NL East Lineups for 4-8-2011

Filed Under (Daily Lineups) by mrose on 08-04-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Citi Field, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, MinuteMaid Park, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Turner Field, Washington Nationals

Today is the first home game for a couple NL East teams.  First, the New York Mets open the third season at Citi Field against the Nationals at 4:05PM.  The lineup is below.

Today's lineup: Desmond, ss; Werth, rf; Zimmerman, 3b; LaRoche, 1b; Morse, lf; Ankiel, cf; Espinosa, 2b; Rodriguez, c; Zimmermann, rhp
Nationals PR
Mets Home Opener Line-Up vs. Washington: Reyes-ss, Pagan-cf, Wright-3b, Beltran-rf, Davis-1b, Harris-lf, Emaus-2b, Thole-c, Dickey-p
New York Mets

Later, at 7:05pm, The Marlins will travel to Houston to face the Astros at MinuteMaid Park for the ‘Stros home opener

#Marlins 4/8 at Hou: Coghlan 8, Infante 4, Ramirez 6, Sanchez 3, Morrison 7, Murphy 5, Bonifacio 9, Hayes 2, Nolasco 1

No twitter with Astros lineup

Finally, the Braves open their season at Turner Field as the NL Favorite Philadelphia Phillies come to town in a 7:35 start

Phillies' Lineup @ Braves: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Lee P
Phillies Network
Tonight's lineup (7:35 Peachtree TV/FS South): Prado LF McLouth CF Chipper 3B McCann C Uggla 2B Heyward RF Gonzalez SS Freeman 1B Hudson P
Atlanta Braves

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NL East Lineups for 4-7-2011

Filed Under (Daily Lineups) by mrose on 07-04-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

NL East action gets underway today with the Braves finishing a four game set against the Brewers in Milwaukee.  The Braves look to split the series before leaving town.

#Braves lineup: Prado 5 McLouth 8 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Heyward 9 Gonzalez 6 Freeman 3 Young 7 Hanson 1
Mark Bowman
Today's #Brewers lineup: 2B Weeks, CF Gomez, LF Braun, 1B Fielder, 3B McGehee, SS Betancourt, RF Morgan, C Kottaras, P Marcum
The Brewer Nation

Next, the Mets and Phillies play the finale and rubber match of their first series of the year today at 3:05 in Philadelphia

Mets Thursday lineup @ Philly: Reyes-SS, Harris-LF, Wright-3B, Davis-1B, Pagan-CF, Duda-RF, Emaus-2B, Thole-C, Niese-LHP
New York Mets
Thursday #Phillies lineup: Victorino 8, Polanco 5, Rollins 6, Howard 3, Francisco 9, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 4, Halladay 1
Adam Rubin

Later tonight, the Nationals will finish up their series against the Marlins lineups are available now..

Lineup at Marlins - Desmond 6, Werth 9, Zim 5, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Ankiel 8, Espinosa 4, Nix 7, Lannan 1
Nationals PR
#Marlins 4/7 vs Was: coghlan 8, infante 4, ramirez 6, sanchez 3, morrison 7, buck 2, helms 5, bonifacio 9, johnson 1




NL East Lineups for 4-6-2011

Filed Under (Daily Lineups) by mrose on 06-04-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, brewernation, Florida Marlins, lineups, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

Tonight, the NL East teams are back in action.

The Phillies and Mets matchup for the second of a three game set.

Wednesday's Mets lineup @ Philly: Reyes-SS, Harris-LF, Wright-3B, Beltran-RF, Pagan-CF, Davis-1B, Emaus-2B, Thole-C, Pelfrey-RHP
New York Mets
2nite's lineup (Mets)-Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, J Roll SS, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Francisco RF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Blanton P. Pelfrey P NYM

Next, The Braves play the third of a four game set in Milwaukee

Tonight's lineup (8:10ET SportSouth):Prado - 7Freeman - 3Chipper - 5McCann - 2Uggla - 4Heyward - 9Gonzalez - 6Young - 8Minor - 1
Atlanta Braves
Tonight's #Brewers lineup: 2B Weeks, CF Gomez, LF Braun, 1B Fielder, 3B McGehee, RF Almonte, SS Betancourt, C Nieves, P Estrada
The Brewer Nation

And finally, the Nats try to rebound from an extra inning loss to the Marlins in Miami last night.

