Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta is on pace to have its worst season since 1990, when the team lost 97 games. If there’s a potential bright spot, however, it’s that Cuban defector Hector Olivera has been called up. The 30-year-old needs to show well to give Braves fans something to be hopeful for in 2016.
Oh boy, here we go again with Marlins drama. Miami will reportedly ask manager Dan Jennings to return to his role as general manager after the season is over to find a more experienced person for the job. Of course, why the Marlins thought Jennings was a good fit for the managerial job in the first place is questionable at best, so now that decision looks even worse since they’re apparently looking for his replacement after less than a season with him at the helm. But given that this is the Marlins, is anyone surprised?
NEW YORK METS
The Mets have reached the point where they must find creative ways to preserve their young starting pitching for a postseason push, with the highest profile case being Matt Harvey. A year removed from Tommy John surgery, doctors have reportedly “suggested” that the 26-year-old righty pitch no more than 180 innings for the season. In turn, the club has been skipping a few of his starts in recent weeks. He’s thrown 166 1/3 frames this season, meaning he only has about one to two more starts left in him before Terry Collins may to find other guys to fill in.
All of this sets ups what will be a huge series against the Nats early next week. While New York is still up 6 1/2 games, it still has six head-to-head match ups left with Washington that’ll truly decide who wins this division. What we know now is that Harvey and Jacob deGrom are scheduled to start in two of the three games, and that the Nats will counter with their top three starters. Will the gap between these two clubs shrink this time next week? We’ll have to see.
At 53-81, the Phillies own the worst record in the game. The club hopes they’re in the process of bottoming out, but that all depends on what happens to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. A recent report says that Amaro’s fate will be decided over the next month. Given how much the Phils have been struggling for the past four years, logic says that team president Andy MacPhail will likely make sweeping changes in the front office and coaching staff this offseason.
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