What’s on Tap 5-31-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 31-05-2010

Tagged Under : Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chris Narveson, Hisanori Takahashi, Joe Blanton, Kevin Correia, Luis Atilano, Marlins, Mets, Nate Robertson, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Roy Oswalt, Tommy Hanson

Today’s match ups:

Marlins vs. Brewers

The Marlins will send Nate Robertson (4-4) to the mound against Chris Narveson (4-2) and the Brewers.  First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. in Florida.

Braves vs. Phillies

The Braves look to extend their five game winning streak as they take on the first place Phillies. Tommy Hanson (4-3) will start for the Braves, and Joe Blanton (1-3) will start for the Phillies. Game time is 1:05 in Atlanta.

Mets vs. Padres

Hisanori Takahashi (4-1) and the Mets begin their series against the Padres and Kevin Correia (4-4). The game’s slated to start at 10:05 p.m. in San Diego.

Nationals vs. Astros

Luis Atilano (4-1) and the Nationals take on Roy Oswalt (3-6) and the last place Astros. Game time is 2:05 p.m. in Houston.

Daily Recap- May 30th, 2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by swithbeatz on 31-05-2010

Phillies vs. Marlins-

APTOPIX Phillies Marlins Baseball After Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against them, the Marlins were staring down the possibility of not scoring at all in this series thanks to the big hit but got one yesterday en route to a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.  One day after the 20th perfect game in Major League history, the Marlins returned the favor with their own 1-0 victory to salvage the series and avoid the sweep.  Ronny Paulino, the Marlins catcher, drove in the lone run with a RBI single in the sixth to drive in Hanley Ramirez.

Anibal Sanchez got the win as he went 6.2 innings and gave up 3 hits and struck out 7.  That’s his fourth consecutive victory as he improved to 5-2 on the year.  Leo Nunez pitched a perfect 9th for his 10th save in 12 chances.  Jamie Moyer wasn’t too shabby either as he went 6 hits giving up one run on 4 hits as he went to 5-5 on the year.  This was his 3rd consecutive loss.  He was attempting to join elite company as one of 3 pitchers to get 100 wins in their 40′s, only Phil Niekro and Jack Quinn are in that group for now.  The Phillies begin a 3 game set against the Braves in Atlanta on Memorial Day.

Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates-

Pirates Braves BaseballBrian McCann felt it was necessary to win games before the defending NL Champion Phillies come into town, and win they did, completing a 3 game sweep of the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates.  They won 5-2, after pinch hitter Chipper Jones broke the tie with a RBI single in the 8th inning and then super Rookie phenom Jason Heyward added a two run triple off Javier Lopez to add on as the Braves won their 5th game in a row to pull within a half game of Philadelphia for first place in the division.

The Braves have played well in the month of May, winning 10 of their last 12 and sporting a 19-8 record in the month of May.  Of course the good fortune never seems to extend to Kenshin Kawakami, who has a 0-7 record that on the surface looks very bad but he’s gotten terrible run support and again went 6.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on four hits for the no-decision.  That’s his 3rd no decision in the last four starts, and the last three he’s gone at least 6 innings and failed to get a decision.

Mets vs. Brewers-

wright-jeff-hanisch-presswirejpg-b2e8dd5fef957791_largeAfter taking 5 out of six against the two teams that made it to the World Series last year, the Mets stumbled into Sunday having lost all that momentum with two more road losses.  All they needed was a familiar foe to awaken the bats and they found him in Jeff Suppan as the Mets rallied against the former starter and won 10-4.  It was a day of season highs as they got both runs and hits scoring 10 on 16 base knocks.