Lineup at #Marlins: Desmond 6, Werth 9, Zim 5, LaRoche 3, Morse 7, Ankiel 8, Espinosa 4, Pudge 2, Hernandez 1.
Nationals PR
#Marlins 4/6 vs Was: coghlan 8, infante 4, ramirez 6, sanchez 3, morrison 7, buck 2, murphy 5, bonifacio 9, volstad 1


NL East Lineups for 4-5-2011

Filed Under (Daily Lineups, Twitter) by mrose on 05-04-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Twitter, Washington Nationals

The New York Mets (2-1) head into Philadelphia Phillies (3-0)

Mets Tuesday lineup @ Philly: Reyes-SS, Pagan-CF, Wright-3B, Beltran-RF, Hairston-LF, Davis-1B, Emaus-2B, Nickeas-C, Young-RHP
New York Mets
Tonight's lineup (Mets)-Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, J Roll SS, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Francisco RF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Hamels P. Young P Mets.

The Braves (3-1) continue a set at the Milwaukee Brewers (0-4)

Tonight's lineup (8:10ET FS South):Prado - 7McLouth - 8Jones - 5McCann - 2Uggla - 4Heyward - 9Gonzalez - 6Hinske - 3Lowe - 1
Atlanta Braves
#Brewers vs. Braves - Weeks 4 Morgan 8 Braun 7 Fielder 3 McGehee 5 Kotsay 9 Counsell 6 Kottaras 2 Gallardo 1
Tyler Barnes

And finally, the Washington Nationals (1-2) start a three game set against the Florida Marlins (1-2) in Miami

#Nats lineup vs. #Marlins: Hairston-2B, Werth-RF, Zim-3B, LaRoche-1B, Morse-LF, Ankiel-CF, Ramos-C, Cora-SS, Marquis-P
William Ladson
#Marlins 4/5 vs Was: coghlan 8, infante 4, ramirez 6, gsanchez 3, morrison 7, buck 2, murphy 5, bonifacio 9, asanchez 1

ESPN Picks are in

Filed Under (Braves Baseball Blog, Fish Guts blog, Nats News, Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets) by mrose on 30-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicaco White Sox, ESPN, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals

ESPN has posted all of their predictions for NL/AL playoff teams and wild card winners.  Not surprisingly, there is a huge amount of people picking the Red Sox to come out of the American League, with some sprinkled in Yankees a few random picks like the White Sox or the Rays.
In the National League, there are more people than I expected thinking the Braves would make it to the Fall Classic, but the Phillies are still everyone’s favorite.  I am surprised that with the love affair that is the Phillies and their potentially potent rotation, the number of people who pick them not to make it to the World Series and in some cases, not even make the playoffs.

Click here to check the picks out yourself and discuss.  One other note, in case you were delirious and were hoping, not one person picked the Mets, Nationals or Marlins to even make the playoffs.

Goodbye Spring training, hello regular season

Filed Under (Braves Baseball Blog, Centerfield Gate blog, Fish Guts blog, mrose, NL East Chatter, NLEC News, Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets, The Real Dirty Mets Blog) by mrose on 29-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Disney, Howard Megdal, Kenshin Kawakami, Mets Blog, Michael Baron, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Wide World of Sports

Four weekends, five spring training visits.

This year, with a tight personal life schedule, four of the five visits were to the New York Mets facility in Port St Lucie, Florida.  The New York Mets PR crew was gracious in allowing myself and some from The Real Dirty Mets Blog to have Field Passes to those games.  This allowed us to get a ton of great pictures (album links will be posted later), a couple quick player interactions, and an experience that makes any baseball fan excited for the season, no matter who you root for.

We most recently saw Carlos Beltran participating in a minor league game, playing Right Field and rehabbing his knee.  While watching how he has progressed, we were lucky enough to meet Michael Baron, who writes for MetsBlog and takes fantastic photos (much better than mine), as well as Howard Megdal a fantastic writer for multiple sites. Very enjoyable watching the game and talkin’ baseball with these two.

