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NL East Update: The one where another Phillies closer goes down

Another one bites the dust…or in this case, another Phillies closer as Ryan Madson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Wow…well on the bright side the Phillies starting rotation leads the majors in complete games with ten. Antonio Bastardo closed out Wednesday’s game which leads me to believe that he will be Charlie Manuel’s top choice going forward, if not, a closer by committee wouldn’t be a bad choice either. It certainly would be nice to plug Danys Baez back in the role but its unrealistic to think that he’d be very effective. Luckily Madson isn’t expected to be out for too long.

The New York Mets have brought the wood the past four games scoring 52 runs, a new record for runs scored in a four-game span for the franchise.

The Mets have been locked and loaded, its unbelievable. Everyone in the lineup is contributing, including Jason Bay who hit the first of two grand slams on Tuesday night. I’ve said it before, but as Jose Reyes goes, so do the Mets. It would be a travesty if he doesn’t beat Troy Tulowitzki for the starting shortstop in this years All-Star Game (voting ends tonight by the way). At this point the Mets are a few pieces away from being a true contender. Despite the scoring outburst they still lack a true slugger in their lineup, something Carlos Delgado gave the team for parts of four seasons.

Hobson Lopes takes a look at the state of the Atlanta Braves’ pitching staff, which in his opinion, is the best in the league.

The funny thing about the Braves rotation is that not one starter has been very consistent this season. They’ve either spent sometime on the disabled list or were inconsistent with their performance on the mound. Nevertheless, things have come together now and they arguably have one of the best staffs in the league. Their mixture of youthful exuberance and veteran leadership has paid off.

According to multiple reports, Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson has no structural damage in his shoulder and is eying an August return.

Sadly, this is the best news the Marlins have had in a while. I’m left wondering what could’ve been had Johnson been healthy all year…maybe they would still be floating around .500…maybe Edwin Rodriquez would still have a job. Johnson plans to rest his arm for the next week and a half and the Marlins are praying he won’t feel any discomfort during his next throwing session.

Former Phillie J.C. Romero has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Romero is now the third member of the 2008 World Series winning team on the current Nationals roster joining Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs. I love this pick up, especially a proven left-handed reliever with an impressive track record. It’s only a matter of time before Romero joins the Nationals as Davey Johnson desperately needs a second left-handed option out of the pen.

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