We’ve reached the final week of the regular season, which is a real bummer. It feels like the year flew by and it’s certainly been a more enjoyable campaign than the ones in 2015 and 2016.
The Braves will miss the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, though they've already surpassed their 2016 win total as they logged win #70 over the weekend. They have eight games to go, including a doubleheader with the Mets on Monday.
The draft order for 2018 is messy with a week to go. There are (probably) four teams vying for the No. 1 overall pick — San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago — and then picks 5-10 are separated by just a game or two. Here’s a look at the current order:
- Giants (61-95)
- Phillies (62-94)
- Tigers (62-94; tie with PHI)
- White Sox (63-92)
- Reds (66-90)
- Mets (66-89)
- Padres (70-86)
- Braves (70-84)
- Pirates (71-85)
- Athletics (72-83)
I can’t imagine the Braves crack the top-6, but stranger things have happened. The highest they could mathematically go would be 4, though it would take an 0-8 final week plus Chicago going 7-0.
Atlanta selected Vanderbilt righty Kyle Wright with the No. 5 pick in the 2017 Draft, followed by Drew Waters (41st) and Freddy Tarnok (80th).