We made our way back to the main field to see the middle innings of a Mets Spring Training win versus a mainly B squad which traveled for the Braves, but saw some bright spots for the Mets with Emaus, and a cameo by Wilmer Flores late in the game.  He is a big guy! (pictures in album links below)

Finally, we attended another Terry Collins post game and with some help again by Michael Baron, we got a couple more great pics and heard and twitter’d some news regarding the Mets 2B situation at the time.

Not to be missed, I also made a short trip over to Wide World of Sports on Sunday to take in some Phillies and Braves baseball.  The facility is beautiful, although the traffic getting in and out was quite annoying.  Besides seeing Kawakami go for the Braves, who since has been sent to the minors , we saw a fun game and even saw what looked like regular season fan interaction.  Many Phillies fans were quite excited about Spring training play against a minor league pitcher, but hey.. its almost that time, so who can really blame them?

It was a great spring, each weekend filled with great baseball.  I will be heading down to Miami for the opening game of the Mets and Marlins season on Friday as well, armed with my camera, and my phone for some twitter posts.

Here are all the albums from this spring:

March 6, 2011 Red Sox @ Mets

March 13,2011 Cardinals @ Mets

March 19, 2011 Nats @ Mets

March 26,2011 Braves @ Mets

March 26,2011 Phillies @ Braves

I’m also looking forward to another growing year for NLEC and all the blogs underneath it.  With that said, we are still looking for new bloggers for the Marlins and Braves and additional writers for Centerfield Gate, NL East Chatter and Phillies Phandom.  Please contact me at @nleastchatter on twitter.

An NL East Chatter update

Filed Under (Centerfield Gate blog,, NLEC News, Phillies Phandom, Real Dirty Mets) by mrose on 09-03-2011

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Centerfield Gate, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, spring training, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Washington Nationals

I hope everyone is enjoying Spring Training for their teams.  I just want to send a reminder that although we are still in need of Braves and Marlins blogs, our others are going strong.

Please visit Real Dirty Mets for all your Mets News, CenterfieldGate for all Nats, and finally, Phillies Phandom to find out how the NL Favorites are fairing.

NL East Chatter will be getting ramped up again soon with editorials, NL East News and daily recaps when the season starts again.  Until then, watch our reports and pictures from Spring training and please email if you are interested in writing for any of the NL East Chatter blogs!

Another call for writers/blog owners

Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by mrose on 06-12-2010

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, NL East Cahtter Braves Baseball Blog Real Dirty Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

Hey everyone,

Reposting this from a few weeks back:

thanks for helping us complete our first FULL season of NL East Chatter.  Our Mets (Real Dirty Mets) and Nationals (Centerfieldgate) blogs are doing great.  Our other blogs need some help.  We are looking to come back strong in 2011, like all the NL East Teams but we are looking for a few things.  Please email if you can help with any of the following.

Again , please contact us if you can help with the following, and enjoy the offseason, we will get started again here soon.

I did receive one inquiry about the Braves, but was unable to return email, please send me another email and I will surely get back to you.


And Then There Were Two: NLDS Predictions

Filed Under (Command Center, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 04-10-2010

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox, Chase Utley, Cincinnati Reds, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Ryan Howard, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

While the Marlins, Mets, and Nationals hit the golf course and start to make their plans for 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves will be playing in the postseason.  The Phillies comfortably took the NL East, and it took the Braves until Day 162 to earn a playoff berth, but both will be battling to reach the World Series.

So what are their chances?  Here is my take on Round 1.

Phillies vs. Reds

The Phillies have the home field advantage against the NL Central Champion Cincinnati Reds.  The Phillies are clearly the better team, and to me, the question isn’t if the Phils will win this series, but rather how many games it will take.

The Phillies battled through injuries throughout the 2010 season.  Now they are healthy, and thanks to clinching the division title early, they were able to set up their pitching rotation.  With the Roys (Halladay & Oswalt) and Cole Hamels pitching the first three games, the Reds will have their hands full.  The Reds had the chance to set up their rotation as well, but with three righties (Volquez, Arroyo, & Cueto) facing Utley, Howard, and company, Cincinnati’s pitchers will have their hands full.

