Looking at which teams have delivered and what you can project for them, there's a huge difference between MLB's elite and the pack in pursuit.
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Before hearing from Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (32:05), Buster and Tim Kurkjian assess the Edwin Encarnacion trade from both sides and talk about Hyun-jin Ryu's dominance (12:52). Plus, "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (44:24).
L.A. has been on top for much of the season, but the Braves, Cubs and Brewers are in hot pursuit.
Braves lefty Sean Newcomb was sore on Sunday after taking a line drive to the back of his head on Saturday night but otherwise was fine and is expected to avoid the injured list.
Josh Donaldson homered for the third straight game, Mike Foltynewicz allowed only one run in six innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-1 on Sunday to win the three-game series and solidify their NL East lead.
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When an MLB pitcher gets hit in the head by a liner, as Braves lefty Sean Newcomb did Sat., it raises the issue of safety devices. This season, 10 big league pitchers (including 3 who'd previously suffered serious head injuries — Evan Marshall, Daniel Ponce de Leon & Matt Shoemaker) have worn the SST Pro Performance head guard, SST CEO Matt Meier told ESPN's Outside the Lines. That carbon fiber cap insert isn't approved by MLB & the players' union, but pitchers are free to wear it or any safety product — unless it interferes with competition or licensing agreements. In 2016, MLB & the union came up with a visor-like hybrid cap-helmet, but no pitchers have worn it in a game.
Cesar Hernandez singled in two runs off Luke Jackson in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied from a two-run deficit to snap the Atlanta Braves' eight-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory on Saturday night.
Dallas Keuchel, who signed a one-year deal with the Braves last week, gave up three runs and 11 hits over seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday, but said he felt good physically and hopes his next outing will be in the majors.
Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb exited Saturday's game in the third inning after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto. Newcomb left the field under his own power.
Brian McCann capped Atlanta's three-run ninth inning with a two-run single off Hector Neris, and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 on Friday night for their eighth straight win.
Will Lucas Giolito and Hyun-Jin Ryu keep their amazing runs going? Are the Rangers for real? And what else are we looking forward to this weekend?
Josh Donaldson drove in the tie-breaking run in Atlanta's five-run fifth inning to win his rematch with Joe Musgrove, and the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.
Before a discussion with Twins P Jake Odorizzi (34:35), Buster and Joel Sherman discuss the red hot Braves, the developing trade market and more (13:16). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:19).
Austin Riley tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Ozzie Albies' double off Michael Feliz in the 11th, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 for their sixth straight victory Wednesday...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos talks to Buster Olney about the Dallas Keuchel signing, when he expect him to be Major League ready, the team's young stars and much more.
After a five-week stay in the minors, reliever A.J. Minter has been recalled by the Braves, and manager Brian Snitker said Minter will be used in a late-inning role. Luke Jackson remains the closer, filling the role Minter lost early in the season.
Brian McCann hit one of four Atlanta homers in the second inning and took Pirates starter Chris Archer deep again with a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the sixth to help the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson got into a skirmish with Joe Musgrove and Elias Diaz after a pitch from Musgrove grazed his jersey.
Dallas Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings in a minor league start with Class A Rome on Monday, striking out nine as he ramps up after signing with the Braves.
After getting the latest on David Ortiz's condition from Marly Rivera (11:23), Buster and David Schoenfield discuss the ridiculous power surge in the majors, the Dodgers' bullpen weaknesses and more (18:50). Plus, David Ross on Big Papi (34:10) and Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (47:34).