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For the final time in regular season play, the Washington Nationals (89-54) will face the Atlanta Braves (81-63) with the smell of the post-season thick in the air. From 8.5 games back, the Braves’ hopes of overtaking the Nationals for the division title are dwindling; nevertheless, this will be an all-important series for both teams.
For the Nationals, “it’s time to start looking at magic numbers,” says manager Davey Johnson. The Nats’ magic number to clinch the NL East is 11 with 19 games left to play, as of Friday morning. It seems like we've been saying every series this season has been a big one for the Nationals, but this series against the second-best Braves will be especially influential in propelling them along their countdown to the division crown.
For the Braves and third baseman Chipper Jones, this series will be mostly focused on holding onto their top spot in the NL Wild Card standings (five games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals), as opposed...
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As Chipper Jones continues his farewell tour across Major League Baseball, the Brewers may have given him the most unique gift he will receive.
MILWAUKEE With Atlanta Braves veteran Chipper Jones likely playing in his final game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the organizationlike many others around the leaguepresented him with a gift for his longevity and effect on the game he played for 19 years.
So naturally, being that it is Milwaukee, after all, the Brewers racing sausages drove a cart over to the Braves dugout before...
The Chipper Jones Farewell Tour is winding down and with his retirement only weeks away, opposing teams left on the schedule are making sure the Atlanta Braves legend receives a proper sendoff. The most recent MLB team to present Jones with a retirement gift was the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Klement’s Racing Sausages surrounding him, [...]
Braun gave him the sausage. Pause.
ATLANTA The confidence never left Kris Medlen.
Not when he had Tommy John surgery.
Not when he missed nearly an entire season while rehabbing his right elbow.
And not when he started this season in the Braves' bullpen.
That's just how he thinks, how he attacks life.
It's not cockiness or arrogance. He just thinks he can beat you.
Medlen is the guy with the straight...
MILWAUKEE With legendary Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones likely playing in his final game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the organization, like many others around the league, presented him with a gift for his longevity and effect on the game he played for 19 years.
So naturally, being that it is Milwaukee, after all, the Brewers' racing sausages drove a cart over...
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen has been dialed in since joining the rotation back on July 31st.
Medlen, 7-0 with a 0.81 ERA since then, has proved dominant for the Braves who find themselves sitting atop the NL Wild Card standings. The Braves are well ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers, two teams currently battling for that newest Wild Card spot...
With 2011 still painfully fresh in their minds and an eerily similar position in the standings, the 2012 Atlanta Braves have to be at least a little nervous about where they stand in relation to the playoffs. I know it took a historic collapse and one of the most dramatic nights in baseball history to see the Wild Card lead finally disappear in 2011, the 2012 standings look very...
Kris Medlen is a painter and he’s quite good at his job. Last time he did this, I invoked Greg Maddux because of his control, and while it’s not the same, it’s still amazing.
Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning Friday night.
Simmons reached on an infield single against Sean Burnett (1-2) and scurried to third when Michael Bourn lined a single that dropped in right field. Pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky...
Spare me while I talk about my team for a moment. I almost missed out on my head to head playoffs. Another team grabbed the final spot one week before the postseason was to begin. Oh no, it was that mean old Mr. McGaragle, and he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for that Medlen Kris (and that dumb dog!) Yes, Kris Medlen continued his brilliance last night pitching...
Just in the last few days, the Washington Nationals have turned an NL East title from a likelihood to a near certainty.
The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, may want to start considering Kris Medlen for a potential one-game wild-card playoff.
Medlen will look to shut down the Nationals again Friday night as these teams open a three-game set in Atlanta, with the Braves likely needing...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 13 and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning Friday night.
Simmons reached on an infield single against Sean Burnett (1-2) and scurried to third when Michael Bourn lined a single that dropped in right field. Pinch hitter Tyler...