Shelby Miller's bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn't earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It's pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you'd think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a team that struggles like the Braves have this season, dubious historical feats are always on the table.
If the Marlins aren't going to go to the postseason, they might as well cause trouble for the contenders they face every night. Miami earned back-to-back series wins vs. the Nationals and Mets, keeping the NL East race from officially being over. They'll be in D.C. for a four-game slate that could prove to be the nail in the coffin for Washington's playoff chances.
NEW YORK METS
One would think that a 7.5 game lead with 16 to go would quell any concerns of a potential collapse. But not in New York, where Mets fans are already fearing another scenario like 2007 and 2008, when the club blew big September leads to miss the postseason altogether. It's mathematically possible this time around, but it would require the Mets to go 7-9 and the Nats to finish 15-2 for it to happen. In other words, this thing is (likely) over.
The only worry the Mets should have at this point is how they plan on managing their young starting pitchers so that they can go deep into October. The Matt Harvey saga is well documented, but what's the situation with Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom?
Last week in this space, we wondered why the Phillies hadn't made a decision about Ruben Amaro's future as GM. But just a few hours later the club announced what many had already assumed: Amaro will not be back next season, leaving the club after seven years on the job. While this has been a dreadful season overall for the Phils, at the very least they can say they finally got the ball rolling on a long-overdue rebuilding effort. It's going to take some time, but this organization might finally be trending upward after a few rough years.