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NL East Update: The one where you shouldn’t write off the Phillies

Naturally, The Philadelphia Phillies have become one of the hottest teams not just in the division, but in all of baseball.

You simply can’t write off the Phillies, they have proved year after year that they truly are the team to beat in the NL East. The Braves surprise season has been one of the best stories in baseball thus far, but with Philadelphia just two games behind them, its hard not to think they will regain their place on top of the division. By the end of August, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, and Ryan Howard will all be back and at full strength, ready for their annual September dominance.

With rookies like Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton, Stephen Strasburg, and Ike Davis all taking the NL East by storm, one scout boldly said that the Mets have the deepest farm system in the division.

This is interesting because with Mike Pelfrey still trying to identify himself, Ike Davis is probably the best home grown player the team has had since Jose Reyes and David Wright in 2003 and 2004. Lastings Milledge and Anderson Hernandez were each supposed to make an impact an impact with the team, but they made their way out of the organization quickly. We have seen Jennry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole, and Fernando Martinez all compete at the major league level, showing some flashes of brilliance, but nothing that has the fan base buzzing. I guess only time will tell.

The Marlins offense is in the midst of a power outage manager Edwin Rodriguez has decided to move Hanley Ramirez back to the leadoff spot.

This looks like an act of desperation to me, but it’s hard to disagree with the move. Ramerez hasn’t had many situations to drive in runs in the three spot and would be better suited at the top of the lineup giving the Marlins a much more reliable threat then what they had previously. Former leadoff man, Chris Coghlan, is out for the season and Emilio Bonafacio and Logan Morrison are too inexperienced to rely on, making it a no brainer to put Hanley at the top. At the fourth and fifth spots you have Dan Uggla and Mike Stanton, who can pick up the slack, as well as Cody Ross.

Braves Blast looks at Jason Heyward and his tendency to hit groundballs.

Sure pitchers want groundballs and Heyward has been giving it to them, but for most of the season, they are finding holes. The Heyward we see in 2010 will be a completely different player in 2020; the guy just turned 21, and remember what type of hitter Barry Bonds was when he first broke into the league? The power will come for Heyward, he will develop and grow as a hitter, it is just a matter of time. He is already wise beyond his years at the plate, his high ground ball rate will fall in the years to come.

Federal Baseball believes its time for the Nationals to decide what to do with Adam Dunn.

Like many fans, I think they should sign him already! The longer they put this off, the more his stock could rise, with a team such as the Yankees likely to put in a bid. It is understandable why Washington used him as trade bait at the deadline hoping to get a lot of value in return, but that didn’t happen, but the team has yet to say anything about trying to extend him to a long term deal, all but guaranteeing an off-season full of Adam Dunn talk. Unfortionatly, if the 2010 season ends with no extension in place, it is hard to imagine Dunn returning to the Nationals for next year.

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