NL East Series Preview from 8-13-09 through 8-17-09

Filed Under (Marlins Player News, Series Preview) by mrose on 14-08-2009

Tagged Under : Aaron cook, Aaron Harang, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Barry Zito, Ben Francisco, Bobby Parnell, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Delgado, Centerfieldgate, Chicago Cubs, Chris Volstad, Cincinnati Reds, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Colin Balester, Colorado Rockies, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Francisco Cordero, Garret Mock, Garrett Mock, Houston Astros, J.A. Happ, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Hammel, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Joe Blanton, Joe Martinez, Johan Santana, John Lannan, Johnny Cueto, Jonathan Sanchez, Jorge De La Rosa, Josh Johnson, Justin Lehr, Kenshin Kawakami, Livan Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers, martin prado, Matt Cain, Mike Pelfrey, Nate McClouth, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Rick VandenHurk, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Great American Ballpark, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Washington Nationals, Yunel Escobar

Phillies Logo VS Braves Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies(64-48, 1st in NL East) may have finally figured out their troubles since the trade deadline this week.  This week, after being swept by the Marlins, the offense may have finally come back to life during a three game set in Chicago.  Cliff Lee has been outstanding as he has three wins in as many games and even Ben Francisco was the hero for a night on Monday.  They will look to put some space between themselves and the third place Braves and do better against a division rival than they did last weekend.  Phillies Phandom will have all the information on this series you need.

The Atlanta Braves(60-54, 3rd in NL East 5GB, 3.5GB of wildcard) have won five straight and seven out of eight games.  It started last week with a west coast swing where they took two of three from the lowly Padres and then were able to take three out of four from the Dodgers and gain ground in the playoffs races.  This week they swept the Nats in a two game set and will hope to stay close in both playoff races.  Martin Prado and Yunel Escobar are still on fire for the Braves and they hope Nate McClouth will be back soon as he has been day to day. The Braves Baseball Blog has more info on the series and the game.

Be sure to check back for the Chatter Up! Between these two blogs today.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Friday @ 7:30PM EST – Blanton,PHI(7-6,4.02 ERA) vs. Jurrjens,ATL(9-8,3.01 ERA)
Saturday @ 4:00PM EST – Hamels,PHI(7-7,4.77 ERA) vs. Kawakami,ATL(5-9,4.12 ERA)
Sunday @ 8:00PM EST – Happ,PHI(8-2,2.75 ERA) vs. Vazquez,ATL(10-7,2.90 ERA)
Rockies Logo VS Marlins Logo
The Florida Marlins(61-54, 2nd in NL East 4.5GB, 3GB of wildcard) seemed to get a wakeup call last week when they were swept by the Nationals.  Since that time, they are 6-1 including a series sweep last weekend of the division leading Phillies.  They took three of four from the Astros this week and head into a VERY important series.  They welcome in the wildcard leading Colorado Rockies for three games and could potentially leave town being tied for the wildcard if they can pull off a sweep.  They will send Josh Johnson to the mound in the opener, so that is working for them.  FishGuts will have more on the Marlins and this defining series.

