Things are becoming clearer with regard to playoff seedings as we enter the final weekend of this season. Mike Foltynewicz finished his final start with five innings of one run baseball, striking out nine Phillies to surpass 200 Ks on the season – the first Brave hurler to reach that mark since Javier Vazquez back in 2009. Freddie Freeman went 4-5 with three doubles, Ronald Acuna, Jr. went 3-6, and Johan Camargo went 3-5 with a solo home run to pace the Braves offense.
In other news, St. Louis dropped its opener to the Cubs, and they are on the brink of elimination, as both Colorado and Los Angeles won their games. The Rockies lead LA by one game with two to play and are tied with Atlanta with 90 wins after last night, with the Dodgers at 89. Colorado’s win clinched a playoff berth, and either one more LA win or Cardinal loss will give LA the last NL playoff spot. The Cubs hold a one game lead on Milwaukee for the Central Division. Amazingly enough, the only team that still knows where they will open the first round is, yes, Our Atlanta Braves, who know they will face the winner of the West in the NLDS, but even then, they don’t know if they open at home or on the road.
Anyway, there isn’t much pressure over the last two games. We face Aaron Nola tonight, with Anibal Sanchez likely getting about five innings or so to keep him sharp for his next start – in the National League Division Series. What a nice ring that has.