By Eric Jacinto, Matt Koontz, Chris Larson, Joe Wagner, Ryan Waterman and Johnny Jones
The 2018 Divisional Series, starts tomorrow with the two NL series and the AL starts on Friday. The Atlanta Braves will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of the NLDS. series The Milwaukee Brewers will play the Colorado Rockies who beat the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night in 13 innings, 2-1.
The winner of the New York Yankees/Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card game will play the Boston Red Sox in one of the ALDS series. The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will play each other in the other ALDS series. Click here to view the Postseason (League Division Series) Schedule.
By: Chris Larson
The Atlanta Braves are part of a handful of teams that surprised many around the game of baseball this season and certainly caught the entire NL East division off guard. After all, not only did the Braves clinch the NL East last week, they continue to have the third best record in the National League, tied with the Colorado Rockies, at 89-70 and have the third best run differential in the NL, to date at +99.
By: Chris Larson
Heading into this season, many analysts and fans alike, expected the National League to work out the way it has over the past few seasons with the Dodgers winning the West, the Cubs winning the Central, and the Nationals winning the East. Well, here we are in mid-August and only one of those teams currently leads their division.
By: Chris Larson
It's been about a month since Opening Day officially happened and we have already seen plenty of exciting things both on and off the field. As is the case every year, we go into the season with a certain set of expectations and most of the time those expectations are met in terms of teams performing the way we expect them to or certain players/pitchers performing up to their capabilities, but there are always a handful of surprises and this year is no different.
While it's still early, there's already been at least 5 relievers that have quietly performed at a very high level and seem to be flying under-the-radar. As always, those are the type of pitchers that are the best to showcase because they are not getting the recognition that they desperately deserve.
By Chris Larson
Don't look now, but the Atlanta Braves are the 10th best team in baseball with an 11-8 record. In fact, they are only 3 games back from first place in the NL East and have the third best run differential in all of baseball right now at +33.
Considering the fact that the Braves were expected to still be in full blown rebuild and redevelopment mode this season, the way they have performed thus far is surprising, although it's still only 20 games into the season. A big reason behind the success of the Braves hasn't simply been the pitching, but rather the offense. Right now, the Braves rank fourth in runs scored (107), second in doubles (45), are tied fifth in RBI (101) with the Los Angeles Angels, tied again with the Angels in batting average (.267) for third place in the league, and have the fifth best on-base percentage (.344) in the league over 671 at bats.
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