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    Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has been having fun in his retirement, and his most recent antic was trolling Alex Rodriguez. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, more popularly nicknamed ‘Big Papi,’ has been having a blast through his retirement. His number got retired at Fenway Park this season; he was inducted into the Hall of Fame; he hung out at numerous Red Sox games; he called the organization ‘stupid’ for not extending Xander Bogaerts; he tested his skill as a weatherman; the list goes on. Now, he’s trolling Alex Rodriguez, popularly known as A-Rod, telling him, “The only way the Yankees can beat Houston is if you pick them… you have been wrong the whole time.” Papi to ARod: "The only way the Yankees can beat Houston is if you pick them… you have been wrong the whole time." ???? pic.twitter.com/hl8SAu4M3B — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 19, 2022 A-Rod has been wrong in most of his postseason predictions, but in all fairness, there were quite a few victories that nobody saw coming. For the Wild Card series,...
    The Cleveland Guardians are one win away from advancing to the ALCS, and fans had the loudest celebration over it on Saturday night. If you missed the Cleveland Guardians walking off the New York Yankees last night, chances are you might have heard it. The Cleveland Guardians are just one win away from advancing to the ALCS. They defeated the New York Yankees on Saturday night to go 2-1 in the series, and fans had the loudest and most epic celebration over it. With the Guardians trailing the Yankees at home in Game 3 of the ALDS,  Oscar Gonzalez hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and give Cleveland a series lead. The celebration in the stadium could be heard loud and clear from blocks away, and rightfully so. One fan captured the moment from their apartment, proving just how wild things got at Progressive Field. Just listen: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cjw3OosAknl/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link This isn’t the first time Gonzalez has delivered as a postseason hero for Cleveland so far this...
    Brian Snitker exhibited superstitious behavior ahead of the Atlanta Braves’ must-win game. Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker knows his team has to win two games in a row avoid a premature postseason exit to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS. The Braves are the defending World Series champions, but they are one loss away from playoff elimination vs. a division rival. One could argue Atlanta simply ran out of gas during its successful attempt to overtake the New York Mets to win the division crown. However, they are on the brink of what would be considered postseason failure for much of Braves Country. It could all end today. So you better believe Snitker was not going to sit in the same chair that he did on Friday. No way! Who says baseball folks are not superstitious.. As Snit sits down, he slides to the next chair: “Not siting there… didn’t work yesterday” pic.twitter.com/IcXBcdi8OM — Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) October 15, 2022 Brian Snitker uses the power of superstition to wake up his Atlanta Braves Atlanta split the first two games of the...
    The Phillies shocked Atlanta Braves fans by stealing Game 1 of the NLDS on the road. Afterwards, Jose Alvarado put Guillermo Heredia on blast. Heredia was apparently the Atlanta player chirping at Alvarado during the Braves attempted ninth-inning comeback. José Alvarado was hearing it from the Braves dugout about his mound request and he was going back at them pic.twitter.com/XNihdfXF1K — John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 11, 2022 The Braves got within one run thanks to a Matt Olson home run before Nick Castellanos put any come-from-behind victory thoughts to bed. Alvarado’s numbers speak for themselves, especially of late, and he was arguably the Phillies best relief pitcher heading into the playoffs. Heredia’s attempt to throw him off his game did not work in the end, as the Phils were able to take Game 1.Phillies: Jose Alvarado calls out Braves’ Guillermo Heredia“I said hey, [be quiet],” Alvarado said, per The Athletic’s Alex Coffey. “Everybody thinks, I want to attack Alvarado, but right now, no one can change my mentality. Nobody. I’m focused. When we come into the game, I come to hit...
    The Mets led the NL East for 175 days this season, but the Atlanta Braves still won the division for the fifth straight year. The Mets did what they could to stay in the divisional race by winning both games of a doubleheader, 4-2 and 8-0, against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field. But the Braves clinched the crown with a win over the Miami Marlins. The Mets will host either the Philadelphia Phillies or the San Diego Padres in a wild-card round this weekend, with Game 1 slated for Friday. There was still hope when the day started and even more hope after the Mets edged the Nats in the first game. “Stay tuned,” manager Buck Showalter said in between games. “We’ve got to see how the circumstances change in the next hour or two. We’ll see.” The circumstances changed between the fourth and fifth innings. Still, it was a momentous day for the Mets. The team reached the 100-win (100-61) mark for the first time since 1988 and the fourth time in club history. The...
    The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East on Tuesday night by beating the Marlins, completing a wild comeback in the division to top the Mets. The reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves already knew they were going back to the MLB Playoffs to defend their crown — but now they’ll do so as NL East champions after a gritty 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Coming into play on Monday after sweeping the previously division-leading New York Mets over the weekend, the Braves magic number sat at just one, meaning they needed only a New York loss or a win of their own to clinch the division. They failed to get either on Monday but Tuesday proved to be a different story. Almost fittingly, it was oft-maligned closer Kenley Jansen who came on in the bottom of the ninth and got the final three outs to secure the win and bring the division title back to Truist Park (and give Atlanta a bye in the first round of the postseason). And they did so in truly incredible...
