Dallas Keuchel and the Braves bullpen were excellent as Atlanta toughed out a 3-1 win over the Phillies. Tyler Flowers provided all the offense Atlanta would need as he blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Josh Donaldson ended the game with an excellent catch running full speed into the Braves dugout railing, snagging the high popup just as he extended his reach. The Braves decrease their magic number to 8.
The Braves appear to be on the verge of getting veteran outfielder Nick Markakis back from the injured list, with his return potentially coming this weekend in Washington.
After seeing Christian Yelich end his season on foul ball that broke his kneecap, Braves fans were relieved to find that Johan Camargo had only bruised his shin on a similar play Wednesday night.
Anthony makes his case for Alex Anthopoulos to be named Executive of the Year for his work in constructing this Braves roster. Despite endless objection from the fan base, Anthopoulos has been steadfast in building the Braves into a present-day winner without sacrificing the future.
Coming out of the offseason, many fans were upset that Anthopoulos did not make more additions to the roster after their divisional opponents had been aggressive in improving their rosters. Demands to sign Craig Kimbrel and jokes about “financial flexibility” were rampant on social media and talk radio. (I too was critical of the team not addressing the bullpen.) But Anthopoulos remained patient and did not make any hasty decisions based on public backlash.
The new ball appears to be having some effect...
Who makes the cut?
No he should not, nor should anybody else.