The Braves announced the extension of Charlie Morton on Monday, who has been the consistent staff ace throughout the 2021 season. The right-hander will now spend at least another season in Atlanta, with an option for 2023 as well. This solidifies one spot major spot in the 2022 rotation, which should also feature Max Fried, Ian Anderson, Huascar Ynoa, and Mike Soroka barring additional setbacks in his recovery. While age is certainly a concern, with Morton turning 38 in November, his performance this season has done little to dissuade anyone from betting on his continued success.
The Braves are only 1.5 games ahead of the Phillies entering play on Tuesday. Demetrius points out that this upcoming homestand is crucial and Atlanta must play well if they hope to secure the division.
The Braves have to take care of business against bad teams, and the Nationals certainly qualify at the moment. Kris outlines three things to watch this week against Washington.
With Atlanta scuffling, the division lead has been shrinking over the past two weeks. This has been a tough stretch of opponents for the Braves but they should get some reprieve as their schedule softens in the near term. Can they regain control of the division and put some distance between themselves and Philadelphia?
This man is unlikely to win the MVP, but Vladdy has more than delivered on his considerable upside in what has been a ridiculous 2021 campaign.
The Rays rallied from a 7-1 deficit with help from the Red Sox defense, earning a crazy win in extra innings. This game had nearly everything that can possibly happen in a baseball game.
The newest power rankings following the 22nd week of the MLB season.