NL East Recap 10-2

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by klake13 on 02-10-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Antonio Bastardo, Braves, Brian Sanches, Chad Tracy, Charlie Morton, Chris Carter, Clay Hensley, David Wright, Jonny Venters, Jorge Sosa, Lucas Duda, Marlins, Mets, Michael Morse, Mike Stanton, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Raul Valdes, Ruben Tejada, Ryota Igarashi, Tommy Hanson, Tyler Clippard, Vance Worley, Wilson Ramos, Yunesky Maya

Mets vs. Nationals

The Mets beat the Nationals Saturday afternoon 7-2. Ruben Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Lucas Duda homered to make it 2-0. In the 6th, Michael Morse hit a solo shot for Washington, cutting the lead to 2-1. In the 7th, the Nationals tied it up on an infield single by Wilson Ramos. In the bottom of the 7th, David Wright hit a big three-run blast to center field to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. The following inning, Chris Carter hit a two-run shot.

Both starters got a no decision after today’s outting. Raul Valdes went 5.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out five. Yunesky Maya went 5 innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four. Ryota Igarashi got the win for the Mets. Tyler Clippard took the loss.

Braves vs. Phillies

It was a tight game through 7 innings, but Philadelphia went on to beat the Braves 7-0. The Phillies scored four runs in the 7th. Three of those runs were on singles and one came on a wild pitch. Philadelphia went on to score one run in the 8th, and two more runs in the 9th. Atlanta hitters were held to just three hits all night. With the loss, Atlanta is not tied for the Wild Card.

Both starters got a no decision. Vance Worley went 5 innings for Philadelphia, and gave up just one hit while striking out three. Tommy Hanson went 5 innings for Atlanta and allowed six hits while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo got the win for the Phillies. Jonny Venters took the loss for Atlanta.

Marlins vs. Pirates

Florida took game two against the Pirates by a score of 2-0. Florida’s runs came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Mike Stanton started things with an RBI single. Chad Tracy would later hit a sacrifice fly in the inning to make it 2-0.

Jorge Sosa got the start for Florida in place of Alexa Sanabia who sat out with a stiff elbow. Sosa got a no decision after going 4 innings and giving up five hits while striking out one. Reliever Brian Sanches got the win for Florida. Charlie Morton took the loss for Pittsburgh. Morton went 6 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out nine. Clay Hensley recorded his 6th save for the Marlins.

What’s on Tap 10-2-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 02-10-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Braves, Charlie Morton, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Raul Valdes, Tommy Hanson, Vance Worley, Yunesky Maya

Saturday’s games:

Mets vs. Nationals

The Mets and Nationals continue their series this afternoon. Raul Valdes (3-3, 5.23 ERA) gets the start for New York. Yunesky Maya (0-3, 6.43 ERA)starts for Washington. Game time is 1:10 p.m. in New York.

Braves vs. Phillies

The Braves and Phillies go head-to-head in game two of their series this afternoon. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41 ERA) gets the start for Atlanta. Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25 ERA) starts for Philadelphia. First pitch is 4:10 p.m. in Atlanta.

Marlins vs. Pirates

The Marlins send Alex Sanabia (5-3, 3.73 ERA) to the mound for game three against the Pirates. Charlie Morton (2-11, 7.94 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. Game time is 7:10 p.m. in Florida.

What’s on Tap 9-16-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 16-09-2010

Tagged Under : Braves, Charlie Morton, Marlins, Mets, Mike Pelfrey, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates

Thursday’s games:

Mets vs. Pirates

The Mets are the only NL East team in action today. They send Mike Pelfrey (14-9, 3.89 ERA) to the mound as they go for the sweep against the Pirates tonight in New York. Charlie Morton (1-11, 9.05 ERA) gets the start for Pittsburgh. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

The Braves, Marlins, Nationals, and Phillies all have the day off.