Luis Castillo’s dribbler in the 6th with the bases loaded helped plate two in the inning as the Mets went a stretch of 7 at bats with the bases loaded without getting a hit.  The Mets added 2 more in the 7th on Angel Pagan’s home run and then exploded for four more to ice the game, off of newly minted closer Zach Braddock.  Trevor Hoffman, their former closer, pitched a perfect 8th as he’s trying to work his way back into his familiar role.  R.A. Dickey was sensational going 7 innings and giving up 4 runs on 9 hits striking out 3 but walking none.  The knuckleballer had no difficulties except with Rickie Weeks who smacked two home runs, the second which brought the Brew Crew to within 2 in the bottom of the 7th.  The Met offense however would not be denied.  Next up for the Mets, are the NL West leading San Diego Padres.

Nationals vs. Padres-

Nationals Padres BaseballSpeaking of those Padres, they beat the Nationals on an 11th inning single by Nick Hundley, with two outs to win 3-2 as they took two out of three from the Nationals.  The Nationals got another good outing from their ace, the forever young Livan Hernandez as he went 6.1 innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4 and walking none.

The Nationals got both their runs on two solo homeruns by Ryan Zimmerman who had his 7th career multi home run games.  It was no small feat coming off John Garland who had given up 3 home runs all year and none over the last 8 games.  The run came as a result of an errant throw by Adam Kennedy who played a a hit off of Sean Burnett’s glove and made a bad relay to first that ended up going into the dugout putting Lance Zawadzki on second.  Matt Capps relieved and gave up the single to Hundley.  The Nationals start a series with the Houston Astros on Memorial Day.

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What’s on Tap 5-30-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 30-05-2010

Tagged Under : Anibal Sanchez, Braves, Brewers, Jamie Moyer, Jon Garland, Kenshin Kawakami, Livan Hernandez, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Paul Maholm, Phillies, Pirates, R.A. Dickey, Randy Wolf

Mets vs. Brewers

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-0) goes for his second win as the Mets finish up their weekend series against the Brewers. Randy Wolf (4-4) gets the start for the Brewers. Game time is 2:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

Phillies vs. Marlins

Jamie Moyer (5-4) and the Phillies look to make it two perfect games in a row when they take on Anibal Sanchez (4-2) and the Marlins.  The game is set to start at 1:10 p.m. in Florida.

Braves vs. Pirates

Kenshin Kawakami (0-7) goes for his first win as he takes the mound against Paul Maholm (3-4) and the Pirates. First pitch set for 1:35 p.m. in Atlanta.

Nationals vs. Padres

Livan Hernandez (4-3) and the Nationals look to take the rubber game  as they rap up their series against the Padres. Jon garland (6-2) will take the mound for the Padres. The game will start at 4:05 in San Diego.

What’s on Tap 5-29-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 29-05-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Brewers, Brian Burres, Fernando Nieve, JD Martin, Josh Johnson, Kris Medlen, Manny Parra, Marlins, Mat Latos, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Roy Halladay

Here’s today’s NL East line up:

Phillies vs. Marlins

Roy Halladay (6-3) and the Phillies take on Josh Johnson (5-1) and the Marlins. Game time is 7:10 p.m. in Florida.

Mets vs. Brewers

Fernando Nieve (1-2) makes his first start of the season for the Mets, as they take on Manny Parra (1-3) and the Brewers. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

Nationals vs. Padres

J.D. Martin (0-0) looks for his first win of the season when he takes the hill for the Nationals. Mat Latos (4-3) will get the start for the Padres.  The game’s set to begin at 8:35 in San Diego.

Braves vs. Pirates

Kris Medlen (1-1) and the Braves go up against Brian Burres (2-2) and the Pirates in Atlanta. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Command Center: Survivor – NL East

Filed Under (Command Center, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 29-05-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Billy Wagner, Bobby Cox, Brad Lidge, Braves, Carlos Beltran, Chipper Jones, Command Center, Hanley Ramirez, Jason Heyward, Jimmy Rollins, Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, Marlins, Matt Capps, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, Phillies, Roy Halladay, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Survivor, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson

People around baseball often look at Memorial Day as the first major checkpoint of the season.   As we approach the 50 game mark, it’s a good time to take a look at the standings to see where the teams are sitting.  Is a team poised to run away with the division?  Is there a solid two-team race developing that looks looks like it may go down to the wire?  Is there a team that is already so far out of first place that they are starting to make plans for next season?

