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The Daily Chop: Atlanta clinches another NL East title

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At one point we weren’t even sure that the 2020 MLB Season was going to happen and if it did start, we were unsure that they would be able to finish. It was a season that was filled with plenty of ups and downs for the Atlanta Braves but through everything they once again have punched their ticket for the postseason. The Braves clinched their third straight NL East title Wednesday night defeating the Marlins 11-1 at Truist Park. They also moved into second place in the NL playoff picture, one game ahead of the Cubs.

We can debate whether or not this team is built for postseason success. Their starting rotation has been a disaster pretty much from the moment that Mike Soroka was lost for the season due to injury. They have survived thanks to one of the best offenses in the league and one of the deepest bullpens. Losing Cole Hamels earlier this week was another blow to the rotation but recent performances by Ian Anderson, Kyle Wright and on Wednesday, Bryse Wilson give hope.

None of that will really matter if they fall flat again in the postseason but for the moment allow yourself to enjoy a team that once again overcame a difficult situation and found a way to come out on top.

More Braves News’s Sarah Langs compiled every team’s playoff series win percentage and the Braves are No. 23 on the list with a .389 winning percentage. The Minnesota Twins are dead last with a .316 winning percentage while the Miami Marlins are first going 6-0 and winning the World Series both times they reached the postseason.

The Athletic’s Marc Carig handicaps the race for the NL Cy Young Award.

Our prospect retrospective takes a look back at one of Atlanta’s best shortstop prospects ever in Rafael Furcal.

MLB News

Former Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has elected to sit out the Angels remaining five games. Simmons will become a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the season.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is day-to-day with an oblique strain. Bryant tweaked the oblique in Monday’s win over the Pirates. The Cubs and Bryant are hoping that the injury isn’t serious and that he will be able to return soon. Bryant has struggled this season hitting .195/.283/.301 with two home runs and five RBI in 32 games.

J.T. Realmuto returned to the Phillies lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Nationals. Realmuto went 1-for-3 in Game 1 but dropped both games of the twinbill to fall out of the NL Playoff picture.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed reliever Dakota Hudson on the 45-day injured list after he suffered a right flexor tendon injury last week.

The Los Angeles Angels have to be one of the most disappointing teams for the 2020 regular season and it may cost GM Billy Eppler his job. Dave Dombrowski is rumored to be a possible replacement if Eppler is canned.