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NL East Update: The one where Uggla is a tale of two seasons

Dan Uggla, the oft-ridiculed second baseman for the Atlanta Braves, has extended his hitting streak to a league leading 29 games.

Not too long ago I said Uggla’s first season with the Braves was a wash, that there was no way he could redeem himself after a terrible first half…I may have spoken too soon. If Uggla can keep up his high level of play he can make everyone forget about his first half and low batting average. I’m not asking him to break Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, but to help lead the Braves into the playoffs playing the role of the impact bat where they can hopefully make a deep run.

Phillies Nation wonders if Placido Polanco’s recent injury means a trade is in the works.

There is no question the Phillies need to find someone to fill the void at third. Polanco had been struggling as of late but he is a veteran who you can always trust to make smart baseball decisions. Casey Blake, Jamey Carroll, or Ty Wigginton would be worthy options likely to be picked up by Philadelphia.

Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy both succumbed to injuries in the same game this past week. Murphy is out for the year while Reyes is expected to miss two-three weeks.

The Mets just can’t keep their players healthy. This has been the obstacle they have been trying to hurdle for years now but they haven’t been able to keep their stars on the field. Deep down, GM Sandy Alderson must be happy that these recent injuries to Reyes may be bringing his trade value down.

In Hanley Ramirez’s absence from the Florida Marlins, the team has proven that they aren’t a very good team without him.

The Marlins are 5-20 in games in which Ramirez does not start and 50-39 in games in which he does. Thats a pretty stark contrast if you ask me. Its funny because when Hanley does play, there always seems to be some sort of team chemistry issue brewing or something along those lines. Classic case of “can’t live with him, can’t live without him”.

With the Nationals out of contention this season, the team is planning on evaluating their young pitching prospects. Its just a matter of if they are ready…

Who wouldn’t love to see Brad Peacock and Tom Milone pitch for the Nationals this season? I personally think they are ready and deserve a shot at making a few starts in the rotation. If that means someone like Livan Hernandez has to give up his spot in the rotation, so be it, even though manager Davey Johnson says Livan is a “mainstay”, that opinion could easily change sometime in the next month.

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