Atlanta has a big series this weekend with Washington coming to town. Kris breaks down each pitching matchup as the Braves enter play Thursday with a magic number of just 17.
Donaldson has been a huge addition to an already talented Braves roster, and as Anthony notes, is making his case for NL Comeback Player of the Year.
Donaldson deserves the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award. He checks all the boxes of so many of the previous recipients. He reached the greatest individual heights as a player by winning the MVP before struggling with injuries for two seasons and being traded in the middle of 2018. Despite the adversity, he has joined a new team and had a monster 2019 campaign for a playoff contender. Donaldson’s story is the archetype of the Comeback Player of the Year Award.
David O’Brien and Brittany Ghiroli, who cover the Braves and Nationals respectively, look at the upcoming series in this piece for The Athletic.
Atlanta knows it controls its own destiny at this point, after enduring several key injuries and an offensive slump and still managing to keep the Nationals at arm’s length with a seven-game lead. This despite the Nats reeling off the best half-season of baseball in their history and 18 wins in their past 22 games. The Braves lost only four games in that same period and can all but quash the Nationals’ lingering division-title hopes by winning three of four games in the series that starts Thursday in Atlanta or, realistically, just by splitting that series and then winning a game or two next week at Washington.
The Mets managed not to squander this lead away, earning a series win and giving the Braves an extra half-game to add to their NL East lead over the Nationals.
Decent company for Michael Lorenzen.
Some crazy Septembers mixed into this list. Will 2019 follow suit?