NL East Update: The one where its a “no go” for Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco will have season ending surgery to repair a torn menial meniscus in his right knee.

Nolasco went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA, 147 strikeouts, and just 33 walks in 2010. You can’t argue with the decision to cut his season short, the Marlins are well out of the playoff race and there is no need to continue to put Nolasco in harms way. The one good thing you can take away from this injury is that it does not involve his arm or shoulder, which keeps his expectations high for next season. Nolasco will be back in time for spring training, but this is not Nolasco’s first go around with an injury, you have to hope this does not become a common trend.

The New York Mets have traded outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Joaquin Arias.

Getting rid of Francoeur was inevitable. It’s a shame because his personality is exactly what this Mets team needed when he came over from the Atlanta Braves last season. But he just flat out did not produce, got into bad habits, and now finds himself in a better situation with the Rangers, who are already preparing themselves for the post-season. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers use Francoeur. Arguably, he has the best outfield arm in baseball and could be used as a late game defensive replacement. If that’s the case, you hope that his bat won’t be too big of a liability.

September baseball has arrived with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies separated by only 2 games.

I have said that the Braves are in the drivers seat, and I still believe that, but don’t be surprised if the two teams flip flop their position in the standings a few times before seasons end. The Braves hope that their magic doesn’t run out in September with the Phillies relying on their experience. At this point, I just can’t see the Braves not coming out of this season without a division title. They look like they have the magic to carry them deep into October.

Beer Leaguer reflects on the Phillies “methodical march” through the second half.

Compared to previous years, the Phillies have not made a lot of noise this season and when they do, its usually injury related news. This is why I’m not completely sold on the Phillies, they just don’t pack the same punch as they used to. It seems as though they are just going through the motions and realize that their “glory days” are behind them, despite the fact that they are the two time defending NL champs.

Ever since Stephen Strasburg announced he would undergo Tommy John surgery, the Washington Nationals world has spiraled out of control.

This is an interesting situation that developed in Florida between the Marlins and Nationals. Nyjer Morgan had every right to charge the mound, I would think that anyone who was in that position would do the same, but it was his actions upon going back to the dugout where the issue lies. The gestures and yelling at the fans crossed the line. Its one thing to get into it with the opposing team, but getting the fans involved was a terrible decision on Nyjer’s part, especially since he was in the midst of appealing a previous suspension.