NL East Recap 9-5

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by Chris Comando on 06-09-2010

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Alex Sanabia, Aramis Ramirez, Atlanta Braves, Burke Badenhop, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Ruiz, Charlie Morton, Chicago Cubs, Emilio Bonifacio, Eric O'Flaherty, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, Ike davis, Jason Marquis, John Axford, Jonathon Niese, Kyle Kendrick, Logan Morrison, Mike Minor, Milwaukee Brewers, Nate McLouth, New York Mets, pedro alvarez, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Prince Fielder, Randy Wolf, Rickie Weeks, Ruben Tejada, Ryan Braun, Ryan Dempster, Ryan Zimmerman, Scott Cousins, Washington Nationals

Marlins vs. Braves

The Marlins blew a 6-0 lead to the first place Braves, but scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to earn a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon in Florida. 

The Marlins jumped on Atlanta starter Mike Minor for six runs in the first three innings.  Hanley Ramirez ignited Florida’s offense with a run-scoring single in the first inning, and then hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Marlins up 6-0.  Marlins starter Alex Sanabia held the Braves scoreless until Nate McLouth singled home a run in the fifth, and Atlanta rallied for five more runs in the sixth to even the score.  Florida outfielder Cameron Maybin kept the Braves from taking the lead when he robbed McLouth of what would have been a go-ahead grand slam.  Instead, McLouth’s long drive turned into an unusual two-run sacrifice fly which tied the game at 6.

The score remained tied at 6 until the bottom of the 10th.   After lining a foul ball off of on-deck batter Logan Morrison, Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio tripled off of Atlanta reliever Eric O’Flaherty (3-2) to open the inning.  With Morrison unable to take his turn at bat, pinch hitter Scott Cousins delivered his first major league hit to score Bonifacio with the winning run.  Burke Badenhop (2-5) earned the victory in relief for the Marlins.


Phillies vs. Brewers

The Phillies remained a game back of the Braves as they fell by a score of 6-2 to former Phillie Randy Wolf and the Brewers in Philadelphia.

Prince Fielder blasted a three-run homer off of Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (9-8) in the first inning to give Milwaukee an early lead.  The Phillies pulled to within a run in the second inning when Carlos Ruiz doubled home two runs off of Wolf, but the Brewers answered back with single runs in the third and fourth innings.   The Brew Crew pounded out 13 hits, including three each by Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun.

Wolf (11-10) allowed just two runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, and John Axford pitched two scoreless innings to earn save number 20.


Mets vs. Cubs

The sliding Mets avoided a sweep as their offense exploded for 18 runs and 21 hits in an 18-5 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.

The Cubs built a 4-2 lead off of New York starter Jonathon Niese, helped by a two run homer from Aramis Ramirez.  However, the Mets knocked out Chicago starter Ryan Dempster (12-10) in the fifth with a five run inning.  Ruben Tejada singled home two runs to break a 4-4 tie, and added his first major league home run in the seventh as the Mets took the lead for good.   The Mets broke open the game by scoring five runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.  Tejada drove in five runs on the afternoon, and Ike Davis added four hits, including a home run.  Niese (9-7) wasn’t on top of his game, allowing five runs over six plus innings, but earned the victory thanks to New York’s offensive outburst.


Nationals vs. Pirates

The Nationals used a five run inning and solid starting pitching on their way to a 8-1 victory against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

After scoring a run in the first on an RBI ground out from Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals took control of the game in the fourth inning off of Charlie Morton (1-11) and the Pirates.  Adam Dunn homered, and Zimmerman singled home two more in the five run frame.  Meanwhile, Washington starter Jason Marquis (2-7) allowed just one run over six innings, courtesy of a Pedro Alvarez solo homer.  Zimmerman added another run scoring single in the sixth, finishing the game with four RBI to lead the Nationals to the victory.

What’s on Tap 9-5-2010

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Whats on Tap) by klake13 on 05-09-2010

Tagged Under : Alex Sanabia, Braves, Brewers, Charlie Morton, Cubs, Jason Marquis, Jon Niese, Kyle Kendrick, Marlins, Mets, Mike Minor, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Randy Wolf, Ryan Dempster

Sunday’s games:

Braves vs. Marlins

The Braves and Marlins each try to take the rubber game in the series finale in Florida. Mike Minor (3-0, 3.91 ERA) starts for Atlanta. Alex Sanabia (3-2, 3.98 ERA) starts for Florida. First pitch is 12:10 p.m.

