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NL East Update: The one where the Phillies are who we thought they were

Could the NL East race be over already? The Philadelphia Phillies are sure playing like it is.

I have confidently stated in previous posts that I thought the Atlanta Braves would hold on to the division lead and make it deep into the playoffs. Looking back on that statement all I can say is…oops. The Phillies have shown me that they were hibernating all season, just long enough to be written off by several people, but as they always do, Ryan Howard and company have muscled their way into first place and now hold a comfortable 3 game lead over the Braves. As a matter of fact, Philadelphia may be the best team in the National League right now, especially with the way Roy Oswalt has been pitching. No one wants to play these guys at this time of year.

It just never ends for the New York Mets. Top pitching prospect, Jenrry Mejia will be out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder strain.

This is disappointing news if you’re a Mets fan. Mejia had showed some promise this season, mostly out of the bullpen but the starting rotation is his true calling. It’s unfortunate that he will also likely be sidelined for winter ball as well, putting him out of commission for much longer than he or the Mets would have liked. I still can’t get a good read as to what kind of pitcher Mejia is. Right when you thought he was turning a corner, he suffered a setback, whether it be a poor outing or an injury. The 20-year old pitcher still has a long way to go.

Marlin Maniac makes a scary comparison between Mike Stanton and everyone’s favorite flameout, Wily Mo Pena.

It’s unfair to make this comparison so early in Mike Stanton’s career because you could probably make the same connection with Stanton and several other players who have had successful careers. However, I won’t lie, I expected Stanton to make a little more noise than he has. Maybe its because rookies like Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg had exploded onto the scene and set the bar very high, but its probably the fact that Stanton has not reenergized the Marlin fan base like Heyward and Strasburg have with their teams. It seems like the only figure who could get fans to come out to Marlins games was Dontrelle Willis, and we all know how that ended up.

Believe it or not, the end of Bobby Cox’s run as the manager of the Atlanta Braves is right around the corner with the Fredi Gonzalez rumors heating up.

Ever since Cox announced that this will be his final season, many people linked Gonzalez to be his successor, even though he was managing the Marlins at that time. When Gonzalez was fired by Florida mid-season those rumors surfaced once again. It just makes perfect sense for the two sides. Gonzalez coached with Atlanta before he went to Florida and has also managed in the Braves system. The only question is how long the team will wait until hiring him when the off-season begins.

Justin Maxwell has the swing that makes you want to believe…the problem is he needs to start making contact.

This is an issue every team has with a certain who you know has the potential but hasn’t been putting out any results, and at the same time he is too young to give up on. Out of his eleven hits this season, 3 of them are home runs. At this point, Maxwell is a talent to hold on to, keep in mind Washington has some of the best budding young players in the league. I am confidant Maxwell will come into form next year or maybe the year after.

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