Skip to content

Around the NL East: Utley stays in Philly

Aug 13, 2013, 4:57 PM EST

Photo by USA Today
By Steve Roney
An odd pairing has become even more apparent over the past couple weeks, as the Braves have again attained the mantle of the majors' best team, while the rest of the division constitutes baseball's worst. The substantial void between first and second place aside, no other division features just one winning team.

Atlanta Braves (72-47)
Unfortunately, tragedy struck last night in Atlanta, as a man fell some 30-40 feet from the upper deck at Turner Field, and later passed away at Atlanta Medical Center due to the resulting trauma. Rivalries aside, all thoughts should be with the victim's family and loved ones, who are surely enduring the worst moments of their lives. Fatal accidents happen every day, but when associated with a game that bonds and brings joy to so many, the tragedy is almost unthinkable.
Though it feels dwarfed by the events of last night, things on the field for the Braves continue to roll on as efficiently as ever. Though they've dropped a couple of games after reeling off their impressive 14-game winning streak, the Braves' lead now stands at 14 games over the Nationals. Fredi Gonzalez can probably start penciling in his postseason rotation, and use September as a proving ground for the youngsters in Triple-A.
Player of the Week: Jason Heyward, OF: 4 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, .455 AVG

Read more »

  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Ike Davis was like Danny Espinosa early in the season and was sent to AAA but in Ike's case he found his way back and is mashing.

  2. Alphabet Soup Erik - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    33-12-23-21 Tonight's Pick Four. If the Nationals are the team they think they are in that locker room, 33 more wins isn't out of the question. Time for them to back up all of this confidence. This has been a year of long winning streaks, so now is the time guys.

  3. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    This Steve Roney guy seems to be a major dick.

  4. JD - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Ghost, Calling what Ike Davis is doing 'Mashing' is a little much, no?

  5. Tcostant - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Maybe we can change this article to the "State of the NL Wild Card" and give updates on the D-Backs and Reds???

  6. JaneB - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I hadn't heard about the fan at Turner Stadium. You are right on in your observations about the juxtaposition of such tragedy with a game of such bonding and joy (except in Mudville). My heart goes out to them.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    fans do that plenty, Tcostant? No?

  8. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    What Jane said.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    JD, not this past week but since he has come back. He did simple things like keeping his head still and not dipping his shoulder so much. I wish Danny's fixes were as easy.

  10. Candide - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Faraz -Off the topic a little bit, but Cunegonde was asking me today where our Davey Johnson bobblehead is. Told her I'd follow up with you. You still want to trade for Bryce Harper?Email me at gilbertbp at comcast dot net and we can set up a trade.

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Sorry Candide, I ended up not going to the game. I tried to find you here before the game but you were either out of country or just had gotten back and not coming here regularly. I hope you can trade with someone else on here.

  12. JD - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Ghost, I haven't really watched Ike D much but I know that Met fans on the talk shows want him shipped to Siberia. If Danny is healthy he can be a decent MLB player, he'll always swing and miss a lot but he'll make up for some of it with great defense and some pop. I think he's far from being a throw in as someone suggested.

  13. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I do have RZ, Morse, and Strasburg bobblehead collecting dust on my office desk, do you want to trade any of those?

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Agreed, JD. I think some of us may have overvalued him a bit but he is not too far out from being an above average major leaguer.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    JD, agreed. Danny better not go the trade route of Nyjer, or HenRod. He needs a good restart like a fresh start.

  16. JD - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Faraz, Ghost, It would be really helpful if Danny and for that matter Drew finished strong in Syracuse and came up and contributed at the big league level.

  17. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    For those of you worried that by trading Danny we are going to be missing out on the second coming of, say, Chase Utley, I pose this question:When was the last time the Nats traded a guy and he blossomed into a star?I'm waiting…

  18. JD - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Sunshine, Let's see. Counting the Expos: 1)Cliff Lee. 2)Brandon Philips. 3)Randy Johnson. Shall I go on?

  19. JD - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Sunshine, The Nats in their present incarnation haven't bee around long enough for such analysis. oh and: Pedro Martinez Tim Raines Andre Dawson Garry Carter

  20. Section 222 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Sunshine, one might make the argument that Joel Hanrahan turned out pretty well for the Pirates. He did make the All Star team two years running. And Wil Nieves (who? Wil Nieves), hit a game tying homer for the D-Backs last night. But I take your point.

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Sunshine, we had nothing to trade in Nats early years.

  22. Candide - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Faraz -Thanks, we already have those guys, a couple of them in duplicate.

  23. jeeves - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Grady Sizemore, Ken Mosdell, Larry Walker, Moses Alou, Grissom, Mike Marshall, Andres Gallaraga, Guerrero, Ken Singleton, etc, etc, etc. I am crying now so cannot see the keyboard. (kidding, but barely)

  24. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Does Bartolo Colon count?

  25. natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Oh, wait. They traded *for* him.





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter