The Nationals may have clinched the NL East, but wins against Washington are always fun. They’re especially fun when they’re the result of a complete and total victory, which is what the Braves got when they beat the Nats 8-0 on Tuesday. Julio Teheran had one of his best outings of the season, and the Braves offense took full advantage of a bad night from Washington’s pitching staff. This included Freddie Freeman hitting a dinger on his birthday!
It’s mid-September, which means that it’s about time for the 2018 schedule to be released and sure enough, we now have a tentative idea of what to expect for next season’s games. Also, the Braves won’t have to wait two weeks to play a home game this season, as MLB has seen fit to give the Braves an Opening Day at home for 2018.
Alex Jackson and Mike Soroka received honors from Baseball America this week when they were named to Baseball America’s All-Star teams at their respective levels. Jackson’s efforts earned him a spot on the High Class-A All-Star team, while Mike Soroka got tabbed for the Double-A All-Star team. As for Ronald Acuna, though:
Although he wasn’t named to an All-Star Team — presumably due to his bouncing from level to level, starting the season with the Fire Frogs and ending up in Triple-A Gwinnett — it’s still worth noting that Acuña does currently sit at No. 10 in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list.
Cleveland beat the Tigers 2-0 last night, and that pushed their amazing winning streak to 20 straight games. The most impressive part of the streak is how they’ve done so by winning most of the games with little-to-no drama. They’ve been dominant, and now their dominance could go down in history if they beat the Tigers this afternoon and push the streak to 21 games.
Despite the fact that he’s turning down hundreds of millions of dollars by not waiting until he can make that much money, Shohei Otani has apparently decided that now is the time to come to America. He is going to be posted this winter, and Jeff Passan thinks that this is going to result in an extremely intriguing free agency period for the dual-threat from Japan.
By coming for 2018, Otani is saying money is secondary. Which makes the Dodgers and Cubs, with $300K max to spend, plenty big threats. 4/5— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 13, 2017