It’s August, and just like we’re now positive the New York Mets‘ 11-1 start was the biggest sham of the 2018 MLB season, we’re also well past the point of pretending the Philadelphia Phillies are anything but playoff material.

The days of fans prematurely condemning first-year manager Gabe Kapler are long gone. Rotation ace Aaron Nola is still squarely in the mix for NL Cy Young honors. And barring a 76ers-level tank job, the Phils are going to eclipse their 2017 win total (66) in the next few weeks — which means they’re a full two months ahead of their predecessors. This is a first-place team that, judging by the way the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have performed of late, needs just a reasonably competent finish to ensure its first postseason berth since 2011. Continue reading, by  


When the Atlanta Braves acquired Adam Duvall in a four-player swap with the Cincinnati Reds, the stated expectation was the powerful outfielder would be in the lineup against left-handed pitching. On Thursday, the Braves had the opportunity to deploy their new-look outfield against Jason Vargas and the New York Mets and, well, Brian Snitker will do just that. Continue reading, by 

General Manager Mike Rizzo wants the Nationals on his manager’s side. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The message is clear now, delivered first by the trade of Brandon Kintzler on Tuesday, then emphatically when the Washington Nationals designated Shawn Kelley for assignment early Wednesday morning.

“If you’re not in, you’re in the way,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said hours after the latter move, acknowledging that the reason he sent both men packing was his feeling that they were undermining clubhouse culture. Continue reading, by Chelsea Janes


Irrelevant in their home market, adrift toward the cellar of their division and beset of late by pitching maladies both typical (forearm tightness) and pre-adolescent (hand, foot and mouth disease), the New York Mets seem to exist these days for the sole purpose of making every other team in baseball feel better about itself.

Yes, the Washington Nationals just endured a 24-hour period in which their franchise player was subject to incessant trade rumors, their young shortstop made a tearful apology for insensitive tweets and a reliever was jettisoned after spiking his glove during a 21-run blowout. Continue reading, by Dave Sheinin

Right handed pitcher Tommy Eveld was acquired from Arizona for Brad Ziegler

Feedback on the players acquired by the Marlins on Tuesday for Brad Ziegler and Cameron Maybin. Right hander Tommy Eveld, acquired from Arizona for Ziegler, was Arizona’s ninth round pick in 2016 out of Jesuit High in Tampa and the University of South Florida. He recently was promoted to Double A and he has 31 saves in 100 minor league games with a 1.96 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 119 innings. He came to USF as a quarterback but sustained two torn ACLs and never played a down. He made his USF baseball debut as a redshirt sophomore after three seasons on the football team. Here’s an interesting story about him from Continue reading, by BARRY JACKSON



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