MLB All Star Game is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 31, and it will have a big impact on how the MLB season plays out.
The MLB trade deadline is on July 22.
So, with that in mind, here’s a look at what could happen this week.
The Cubs get the Nationals to trade for Jacob deGrom.
Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein told reporters on Wednesday that they’re looking to move closer to getting deGrome, but there are a few hurdles that need to be cleared first.
The Nationals and the Cardinals were tied with the top pick for the Nationals first overall pick and Chicago was also in talks with the Cardinals about DeGrom’s services.
However, there are also trade possibilities that the Cubs are actively pursuing.
The two teams have been linked in trade rumors.
The Cardinals have had some conversations about adding deGrum to their outfield, while the Cubs have expressed interest in bringing in another shortstop.
Chicago is also looking to add an outfielder to help its rotation.
This would be a great fit for deGroemer, who is currently on the disabled list.
The Chicago Cubs are currently in first place in the National League Central.
They will face the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Chicago will be in the hunt for an outfielder and possibly a pitcher for a playoff spot in the NL Central, which would make it a strong contender to win the World Series.
If the Cubs trade for deGrime, it would likely give the Cubs an opening to add a top-tier starting pitcher in the draft.
The draft is just over a week away, so the Cubs could use that as an opportunity to grab one of the top pitchers in the first round.
The Mets win the NL East.
The National League East has been the division of the Mets for most of the season, with the Mets winning their final three games of the regular season.
The team will take on the New York Yankees on Thursday.
The Yankees were in a strong position to win this division heading into the All-Stars Game.
However the Mets did have some luck, with Jacob deRoche and Neil Walker all coming back to play after missing the All Stars Game.
While the Mets are still very much in the playoff hunt, they have a chance to make it out of the second round and potentially grab a wild card spot if they can win two games against the Yankees in a row.
The first two games of this series are set to be played in New York.
The game between the Mets and Yankees on Wednesday night will be the game that will determine the division title.
The Pirates lose to the Cubs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently tied for first place, but the team has been struggling to win games this season.
While they have been able to overcome the injuries to key players, including deRoch and Walker, the Pirates have had a tough stretch.
This includes the last three games, when the Pirates fell to the Mets 3-2.
The last time Pittsburgh lost three straight games was May 8-9, 2016.
The Steelers were also eliminated in the playoffs by the Dodgers in the second game of the NLDS.
The current five-game winning streak is the longest in franchise history.
The Phillies lose to New York Mets.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight games, but their recent struggles have made the season more difficult for the team.
The teams last meeting came in April, when Philadelphia lost 6-3 to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The following month, the Phillies fell to New Orleans, 3-1.
The past two weeks have seen Philadelphia play seven straight games against teams that are in the bottom five in the American League Central standings.
The Braves win the AL East.
Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters Wednesday that the team would make a decision on whether to play at the All Star break.
However he said he is still not ready to announce any lineup changes for Thursday night’s game.
The lineup for Thursday will be as follows: RHP Brad Peacock; C Ian Kinsler; 1B J.D. Martinez; RF Adam LaRoche; 1H Julio Teheran; RHP Mike Minor; 2B Joc Pederson; C Scott Schebler; LF Nick Markakis; LHP Matt Wisler; C Justin Upton; LHB Mike Trout; RHP Kris Medlen; OF Alex Cobb.
The Red Sox lose to Houston Astros.
The Houston Astros have had their struggles to win lately.
However this past weekend they won their first three games and beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3.
The Astros were also in contention heading into this weekend’s All-star break, and Gonzalez said they would be able to win their last three on the road.
However they have struggled to win in this series, with five of their past six losses coming in Atlanta.
The biggest concern for the Astros heading into Wednesday night’s games is the fact that they’ve allowed more runs than any other