The Braves fell to the Yankees on Monday, which left them just one game of shy of a ten-game win streak. Fortunately, the most important thing is their standing in the NL East, upon which they have a 4.5 game advantage. Atlanta reeled off nine straight wins at a time when both the Mets and Phillies struggled, and have now taken hold of a division that seemed out of reach for so much of the season. If the Braves can survive the upcoming gauntlet against some tough opponents, they should be well-positioned for September and all the intradivision games that lie ahead.
The Atlanta offense was held quiet against the Yankees. Jordan Montgomery kept Braves hitters off-balance, while the New York offense managed to cash in enough scoring opportunities to take the victory in the first game of a two-game set.
Mike Soroka joined the Braves broadcast team last night and was outstanding in his booth debut. While his injury situation is certainly frustrating for all involved, the young hurler provided welcome depth and insight. If Soroka is unable to perform on the field, it would be refreshing to have him join the broadcast on a regular basis for the remainder of the season.
Who are some realistic candidates to join Miguel Cabrera in the 500 HR Club?
The season has taken a downturn for San Diego, which must be disappointing given the aggressiveness of their front office. Injuries and ineffectiveness have derailed what appeared to be a World Series contender.
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