The Braves were unable to overcome a five-run third inning by the Nationals on Monday, as Washington’s Trea Turner and Chris Heisey both homered off Braves starter Ryan Weber. The deficit would ultimately prove too large as Nationals starter Max Scherzer held the Braves to just two runs over seven innings of work. The Braves loss effectively ends a six-game winning streak, and drops the team’s season record versus Washington to 3-13.
The Braves’ reported interest in Tim Tebow came to light shortly after the world-renowned showcase held last week, and now the team has begun to speak about the rumors publicly. Braves general manager John Coppolella insists that the team’s interest in Tebow is strictly baseball-related, rather than as a marketing ploy. Coppolella spoke with ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick about the basis of the team’s inquiries.
"We are interested in Tim because of his potential as a baseball player, not as a gate attraction,'' Coppolella said during the Braves' series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. "We have spoken with his representatives multiple times and all parties involved want this to be a pure baseball thing on every level."
Matt Wisler had his scheduled start on Monday skipped due to lingering soreness in his left side. However, he is hopeful that he will be back on the mound for the Braves this weekend.
“I’d like to think so, yeah,” Wisler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “Depends on how it goes playing catch (Tuesday), if I feel it or not. The treatment is going well. I do my core exercises (and) I don’t really feel it. I am hoping it doesn’t bother me when I play catch and I can make a start Saturday or Sunday.”
The 2016 season has been an up-and-down affair for Matt Wisler, but recent success has given the Braves hope that the right-hander may be ready to occupy a spot in the 2017 starting rotation. The season’s final month could be vital for both the Braves and their prized 23-year old as the team attempts to gauge how much attention must be paid to the rotation during the offseason.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier homered three times on Monday, but Minnesota fell to the Royals 11-5. The Twins currently “lead” the race for the first overall pick in 2017 by the three games, having posted a 9-20 record in August. Dozier’s performance continues a torrid second-half in which he now has 24 home runs and a 1.135 OPS.
The Houston Astros will be without starter Dallas Keuchel for at least two starts due to shoulder inflammation.