Two-Minute Drill: Braves Take NL East Lead, Ohtani Signs 2023 Deal

Jonathan Grant | October 2nd, 2022

1st Down: The Atlanta Braves are finally atop the NL East standings in 2022 following their 4-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of a crucial three-game series on Saturday evening. Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer while Matt Olson hit a solo blast and had an RBI single to provide the offense as they took down Max Scherzer and co. The Braves, defending World Series winners, have trailed all season, and by as many as 10 ½ in June, but they have now gone to the top. But there is plenty of work to be done with one more game against the Mets on Sunday and four more overall before the division (and the Wild Card spot) are decided.

2nd Down: Shohei Ohtani has become an historical player in a short period of time, and even his financials will speak to that, as the Los Angeles Angels and the nearly unprecedented two-way star have agreed to the largest deal ever for an arbitration-eligible player. In what will be his last year, the Japanese superstar will make $30 million, scuttling what would have been a whale of an arbitration case. The reigning MVP of the AL, and a contender for this season’s, too, will be getting a $24.5 million raise and will then be a free agent after the 2023 season should he choose to move somewhere else. He has hit 34 homers this campaign and is 15-8 on the mound with an ERA of just 2.35.

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3rd Down: Dak Prescott is hoping to get back on the field as soon as possible for the Dallas Cowboys, and sources indicate that the quarterback is targeting a week five return against the LA Rams as the time to come back. The QB just had the stitches removed from his thumb after surgery this week and began throwing the ball again, but it appears that he’d like to be back as early as about a week from now. The Cowboys want him 100%, or as close as they can get him, so it could wait a further week, so we’ll have to see what they choose to do. The LA Chargers’ big-time pass rusher Joey Bosa, meanwhile, is said to be out of action for between eight and ten weeks due to a groin injury.

4th Down: Saturday was a tremendous day if you are a fan of Arsenal, with the club winning 3-1 over bitter rivals Tottenham and also remaining on top of the Premier League table. Thomas Partey got the party started before Harry Kane equalized. However, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka scored in the second half, and Spurs were reduced to 10 men, giving the Gunners a comfy finish to the contest. Arsenal are currently four points clear of Manchester City before the Citizens play on Sunday in their own derby. In other Premier League action, Liverpool drew 3-3 at home to Brighton as Leandro Trossard scored a hat trick for the Seagulls. Chelsea won Graham Potter’s Prem debut, winning 1-2 at Crystal Palace.

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