Nationals vs. Pirates

Jason Marquis (1-7, 8.13 ERA) takes the mound for Washington as they look to win the rubber game against the Pirates. Charlie Morton (1-10, 10.03 ERA) gets the start for Pittsburgh. Game time is 1:35 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Phillies vs. Brewers

The Phillies go for the sweep of the Brewers today in Philadelphia. Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 4.72 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Randy Wolf (10-10, 4.76 ERA) starts for Milwaukee. First pitch is 1:35 p.m.

Mets vs. Cubs

The Mets send Jon Niese (8-7, 3.70 ERA) to the mound as they look to salvage the final game of their three-game series with the Cubs. Ryan Dempster (12-9, 3.71 ERA) starts for Chicago. Game time is 2:20 p.m. in Chicago.

NL East Daily Recap from 8-27-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 28-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, Anderson Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen, Anibal Sanchez, Aramis Ramirez, Atlanta Braves, Centerfieldgatae, Charlie Morton, Chicago Cubs, Chris Coghlan, Clayton Richard, Dan Uggla, Daniel Murphy, Danny Bautista, Derek Lee, Everth Cabrera, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garrett Jones, J.A. Happ, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Matt Capps, matt diaz, Mike MacDougal, New York Mets, Paul Bako, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Pittsburgh Pirates, Randy Wells, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman, San Diego Padres, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tim Redding, Washington Nationals

The Pirates were looking to do something that probably not many picked earlier this week, and that was to win a series versus the Phillies.  After Garrett Jones came through with another late inning home run for this Pirates team, they were on their way to a game win of 3-2 and a series victory.  Garrett Jones hit a two run home run in the eighth inning with two out and one on, that put the Pirates in the lead for good, as Matt Capps held the Phils in the ninth for his 24th save.  Danny Bautista(1-0) got the relief victory for the Pirates as he worked two perfect innings with two strikeouts behind a well pitched game by Charlie Morton who went five innings and allowed only two runs.  The Pirates only other run was on a home run by Andrew McCutchen in the first.

J.A. Happ pitched very well in this game and really only made two mistakes.  Unfortunately both of those mistakes were home runs and led to the loss for Happ(10-3) as he went eight innings and allowed seven total hits, but two home runs.  His only run support was a Ryan Howard RBI groundout in the first and a Paul Bako solo shot in teh second before the Phils bats went silent.  Phillies Phandom has more on this game and all Phillies games.



In a rare event for the New York Mets yesterday in South Florida, they won by a score of 10-3.  Even more odd is that every position player had at least two hits including Daniel Murphy with two hits and three RBI and Anderson Hernandez with three hits and two runs scored and the Mets knocked seventeen in total.  Tim Redding, newly into the rotation pitched his second straight good start going 6.2 innings and only allowing five hits and three runs, but all three on homers to get the victory.  The Real Dirty Mets Blog covers all things Mets for you.

Anibal Sanchez had a pretty bad start for the Marlins, but some of that contributed by errors.  Sanchez(2-5) in 3.2 innings allowed eight hits, three walks and four runs, although only two earned and used 82 pitches.  His followers didn’t do much better, allowing six more runs on nine more hits in the game.  Chris Coghlan his two home runs off tim Redding and Dan Uggla added a solo shot of his own, but the Marlins could not gain more ground in the NL East, check FishGuts for more.
With the arm and bat!

With the arm and bat!