survivor-logoTake a look at the NL East standings.  Coming into Friday night’s action, 3 games separated first place from last place, and each team had a record of .500 or better.   The division is clearly up for grabs, which got me thinking of one of my favorite TV shows, Survivor.  Before a challenge, host Jeff Probst declares “immunity up for grabs.”    Instead of immunity, a division crown is at stake in the latest reality series - Survivor: NL East.  Let’s take a look at the competitors:

After back-to-back World Series appearances, the Phillies came into this season as the clear favorites.  Their everyday lineup remained mostly intact, and they added arguably the best pitcher in the majors to their rotation with the acquisition of Roy Halladay.  However, the Phils have been hurt by injuries, most notably to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and closer Brad Lidge.  They also are not clicking on all cylinders offensively, as evident by being shut out four times over the past week.  Despite all of the injuries and struggles, the Phillies still find themselves on top of the division.  They have the ability to run away with the East if they get healthy and play to form, but it hasn’t happened yet.

The Braves ended April five games under .500, but have played much better baseball in May.  A few win streaks have them four games over .500 in Bobby Cox‘s last season at the helm.   The Braves have the pitching to hang around for the long haul, with a solid starting rotation led by Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson, and a healthy Billy Wagner closing games.  Will the Braves offense be enough?  Rookie phenom Jason Heyward has certainly showed all of the hype was warranted.  Can he keep it up?  Will the Chipper Jones of old return?  

The Mets?  Who knows what to make of the team from Flushing.  Part roller coaster and part circus act at times, the Mets have already jumped from last place to first place, and back to last place.  After their most recent hot streak, they now find themselves in the middle of the pack.  Can they hang around and find themselves playing meaningful September baseball?   It’s possible, but they have several huge question marks.  When will Carlos Beltran come back, or will he be back at all?  Will the Mets find three reliable starters to stick behind Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey? 

Then there are the Nationals.  Those pesky Nats.  All of the talk coming into the season was about Stephen Strasburg, and in major media outlets, Strasburg is still all you hear about when it comes to the team from DC.  News flash: the man with the 100 mph fastball has yet to throw a pitch in the majors, but the Nationals are showing that they are no longer the doormat of the NL East.  The Nats have received solid pitching in the early going, “capped” off by closer Matt Capps, who converted his first 16 save chances.  Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn provide a dangerous 3-4 combination to the Nats lineup.   They may not be able to hang around until the end, but their early season success is no mirage.  The Nats are a good ballclub, and their future looks bright.

Over the past two decades, what team owns the most World Series titles in the divison?  That would be the Florida Marlins.  The Marlins may have the deepest rotation in the division, led by ace Josh Johnson.   Each of the Marlins’ starters is fully capable of shutting down an opposing team.  Hanley Ramirez and company can also score enough runs to remain competitive throughout.  But will their bullpen eventually do them in?  With a new stadium on the horizon, will they be able to add payroll to try and make a run?

probstWho will Outhit, Outplay, Outlast to become the winner of Survivor: NL East?  Stay tuned to see whose torches get snuffed out.   There are likely to be some twists and surprises as this marathon of a season plays out.  You don’t want to miss it.

5/28 NL East Recap

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by samlevenstein on 29-05-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Brewers, Chipper Jones, Chris Volstad, Clayton Richard, Corey Hart, Derek Lowe, Johan Santana, John Lannan, Jose Contreras, Josh Willinham, Kyle Kendrick, Marlins, Matt Capps, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryota Igarashi, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Duke


090428_p19_twoPhillies vs. Marlins

The Phillies snapped out of a scoreless streak beating the Marlins in a score of 3-2. The Marlins struck first scoring 2 runs in the 3rd on a throwing error by pitcher Kyle Kendrick.  In the 4th Raul Ibanez tripled scoring Ryan Howard to get the Phils on the board.  The Phillies scored again in the 5th and then again in the 7th to take the lead.