    Watch Sir Elton John suplex on those helpless New York Mets, as his beloved Atlanta Braves completed a massive series sweep over their hated division rival this past weekend. While many people in Nashville were excited about seeing Sir Elton John rock out one last time at Nissan Stadium, who saw him absolutely obliterate the New York Mets on-stage in between songs? John may hail from across the pond, but he has had an apartment in Atlanta since the 1990s. The rock and roll icon naturally became a staunch support of the Atlanta Braves during their Team of the ’90s run. Although he is in his 70s and is saying goodbye to his fans on his farewell tour, him keeping the Nashvillian legion of Braves Country up to date was purely and undeniably priceless. “Something that makes me very happy tonight, the Braves swept the Mets,” said John in Nashville. “Something that makes me very happy tonight, the Braves swept the Mets.” -Elton John pic.twitter.com/L5jmGMjL3j — Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) October 3, 2022 Sir Elton John trolls the New York Mets after...
    The Atlanta Braves made a fool of SNY’s Sal Licata and his “The NL East is over!’ hot take by sweeping the New York Mets over the weekend to go up two games with three left to play. “The NL East is over!”, but not in the manner that Sal Licata proclaimed it to be back on May 31. The SNY studio host dubbed his New York Mets to be NL East champions right after Memorial Day Weekend. They had a double-digit lead over the arch rival and defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves through two months. Then, Atlanta called up NL Rookie of the Year frontrunner Michael Harris II and played the best baseball of any team not named the Los Angeles Dodgers. Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of New York over the weekend. The Braves now have a two-game lead over the Mets in the NL East race with three games left. They have the head-to-head tiebreaker now. Most importantly, the series finale in which the Braves won 5-3 dropped Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the division down from four to...
    Freddie Freeman’s son, Charlie, was busy doing the Braves chop while cheering on Atlanta and Ronald Acuna Jr. against the Mets. You can take Freddie Freeman out of Atlanta, but you can’t take the Atlanta out of Charlie Freeman, his son. The son of the former Braves first baseman showed his baseball allegiances haven’t changed on Sunday while watching Atlanta complete the sweep over the Mets. Here is Charlie performing the Braves chop with a telling caption: “Mommy I want the Braves to win because Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of my favorite players.” https://twitter.com/74Talk/status/157674418679088742Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie still roots for the BravesCharlie and Braves fans back at Truist Park got to enjoy quite a Sunday as Atlanta beat their NL East rivals 5-3. While Dansby Swanson put his team off on the right foot with a first-inning home run, the Mets responded with three runs to take a lead in the third. Atlanta was not put off. They found two more runs in the bottom of the third and added further to their lead with a Matt Olson hone...
    This Mets-Braves series has re-stoked the fires of a longstanding rivalry. The NL East’s best met in Atlanta this weekend with a chance to claim the division crown, but that crown will not be awarded this weekend and the Mets are running out of time to earn it. After leading the division for most of the season, the Mets lost the first two games of the series and squandered an opportunity to gain separation. They’re now one game behind as they try to salvage the series with Chris Bassitt on the hill for Sunday’s series finale on ESPN. “As the saying goes, you’re only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher and Bassitt has been really good for us this year,” Max Scherzer said after taking the loss Saturday. “We need him to go out there and do his thing and we believe he will win.” The belief system at this time of year is great and any good team does need a certain amount of it to succeed. Ya gotta believe, right? But execution is better. Great teams...
    Kicking off a series that could go a long ways in deciding the winner of the National League East, the Atlanta Braves logged a 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday night at Truist Park. Now tied atop the NL East, the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets each have five games left in the regular season, including two more against each other in Atlanta this weekend. New York still owns the tie-breaker over Atlanta, however, holding a 9-8 edge in the season series heading into Saturday’s game. There were plenty of big moments in Friday’s showdown, but we picked three numbers that tell the story of how the Braves downed the Mets. 3 numbers to know from Friday’s Atlanta Braves win over the New York Mets3 — That’s the number of times in his career that Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley has homered off Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, including his second-inning home run that opened the scoring for the Braves on Friday night. The tie…@austinriley1308 pic.twitter.com/DuHR9VleKr — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 30, 2022 Only three...
    The Atlanta Braves’ final home series vs. the New York Mets may be impacted by Hurricane Ian. In the biggest series of the season for both teams, the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets will have to navigate Hurricane Ian the best they can. Atlanta (96-58) is one game back of New York (97-57) in the NL East standings. Although these bitter rivals have already clinched postseason berths, the winner of the division will secure the No. 2 seed in the National League. This means the NL East winner will get a first-round bye into the NLDS, while the loser will be the No. 4 seed and might host the San Diego Padres in the NLWCS. Given that Hurricane Ian will be bringing nasty weather to northwest Georgia this weekend, it is hard to see the most crucial three-game series being played in its entirety, and on time, in Atlanta. It will be interesting what #MLB decides to do with this #Mets/#Braves series in ATL this weekend. They cant afford to have even one game rained out, let alone more....
    Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The World Series logo on the field as the grounds crew prepares for game four of the 2021 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports For the Atlanta Braves, the road back to the World Series will likely be easier if the defending champions can avoid the Wild Card round and win the National League East. Entering Monday’s play 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East race, the Atlanta Braves still have an opportunity to grab control of the division, with a pivotal three-game series between the two teams beginning at Truist Park on Friday. By the time the weekend ends, the Braves and Mets could well know their fates when it comes to which team will win the division and get a bye in the postseason, and which team will be forced into the best-of-three Wild Card round. The seeding in the National League postseason bracket is simple. The winner of the National League East (either the...
    President Joe Biden welcomed the Atlanta Braves' 2021 World Series team to the White House on Monday, and compared their comeback win to his own victory in the 2020 presidential election. The Braves had been counted out early in the season, and had a losing record all the way through to the All-Star break. Yet they fought back to make the play-offs and went all the way to beat the Houston Astros in the World Series.    'You made the playoffs and beat the Braves, the Brewers and the Dodgers. And then you beat the Astros, to win it all - forever known as the "upset kings of October,"' said Biden as he recounted their season. 'One of the history's greatest turnarounds. First title in 26 years. 'But none of it came easy. 'People counted you out. Heck, I I know something about being counted out.  'And I know in Georgia you show up when it counts.' President Joe Biden welcomed the Atlanta Braves' 2021 World Series team to the White House on Monday, and compared their comeback win to his...
    Atlanta Braves (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) There are many reasons why the Atlanta Braves could win the 2022 World Series and at least one reason why they will not. The defending champion Atlanta Braves have their eyes on the National League East. It has eluded them for most of the year thanks to the New York Mets who have mustered up more wins this season… so far. The Braves will either finish with the division and the No. 2 seed or the top Wild Card spot. Either way, they’ve clinched a playoff berth and will look to repeat. This year’s Braves team is confident, maybe a little cocky, and also very talented. For three big reasons, fans should feel like they will end this year with another parade. For another, they should prepare their hearts to be broken.1) Braves will win the World Series because they have a little bit of everythingThe Braves starting lineup is amazing. It’s not perfect. When up against any pitching staff out there, they have the capability to put up some crooked numbers....
    A game that got off to an ominous start for the Mets ended with a 6-0 loss to the Brewers. Brandon Nimmo exited in the bottom of the first inning with left quad tightness. Jeff McNeil also jammed his knee into the ground while pursuing a fly ball in the third inning, and though he didn’t leave like Nimmo, he certainly didn’t look right after that. Trying to rob Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning didn’t make things any better, as McNeil got tangled in the chain link fence in left field chasing a ball he had no chance of catching. It was a strange afternoon in Milwaukee to say the least. The Mets know that they can rest any player who even has a troublesome hangnail and still have their guaranteed spot in the playoffs, but they also know that doing so is an invitation for the Atlanta Braves to overtake them in the National League East. This puts manager Buck Showalter in the unenviable position of having to manage little bumps and bruises versus the...
    The Atlanta Braves entered Wednesday only one game back of the Mets in the NL East race but New York remains an oddly heavy favorite. Why is that? Entering play on Wednesday, the New York Mets held a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East race. It’s been a dogfight down the stretch in the division and one of the most exciting battles to watch in baseball with both teams looking like potential World Series contenders. Yet, if you happen to be looking at the betting markets, you might’ve noticed that the Mets are favored. That makes sense given their lead in the division, but what has been shocking is how heavy of favorites New York is to take the NL East from Atlanta. On Tuesday morning, the Mets were listed as -230 favorites with the Braves at +170 for their odds to win the division. Yes, New York is the obvious favorite given their position, but those numbers don’t make sense for just a one-game lead at first glance. So what’s the deal with those...
    The New York Mets clinched their first playoff berth since the Barack Obama Administration! It has been a long time since the New York Mets got to sit at the big kids’ table, so let’s congratulate them on a terrific season and finally playing up to the standard of the teams that actually run this league: The Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. As this skull-rattling Miller Lite-induced hangover wears off, we hope this letter finds you well on the grandest of Tuesday mornings. You earned the right to party, so nobody is going to blame you for getting a little too banged up last night. A lot in the world in has changed since 2016, good, bad and downright ugly. We all know you haven’t been here before, so welcome to the big kids’ table! However, please believe us when we say this: This is so effing hard, as October is unforgiving.Congratulations on getting invited to the postseason party, New York Mets!Not going to lie, it is cool to receive an invitation to something so...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Rodón struck out eight and allowed one unearned run, and  Austin Wynns drove in three runs with a pair of two-out singles as the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Oracle Park. The Giants won two of three against the Braves, who entered the day a half-game behind the New York Mets in the N.L. East. Rodón allowed two hits and walked one in lowering his ERA to 2.84, moving ahead of teammate Logan Webb (2.88) for the sixth-lowest ERA in the league. Rodón (13-8) won for the first time since August 23 despite allowing seven earned runs over his previous three starts. J.D. Davis also had two hits for the Giants, who have won four of their past five games. The top four hitters in the Braves lineup — Ronald Acuna Jr., Darby Swanson, Austin Riley and Matt Olson were a combined 0-for-16 and struck out seven times. Giants closer  Camilo Doval struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save. Check back for more on this developing story.
    SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Rodón struck out eight and allowed one unearned run, and  Austin Wynns drove in three runs with a pair of two-out singles as the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Oracle Park. The Giants won two of three against the Braves, who entered the day a half-game behind the New York Mets in the N.L. East. Rodón allowed two hits and walked one in lowering his ERA to 2.84, moving ahead of teammate Logan Webb (2.88) for the sixth-lowest ERA in the league. Rodón (13-8) won for the first time since August 23 despite allowing seven earned runs over his previous three starts. J.D. Davis also had two hits for the Giants, who have won four of their past five games. The top four hitters in the Braves lineup — Ronald Acuna Jr., Darby Swanson, Austin Riley and Matt Olson were a combined 0-for-16 and struck out seven times. Giants closer  Camilo Doval struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save. Check back for more on this developing story.
    The Mets’ subpar September has propped the door open for Atlanta to take the division from them. That much has been known for a while, even before the calendar flipped and added an extra scoop of tension to every game. What was unknown, at least before this week, was how much Buck Showalter was paying attention to the buoyant Braves. Asked on Monday if he ever sneaks a glance at his phone to check the standings, Showalter had a perfectly Showalter answer. “I don’t ever check my phone unless it rings, okay?” This is Showalter’s 21st season as a big-league manager. He’s been in nearly every situation a manager can draw up, whether it’s guiding a team through a tight race during the season’s final weeks, being in charge of a 100-win team that has things wrapped up with time to spare, or overseeing a 47-win laughingstock as he did in his final year with Baltimore. With the Mets holding a white-knuckle grip on their half-game lead in the National League East, every day is a new opportunity for the...
    The fate of the Mets’ season relies on the outcome of the National League East. With the red-hot Atlanta Braves pulling just one game behind the Amazin’s, the possibility of playing a Wild Card series has become very real. A Wild Card series would likely mean burning both Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer before a Division Series matchup — should they advance — against the Dodgers. The entire perception of the Mets’ dangerous postseason image is the prospect of having to beat deGrom or Scherzer twice in a series. Losing out on the NL East banner means losing out on part of the advantage of having two of the best pitchers in baseball with the new playoff format. The way the postseason schedule is set up this season, there is no possibility of Scherzer or deGrom starting twice in the Division Series on regular rest if a Wild Card series is played. There is the option of starting one of them on short rest in a potential Game 5, however, given the injury history of both of the Mets’ aces,...
    Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Bryan Cereijo/Getty Images) The Atlanta Braves are up against it trying to make it five NL East division titles in a row. Despite being the defending World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves find themselves 5.5 games back of the hated New York Mets in the NL East division standings. With about six weeks left in the regular season, there is time for the Braves catch the Mets and surpass them. While Atlanta is comfortably an NL Wild Card team, winning the division will presumably get the Braves a first-round bye as a top-two seed and into the NLDS. Winning it all a year ago was an improbable feat, but overtaking New York in the NL East race would be so perfect. Here are three things the Braves need to focus on to make sure they get that first-round bye.Atlanta Braves: 3 adjustments to be made to win NL East for fifth year in a row3. Good things happen when the World Series champions put the ball in playAdmittedly, to say a top-six...
    Atlanta Braves (63-43, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (67-38, first in the NL East) New York; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Ian Anderson (9-6, 4.99 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 90 strikeouts); Mets: Taijuan Walker (9-2, 2.79 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 80 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -136, Braves +116; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets will try to keep their four-game home win streak alive when they face the Atlanta Braves. New York is 67-38 overall and 32-17 in home games. The Mets have a 48-4 record in games when they scored five or more runs. Atlanta has a 63-43 record overall and a 26-21 record in road games. The Braves have the third-best team slugging percentage in the majors at .441. The teams square off Friday for the ninth time this season. The Mets lead the season series 5-3. TOP PERFORMERS: Starling Marte has 19 doubles, four triples and 11 home runs for the Mets. Pete Alonso is 13-for-37 with four doubles and five home runs over the last...
    Atlanta Braves (63-42, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (66-38, first in the NL East) New York; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Kyle Wright (13-4, 2.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 120 strikeouts); Mets: Carlos Carrasco (11-4, 3.79 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 108 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -120, Braves +101; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets will try to keep a three-game home win streak going when they face the Atlanta Braves. New York has a 31-17 record in home games and a 66-38 record overall. The Mets are 27-9 in games when they did not allow a home run. Atlanta has a 26-20 record on the road and a 63-42 record overall. The Braves have the third-ranked team ERA in the NL at 3.57. Thursday’s game is the eighth time these teams square off this season. The Mets are ahead 4-3 in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff McNeil is 10th on the Mets with a .302 batting average, and has 24 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 24 walks and...