Javier Vazquez helped the Braves get out of a small funk against the San Diego Padres last night, with the bat and his arm.  Vazquez(11-9) worked seven innings of no run ball and only allowed five hits while walking none and striking out six, and he even added an RBI single to begin the scoring in the second inning.  The Braves ended the game winning 9-1 and were helped by another Adam LaRoche homer, along with two RBI from Matt Diaz on three hits.  The Braves Baseball Blog has more on this latest win.
The Padres didn’t have much on either side of the ball though.  Clayton Richard(3-1) took his first loss as he only lasted 2.1 innings allowing nine hits and six runs while walking two and only striking out two.   Unfortunately only Cabrera had more than a single hit for the Padres who just couldn’t do anything against Vazquez on this night.
Another shot, what else is new?

Another shot, what else is new?

The Washington Nationals really hurt the Cubs this week, by now taking the series from them in Chicago by winning yesterday 5-4.  Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn added solo shots for the Nats, who barely held on to the lead for starter J.D. Martin.  Martin(3-3) went five innings allowing four hits and three runs, but two home runs in earning the victory.  After relief pitching allowed the Cubs to get within one, Mike MacDougal recorded his 14th save of the year with 1.2 innings of work only allowing a walk.    CenterfieldGate has more on this.
The Cubs had sent Randy Wells to the mound for this one, but he could not give them a series win.  Wells(9-7) lasted 6.1 innings allowing all five runs while walking four batters in taking the loss.  They almost got even for him as Aramis Ramirez hit a two run shot and Derek Lee added a solo homer, but that was all.

NL East Series Preview 8-25-09 through 8-27-09

Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose on 25-08-2009

Tagged Under : Anibal Sanchez, Atlanta Braves, Carlos Zambrano, Centerfield Gate, Charlie Morton, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Richard, Cole Hamels, Colorado Rockies, Fishguts, Florida Marlins, Garrett Mock, J.A. Happ, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez, JD Martin, Jim riggleman, Joe Blanton, John Lannan, Josh Johnson, Kenshin Kawakami, Manny Acta, Matt Latos, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, Paul Maholm, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies Phandom, Pittsburgh Pirates, Randy Wells, Rich Harden, Ross Ohlendorf, San Diego Padres, Sean West, St. Louis Cardinals, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tim Redding, Tim Stauffer, Washington Nationals

Phillies Logo VS Pirates Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies(72-50, 1st in NL East) were able to stay hot this weekend as they visited the ailing New York Mets, not such a surprise.  They now have a seven game lead over the second place Braves as they travel to interstate rival Pittsburgh for a three game set.  There are not many holes to find right now in the Phillies, and they will hope to stay healthy on their march towards the playoffs.  Phillies Phandom will have all the information on this series you need.

The Pittsburgh Pirates(51-71, 6th in NL Central 19GB) took two out of three games this past weekend in Cincinnati after sweeping the Brewers last week.  They are still running out a young and exciting team on a daily basis and hope to keep showcasing next year’s stars against the Phillies this week against the defending champs.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Tuesday @ 7:05PM EST – Blanton,PHI(8-6,3.86 ERA)vs. Ohlendorf,PIT(11-8,4.15 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:05PM EST – Hamels,PHI(7-8,4.78 ERA) vs. Maholm,PIT(7-7,4.74 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:05PM EST – Happ,PHI(10-2,2.59 ERA) vs. Morton,PIT(3-6,5.21 ERA)
Padres Logo VS Braves Logo
The Atlanta Braves(66-58, 2nd in NL East 7GB, 4.5GB of wildcard) come off a successful week of play within the division.  They started by taking two of three games from the New York Mets in New York and then in a critical series for the battle of second, they overtook the Marlins.  They went into the weekend tied for second and are now alone in second by one game but have a big uphill battle to the playoffs that they hope to start this week . The Braves Baseball Blog will have more on the Braces and this series.

