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Around the NL East: Marlins keep falling

Apr 30, 2013, 4:49 PM EST

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By Steve Roney

Atlanta has come back to Earth a bit, as they no longer hold the game's best record, ceding that title to the surprising Boston Red Sox (18-7). They do, however, still possess the only winning record in the division, as the Nationals (13-13), Phillies, and Mets all continue to hover at or just below .500. The Marlins, meanwhile, are nothing if not consistent; for the fourth straight week they check in with the worst record in the NL East (and all of baseball), and show no signs of ever bucking that trend.

Atlanta Braves (16-9): Since the last NL East roundup Atlanta has been up and down time of it, sweeping a doubleheader last Tuesday against the Rockies, then four straight losses which included a sweep at the hands of Detroit. They broke their losing streak last night against the Nationals, against whom they are now 4-0; fret not Nats fans, 15 games remain in the season series.

Early slugger Evan Gattis has regressed along with Atlanta's record, and is now batting .236. Freddie Freeman has given the lineup a boost since returning from the DL, and Justin Upton continues to leave the yard with frequency, his home run total now at 12 through 107 plate appearances. Still not a peep from the other two thirds of the outfield. Mike Minor has emerged as the rotation stalwart so far, with a 5.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio that leads the staff by double.

Player of the Week: Justin Upton, OF: 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .320 AVG

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  1. peric - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Stanton has to produce to get traded.

  2. Diz - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Fret Not Nats Fans?!At the pace we are going, another 15 games against the Braves sends shivers down my spine!And Freddie Freeman's Boost?! – 6 for 25 (.240 avg) with 1 extra base hit after his return from the DL and that puts Francisco back on the bench with his .302 avg (Johnson moves back to 3rd from 1st). Not a great trade off in my book.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Ianetta caught all of angels pitching, is that a modern day record?

  4. JD - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Peric, I'd take Stanton off their hand whether or not he's productive. Kind of like Justin Upton last year. no?

  5. Rabbit34 - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    JD, just what I was about to say.

  6. MicheleS - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    And Stanton just went on the DL with a Hammy injury. Even the young guys have these problems

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    answer to my own question, record is carlton fisk with 25 innings. Geez!

  8. A DC Wonk - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    MicheleS said… And Stanton just went on the DL with a Hammy injury. Even the young guys have these problemsStanton and Polanco combined for: 0-for-12 last night. Yowza!

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    JD said… Peric,I'd take Stanton off their hand whether or not he's productive. Kind of like Justin Upton last year. no?Yes and twice on Sundays. As you recall leading up to the Winter Meetings since LaRoche turned down his mutual option I was beating the drum for JUpton to the Nats in a trade, of course before AZ was saying they would trade him and while Ken Rosenthal was saying there was no trade talks.Just like JUp, Stanton is uninspired and it shows in his stats. He's a game changer. I would take Stanton and move Werth to 1st base and LaRoche to the bench in a heartbeat. Where do I sign up?

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    MicheleS, I was hoping it was a cramp. He hit 1st base and went down in pain. That's a shame.I man crush G. M. Stanton.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    BTW, that Harvey v Fernandez game was amazing. Harvey gave up his share of walks and hits but uses his fastball so well with his slider and changeup. Fernandez made 1 mistake pitch in a homer to Buck. These 2 are better than Cingrani. Harvey's changeup is a wipe-out pitch and it's a shame that other than Stras, the Nats pitchers don't throw many. JZim threw near perfection in his last start but needed a few more changeups.

  12. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    GoSM,agree on that. He is a great talent i would pay to see even if Nationals are not playing.

  13. JD - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Ghost, What if they ask for say: Rendon, Giolito and Goodwin?

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    wait, was there a fan ejected for starting a wave?

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    JD, my standard answer. No. You have to give them 1 big prize like a Giolito and they you give them a backup outfielder like Eury Perez and a couple of filler prospects.I know the JUp deal was there for the taking. In the end Atlanta didn't give up enough. Delgado was a top 10 prospect but far from a sure thing and they got Martin Prado and a couple of other guys and Atlanta gets back JUp + Chris Johnson.GMs get fired for less than that!

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    JD, at some point Peric's crystal ball will be right about Werth and he will need to be moved to 1st or to the bench. I'm hoping he lasts 3 more years but it's scarey to think about when he starts falling to a +1 or lower WAR for a full season (yes, I know he was below it last year on a partial season).The Phillies are the best example of how quick age creeps on you.

  17. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    "wait, was there a fan ejected for starting a wave?"FS, where'd you hear that?





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