Kyle Kendrick got the win pitching 6 innings giving up 5 hits with 1 strikeout.  Chris Volstad got the lose pitching 6.1 innings giving up 7 hits with 6 strikeouts.  Jose Contreras got his 3rd save for the Phillies with 2 strikouts pitching the 9th.


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Braves vs. Pirates

The Braves beat the Pirates in a score of 7-3.  The Braves started early scoring 4 runs in the first inning.  They had a 5-0 lead but the Pirates scored in the top of the 4th.  Chipper Jones extended the Braves lead to 7-1 on a single to center field.  The Pirates scored 2 more runs in the 8th inning but it wasn’t enough to come back from.

Derek Lowe got the win pitching 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run.  For the Pirates Zack Duke got the lose pitching 5.1 innings giving up 12 hits, 4 strikeouts,  and 7 runs.


D063842110.jpgNationals vs. Padres

The Nationals beat the Padres in a score of 5-3 playing out west.  The Nats scored 3 runs in the 4th inning on a 3 run shot by Josh Willingham.  In the 7th inning Ian Desmond hit a solo shot for the Nats with the score now 4-1.  In the bottom of the 9th the Padres threatened but fell 2 runs short.

John Lannan was the winner pitching 7 innings giving up 7 hits and 2 runs while Clayton Richard took the lose pitching 7 runs giving up 4 hits and 4 runs.  Matt Capps got the save after leaving the bases loaded and giving up 4 hits and 1 run.

corey_hart_brewersMets vs. Brewers

The Mets lost to the Brewers in a score of 2-0.  The game was all pitching until Mets reliever Ryota Igrashi gave up a 2 run homer to Corey Hart with a walk off home run.

Johan Santana pitched 8 innings giving up just 3 hits and had 5 strike outs.  Yovani Gallardo got the win pitching 9 innings giving up 8 hits and had 7 strike outs.  Igrashi took the loss for the Mets.

What’s on Tap 5-28-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 28-05-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Brewers, Chris Volstad, Clayton Richard, Derek Lowe, Johan Santana, John Lannan, Kyle Kendrick, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Yovani Gallardo, Zach Duke

Today’s match ups:

Braves vs. Pirates

The Braves begin a 3-game set against the Pirates tonight.  Derek Lowe (6-4) and the Braves will take on Zach Duke (3-4) and the Pirates. Game time is 7:35 p.m. in Atlanta.

Nationals vs. Padres

John Lannan (1-2) will take the hill for the Nationals as they continue their west coast trip with 3 games against the Padres. Clayton Richard (4-2) will get the start for San Diego. First pitch is 10:05 p.m.

Mets vs. Brewers

Johan Santana (4-2) looks to continue the Mets hot streak, as the team takes on the Brewers and Yovani Gallardo (4-2). The game is set to begin 8:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

Phillies vs. Marlins

The Phillies, looking to rebound after being swept in New York, will send Kyle Kendrick (2-2)  to the mound to take on Chris Volstad (3-5) and the Marlins in Florida. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

5-27 NL East Recap

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 28-05-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Alberto Gonzalez, Aubrey Huff, Barry Zito, Braves, Brian Wilson, Cole Hamels, Craig Stammen, Francisco Rodriguez, Giants, Hanley Ramirez, Jason Bay, Jose Reyes, Josh Willingham, Juan Uribe, Marlins, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, peter moylan, Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ricky Nolasco, Ronny Paulino, Santiago Casilla, Sean Burnett, Shane Victorino, Tim Hudson

Nationals vs. Giants

Nationals Giants BaseballThe Nationals had a 4-2 lead going into the 7th inning, but a number of costly plays kept them from getting the win, as they fell to the Giants 5-4. Adam Dunn hit his 10th homerun of the year, and Josh Willingham and Alberto Gonzalez each went 2-3 for the Nationals. Aubrey Huff went 3-4 and Juan Uribe went 2-4 for the Giants.