The San Diego Padres(52-74, 5th in NL West 22.5GB) continue to play out the string, what else can you say?  They did manage to hurt the reeling Chicago Cubs last week taking two of three games, but then the Cardinals reminded them of their place over the weekend.  They continue to march towards another offseason with question marks about their organization and who they will trade, but will have to face the Braves first.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Tuesday @ 7:00PM EST – Latos,SD(4-3,4.82 ERA) vs. Jurrjens,ATL(10-8,2.99 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:00PM EST – Stauffer,SD(1-6,3.95 ERA) vs. Kawakami,ATL(6-9,3.97 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:00PM EST – Richard,SD(7-3,4.42 ERA) vs. Vazquez,ATL(10-9,3.14 ERA)
Mets Logo VS Marlins Logo
The Florida Marlins(65-59, 3rd in NL East 8GB 5.5GB of wildcard) are in a bit of a slump, a week after they looked great.  A week ago, they were coming off winning two of three from the Rockies and were two back of the wild card itself.  Now, they lost two of three to the Astros and then the same to the Braves on the road and are in third in the division and fell behind in the wild card as well.  Lucky for them, the Mets are coming to town to let them get healthy against the pained Mets.�� FishGuts has more on the series.

The New York Mets(57-68, 4th in NL East 16.5GB) wonder what can possibly happen next.  This weekend they may have lost their ace, Johan Santana, their right fielder Jeff Francouer and they lost a game on a triple play.  The team on the field is absolutely unrecognizable to a Mets fan, and as a Mets fan, I can’t wait until the offseason. The Real Dirty Mets Blog is your place to go for more information on the Mets.

Probable pitching matchups are below but also check out Chatter Up! between these blogs:

Tuesday @ 7:10PM EST – Figueroa,NYM(1-2,6.30 ERA) vs. West,FLA(4-5,4.70 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:10PM EST – Pelfrey,NYM(9-8,4.67 ERA) vs. Johnson,FLA(12-3,2.99 ERA)
Thursday @ 1:10PM EST – Redding,NYM(1-4,6.10 ERA) vs. Sanchez,FLA(2-4,4.97 ERA)
Nationals Logo VS Cubs Logo
The Washington Nationals(44-81, 5th in NL East 29.5GB) seem to be back to the Nationals of early in the season with Manny Acta again.  Bad defense, bad pitching, and now losing six of seven games.  A few weeks ago, Riggleman looked like a shoe-in to get the permament job, and now i’m not so sure! CenterfieldGate has more information on the Nats, be sure to check them out.

The Chicago Cubs(62-60, 2nd in NL Central 8GB, 7.5GB of Wildcard) are having a dismal second half of this season.  After the all-star break, it was promising that they would be able to take the NL Central, but after this past weekend, they are now eight games out of the division and almost the same from the wildcard.  The Dodgers took three of four from them immediately after losing two of three to the Padres all on the road.  They hope they can take some games from the last place Nationals this week.

Probable pitching matchups are below:

Tuesday @ 8:05PM EST – Mock,WAS(2.5,5.10 ERA) vs. Zambrano,CHI(7-4,3.35 ERA)
Wednesday @ 8:05PM EST – Martin,WAS(2-3,4.76 ERA) vs. Harden,CHI(8-7,4.04 ERA)
Thursday @ 2:20PM EST – Lannan,WAS(8-9,4.03 ERA) vs. Wells,CHI(9-6,2.84 ERA)

NL East Daily Recap from 8-3-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap) by mrose on 04-08-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, Adrian Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen, Angel Pagan, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Centerfieldgate, Chad Qualls, Charlie Morton, Christian Guzman, Daniel Murphy, Danny Haren, David Wright, Delwyn Young, Heath Bell, Jeff Karstens, Kenshin Kawakami, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Luis Castillo, Mark Reynolds, Mat Latos, Miguel Montero, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, Petco Park, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Zimmerman, San Diego Padres, Stephen Pearce, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals

Latos is impressive

Latos is impressive

Rookie Mat Latos was impressive on Monday night against the Braves at his home park in San Diego.  Latos(3-1) went seven innings only allowing six hits and two runs, but nothing after the second inning.  Lucky for him, the Padres offense got single runs in hte 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings on route to a 4-2 victory while playing the entire game without Adrian Gonzalez’ bat.  Kevin Kouzmanoff added a double and Kyle Banks hit his sixth home run of the season in the game for the Pads.  Heath Bell also got his 27th save of the season while working a perfect ninth inning and striking out two.

