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NL East Update: Moyer breaks records and Barajas walks off

Jamie Moyer, at 47 years old, became the oldest player in the history of baseball to pitch a complete game shut out, beating the Braves 7-0.

Moyer probably has another five years left in him. He already knows how to pitch without blowing people away and barring any injuries, his arm doesn’t seem like its going to break down any time soon…for the average pitcher, that probably would have happened fifteen years ago. Moyer has now thrown shutouts in 1986, 2006, and now 2010. The Phillies are looking good as usual, with a new player stepping up every night. Jayson Werth continues to hit everything thrown to him and has been the Phillies MVP so far this season.

Fish Stripes tells us why the best has yet to come for Anibal Sanchez.

I’ve never really considered the idea that throwing a no-hitter early in a pitchers career would be bad for them in the long run. And I don’t really agree with the idea that the reason why it would be bad is because it would be too taxing on a young throwers arm. I could see how it would affect them mentally though. Having such early success in the beginning of their career and then never being able to put it all back together, it can completely mess with a pitchers mind. The only thing that has been holding Sanchez back from making any further progress has been injuries, so Florida would really like to see him have a breakout year in 2010.

Mets Blog recaps the best win of the season for New York following a walk off home run by Rod Barajas.

What a great win for the Mets, this is exactly what they needed. After K-Rod blew a save opportunity, it seemed like all hope was lost at Citi Field. But what really sparked the Mets in the 9th, came in the top half of the inning, moments after the Giant home run when rookie sensation Ike Davis leaned into the Met dugout and flipped over the railing, all while holding onto the ball. Barajas has been so valuable to this team, already having clubbed 9 home runs. This game had a 2006 feel to it. For the past three years it has been nothing but negativity surrounding the Mets, and after the Barajas home run, the team and fans felt like they may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

You know it’s not your year when your all-star catcher is having vision problems out of his right eye.

Brian McCann will start wearing glasses to address the problem. You would think that injuries to the eye, especially with catchers, would be taken a lot more seriously then just having the player start wearing glasses. This is not the first time McCann has had vision problems so why do they continue to put him out there. His hitting is suffering because of it and it cant make playing defense any easier. That’s too bad because despite his four consecutive all-star selections, I still feel like we are waiting for McCann to have a serious breakout season. Hopefully, this issue isn’t something that can prematurely end McCann’s career.

Federal Baseball attempts to answer the question that is on everyone’s mind…are the Nationals for real?

Washington is 15-14 and 3 games behind Philadelphia for first in the east. Their pitching has been surprisingly impressive and they have put together some impressive wins. With the future looking brighter by the day, there is a lot to be excited about in the nations capital. I don’t know if I would consider the Nationals “for real” yet, they still have a lot to prove and need to start picking up some statement wins against their division rivals, so far they have just been a few games over .500 which is something the Nationals have never accomplished this late in the season. The team is defiantly on the right track, they just need to continue with these small baby steps to really establish themselves as legitimate contenders.

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