Craig Stammen went 6.1 innings for the Nationals, giving up three runs on five hits. Sean Burnett came in to pitch in the 7th for the  Nationals and wound up with the loss. Barry Zito pitched 6.1 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Santiago Casilla finished off the 7th and earned the win. Brian Wilson got his 12th save of the season for the Giants.

For more, check out Centerfield Gate.

Braves vs. Marlins

It was an ugly night for the Braves defensively, who committed four errors. But what they lacked in defense they made up in offense in their 8-3 win over the Marlins. Braves and Marlins both scored in the 1st inning. The Braves then tacked on two in the 4th, followed by one in the 6th and 7th, and finally three in the 8th. Ricky Nolasco helped himself out with an RBI single in the 4th for the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez and Ronny Paulino each went 2-4 for Florida.

Tim Hudson and Nolasco each went only four innings thanks to a 77-minute rain delay. Peter Moylan took the mound for the Braves following the rain delay and got the win. Nolasco took the loss after giving up three runs.

For more, check out Braves Baseball Blog and Fish Guts.

Mets vs. Phillies

The Mets have  gone 27 straight innings without giving up a run, and won their fifth in a row, sweeping the Phillies with a score of 3-0. Mike Pelfrey pitched 7 strong innings, giving up no runs on three hits to earn the win. Cole Hamels went 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, taking the loss. Francisco Rodriguez got his 9th save of the season.

The Mets got on the board early with an RBI double by Jason Bay in the first inning. Their next two runs came in the bottom of the 7th on a RBI double by Jose Reyes. Phillies bats were quiet once again. Shane Victorino was 3-4, with the only other Phillies hit belonging to Raul Ibanez.

For more info, go to Real Dirty Mets Blog and Phillies Phandom.

What’s on Tap 5-27-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 27-05-2010

Tagged Under : Barry Zito, Braves, Cole Hamels, Craig Stammen, Giants, Marlins, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, Phillies, Ricky Nolasco, Tim Hudson

Here’s what’s happening for today’s NL East games:

Braves vs. Marlins

Tim Hudson (5-1) and the Braves look to take the rubber game against Ricky Nolasco (4-3) and the Marlins.  Start time is 7:10 p.m. in Florida.

Nationals vs. Giants

Craig Stammen (1-2) is looking for his second win of the season, as he and Nationals are up against Barry Zito (6-2) and the Giants at 3:45 in San Francisco.

Mets vs. Phillies

Mike Pelfrey (6-1) and the Mets are going for the sweep against Cole Hamels (5-2) and the Phillies. Game time is 7:10 p.m. in New York.

Chatter Up! Braves @ Marlins 5/25-5/27

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by treilly on 27-05-2010

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Braves Baseball Blog, Chatter Up, Fishguts, Florida Marlins

Welcome to another edition of Chatter Up! This time around we will be discussing two teams right in the middle of things in the NL East, The Atlanta Braves Vs. The Florida Marlins.

Answering our Questions about the Braves we have Conor Tapp from “The Braves Baseball Blog”

Braves LogoQ: Are the Braves beginning to worry at all about the lack of production they are getting out of their long time All Star Chipper Jones?
A: With Chipper’s, um… advancing age, this kind of continued decline in health and productivity should be expected. In the off-season, I was an advocate of moving Chipper to first to see if that would keep him healthy and signing a defense-first third baseman to go with the Braves’ groundball-heavy pitching staff, but that’s not the path Frank Wren chose to take. Still, with a wOBA of .334, Chipper hasn’t been terrible  when he’s able to play. I wouldn’t sweat the .226 BA. That will be up in the .280s by the end of the season.

Q: Do you envision Jason Heyward continuing his early success to help carry the load offensively for the Braves?
A: Yes, but I’d expect a near-term decline or at least leveling of his performance. Is that answer a cop-out? Yes. Does it also happen to be true? Also yes.