Kenshin Kawakami pitched well in this game, but unfortunately for him, the vast outfield at Petco Park effected the Braves offense.  Kawakami(5-9) went six innings allowing three runs on eight hits, including the home run.  His only run support was a sacrifice fly from McCann in the first inning and a solo home run by reunited Brave Adam LaRoche.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more Braves information.

Figgy disappoints

Figgy disappoints

The Arizona Diamondbacks had scored six runs in the first two innings last night in New York and with their ace, seemed to think they would cruise to victory.  They did win the game by a final of 6-5, but obviously this game was not as cut and dry as everyone thought.  Danny Haren(11-6) got through seven innings but allowed eight hits and five runs including a solo home run to get a victory.  Mark Reynolds hit home runs in each of the first two innings, his 31st and 32nd of the season and had driven in three of the six total runs the D’Backs had.  Miguel Montero also added a solo home run in the first inning immediately after Mark Reynolds’ first of the game.  Chad Qualls picked up his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth.

The New York Mets went into this series on a pretty good role as they had won five of their past six games.   They end it losing three of four to the D’Backs and now have lost four of their past five to put them right back  in the hole.  Spot starter Nelson Figueroa(0-2) only went 1.2 innings and gave up ten hits and six runs, including three home runs before being pulled for relief.  Four Mets relievers went 7.1 innings giving up only three hits, two walks and allowing no extra runs.  The Mets tried to come back from their deficit with RBI’s from Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo(2 RBI) and David Wright.  Daniel Murphy even added a solo shot in the sixth to pull them within one, but thats the closest they got.  Check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more Mets information.

Zimm hits another one

Zimm hits another one

The Washington Nationals were looking for their second straight victory at Pittsburgh and also a series split on Monday night.  The normal heavy hitters from the Nats lineup came through for them again.  Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman each hit two run home runs and Christian Guzman added two hits, giving two more RBI to the Nationals as they won 8-4.  Tyler Clippard(2-1) worked three innings of scoreless and hitless relief to get the victory for the Nationals.  CenterfieldGate will have all the Nats info you need.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took an early 3-0 lead in the game, but their pitching just could not hold it.  Andrew McCutchen hit another home run, and the Pirates added an RBI single by Pearce and a grounders choice by Delwyn Young.   Charlie Morton(2-4) gave up four runs over six innings with six hits and two walks in taking the loss.  Jeff Karstens came in after Morton though and put the game out of reach allowing five hits and four runs while only recording two outs.

NL East Daily Recap from 7-3-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 04-07-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Atlanta Braves, Boone Logan, Braves Baseball Blog, Brooks Conrad, Centerfieldgate, Charlie Morton, Chase Utley, Chris Volstad, Christian Guzman, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Greg Dobbs, Hanley Ramirez, Jamie Moyer, Jesus Colome, Jimmy Rollins, Kelly Johnson, Livan Hernandez, national league east, NewYork Mets, NLEastChatter, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Soriano, Real Dirty Mets Blog, Rodrigo Lopez, Ryan Church, Scott Baker, Washington Nationals

Rollins breaks out of his slump

Rollins breaks out of his slump

Jimmy Rollins went 2-5 with 2RBI and a run scored last night, further breaking out of his slump while helping his Phillies win versus the New York Mets 7-2.  The Phillies got all their runs in the first three innings against Mets starter Livan Hernandez(5-4) who lost his third decision in a row and looked terrible from the start last night.  Greg Dobbs, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had two RBI each for Philly to move back into first place all alone in the NL East.  Rodrigo Lopez(1-0) won his first game in almost two full years pitching into the seventh inning only giving up six hits and two earned runs.  To get more info on the Phillies and their win last night, check out Phillies Phandom.

Some bright spots for the Mets were that Ryan Church continued to be hot, going 3-4 with a run scored, and his one out actually was a trapped ball by Greg Dobbs.  Also, the bullpen in their second straight day of long relief, pitched five innings of one hit ball.  To get additional info on the loss, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog.

