The last-place Montreal Expos have found some late-season motivation.
“I’d much rather be playing teams that are going for the playoffs than not, because it gives you a challenge to go out there and try to knock them off and play kind of a spoiler role,” said Expos outfielder Brad Wilkerson.
“I think we’ve been doing that pretty much the second half.”
Montreal will try to continue playing spoiler when it begins a three-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The Expos have won four of their last five games, and are coming off taking two of three from the wild card-contending Chicago Cubs.
The Braves have dropped a season high-tying three in a row, including Thursday’s 9-4 setback to Philadelphia.
Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer for Atlanta, whose only other three-game skid came from June 20-23. Despite the slide, the Braves lead the East by seven games over second-place Florida.
The Braves have won 12 of 16 from Montreal this season, including two of three last weekend at Olympic Stadium.