A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
The Atlanta Braves can clinch their first NL East title since 2013 by beating Philadelphia at SunTrust Park. Sparked by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the Baby Braves moved closer to
Posted: September 22, 2018, 7:39 am
The Washington Nationals will be in a position few expected them to be in when they host the New York Mets Saturday in their third game of their series. Cy Young Award contender Jacob deGrom and the Mets downed the Nationals 4-2 Friday night and about an hour later the Atlanta Braves (86-68) defeated the Phillies, officially eliminating the Nationals from the NL East title race. The two-time defending division champion, Washington (77-77) enters Saturday eight games behind in the race for the second NL wild-card spot with eight games remaining.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 4:31 am
The Baby Braves are all grown up. With another gutty performance that pushed Atlanta to the brink of its first NL East title since 2013, the Braves bounced back from Ronald Acuna Jr.’s defensive blunder with a five-run seventh inning that carried them past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday night. Ozzie Albies sparked the comeback with a two-run homer and Johan Camargo finished it off with a two-out, two-run single, giving the youthful Braves a chance to celebrate as soon as Saturday afternoon with one more victory over the second-place Phillies.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 4:25 am
No pitcher ever has put together a season quite like Jacob deGrom’s 2018 for the New York Mets. The 23 consecutive quality starts are a record. Boosting his bid for the NL honor, deGrom broke a quality-starts mark first established by Bob Gibson a half-century ago, allowing one run and three singles in seven innings to help the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 3:27 am
The Phillies are bowing out of the National League East race in spectacular fashion. Just when it looked like they were on their way to the kind of win that could provide a little emotional fuel and keep them alive for a few more days, they fell flat on their collective face in suffering a completely disheartening 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park Friday night. • The Phillies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 3:01 am