    Philadelphia Phillies (55-48, third in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (63-41, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Wednesday, 12:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Zack Wheeler (9-5, 2.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 122 strikeouts); Braves: Charlie Morton (5-5, 4.34 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 126 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -136, Phillies +116; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies trying to extend a four-game home winning streak. Atlanta is 37-21 in home games and 63-41 overall. The Braves have a 36-10 record in games when they hit at least two home runs. Philadelphia is 55-48 overall and 29-23 in road games. The Phillies are 42-11 in games when they have more hits than their opponents. Wednesday’s game is the 12th time these teams meet this season. The Braves hold a 6-5 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley leads the Braves with 29 home runs while slugging .600. Dansby Swanson is 14-for-39 with a double and two RBI over the last 10 games. Kyle Schwarber leads Philadelphia with 33 home runs...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley had a homer and three RBIs, Kyle Wright earned his NL-leading 13th victory and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Friday night. Riley homered in the first and drove in runs with doubles in the third and fifth. He has 11 homers, 24 RBIs and a .427 average this month. The defending World Series champion Braves began the day in second place and three games behind the New York Mets in the NL East. Atlanta had lost four of seven but improved to 37-14 since June 1, the best record in the major leagues over that span. Wright has won five straight decisions and has a 2.93 ERA over his last six starts. He gave up five hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Braves scored three times in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Michael Harris II walked and advanced on Ronald Acuña Jr.’s infield single. Harris scored when Dansby Swanson reached on a fielder’s choice and third baseman Josh Rojas...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley had a homer and two singles, Kyle Wright won his 12th game to take the NL lead, and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling with a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Riley singled in the first, singled and scored in the third and hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Austin Warren to make it 7-1. Riley, an NL All-Star reserve earlier this week, has a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .439 over his last 20 games. The defending World Series champion Braves, who moved one-half game behind the New York Mets for the lead in the NL East, are 35-11 since June 1 — the best record in the majors over that span. They are 19-6 at home during the stretch and have outscored opponents 131-78 in those 25 games. Shohei Ohtani, a two-way All-Star and the 2021 AL MVP, connected with a solo shot off Wright in the fifth, a liner that left his bat at 110 mph, cleared the right-field wall and trimmed the lead to...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Shohei Ohtani threw six dominant innings, only to surrender homers to Matt Olson and Orlando Arcia in a stunning outburst that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The reigning World Series champions resumed their winning ways following the All-Star break, getting six shutout innings from Charlie Morton and a sudden dose of long ball after looking totally overmatched by Ohtani (9-5) much of the night. Mixing all of his pitches to near perfection, the Japanese superstar faced only one batter above the minimum through the first six frames, surrendering a double to Austin Riley leading off the second. Ohtani struck out 11, marking the fifth straight game in which he’s fanned double figures, and only went to three balls on two hitters. After throwing just 71 pitches — 53 of them for strikes — Ohtani appeared to run out of steam in the seventh. Dansby Swanson led off with a walk and Ohtani left a splitter up in the zone to Olson, who launched a 355-foot drive...
    Dwight Smith, who as a rookie in 1989 helped the Chicago Cubs win the National League East title, died Friday. He was 58. The Atlanta Braves, with whom Smith earned a World Series ring in 1995, tweeted the news Friday afternoon. “We are saddened by the passing earlier today of Dwight Smith, an intetral member of our 1995 World Series Championship team,” the tweet read. Smith, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, was runner-up to Cubs teammate Jerome Walton for NL Rookie of the Year in 1989, when the Cubs finished 93-69 to win the East under manager Don Zimmer. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games in the NL Championship Series. Smith, an outfielder and pinch hitter in eight major-league seasons with the Cubs, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles and Braves, hit .324 in 111 games as a rookie with a 141 OPS+. In five seasons in Chicago, he hit .285 with 32 home runs and 159 RBIs with a 111 OPS+. The Cubs also offered their condolences. When the Cubs — who drafted Smith out of Spartanburg (S.C.)...
    Dwight Smith, who as a rookie in 1989 helped the Chicago Cubs win the National League East title, died Friday. He was 58. The Atlanta Braves, with whom Smith earned a World Series ring in 1995, tweeted the news Friday afternoon. Smith, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, was runner-up to Cubs teammate Jerome Walton for NL Rookie of the Year in 1989, when the Cubs finished 93-69 to win the East under manager Don Zimmer. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in five games in the NL Championship Series. Smith, an outfielder and pinch hitter in eight major-league seasons with the Cubs, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles and Braves, hit .324 in 111 games as a rookie with a 141 OPS+. In five seasons in Chicago, he hit .285 with 32 home runs and 159 RBIs with a 111 OPS+. When the Cubs — who drafted Smith out of Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College in 1984 — released him after the 1993 season, Smith was distraught. “It hurt me,” Smith told the Tribune on Dec. 27, 1993. “It was an organization that...
    The high praise for young Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II largely comes from within. Harris II has been a spark plug for this team. Harris is slashing .283/.319/.497 in 48 games so far this season. His inclusion in the everyday starting lineup just so happens to coincide with Atlanta’s run to the top of the Wild Card standings. Atlanta’s challenge to the Mets NL East thrown — a feat they did successfully just last season on a run similar to that of 2022 — included a stunning win streak and power display that theoretically lost its best hitter to free agency last Winter. Freddie Freeman is gone, but Michael Harris II, Matt Olson and more are here, and they are beautiful. Braves: Brian Snitker has high praise for Michael Harris IISnitker had some high praise for Harris at the All-Star Game, per FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray: “He’s come in and we have all been really impressed with him in spring training the last two years,” Snitker said. “He can do things that I didn’t realize he could do....