So, will the Reds take a game?  The Command Center says…

Prediction: Phillies in 3.

Braves vs. Giants

Both the Braves and Giants stamped their tickets to the playoffs on the season’s final day.  Both teams are also built on pitching.  Will one team’s staff let them down?  Will one offense catch fire at the right time?

The Giants will throw out “The Freak,”  Tim Lincecum, against Atlanta’s Derek Lowe in Game 1 on Thursday night.   Every game is important in a short series, but the winner of the first game of this showdown will have a huge leg up on their opponent.   A Giants win, and San Fran will be feeling good and looking to go on a roll with Cain & Sanchez to follow.  If the Braves can defeat San Fran’s ace, it could be a major blow to the Giants’ psyche and a big momentum swing in Atlanta’s favor.

I expect a bunch of low scoring games and teams looking to scratch and claw to put runs on the board.  Will the Braves rally behind their skipper and extend Bobby Cox’s managing career one more series?   I could see this series going either way, but the Command Center can only declare one winner.

Prediction: Giants in 5.

Did the Command Center get these right?  There’s only one way to find out.  Play Ball!

NL East Recap 10-1

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 02-10-2010

Tagged Under : Adalberto Mendez, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Chan Ho Park, chris snyder, Dan Uggla, Daniel McCutchen, Derrek Lee, Florida Marlins, Hisanori Takahashi, Ike davis, Jimmy Rollins, Jordan Zimmermann, Josh Thole, Kyle Kendrick, Michael Morse, New York Mets, Pat Misch, pedro alvarez, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals

Phillies vs. Braves

The Braves had a chance to clinch at least a tie for the NL Wild Card with a victory on Friday night.  However, the first place Phillies broke open the game with a five run sixth inning on their way to a 11-5 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.

With the game tied at 2 entering the sixth, the Phillies put two runners on base versus Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy (0-2).  Peter Moylan relieved Beachy with two outs, and after a throwing error by Brooks Conrad prolonged the inning, Moylan walked pinch hitter Domonic Brown with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run.  Mike Dunn relieved Moylan and promptly allowed a grand slam to Jimmy Rollins to give Philly a 7-2 lead. 

The Phillies added four more runs in the eighth to take a commanding 11-2 lead.  Atlanta scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but that was as close as they would get.  Kyle Kendrick (11-10) earned the victory for the Phillies, limiting the Braves to two runs and five hits over five innings.  Derrek Lee was the lone bright spot for the Braves, going 3 for 5 and driving in all five Atlanta runs.


Mets vs. Nationals

With reports swirling that both their GM and Manager were on their way out, the Mets received solid pitching and used a pair of long balls to defeat the Nationals by a score of 2-1 in 10 innings at Citi Field.

Mets rookie Ike Davis homered off of Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth inning to put the Mets on the scoreboard.  New York starter Pat Misch kept Washington off of the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when Michael Morse connected for a solo home run of his own to tie the game at 1.  Misch allowed just two other hits over eight innings of work, striking out 10 batters.

The game remained 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th, when another Mets rookie went deep.  With one out, Josh Thole blasted a home run off of reliever Tyler Clippard (11-7) to give the Mets a walk off victory.  Mets reliever Hisanori Takahashi (10-6) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.


Marlins vs. Pirates

Facing off in the second game of a four game series, the Pirates defeated the Marlins 5-1 on Friday evening in Miami.

Dan Uggla got the Marlins on the scoreboard in the first inning with an RBI single off of Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen.  Pittsburgh answered back in the second when Pedro Alvarez homered off of Adalberto Mendez to tie the game at 1.   The game remained tied at 1 until the fifth, when Chris Snyder hit a two-run home run off of Mendez (1-3) to give the Pirates a lead they would not relinquish. 

Chan Ho Park (4-3) earned the victory in relief, pitching three hitless innings and striking out six batters.  The win was the 124th of Park’s career and gave him the record for the most wins by an Asian-born pitcher in the major leagues.