The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn't much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue Jays, it looks like things could get worse before they get better.
The saga continues in Miami. According to FOX Sports, the Marlins have approached manager Dan Jennings about reprising his role as GM once the season ends. The problem? It appears that Jennings would prefer to stay on as the skipper or become a GM at a more desirable location like Seattle. At this moment, it doesn't look like he's going to get what he wants, and so his best (and only) option may be to return to the Marlins' front office.
NEW YORK METS
As Nationals fans found out the hard way, the Mets may have very well locked up an NL East title this week. By going to Washington and earning a hard-fought sweep, New York has opened up a seven-game lead in the division while also breaking the heart of its closest competition.
The key cogs in the gigantic series win were (as usual) the trade deadline acquisitions, most notably Yoenis Cespedes, who has been nothing short of brilliant since the moment he joined the Mets. He's hitting .312 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI in just 36 games with New York, a performance that has prompted a few pundits to wonder if he deserves NL MVP consideration. While that might be taking it a little too far (there's a guy in D.C. who has a better claim to that throne), what's undeniable is how impactful the 29-year-old former Cuban defector has been on the division race.
In fact, if and when the Mets clinch, their fans will probably look back at the wacky deadline week that may have changed the entire season; from the Wilmer Flores trade-that-wasn't to the collapse vs. the Padres to the acquisition of Cespedes on July 31 that preceded a sweep of Washington at Citi Field, the seven-day stretch sparked an unlikely turnaround that transformed the Mets into serious contenders while simultaneously sinking the Nats.
With the season coming to a close, all eyes are on Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. With the newly-hired Andy MacPhail as team president, it's reasonable to assume that change will be made as soon as the season ends. But so far, MacPhail hasn't tipped his hands about what Amaro's fate will be just yet. Given that other clubs have already fired their GMs in recent weeks, you'd think if a change were to be made, the Phillies could have done it by now. But MacPhail is known for his patience, so fans will have to wait a few more weeks to see what the new man in charge has in store.