    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman revealed who he and his son Charlie pick to win the 2022 Home Run Derby. While the MLB All-Star Game is an event that baseball fans look forward to, the night prior is arguably the most exciting due to the Home Run Derby. New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso looks to defend his title once again, but has seven tough challengers to contend with. That has baseball media wondering — who will win the 2022 event? Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman was asked for who he thinks will win the Home Run Derby when meeting with the media on the day of the event. Freeman said that it is hard to pick against Alonso. But, Freeman revealed that his son Charlie is picking Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. The video below comes courtesy of The Score. Freddie Freeman makes his Home Run Derby pick. ???? pic.twitter.com/BqcP4jIOpv — theScore (@theScore) July 18, 2022 Freddie Freeman picks Pete Alonso to win Home Run Derby, but Charlie Freeman picks Ronald Acuña Jr....
    ATLANTA – The Mets broke out the bats and poured it on in the series finale at Truist Park. They took advantage early and left no doubt about which divisional playoff contender would snatch the critical three-game set in their first matchup of many in the coming weeks. Eduardo Escobar, Francisco Lindor and Mark Canha all homered off right-hander Charlie Morton in the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon. It was only the fifth time this season the Mets collected three or more home runs in a game, and the first time since June 4 at Dodger Stadium. Five of their seven runs came via the long ball. The Mets (55-34) arrived at Battery Park as the underdogs. They were missing key batters in Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte, their relief corps was not as strong as the Braves, who own the best bullpen ERA (3.07) in the National League, and they were in jeopardy of losing their season-long hold over the NL East. On Monday, the Amazin’s had their smallest first-place lead (1.5 games) since April...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Francisco Lindor led New York’s home-run barrage with a three-run shot, Chris Bassitt threw six strong innings and the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday. The NL East-leading Mets won two of three in the series and lead the second-place Braves by 2 1/2 games. Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha also homered for the Mets. Eddie Rosario had three hits, including one of Atlanta’s three homers — all solo shots. Bassitt (7-6) improved to 5-2 in eight road starts this season by allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Atlanta’s Charlie Morton (5-4) gave up five runs on six hits, including three homers, and three walks in five-plus innings. The three homers allowed matched his career high. Escobar’s 10th homer carried 426 feet above the Chop House restaurant in the right field stands, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second. New York pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third on Lindor’s three-run homer, his 16th, also to right field. Lindor’s blast followed Morton’s walk to...
    First baseman Matt Olson crushed a go-ahead home run for the Atlanta Braves on July 12 as they defeated the New York Mets 4-1. Freddie Freeman’s exit from the Atlanta Braves is still talked about to this day. Once it was determined that both sides would be unable to reach an agreement on a contract, the Braves called the Oakland Athletics and managed to successfully acquire first baseman Matt Olson. With the Braves battling against the New York Mets in a pivotal series with first-place implications in the NL East, Olson provided a signature moment. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Braves were trailing 1-0 after an RBI triple by Francisco Lindor in the previous inning. Olson stepped into the batter’s box with Dansby Swanson on base. On a 2-2 count, Olson sent a 94.3-mph pitch by David Peterson deep to center field to give Atlanta the 2-1 lead. A Matt Olson mash in the battle for the NL East. (MLB x @oriswatches) pic.twitter.com/CrhA890A4S — MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2022 While Braves fans were concerned about what...
    ATLANTA – Max Scherzer delivered a brilliant performance in his most important start yet for the Mets. Badly wanting to begin the series with a victory, the Mets called on Scherzer to set the tone in a three-game set against the Braves. Scherzer answered the call with seven terrific innings, allowing just one run on two hits, walking none and striking out nine across 93 pitches in the Mets’ 4-1 win over Atlanta on Monday night at Truist Park. Scherzer left it all on the field. It was up to the Mets bullpen to record the final six outs without allowing the Braves any space to gain momentum. Adam Ottavino took the ball from Scherzer and somehow survived a shaky eighth inning with two hits allowed. With a slim two-run Mets advantage, the veteran reliever stranded runners on second and third by inducing a groundout to Dansby Swanson and ending the eighth. Ottavino owns a 2.67 ERA across 33.2 innings and 36 relief appearances for the Mets this season. It was unclear whether Edwin Diaz would be available on Monday...
    The Atlanta Braves could trade for beloved outfielder Joc Pederson in back-to-back Julys. Stranger things have happened before, but there is a real possibility the Atlanta Braves could deal for Joc Pederson in back-to-back MLB trade deadlines. A lot can happen between now and the end of the month, but the San Francisco Giants‘ recent struggles could make them a surprise seller in the latter stages of July. After being a postseason hero in Atlanta, the Bay Area native signed a one-year deal worth $6 million to play for his hometown team. Hey now, he might be an All-Star, but could Joc get his game on in Atlanta again? Minus Ronald Acuña Jr. tearing his ACL on the warning track in Miami, history could repeat itself.Atlanta Braves: What if Joc Pederson brings his pearls back to The ATL in July?Even though Pederson is playing incredible baseball for the Giants, he is on an expiring contract and he is on the wrong side of 30. If San Francisco does decide to be sellers at the trade deadline, Pederson could be on the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley homered off Patrick Corbin, Kyle Wright pitched seven-plus innings to win his 10th game, and the Atlanta Braves held on to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Saturday. The defending World Series champion Braves, moving a season-high 16 games over .500, improved to 28-8 since June 1, best in the NL over that span. They began the day 2½ games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East. Atlanta leads the NL with 132 homers, trailing only the New York Yankees (143) for the major league lead. Ronald Acuña Jr. singled before Riley hit his 22nd homer, a two-run shot to left that sailed 422 feet and came off his bat at 108 mph in the first. The Braves have outhomered the Nationals 22-8 in eight head-to-head games this season. Juan Soto connected for the 17th time and second straight day, his opposite-field shot to left trimming the lead to 2-1 in the third. Atlanta scored twice to take a 4-1 lead in the fourth. After Riley and Travis d’Arnaud singled, Riley...
