Two weeks remain in the regular season for the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and the rest of Major League Baseball. Already, the Nationals have clinched a spot in the MLB postseason, while the Orioles are still clinging to an outside chance of making it through to one of the two Wild Card spots. If Baltimore were to make the surprise climb they would likely be the third team from the AL East to make the MLB postseason. NATIONAL LEAGUE: Washington is joined by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only two teams to have claimed a playoff berth in the National League. This past weekend the Dodgers took two out of three in a pivotal series from the Nationals to hold on to the top seed. The lead
Sanchez’s rate stats were better but Olson is doing it in tougher parks for hitters. Obviously Sanchez is catching and Olson playing the corner, but a dude coming out of the minors to put up these kinds of numbers in the final two months of the season is rare. Part of the reason for the discrepancy in press is that Sanchez was making a strong argument for the Rookie of the Year Award despite playing less than half the season whereas Olson has no shot given what Aaron Judge has done this year.
Brad Ausmus once again had the chance to say he wants to manage the Detroit Tigers next season. He again declined. He said he doesn’t think anything that happens the remainder of the season will have a bearing on his future with the organization, and he thinks his fate already has been decided. “I would imagine,” Ausmus said Wednesday, when asked if he thought the decision has been made. “Al’s known me for four years.” Tigers general manager Al Avila, asked earlier this month if Ausmus could return, said: “There’s a lot of different possibilities. I can’t say that’s out of the question.” Ausmus entered Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics with a 312-323 (.491) record as Tigers manager.