Q: Although Tim Hudson seems to have returned to ace form, are the braves worried about the early struggles of Jair Jurrjens and how he will Perform once he returns from the DL?
A: Allow me to use this opportunity to declare that Tim Hudson has not returned to ace form. He has issued 23 unintentional walks to 26 strikeouts in 60 innings. That 65% groundball rate is covering up those warts, but I wouldn’t expect Hudson to be so fortunate all season long barring some sort of improvement. As far as Jurrjens goes, I’m worried about the heavy workload he has been asked to bear over the past couple of seasons and the effect that might have on his health and performance. Kris Medlen offers a nice short-term (and possibly long-term) solution and might even be better than Jurrjens. As for the long view, with Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino shredding minor league batters, Jurrjens is probably going to be a #4 starter for this club 2-3 years down the road. So while Jurrjens’ issues are troublesome as far as Jair is concerned, the Braves as a whole will survive with or without him.

Q: Do you believe this week’s Matchup between the Braves and Marlins will give us some good insight as to who the stronger team is in this Divisional Race?

A: I think it will give us a clear picture of who might win a three game series if these two teams played in May.

Q: Are the players feeling any added pressure to win this season knowing this is Bobby Cox’s final year as Manager?
A: I have no idea. I guess some of the veterans might sweat over it when they’re lying awake in bed at night, but I doubt it enters their thought process when they’re on the field.

Answering our questions concerning the Florida Marlins we have Chris Tower of “FishGuts Blog”

Marlins LogoQ: With the Marlins playing the Braves and their young super star Jason Hewyard, How long will it be till the Marlins bring up their own future star in Mike Stanton?

A: From what I understand, the Marlins are likely waiting until the Super Two arbitration deadline passes, much in the same way the Nats are with Strasburg. Strasburg’s ETA is 6/4 or something around then, but with Stanton it’s a little more complicated.
The Marlins have Chris Coghlan, last year’s rookie of the year, and Cameron Maybin, a big part of the Miguel Cabrera both struggling in the outfield right now, so they have to figure out which one will be replaced when Stanton comes up. That’s the biggest question, so I think they’ll wait until the interleague series at Tampa Bay in June to call him up, that way they get a couple of DH series to get all three in the lineup and see which two stick. My guess is he’ll but up no later than a week after Strasburg.

Q: What is going to be the Marlins Key to keep in this Division race as the season goes on?

A: Starting pitching. The starters have, for the most part, been phenomenal this year, especially over the last 5 weeks, where they have something like a sub 3.5 ERA collectively. If that keeps up, the offense will figure itself out and they’ll go grab a left handed relief pitcher to shore up the bullpen.

Q:  How has both Hanley and the team handled the situation since his benching and team apology?

A: Hanley’s relationship with the team doesn’t seem any more stressed than it had been before. Hanley has had these situations before, he’s just immature, and you have to learn to live with it. He’s living proof that someone who is great at the sport doesn’t necessarily have to be a great role model or a great face for the franchise. He just wants to play the game, and that’s fine for me. Not everyone is Derek Jeter.

Q:  Do you see any difference in this Marlins team compared to the last few seasons where they can make a real push for a playoff spot?

A: Go back to question 2. The starting pitching goes 4 deep with quality that are pitching very well, and Nate Robertson is kind of a perfect upper tier NL #5 pitcher. they are going deep into games, and so it’s letting the bullpen pitch in spots, rather than out of need, and it’s helping a lot. The bullpen has battened down since a rocky start. That being said, I’m still not sure it’s a playoff team. Stanton’s going to go a long way in making me think they are. If he goes Jason Heyward on the league, the Marlins can be very scary.

5)  Does Fredi Gonzalez have full support from the Marlins organization for the way he handled the Hanley situation?

A: 100%, from the beginning. They were very public in supporting Fredi’s choice, no matter what. Pretty much every fan and writer supported him too. He handled it perfectly.

Special Thanks to both Conor Tapp and Chris Tower for their help this week.

To read more about these teams check out their blogs

Braves Baseball Blog

Fish Guts Blog