The Braves are scheduled to face Jaime Garcia and J.A. Happ during their brief stay in the Great White North, and will counter with Mike Soroka and Anibal Sanchez. For Soroka, tonight’s return to his native country will be something to watch, as he will oppose the only major league team currently playing in Canada.
The Braves are currently positioned to be very well represented at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., as they currently have three players leading their respective positions in votes. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, and Ozzie Albies each would start the All-Star Game if the current alignment holds. Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Kurt Suzuki are also in the mix, and each could certainly make the team in a reserve role. Keep voting Braves fans!
Three-way race at catcher between @BusterPosey, @WContreras40 and Kurt Suzuki highlights latest National League balloting update. Visit https://t.co/Jd6REEkFYI to vote. #MLBVote pic.twitter.com/yClzTVtFqd— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 18, 2018
The Nationals made an aggressive move to upgrade their bullpen on Monday, acquiring Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for three prospects. Evaluations for the prospects involved had a high variance, but this deal should certainly be a boost for a Washington bullpen that already featured multiple high-leverage arms.
To acquire Herrera, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, the Nationals had to part with their Nos. 10- and 11-ranked prospects as rated by MLB Pipeline in Gutierrez and Perkins, respectively. But they held on to their top prospects.
A year ago, he acquired Doolittle, Kintzler and Madson to save a disastrous bullpen. Even though the Nationals’ bullpen has been steady this season, Rizzo saw an opportunity to improve and try to build the kind of unit necessary for postseason success.
Bartolo Colon continues to topple milestones, even as a 45-year-old barely touching 90 MPH with his fastball. On Monday, Colon became the all-time leader for wins by a native of the Dominican Republic. Win number 244 places Colon just one win behind Dennis Martinez for the most wins by a Latin pitcher, so it likely will not take long for him to break that record as well. Congratulations to Bartolo on an incredible milestone.