Atlanta Braves: (32-22; Leader)
The Braves have been surging, winning 9 in a row, and sweeping the Phillies. Troy Glaus and Martin Prado have been on fire lately. The Braves will head to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers for four.
BTW: I started writing the NL East Report last June, and this is the first time that the Braves have had the designation “Leader.”
Philadelphia Phillies: (28-24; -3)
Epic Phail. The Phillies were swept by the Braves, and looked terrible in the process. Chase Utley is 4 for his last 35 AB’s dating back to the start of the Mets series. The Phillies get to deal with San Diego this weekend, and they will have Roy Halladay making his first start since the perfect game against Matt Latos.
Florida Marlins: (28-27; -4.5)
The Marlins took three of four from the Milwaukee Brewers, including a Josh Johnson win yesterday which Leo Nunez tried to give away. Since Johnson started yesterday, he will miss the Mets series this weekend.
Washington Nationals: (26-29; -6.5)
The Nationals lost three of four to the Houston Astros, the only win coming in the game where Roy Oswalt was famously ejected. The Nats return home to play the Cincinnati Reds.
As usual for the Nats, the more interesting news is in AAA. Stephen Strasburg made his final AAA start against the Buffalo Bisons and looked sharp in doing so. Strasmas will be celebrated on June 8th, 364 days after he was drafted.
Weekly Stat: How good have the Braves been?
Troy Glaus has a 9-game hit streak in which he has 10 Runs scored, 4 HRs, and 15 RBI.
Martin Prado is batting .387 in the past week with 9 Runs scored.
During their 9 game win streak, they have outscored teams 59-24.