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NL East Update: The one where Justin Turner has been the Mets best player

Not a lot of things have gone right for the Mets this year, but Justin Turner’s performance has kept the New York fans happy.

Is it strange that many people around the Mets have more confidence in an unknown like Turner over mega stars David Wright and Jason Bay? Statistically speaking, his numbers rank right up there with Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Ike Davis. Its important to note that we are about a third of the way done with the season, meaning Turner has given us a large sample size of what he can do with his bat and glove, and so far the guys proven to me that he’s for real.

Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been shelved all season due to a strained right rotator cuff. Here an update on his progress.

Lidge hopes to be back towards the end of the month, but I don’t expect him to be anywhere close to the pitcher he was prior to the injury…and maybe that’s a good thing, because Ryan Madson has been great filling in for Lidge in the ninth inning. It’s hard to imagine Lidge doing anything but closing games, but I fear Madson will hit a bump in the road if manager Charlie Manuel strips him of his closing duties. Madson really has only had one poor outing this year in 24 appearances so it will be interesting to see how Manuel plays it.

The Florida Marlins plan to make a decision Friday on whether or not to place shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the disabled list due to a stiff back.

Ramirez has struggled mightily at the plate this year, and this doesn’t make things any easier. On the flip side, Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton have each enjoyed marvelous starts to their 2011 and have inherited the role of being the best hitters on the team. The Marlins are only are only two games out of first place in the NL East behind the Phillies, can you imagine where they would be had Ramirez, Sanchez, and Stanton been clicking on all cylinders?

I think its safe to say there hasn’t been a Dan Uggla sighting in Atlanta for the last two months…maybe he left his talents down in South Beach?

Something has to be done with Uggla. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has benched him on a couple occasions but that won’t be the cure for a season long drought. Its strange how some players come to a new city and fail to get into a rhythm early, then before you know it, the All-Star Break rolls around and for the most part it could be considered a washed season. Despite having hit under .200 all season, I find it hard to believe we have seen the last of the Dan Uggla we used to know.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman finds himself in an unfortunate predicament that may lead to the end of his time in Washington.

This was supposed to be the year where the Nationals were to make some noise in the baseball world, where the team could officially usher in a new era of baseball with a new and improved style and swag. Unfortunately things haven’t gone exactly to plan. Stephen Strasburg has been sidelined all year with Tommy John surgery, newly acquired Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche have been underachieving, and Ryan Zimmerman has been out for weeks with a strained abdominal muscle. I wouldn’t be against the idea of starting off fresh in 2012 with a new manager who can hopefully bring in an excitement and anticipation to a Nationals team that is desperate for a press off the restart button.

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