It has been 10 days since the MLB trade deadline has passed and some teams have responded well and some have not. In some cases, some teams have been struggling before the deadline and their slide has continued after it and some are struggling since the deadline and fading fast.
In the latest edition of Stock Up, Stock Down, here are two teams that have responded well to the deadline and two that have not and are fading quickly in the races.
Stock Up: Chicago Cubs soaring up the standings
One team that decided not to sell at the trade deadline and is benefitting from it is the Chicago Cubs. They were buried in the National League Central Division standings and the wild card race, but they are coming off of winning two out of three over the Atlanta Braves last weekend. Despite losing two out of three over the New York Mets, they are within striking distance of the final NL Wild Card spot.
The division is not out of the question for the Cubs as they are just two games back of the Milwaukee Brewers and in second place after passing the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Chicago has been getting offense from their usual producers, but their pitching has been good, including the work out of their bullpen.
Cody Bellinger and Marcus Stroman were names that were floated about in July about being moved, but a winning streak before the deadline changed the direction front office and they ended up adding third baseman Jeimer Candelario from the Washington Nationals. As odd as it seemed a month ago, it’s not out of the question that they will find themselves in October baseball.