The Phillies and Mets will meet up today at 4pM on the Fox game of the week, Fernando Nieve takes on Jamie Moyer.

Volstad didn't have it tonigh

Volstad didn't have it tonigh

Rain delays aren’t a new thing to the Marlins being in Miami, and lately the Pirates have seen their fair share too.  The Pirates went through two rain delays Thursday against the Mets and dealt with another delay during the opening game of a series in Florida last night.  After all was said and done though, former Brave Charlie Morton(1-1) pitched six innings of one hit and no run ball against a big hitting Marlin team to get the win.  Pittsburgh pitching chased Marlins starter Chris Volstad(5-8) after only three innings and 47 pitches but four earned runs and added more later against Marlin relief.  Three pirates contributed two RBI each for Pittsburgh to take the opening game of the set and knock the Marlins out of their first place tie temporarily.

The Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez ended his RBI streak at 10 games when he failed to drive any runs in during this game and actually had no hits as well.  Catcher Scott Baker contributed three RBI on two hits and had two RBI in the game to lead the fish.

The two teams match back up at 6:10 in Miami tonight.

Nice debut

Nice debut

Brooks Conrad who was just called up to replace the injured Kelly Johnson wasted no time in making an impact for the Bravos.  In the seventh inning of a 5-5 game between the Nats and Braves, Conrad hit a three run home run to give the Braves the lead in a game they would eventually win 8-5 over the last place Nats.  Neither starting pitcher in this game could last a full five innings, and it was up to which relief pitchers could get the job done to win it.  The Braves had the better relief pitching, but by a slim margin as Rafael Soriano gave up two runs in his save chance in the ninth to record his ninth save by one run.  Boone Logan(1-0) worked a perfect 1.2 innings to earn the win for the hot Braves, winners of 5 in a row now, and they stayed two games behind the Phillies and moved into a third place tie with the Mets.  Jesus Colome(1-1) gave up the three run home run and took the loss for the Nationals who have now lost four games in a row.  Check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more.

The Nationals continuously fought back in this game, including Christian Guzman getting two hits in four at bats and driving in three runs.  Adam Dunn hit his 21st home run as well to lead the team.  Check out CenterfieldGate for more Nats news.

The two teams continue their series at 1:05PM on Saturday afternoon.

NL East Series Preview 7-3-09 to 7-5-09

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Series Preview) by mrose on 03-07-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Antonio Bastardo, Atlanta Braves, Brett Myers, Centerfieldgate, Charlie Morton, Chris Volstad, City of Brotherly Love, Derek Lowe, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, Johan Santana, John Lannan, Kenshin Kawakami, Landshark stadium, Lastings Milledge, Livan Hernandez, Manny Acta, Mike Gonzalez, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Soriano, Ricky Nolasco, Rodrigo Lopez, Ross Detwiler, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Madson, Scott Olsen, The Braves Baseball Blog, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tommy Hanson, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, wildcard, Zach Duke

Mets Logo VS Phillies Logo
The Philadelphia Phillies are reeling, and the New York Mets aren’t exactly lighting up the ball field either. The Phillies have gone 4-14 in their past eighteen games. During those same eighteen games since a matchup between the two, the Mets are 7-11 actually allowing them to gain ground on the Phillies.
The Phillies(39-37, 1st in NL East) are fresh off a series sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, and have now lost five of their past six series including three series sweeps by opposing teams. The hitting has been mostly horrendous, including a long slump by Jimmy Rollins, which Phillies fans hope was broken last night. The pitching isn’t much better, as Ryan Madson hasn’t seemed himself since being placed into the closers role when Lidge was on the DL. Matt at Phillies Phandom discusses some other stats and issues today. Be sure to stop by Phillies Phandom for all your Phillies resources.

