Atlanta Braves: (3-2; -6)
The Atlanta Braves made more news off the field than on it, winning their weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and splitting a rain-shortened series with the Cubs. The Braves acquired Nate McLouth (prompting Pirate teammates to hold a candle-light memorial for McLouth in the clubhouse), who fill immediately step in as their best outfielder, with Garret Anderson, Jeff Francoeur, and Jordan Schafer having miserable seasons. Schafer was sent down to AAA. The Braves have had conversations with the Boston Red Sox about Brad Penny. The Braves called up super-prospect pitcher Tommy Hanson and cut Tom Glavine. Glavine has options, as there are teams looking for another starter, like the Texas Rangers, who could offer a contract; and there are teams interested in Glavine as a bench or pitching coach. Glavine is conflicted, as he has said it would take a lot to get him to pitch for another team, but he has implied that he wants to stick it to the Braves. More on that later…
Florida Marlins: (4-3; -7.5)
The Florida Marlins lost 2 of 3 to the Mets before taking 3 of 4 from the Milwaukee Brewers. Josh Johnson had a 3-run HR on Thursday. The Marlins placed Anibal Sanchez on the DL, and it is only a matter of time before former starter Ricky Nolasco makes it back. The Marlins and Braves were talking about Cody Ross, before the Braves landed McLouth. Ross, Jeremy Hermida, Dan Uggla, and Jorge Cantu are on the block.
Philadelphia Phillies: (7-0; Div Leader)
The Phillies are actively looking for a starting pitcher. Antonio Bastardo filled in for injured Brett Myers, who will miss the season, but the Phillies are looking for someone more proven. The top prospect that the Phillies may dangle is OF John Mayberry Jr. Tom Glavine is a name thrown around concerning that the he almost signed with them in 2003, and his alleged desire for revenge. Those are likely just rumors.
Washington Nationals: (1-5; -18.5)
The Nats are counting the days (4) until they select Stephen Strasburg. They were swept by the Phillies before losing 2 of 3 to the San Francisco Giants. At least they got to see Randy Johnson’s 300th. Oh, and they are leading the Bryce Harper sweepstakes (assuming Harper finished his GED this summer and enters the 2010 draft) by 6.5 games over the Rockies.
Till Next Time