The Colorado Rockies(64-51 2nd in NL West 5GB, 1st in NL Wildcard) have been on fire since the All-Star break except for a rough patch against the Phillies a week ago.  This week they came off a three of four from the Cubs and finished with two of three at home against the Pirates with three large wins.  The Rox are currently leading the wildcard, but they do have teams hot on their tail, including the Giants at only 1.5 gmaes back, the Marlins as mentioned above and the Braves only 3.5 games back.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Hammel,COL(7-6,4.66 ERA) vs. Johnson,FLA(11-2,2.92 ERA)
Saturday @ 6:10PM EST – Cook,COL(10-4,3.93 ERA) vs. VandenHurk,FLA(2-1,4.15 ERA)
Sunday @ 5:05PM EST – De La Rosa,COL(10-8,4.78 ERA) vs. Volstad,FLA(8-9,4.71 ERA)
Giants Logo VS Mets Logo
The New York Mets(61-54, 4th in NL East 12GB) have a lot of red L’s on the schedule for the past few weeks.  The talks of the team not shaving until they made it to .500 are long gone as over the past 13 games are only 4-9 and the schedule has not been that difficult.  They have lost those games to the Diamondbacks and Padres mainly with a couple against the Central division leading Cardinals for two.  the injuries don’t appear to end for the Mets, and this week they found out Delgado may also be done for the year.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog is your place to go for more information on the Mets.
The San Francisco Giants(62-52, 3rd in NL West 6.5GB, 2nd in Wildcard 1.5GB) have hit rough times in the past week and with that, fell out of the wildcard lead.  The Giants lose two of three to the Reds last weekend and then followed that up with a series loss to the Dodgers, but did take the final game on their way to New York.  They will hope their pitching continues to impress in this series and going forward as they do extend after this four game set to Cincinnati and finally on to the Rockies next weekend.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Zito,SF(8-10,4.40 ERA) vs. Parnell,NYM(2-4,3.94 ERA)
Saturday @ 4:10PM EST – Cain,SF(12-4,2.44 ERA) vs. Santana,NYM(13-8,3.00 ERA)
Sunday @ 1:10PM EST – Sanchez,SF(5-10,4.61 ERA) vs. Pelfrey,NYM(8-8,4.88 ERA)
Monday @ 7:10PM EST – Martinez,SF(2-1,6.00 ERA) vs. Hernandez,NYM(7-7,5.28 ERA)
Nationals Logo VS Reds Logo
The Washington Nationals(40-74, 5th in NL East 24.5GB) followed up their eight game winning streak by losing two games in a row by a combined 14-3 score. Whatever had gotten into their bats definitely made its way right back out during this past two game set against the Braves. They will now travel for Cincinnati to begin a four game set against the Reds and hope their hitting and pitching can go back to last week’s levels. In The Great American Ballpark, they certainly have a good chance of getting some hits, but the pitching could still struggle. CenterfieldGate has more information on the Nats, be sure to check them out.

The Cincinnati Reds(49-64, 5th in NL Central 13.5GB) are one of many teams who have already wrote off the season and you may even see more trades from. Oddly, they did make a few trades at the deadline, but unless they go on an insane winning streak, they will not sniff the playoffs. They will send a pitcher to the mound in this series that has been the subject of trade talks for a while, Bronson Arroyo and likely their closer Francisco Cordero will be seen too, who also has been in rumors.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Thursday @ 7:10PM EST – Reds 7 Nationals 0
Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Mock,WAS(1-4,6.14 ERA) vs. Harang,CIN(6-13,4.43 ERA)
Saturday @ 7:10PM EST – Martin,WAS(1-2,5.91 ERA) vs. Cueto,CIN(8-9,4.23 ERA)
Sunday @ 1:10PM EST – Lannan,WAS(8-9,3.58 ERA) vs. Lehr,CIN(2-0,1.80 ERA)

Marlins Player News: Miller down, Gaby Sanchez up

Filed Under (Marlins Player News) by mrose on 21-07-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Florida Marlins, Gaby Sanchez, New Orleans

After the game Monday, the Marlins sent the struggling starter Andrew Miller to AAA New Orleans according to the Fish Bytes blog in the Miami Herald. Miller had been struggling in his last few starts.
Gaby Sanchez is 25 years old and had hoped to make the team out of spring training. He is batting .289 with 9 home runs at AAA this year.

NL East News: Pedro, Halladay and All-Star Starters

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Mets Player News, Nats Player News, NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 13-07-2009

Tagged Under : Albert Pujols, Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, David Wright, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, national league east, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Roy Halladay, Ruben Amaro Jr. Jayson Werth, Ryan Braun, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Tim Lincecum, Todd Zolecki, Yadier Molina

The biggest news of the day appears to be that according to many reports, including Todd Zolecki’s Twitter, that former Met Pedro Martinez is on his way to Philadelphia.  His latest news says that the physical may not be completed until tomorrow, but a deal is expected by Wednesday.

Zolecki also speaks to different Philly players who send a message to management that they want Halladay.

1st time All-Star Jayson Werth said “”I understand all that, We won last year and we pretty much have the same team this year. If you were ever going to sell the farm I think now would be the time. But that’s just me speaking who has a short window of a career. Ruben (Amaro Jr.) and those guys are going to be there for a long time. It’s a lot to leverage, I know. But I think we’re definitely in a situation where if we did go for it, it could pay off.”

