NL East Report

Philadelphia Phillies: (28-21; Leader)

The Phillies managed to take two out of three from the Marlins. They were shutout on Sunday, but the story of the weekend was Roy Halladay’s perfect game. There’s nothing more that I can say about it that hasn’t already been said on this site. The Phillies will play the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta with first place on the line.

Atlanta Braves: (28-22; -.5)

The Braves have been hot as of late, going 15-4 in their last 19 games, including a 5 game winning streak. The Brave offense has suddenly exploded for runs, averaging upwards of 6 per game. I mean, it helps playing the Pirates, of course.

Now, no one is really overly concerned with battles for 1st place in May/June, but we should hope that the Braves take the series from the Phillies. Don’t shoot the messenger, and my logic may be flawed, but as long as the Phillies are in a slump, we have to hope they lose as many games as they can now before their bats heat up and they go on their usual summer run.

I’m not rooting for the Braves, I’m just hoping that the Phillies get shut out a few more times and burn their bullpen.

Florida Marlins: (25-26; -4)

The Florida Marlins, as you may have heard, were taken to school by Roy Halladay, and dropped two of three to the Phillies. The pitching rubber was unearthed and presented to Halladay as a gift from the Marlins owner. Home plate from that game was also unearthed, and rather than sending it to Philadelphia or Cooperstown, the Marlins will proudly display it at their team HOF in their new park.

The Marlins play the Brewers this week.

Washington Nationals: (25-26; -4)

The Nationals dropped two of three in San Diego, and will head to Houston. The more interesting news, which is usually the case for the Nationals, is this week’s Strasburg update. Strasburg, after losing his start over the weekend to the Scranton/Wikes-Barre Yankees, will make his final AAA start this Thursday June 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons, live on SNY.

Around the Majors: This isn’t about the NL East, but today, Tim Lincecum will match up against Ubaldo Jimenez.

Weekly Stat: It’s the last NL East Report of the month, so we’ll take a look at the Pythagorean W/L, and the projections for each team.

Disclaimer: These are only what the current season numbers show when put into formula. I’m not saying that the season will turn out like this for any of the teams. The numbers will fluctuate wildly from month to month, and the formula generally prescribes a lot of wins.

Actual W-L Actual % RS/RA X Win % X W-L Luck X Finish
PHI 28-21 0.571 231/187 .604 30-19 -1 98-64
ATL 28-22 0.560 239/200 .588 29-21 -1 95-67
NYM 26-25 .510 229/201 .564 29-22 -3 92-70
FLA 25-26 .490 225/211 .532 27-24 -2 86-76
WAS 25-26 .490 216/236 .456 23-28 +2 74-88