The New York Mets(39-39, 3rd Place in NL East 1GB) are certainly not looking much better, but they have at least won two games in a row. The Mets were in a five game losing streak to the Yankees and Brewers before Pelfrey pitched a gem on Wednesday and the offense didn’t give up on Thursday against the Brewers and Pirates. They now hope that their injury ravaged team can help them out when they visit the City of Brotherly Love for three games. TRDMB takes a look at Rodrigo Lopez the spot starter for the Phils, in for the injured Antonio Bastardo who was in for the injured Brett Myers. Make sure to go to and bookmark The Real Dirty Mets Blog for all Mets news and info.

One thing with this series is that no one knows what will happen, as is usually the case when these two teams meet. Probable pitchers and times are below.

Friday @ 7:05PM EST – Hernandez,NYM(5-3,4.04 ERA) vs. Lopez,PHI(0-0,0.00 ERA)
Saturday @ 4:05PM EST – Nieve,NYM(3-1,2.25 ERA) vs. Moyer,PHI(6-6,6.05 ERA)

Sunday @ 1:35PM EST -Santana,NYM(9-6,3.34 ERA) vs. Blanton,PHI(4-4,5.08 ERA)
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The streaky Florida Marlins(41-39, 1st Place in NL East) will welcome in the Pittsburgh Pirates to Landshark Stadium this weekend. The Marlins have recently been through a five game winning streak, followed by a three game losing streak, then continued with their current three game winning streak. They will hope to continue that streak against the Pirates this weekend. The Marlins moved into a virtual first place tie last night when the Phillies lost, this is the latest the Marlins have been in first place in a season, and they have won two world series, think they appreciate the wildcard? Hanley Ramirez will also look to continue his 10 game RBI streak when the Buccos come in this weekend.

The Pirates(36-43, 6th in the NL Central, 6GB) are 5-5 in their last ten games and are seven games under .500 after yesterday’s loss to the Mets. Still, they are only six games out of first in another very competitive division, so they certainly are nothing to take lightly. The Pirates made two deals this week, including sending their pesky lead-off man Nyjer Morgan to the NL East Rival Nationals for former Met Lastings Milledge.
The probably matchups and gametimes are below. .

Friday @ 6:10PM EST – Morton,PIT(0-1,4.09 ERA) vs. Volstad,FLA(5-7,4.63 ERA)
Saturday @ 6:10PM EST-Duke,PIT(8-6,3.13 ERA) vs. Miller,FLA(2-4,4.45 ERA)

Sunday @ 1:10PM EST-Ohlendorf,PIT(7-6,4.41 ERA) vs. Nolasco,FLA(5-6,5.99 ERA)
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The Atlanta Braves have now won four in a row, capped off by the series sweep of the division leading Phillies. The Braves(38-40 4th in NL East 2GB) have put themselves right back into the NL East race, along with three other teams with the streak. In the past few days, they have showcased their starting pitching, including young Tommy Hanson who will pitch again this weekend looking to stay perfect. The bullpen, mainly Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez have been very solid in securing leads late in games or giving the team a chance to score late in a game to win. More Braves news can be found at The Braves Baseball Blog.

The Nationals(22-54 5th in NL East 17GB) are now 2-8 in their last ten and it seems like years ago since they had won four in a row versus the AL East giant Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The Nats are fresh off a series sweep by the Marlins in Miami, and they look to find that winning combination they had against the Yankees and Blue Jays just a few weeks ago. The rumors of Manny Acta seem long gone now though, so maybe Acta sleeps well at night, for now.You can find Nats news at

Probably pitchers and game times are listed below:

Friday @ 6:35PM EST-Kawakami,ATL(4-6,4.25 ERA) vs. Detwiler,WAS(0-4,5.24 ERA)
Saturday @ 1:05PM EST-Hanson,ATL(4-0,2.48 ERA) vs. Lannan,WAS(5-5,3.45 ERA)

Sunday @ 1:35PM EST – Lowe,ATL(7-6,4.44 ERA) vs. Olsen,WAS(1-4,6.56 ERA)

This should be a great weekend of National League East Baseball, please be sure to check back to NLEC or the team affiliate blog frequently!
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