on Saturday for the Dodgers? Will David Price throw for Detroit on Tuesday and then go to L.A. for his next appearance? Or will the Rangers’ Yovani Gallardo, who got knocked around by the Angels last Saturday night, be back again this Saturday to pitch against them in a Dodgers’ uniform? (Yes, it’s the same Gallardo who has a 1-11 career record with a 6.45 ERA in 19 starts against playoff rival St. Louis).

Yoenis Cespedes, a 29-year-old star from Cuba in his third big-league season, has put up a .287 average with 15 HRs and 57 RBIS this season so far with Detroit, his third team.

Yoenis Cespedes, a 29-year-old star from Cuba in his third big-league season, has put up a .287 average with 15 HRs and 57 RBIS this season so far with Detroit, his third team.

As for the Angels’ pursuit of a left fielder with some wood, would the Tigers’ Yoenis Cespedes work as a late-season rental? Or Ben Zobrist? Or Jay Bruce? They can’t be thinking that the way to plug a hole at third base is to work an exchange that brings them Juan Uribe, can they? However things match up, there’s the Dodgers likely decision to have Zack Greinke come back after usual rest to start this series against a team that once has his property rights for 13 starts in 2012 before he came over to the Dodgers. Greinke is just 1-5 with a 4.07 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels.  More numbers to chew on: Mike Trout is hitting .232 in 56 career at-bats (14 games) against the Dodgers with two homers, 5 RBIs and 12 strikeouts. Albert Pujols’ career marks against the Dodgers, folded into a .314 average in 84 games, is 18 homers and 59 RBIs.
Also keep in mind: These two will play three more against each other Sept. 7-9 in Anaheim.
Friday’s game is at 7:10 p.m. (SNLA, FSW), with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday (FS1) and Sunday (SNLA, FSW).

ALSO THIS WEEK:

Ronda Rousey heads to Rio de Janerio for her next MMA bout against Bethe Correia in UFC 190 (Saturday, 7 p.m., PPV) …  Prior to the Dodgers-Angels series, there’s a three-game set in Houston for the Angels to play (Tuesday-Thursday, FSW) and the Dodgers hosting Oakland (Tuesday and Wednesday), where Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 2.51) looks to have five full days of rest before he continues with his 29 consecutive scoreless inning streak …  American Pharoah returns to the track to run in the $1 million Haskell Invitation in New Jersey on Sunday (Channel 4, 2:50 p.m.) …More info at this link.

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