With inter-league play just around the corner the NL East standings are dealing with division match ups. How did it all play out tonight?
New York Mets : 3
Washington Nationals : 5
Nats’ Take : The Nationals are now on the verge of sweeping the Mets after taking the first two games of the series. When you think about the resiliency of the Nats after the myriad injuries they have faced, it’s hard not to be impressed. Edwin Jackson tossed a nice game going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 ER) and striking out six. He got an early boost when Adam LaRoche hit a 3 run HR in the bottom half of the 1st. The Nats have one more game against the Mets before heading up to Bean Town to face the Red Sawx.
Mets’ Take : The Mets have now lost three straight and they probably would like to snap that losing streak before heading back to New York to take on their cross town rivals; the Yankees in the new House that Ruth Built. The Mets only had three hits tonight, but one belonged to the struggling Ike Davis who also recorded two walks, at least that’s a positive. Other than that there weren’t too many good things to say. If the Mets can win the final game with the Nats at least that would provide some momentum for the weekend series with the Yankees.
Atlanta Braves : 2
Miami Marlins : 1
Braves’ Take : By taking the second game in a row against the Braves have an identical record as the Marlins, putting them in a tie for second place. The Braves received a stellar performance from Randall Delgado who a gave up only 2 hits and allowed 1 run through 6.1 innings. The offense didn’t do to much against Marlins pitching, but it did enough to get the win. Sometimes that’s all that matters.
Marlins’ Take : It’s always hard to swallow a loss when you get a great pitching performance. Josh Johnson gave up 2 runs in 7.2 innings and the Marlins bullpen also pitched well, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Marlins. Every team loses games like these like this sometimes, but it will be interesting to see how the Marlins rebound tomorrow trying to avoid the three game sweep and reclaim sole possession of second place in the division.
Las Angeles Dodgers : 6
Philadelphia Phillies : 5
Phillies : This was a close one. There were four lead changes and the Phillies made an attempt at a comeback, putting up one run in the bottom half of the 9th, but they couldn’t win and now face a four game sweep on Thursday. After losing five in a row the Phillies find themselves two games under .500 and in need of a win. They have a good chance tomorrow with Cole Hamels taking the hill. Only time will tell, but the Phillies can still go on a hot streak and take the division by storm.