It’s time to find out about a few things.
If golf has its traditional “moving day” – Saturday, the third round of most tournaments – then consider this Moving Weekend in Major League Baseball. Oh, a three-, four- or five-game series alone won’t sufficiently dent a 162-game sample, especially in August, but a quintet of showdown series this weekend will sort a significant amount of emotional baggage for teams and observers alike.
Who you got – Steve Cohen’s cash or Atlanta’s indomitable spirit? Over five games at Citi Field, we may find out.
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What in the world were the Yankees thinking trading a mid-rotation starter before the stretch drive? The Cardinals – and Jordan Montgomery – get an immediate chance to show that was a foolhardy maneuver.
Are the AL Central pretenders worth our time? And will the Padres’ latest nuclear option – nuking their farm system – render them anything more than just the Dodgers’ hermanito to the south?
Braves-Mets: Don’t look back
This is going to be good.
The Mets have resided atop the NL East since April 12, and since they’re holding a 3 ½-game lead, only the unthinkable – a five-game Braves sweep – could change that come Sunday. But this is not so much about August jockeying as it is a staredown, an extended period in the ring for two sparring partners that have eyed…