The Braves moved into a tie with the Phillies for first place in the NL East on Wednesday. The manner in which they accomplished this feat made for a very stressful evening, but Ozzie Albies made sure that all went according to plan. With one powerful swing the Braves exorcised their extra innings demons, pulled into a tie for the division lead, and gave their closer a much-needed lift after things got ugly in the ninth. Atlanta has much to celebrate following an incredible comeback that could be among their most important wins of the season when all is said and done.
Much of the game was boring as the Braves simply nursed a five run lead, then things got interesting late. Joey Votto made things too interesting by tying the game in the ninth inning, but Ozzie Albies made it all moot with his towering blast in the 11th.
Stephen takes a look at the Jorge Soler trade and why trusting advanced stats can pay dividends. Soler was unlucky in Kansas City despite hitting the ball hard, and now the Braves are reaping the benefits of some positive regression.
d’Arnaud started for the Braves on Wednesday, catching all 11 innings in his return from the IL.
The Braves certainly needed a lot of players at the deadline, but Alex Anthopoulos killed it based on early returns. He bet on his players by supplementing their talents with veteran standouts, and the results have been outstanding.
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Corbin Burnes feasted on the Cubs lineup on Wednesday.
If Miguel Cabrera stays healthy, how many career homers can he hit?