NL East Update: The one where speed kills in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves finally acquired their prototypical lead-off hitter in Michael Bourn.

The Braves will benefit greatly from this move. Bourn is finally playing for a winner where his talents will be maximized. Every team needs the guy at the top to spark the lineup, like a Jose Reyes for the Mets or Jimmy Rollins for the Phillies. Its very hard to win without a speedsters presence which serves as a catalyst for the rest of the lineup. The Braves roster is looking good for their post-season run.

Phillies Nation wonders if something’s wrong with Roy Halladay, who hasn’t looked himself since leaving a game early in Chicago due to heat exhaustion.

Despite Halladay seeming worn down and beaten in his outings, he continues to produce, and that’s why he’s the best in the business. I don’t think his recent demeanor is anything to be worried about, its the middle of August, its only natural that players get tired, especially the pitchers who feel like their arms is about to fall off.

Bobby Parnell of the New York Mets continues to confuse Mets fans as to what type of pitcher he really is.

Parnell looked solid up until his last 14 outings. Its a shame because statistically those 14 outings have made his numbers look really bad, raising his ERA from 2.66 to 4.38. At this point, I really don’t know if I can confidently say that Parnell will put it all together and become a consistent reliever with his 100-mph fastball.

The Florida Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive August 3rd with a strained left shoulder. It is Ramirez’s second stint on the DL this season.

Frankly, I feel like the Marlins haven’t been playing with the productive Ramirez we have been accustomed in previous years. If anything, this gives someone else an opportunity to come up and make an impact. It will be interesting to see how Jack McKeon will handle the suddenly injury prone Ramirez when he returns.

Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler continues to improve, but is going through some growing pains along the way.

Clearly the issue with Detwiler is going deep into games. The numbers say that the second and third time around for the lineups is where he gets killed. This is common for young pitchers whose main obstacle is learning how to adjust to hitters adjustments. Thus is the game of baseball.