Heyward's absence hurts the Braves' offense and helps their pitching long-term, but perhaps creates a bigger opening for the Nationals.
The NL East has been baseball's worst division this season by just about any measure.
The Braves agree to a stunning, long-rumored, trade for Justin Upton, according to reports. Does this make them an even more serious contender to the Nationals?
The second-place Braves are riding a wave of dominating performances by their up-and-coming ace. But what if he hadn't been in the bullpen to start the season?