Luiz Gohara was dominant early but the Braves couldn’t hold off a big comeback by the Marlins in a 6-5 loss. Atlanta has now lost five straight with two more games remaining in the 2017 season.
The Braves are currently 71-89 on the season and are going to fall short of preseason expectations. How many games did you think this team was going to win?
R.A. Dickey may have opted out of starting Sunday’s season finale but he still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will retire or return for another season in 2018. Dickey told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman on Friday that he will sit down with his family after the season and discuss his future.
"It will be a family decision. I need some time to sit down and really figure it out with Anne and the kids to see what they can tolerate or not tolerate," Dickey said. "It comes down to that for me solely. So, if it is it, I'll walk away from the game a little bit better than I feel like I entered into it. That's what you hope for. You always want to be able to walk out on your own terms."
Lane Adams wasn’t even a part of the Atlanta Braves spring training roster when the season began but has made the most of his opportunity and is emerging as a key piece of the team’s bench.
“He’s done a good job,” Snitker said before Friday’s game, when he gave Adams his 11th outfield start and his fourth in center field because of Ender Inciarte’s lingering sore thumb. “He’s a good guy to have, especially because he can play all three (outfield positions), can steal a base, has some power like he exhibited (Thursday) night. It’s good to have somebody like that you can go to.”
Despite being given a two-year extension in May, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin won’t return to the dugout in 2018. Mackanin will remain in the organization as a special assistant to the general manager.
Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it is renaming the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning in 2017, the MVP of the World Series will be known as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.”
The Rockies reduced their magic number for clinching the final wild card spot to one Friday night with a 9-1 win over the Dodgers. Colorado has a two game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers who also won in St. Louis on Friday night.