Zolecki includes quotes from Charlie Manuel and Ryan Howard as well in his article.

Finally, the starting lineup is announced and it includes five NL East position players, not bad for what most(including their own fans) label as a terrible division.  It also includes Shane Victorino who Charlie Manuel chose to start for the injured Carlos Beltran in Center field.  The lineup is as follows:

Hanley Ramirez SS

Chase Utley 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Ryan Braun RF

Raul Ibanez LF

David Wright 3B

Shane Victorino CF

Yadier Molina C

Tim Lincecum P

NL East Player News: Detwiler, Ayala, Norton

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Nats Player News) by mrose on 13-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, Greg norton, Gregor Blanco, Luis Ayala, Ross Detwiler, Sean West, Washington Nationals

The Nationals yesterday optioned RHP Ross Detwiler to the minors after losing to the Astros.  He was 0-5 with an ERA over six this year.

The corresponding move was to bring back reliever Garret Mock as a starter.  While starting in the minors, Mock was 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA, his first start will be Sunday.

The Marlins called up Luis Ayala who was signed after being designated for Assignment by the Minnesota Twins this year.  To make room, they sent Sean West after a disappointing start on Saturday night.

Finally, the Braves have activated Utility man,  Greg Norton while sending OF Gregor Blanco to AAA.  The move came as a slight surprise to Norton who thought he may be cut by the team.

The Marlins and Braves moves were made prior to yesterday’s games.

Marlins Player News: Calero back from DL

Filed Under (Marlins Player News) by mrose on 09-07-2009

Tagged Under : Florida Marlins, Kiko Calero, New Orleans, Tim Wood

Calero is back from the DL

Calero is back from the DL

FishStripes reports that Kiko Calero is back from the DL for tonight’s game.  Tim Wood was optioned to AAA for his return and Calero has been on the DL since June 21st.

Marlins Player News: Andy Gonzalez up, De Aza down

Filed Under (Marlins Player News) by mrose on 08-07-2009

Tagged Under : Alejandro De Aza, Alfredo Amezaga, Andy Gonzalez, Florida Marlins, New Orleans

The Marlins have sent OF Alejandro De Aza to AAA and at the same time brought IF Andy Gonzalez up.  Alfredo Amezaga was transferred over to the 60 day DL as well.  Amezaga has been on the DL since May 17th with what is listed as a “left knee contusion”

De Aza was hitting .250 in only 20 at bats this year with the Marlins.

Gonzalez is hitting .260 in 65 games for AA New Orleans, including 32 RBI, four HR and six stolen bases.

NL East gets 5 starters and 11 total in 2009 All-Star Game

Filed Under (Braves Player News, Marlins Player News, Mets Player News, Nats Player News, NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 05-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Utley, Florida Marlins, Francisco Rodriguez, Hanley Ramirez, Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

The Rosters for the 2009 All-Star in St. Louis have been announced, and the National League East has 11 total representatives including 5 positional starters and the Mets leading the way with four representatives.  The players that are listed are below:

Philadelphia Logo Starters

Chase Utley 2B

Raul Ibanez OF

Reserves

Ryan Howard 1B

Marlins Logo Starters

Hanley Ramirez

Pitchers

Josh Johnson RHP

Mets Logo Starters

David Wright 3B

Carlos Beltran OF

Pitchers

Johan Santana LHP

Francisco Rodriguez RHP

Braves Logo Reserves

Brian McCann C

Nats Logo Reserves

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Marlins Player News: Luis Ayala Signs

Filed Under (Marlins Player News, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 02-07-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Luis Ayala, Minnesota Twins, New Orleans Zephyrs, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

Sure, another NL East team, why not?

Sure, another NL East team, why not?

The Marlins have signed RHP Luis Ayala Thursday after he cleared waivers from the Twins.  Ayala had pitched in 28 games for the twins while going 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA.  Most National League East fans will remember him pitching for the Mets at the end of the season and the Nationals before that.  He had a rough time as he was expected to help a bullpen that was really struggling.  His agent says that he will report to AAA New Orleans as he has not pitched in a few weeks, hoping to join the club after that and the Marlins will only pay him the prorated major league minimum, around $200,000.   Check back to NLEC for more information about the Marlins and the National League East.