    St. Louis Cardinals (44-40, second in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (49-34, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Thursday, 7:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 5.66 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 18 strikeouts); Braves: Spencer Strider (4-2, 3.17 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 90 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -218, Cardinals +179; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves, on a three-game home winning streak, host the St. Louis Cardinals. Atlanta is 27-17 at home and 49-34 overall. The Braves have the 10th-best team batting average in MLB play at .248. St. Louis has a 44-40 record overall and a 20-24 record on the road. The Cardinals are 23-9 in games when they did not allow a home run. Thursday’s game is the fourth time these teams square off this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley leads the Braves with 21 home runs while slugging .540. Dansby Swanson is 11-for-45 with four doubles, a home run and six RBI over the last 10 games. Nolan Arenado has 20 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 55 RBI while...
    A look at what’s happening around baseball today: ___ TONY’S TIME Tony Gonsolin (9-0, 1.58) tries to match Houston’s Justin Verlander for the major league lead with his 10th victory when he starts for the Dodgers against the rival Padres. The 28-year-old right-hander is trying to cement a first All-Star selection after already setting career highs for wins, innings (74) and strikeouts (69). He’ll oppose left-hander Blake Snell (0-5, 5.60), who allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his previous start against Philadelphia — a game in which he plunked star slugger Bryce Harper and broke his left thumb. FREEMAN DRAMA The former agent of Dodgers star Freddie Freeman says the Braves are presenting a “false narrative” about the first baseman’s parting with Atlanta in March. “I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s departure from Atlanta are mischaracterized,” agent Casey Close of Excel Sports Management said Thursday in a statement. Close said the Braves have been perpetuating a story about the contract negotiations that is inaccurate and misleading. “Part of that false narrative is the...
    Atlanta Braves (44-32, second in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (39-37, third in the NL East) Philadelphia; Thursday, 6:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Ian Anderson (6-4, 4.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 65 strikeouts); Phillies: Aaron Nola (4-5, 2.98 ERA, .89 WHIP, 109 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Phillies -152, Braves +130; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves will try to keep a three-game road win streak going when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia has a 19-19 record at home and a 39-37 record overall. The Phillies have a 29-16 record in games when they record eight or more hits. Atlanta has gone 20-15 in road games and 44-32 overall. Braves pitchers have a collective 3.76 ERA, which ranks ninth in the majors. The matchup Thursday is the seventh time these teams match up this season. The Braves hold a 4-2 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Rhys Hoskins has 14 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 38 RBI while hitting .250 for the Phillies. Alec Bohm is 12-for-39 with three doubles over...
    Los Angeles Dodgers (44-25, first in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (41-31, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Mitch White (0-0); Braves: Max Fried (7-2, 2.77 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 83 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -157, Dodgers +138; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Dodgers hit the road against the Atlanta Braves aiming to continue a four-game road winning streak. Atlanta is 23-16 in home games and 41-31 overall. Braves hitters are batting a collective .247, which ranks sixth in the NL. Los Angeles has a 44-25 record overall and a 24-13 record on the road. The Dodgers have a 33-3 record in games when they scored at least five runs. Saturday’s game is the fifth time these teams match up this season. The Dodgers hold a 3-1 advantage in the season series. TOP PERFORMERS: Dansby Swanson has 14 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs while hitting .301 for the Braves. Travis d’Arnaud is 9-for-26 with two doubles and three home runs over the past 10...
    Los Angeles Dodgers (43-25, first in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (41-30, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Friday, 7:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: No starters named FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Dodgers -133, Braves +113; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Atlanta Braves aiming to prolong a three-game road winning streak. Atlanta has gone 23-15 in home games and 41-30 overall. The Braves have the fifth-ranked team ERA in the NL at 3.84. Los Angeles has a 23-13 record on the road and a 43-25 record overall. The Dodgers have hit 84 total home runs to rank fourth in the NL. The teams square off Friday for the fourth time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley leads the Braves with 18 home runs while slugging .509. Dansby Swanson is 15-for-41 with two doubles, five home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games. Freddie Freeman has 23 doubles, two triples and eight home runs while hitting .303 for the Dodgers. Will Smith is 14-for-42 with two doubles and three home runs...
