NL East Report: Tempers Fly, Strasburg K’s 13, Stanton Heating Up

An article by posted on May 11, 2012

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, andupdated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves:Left-hander Mike Minor will be looking to put a pair of subpar starts behind him when he takes the mound in Friday’s series opener.The 23-year-old Minor has been tagged for 15 runs on 18 hits over 11 1/3 innings his last two starts. Chipper “Larry” Jones was accused of stealing signs while on second base by Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer. Jones collected a season-high three hits last Wednesday night, including a walkoff two-run home run in the 11th inning lifting the Braves to a 15-13 victory over the Phillies. Freddie Freeman was named the National League Player Of The Week. The Braves signed Alden Carrithers to a minor league deal and sent him to Double-A Mississippi Braves.

Miami Marlins:Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is back on track after snapping a career-long home run drought of 97 at-bats on April 29. Over his last 11 games, Stanton has six homers and has driven in 12 runs, collecting at least one base hit in 10 of them. A battle of two left-handers will kick off the first of a three-game series with the Mets tonight as ace Johan Santana will take on Mark Buehrle. Miami has dropped five straight to New York and has only two wins over the last 11 meetings between the two clubs. Former Met, Heath Bell, was removed from the closer role. The Marlins sent Chris Hatcher to Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.

Philadelphia Phillies:After posting a 2.01 ERA (10 ER, 31.1 IP) and a .233 (27-for-116) opponents average over its first 14 appearances of the season, the Phillies bullpen has a 6.97 ERA (32 ER, 41.1 IP) over its last 15 games. Opponents have hit .309 (50-for-162) against the Phillies’ relievers in that span. Cole Hamels got suspended five games and fined after throwing at Nationals Bryce Harper, and admitting that he did it intentionally. The Phillies activated Cliff Lee from the disabled list and sent Michael Schwimer to Triple-A.

Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg was dominanting against the Pirates last night striking out 13 batters including seven in a row, which tied a franchise record. Washington starting pitchers have posted 15 quality starts in 16 games dating to April 20. The starting staff’s ERA in that same span is 2.42 (27 ER/100.1 IP). They are tied with Miami for the MLB lead with 24 quality starts. On Tuesday, May 8, the Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list and placed Jayson Werth on it. General Manager Mike Rizzo was fined for comments made about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. The Nationals signed Michael Gonzalez to a minor league contract.

NL East Standings

 

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Washington Nationals

19

12

.613

-

6-2

2-1

3-3

Atlanta Braves*

19

13

.594

0.5

3-6

2-4

4-2

New York Mets*

18

13

.581

1.0

13-5

-

5-1

Miami Marlins

16

15

.516

3.0

1-7

0-3

5-1

Philadelphia Phillies

14

18

.438

5.5

6-9

1-5

1-5

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

Newer or updated injuries are at the beginning of each team’s injury report.

Atlanta Braves: Robert Fish (left elbow tendinitis) was put on the disabled list on April 2, retroactive to March 26. It is still unsure when he’ll return. Peter Moylan (recovering from right shoulder surgery last season) is currently rehabbing, and is expected to return sometime in May or June. Arodys Vizcaino (elbow reconstruction surgery) had Tommy John Surgery on March 20, and will be out the remainder of the season.

Miami Marlins: Jose Ceda (ligament tear in right elbow) had Tommy John Surgery on April 12, and will be out the remainder of the season.

New York Mets: Josh Thole (concussion) was placed on the 7-day disabled list on May 8 with a concussion suffered from a collision at the plate. He will be out longer than the 7-day period as he is not allowed to be doing activities until after those 7 days are up. Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) was placed on the disabled list on May 7. Ronny Cedeno (left intercostal strain) is currently on the disabled list, as of April 23, retroactive to April 21. Jason Bay (rib fracture) is currently on the disabled list, as of April 24. He has not yet resumed baseball activities. Chris Young (torn right anterior capsule) will return middle to late May at the earliest. He made a rehab start on May 10. Mike Pelfrey (partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament) is currently on the disabled list, as of April 24, and had Tommy John Surgery on it to end his season. Pedro Beato (right shoulder stiffness) suffered the injury in late March and currently is on the disabled list. There is no timetable for his return.

Philadelphia Phillies: Lance Nix (sore left calf) is day to day. He didn’t start on May 9, but was available to pinch hit. Carlos Ruiz (sore hand) is day to day. He did not start on May 9, but was available to pinch hit. Ty Wigginton (sore side) is day to day. He did not start on May 9, but was available to pinch hit. Chase Utley (left knee) has been taking batting practice but still hasn’t started doing fielding practice. There is still no timetable for his return. Justin De Fratas (sprained right elbow) suffered a setback while trying to return from his injury and will be out until at least June. David Herndon (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the disabled list on May 1, retroactive to April 30. Ryan Howard (recovering from Achilles surgery) is expected to return in late May or early June, barring a setback. Jim Thome (strained lower back) was placed on the disabled list on May 2, retroactive to April 29. Michael Martinez (right foot fracture) had the walking boot taken off his foot on April 30, and is expected to return in late May or early June. Michael Stutes (mild rotator cuff strain) was placed on the disabled list on April 25.

Washington Nationals: Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) was placed on the disabled after undergoing surgery. He is expected to be out at least 10-12 weeks. Chien-Ming Wang (strained left hamstring) threw 7 innings in a Triple-A start on May 9. Drew Storen (bone chips in right elbow) is expected to do some throwing this week. Christopher Marrero (torn next hamstring, shoulder) is having lingering hamstring and shoulder issues. Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) was placed on the disabled list on April 29, retroactive to April 28. Cole Kimball (recovering from right shoulder surgery) had surgery in July of 2011, and won’t return until July at the earliest. Brad Lidge (abdominal wall strain) had surgery on May 1 to repair a hernia and there is no timetable for his return. Mike Morse (right lat strain) hopes to return early June.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals
Miami Marlins VS New York Mets
New York Mets @ Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies VS San Diego Padres
Washington Nationals @ Cincinnati Reds

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