The Weekend Takeaway
The Braves came into the All-Star break having won four games in a row, with Brian McCann trending upward and the Mets—just half a game behind Atlanta—coming to town for a three-game set at Turner Field. Pitching depth was the team’s primary concern.
After delivering the pregame speech in the National League clubhouse and watching his senior circuit mates earn home-field advantage in his eighth and final All-Star game, Chipper Jones’ mind returned to the Braves. On Thursday, he said, “If you want to see us be a consistent ballclub, let us go get a guy or two pitching-wise at the trade deadline.”
One of those guys may have arrived three days later to help the Braves sweep the Mets out of Atlanta with an 8-1 victory on Sunday. Nearly two years to the day of his most recent big-league start, Ben Sheets tossed six scoreless innings, holding the Mets to two hits while walking one and striking out five.
The Braves deemed Sheets ready after only two minor-league...