On paper, the Washington Nationals’ 7:35 PM matchup against the Atlanta Braves had less-than-zero implications. The Nats are already in the playoffs, essentially having locked up the number two seed. The Braves are already eliminated. Sure, Max Scherzer — who, granted, is normally the main story whenever he pitches — was on the hill, but that happens a couple dozen times a year for Washington. In other words, same old, same old. So, in the third inning, Ryan Zimmerman, bored to death, laced a single through the left side, good for his 100th RBI. According to the Nationals’ PR team, it was the “first 30-HR, 30-double, 100-RBI season by a Nationals player since 2012 (Adam LaRoche) & just the 4th
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami prior to the team's game against the Marlins.Sept. 18, 2017: Syndergaard throws a simulated game in Miami (Credit: @Mets on Twitter) The Mets are reportedly concerned about having Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, Ehalt reported on Sunday. Syndergaard had hoped to return from a partially torn lat during this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves and did not report any issues during a bullpen session on Thursday, however manager Terry Collins said he wanted Syndergaard to face live batters before he returns to a game, according to the New York Daily News'
There is still roughly two weeks remaining in the regular season but September call-ups are likely finished and below is a closer look at the Atlanta Braves roster as it will stand heading into the offseason. Atlanta currently has one open spot on the 40-man along with three players who are on the 60-day DL. The team has four pending free agents, two of which currently have team options for the 2018 season. Tyler Flowers looks like a lock to return given his production and cheap price tag ($4 million). The decision isn’t quite as clear for R.A. Dickey who’s team option is worth ($8 million) in 2018. The Braves also have nine players that are arbitration eligible. Keep in mind that Atlanta will