It was a slow news day for fans of the Atlanta Braves but a pretty significant day for Major League Baseball as the World Series matchup is set after the Houston Astros punched their ticket with a Game 6 win over the New York Yankees. If you are looking for some offseason news for the Braves then we set the stage for the offseason earlier this week.
- Braves’ 40-man roster outlook heading into offseason
- Braves have decisions to make on four players with contract options
- Braves have some tough arbitration decisions to make
- Jose Altuve hit a walk-off home run off of Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros back to the World Series with a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS.
- Altuve hit .348 with a double, two homers and three RBIs against the Yankees and was named ALCS MVP for his heroics.
- The Yankees finished the decade without a World Series trip for the first time since the 1910s.
- Brad Peacock became the first pitcher in 95 years to finish one postseason game and then start the next on zero days of rest.
- Aaron Boone elected to go with Edwin Encarnacion over Giancarlo Stanton as DH in Game 6. Stanton went 0-for-3 in Game 5 and reportedly came out of the game healthy. Boone cited the quick travel turnaround for Game 5 and 6 played a part in his reasoning.
- Phillies owner John Middleton is reportedly seeking input from players in regards to veteran manager Buck Showalter. Reports suggest that the Phillies are looking for an experienced manager this time around with Dusty Baker and Joe Girardi also consideration.
- The St. Louis Cardinals are likely to issue a qualifying offer to outfielder Marcell Ozuna this offseason.
- Pirates’ outfield prospect Jason Martin underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Pittsburgh is hopeful that Martin will be ready to go in time for Spring Training.
- Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart underwent microfracture surgery on his right ankle this past Thursday. Stewart was sidelined for more than a month this season due to the ankle. Baltimore expects him to be able to resume baseball activities towards the end of Spring Training.