What’s at stake this week: The Braves’ magic number to earn the NL’s No. 1 seed is one. A Braves win or Dodgers loss would secure that coveted spot for the Braves.
The Braves also lead the Orioles by three games for MLB’s best record. With 101 wins, the Braves need only three more victories to earn their best record since 1999 (103 wins). They won 101 games in 2002, 2003 and 2022.
- Snitker didn’t have an update on reliever Nick Anderson (right shoulder strain), who’s made three rehab appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett, most recently pitching a scoreless inning Sunday.
- Reliever Collin McHugh made two rehab appearances with Gwinnett and was at Truist Park on Tuesday. As for what’s next, Snitker said: “It was good (McHugh’s live session Tuesday). We’ll talk about that and visit it, see how he is tomorrow.” If McHugh is ready to return, his ability to cover bulk innings would help this week.