    For anyone doubting whether or not the Atlanta Braves can run it back this year, shortstop Dansby Swanson has an answer: an impeccable 2-homer performance.  When the Atlanta Braves rolled out their starting lineup for their series finale against the San Francisco Giants, there were some notable omissions. Series finale. #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/y2ngMVD3TV — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 23, 2022 Braves fans were concerned about how ATL would win without Ronald Acuña Jr. or Austin Riley at bat, but as it turns out, Atlanta did just fine without them. The Braves pulled out a close 7-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants, thanks to shortstop Dansby Swanson’s historic two-homerun game. It’s only the seventh multi-homer that Swanson has batted in his MLB career, per Bally Sports’ Kelly Crull. "Were just going to keep rolling and getting better as we go." Dansby Swanson is locked in. ????@Kelly_Crull caught up with the @Braves star shortstop after a series win against the Giants. pic.twitter.com/cIMO9OYbx5 — Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) June 23, 2022 Citing the team’s ability to “win games in different kinds...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single capped Atlanta’s three-run rally in the ninth as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Wednesday night. Duvall’s single off Tyler Rogers drove in William Contreras from second base. The Giants wasted another strong start by Carlos Rodón, who allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings. Jake McGee (1-2) blew a 3-1 lead, built on homers by Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf, by allowing three runs in the ninth. McGee was brought in to close out the lead because Camilo Doval had pitched back-to-back games. Dansby Swanson led off the ninth with a homer off McGee to cut San Francisco’s lead to one run. Marcell Ozuna followed with a single to right field and moved to second on Matt Olson’s fly ball to deep center field. Contreras added a single to left field to drive in Ozuna for a 3-3 tie. Right-hander Tyler Rogers struck out Orlando Arcia as Contreras stole second base. The steal proved to be crucial when Duval followed with the game-ending single. Rodón...
    Ronald Acuña Jr. had to cool off the scorching hot Orlando Arcia after the Atlanta Braves walked off on the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. While Ronald Acuña Jr. is struggling at the plate of late, he did his part to try to cool off his Atlanta Braves teammate Orlando Arcia, who is hotter than Hansel right now. Arcia had the tall task of becoming the everyday replacement for All-Star slugger Ozzie Albies at second base. #MakeOzzieProud is so becoming a thing now, as Arcia’s latest late-game heroics propelled the Braves past the San Francisco Giants on the most sacred Joc Pederson Appreciation Night. Like the Central Floridian city, Orlando is always hot and humid in the latter part of June. "Make the team proud and also make Ozzie proud."@PaulByrd36 catches up with @Braves walk-off hero Orlando Arcia. pic.twitter.com/I15AuHN20t — Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) June 21, 2022 Clearly, the best thing one can do is water Arcia like a plant to best allow him to grow and prosper.Ronald Acuña Jr. gives Orlando Arcia all the agua in Atlanta Braves’ walk-off winBelieve...
    San Francisco Giants (37-29, third in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (39-29, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Anthony DeSclafani (0-0); Braves: Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 68 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -161, Giants +138; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves, on an eight-game home winning streak, host the San Francisco Giants. Atlanta is 39-29 overall and 21-14 at home. The Braves have a 19-11 record in games when they did not allow a home run. San Francisco has a 37-29 record overall and an 18-15 record in road games. The Giants rank fifth in the NL with 78 total home runs, averaging 1.2 per game. The teams square off Tuesday for the second time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley has 18 home runs, 20 walks and 41 RBI while hitting .252 for the Braves. Michael Harris II is 16-for-37 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI over the past 10 games. Wilmer Flores has eight home runs, 21...
    Willson Contreras had three hits and stole a base in his first game against younger brother William, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday. The Cubs won a day after ending their 10-game skid and also stopping the Braves’ 14-game winning streak. The Contreras brothers both started at catcher, marking the first time they shared a field. They hugged before the 30-year-old Willson, a two-time All-Star, singled in the first inning. Contreras then stole second base against his brother and scored on Jonathan Villar’s two-run single. “That’s 1-0,” Willson Contreras said. “I didn’t want to get beat by my younger brother. I’m pretty sure he was thinking the same thing. We’re professionals. We love our teams,” he said. The brothers were the first to start at catcher in the same game since Yadier Molina for the St. Louis Cardinals and José Molina for the Tampa Bay Rays on June 10, 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “From my first at-bat, when I gave him a hug, I was proud,” Willson Contreras said. “Even before the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs became the first team in 23 years to stop a losing streak of 10 or more game while ending an opponent’s winning streak of at least 10 games, beating the Braves 1-0 Friday to halt the Braves’ 14-game run. Rookie Christoper Morel hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, helping the Cubs stop a 10-game slide, their longest since 12 straight losses from last Aug. 5-16. Atlanta’s 14 consecutive wins were the most for the Braves since their post-1900 record of 15 from April 16 to May 2, 2000. A pair of double-digit streaks had not ended in the same game since Philadelphia beat Houston on Sept. 15, 1999, ending the Phillies’ skid at 11 and the Brewers’ winning streak at 12. Chicago had not won 1-0 since May 28 last year against Cincinnati. The Braves lost 1-0 for the second time this year following a defeat at Milwaukee on May 16. A.J. Minter (2-1) walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar leading off the eighth, advanced on Andreton Simmons’ sacrifice, stole third without a throw...