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Atlanta Braves news and links: So, what's the plan for the offseason?

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The Braves have all-of-a-sudden strung together five consecutive home wins. That's nice and all, but what does the team have in store for the offseason as this grand rebuild continues?

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Braves pick up fifth consecutive home victory with 2-0 victory over Washington

After going through a seemingly never-ending home losing streak, now it seems as if the Braves can't stop winning at home. RBI singles from A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Bourn ended up being enough for the Braves to win, as the quartet of Williams Perez, Peter Moylan, Edwin Jackson, and Arodys Vizcaino combined to shutout the Washington Nationals.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">#Braves</a> have won 5 straight at home, scoring 2 runs in each. They&#39;re the 2nd team in MLB history w/a streak with 2 or fewer runs in each win</p>&mdash; Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) <a href="">October 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Freeman's wrist injury will keep him out of starting lineups

Yesterday, the Braves had a plan in place for Freddie Freeman and his appearances for the final week of the season. That plan had to be scrapped because Freeman's wrist ended up getting worse. He ended up sitting out last night's game, and will probably be relegated to pinch-hit duty for the remainder of the season.

President/GM Hart talks to season-ticket holders

Atlanta Braves PresiGM John Hart recently spoke with the Braves' season ticket holders, and during this conference call, he tried to lay out the offseason plan that he had in mind for the Braves. The crew over at Tomahawk Take was able to listen in on it, and they were able to paraphrase much of what was laid out.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Excerpts from Hart&#39;s conference call with <a href="">#Braves</a> season ticket holders! Hope you all can read it! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ryancothran (@baldheaded1der) <a href="">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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For more, go ahead and click the link. It's definitely interesting, and we'll see if the Braves are able to accomplish those goals during the Hot Stove season.

Young arms credit McDowell for development

Roger McDowell already has a sterling reputation in baseball for being one of the best pitching coaches in the sport, and now the young Braves pitchers who are receiving a serious trial-by-fire this season are getting a first-hand experience of what it's like to be under the wing of McDowell. Williams Perez seems to be enamored with his pitching coach, as you can see below:

But McDowell's standing as one of baseball's top pitching coaches has certainly been validated as Williams Perez, Matt Wisler and some of Atlanta's previously-maligned relievers have turned things around in impressive fashion over the past couple weeks. Following the lead Wisler had provided on Tuesday night, Perez concluded his rookie season with six scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 2-0 win over the Nationals.

"Roger has been tremendous," Perez said through interpreter Alex Cotto. " When I came back [from the disabled list], I had a couple things wrong with my mechanics and Roger told me we're going to be going after it and get it right. His work with me is what has helped me get to this point and finish on a high note."


Blue Jays clinch first divisional title since 1993

For the first time sine the Blue Jays went back-to-back in the early '90s, the AL East divisional crown will be heading up North. The Blue Jays curbstomped the Orioles 15-2, and then got a little help from the Boston Red Sox against the Yankees, and as a result, the Toronto Blue Jays will be going into the Postseason as AL East Champions. As a reminder, the Jays were under .500 on July 28th. Now, they're arguably one of the favorites to win it all this season. Baseball's a crazy game, folks.

Cardinals end up needing 100 wins to clinch NL Central

Meanwhile, the Cardinals picked up yet another divisional title, but they definitely had to work for it. St. Louis dropped the first game of a doubleheader against the Pirates, but ended up winning an 11-1 laugher (with help from a grand slam from Jason Heyward. We miss you.) in the second game of the doubleheader, and that gave the Cardinals the divisional title. The fact that the Cardinals needed 100 wins to take this divsion should let you know just how competitive this division was. Now, the Cardinals will have a little bit of time to relax, while the Pirates are probably dreading having to see Jake Arrieta in the NL Wild Card game.