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The Baseball Show: Is NL East up for grabs?

Aug 3, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

USA Today

This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ came at a good time, as it allowed Mark to break down the Nats’ series against the New York Mets with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. They made sense of the sweep and also took a look at Matt Williams’ decision-making over the weekend. He has taken a lot of heat from fans with the way he used his bullpen, opting not to pitch Drew Storen or Jonathan Papelbon on several key moments.

These first two clips look at the matchup between the Nationals and Mets and the potential this rivalry could hold in a pennant race…

This next video looks at Williams’ handling of the bullpen this weekend…

The following clip is a discussion about Bryce Harper’s ejection on Friday night…

And finally, here is a segment on the addition of Papelbon…

  1. Karl Kolchak - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Classic wishy washy media headline, which SHOULD read: “The NL East IS Up for Grabs.”

    Of course the fact that the Nats are tied for first in August despite the fact that six of their eight starting position players have been injured and/or ineffective for much of the year and that four out their five starting pitchers have pitched below or well below expectationss does speak well of the team’s resiliency (helps being in a lousy division). But the Mets served notice this weekend that they aren’t going to fold up their tent and go home the way Atlanta did last year.

    The division is very much up for grabs. No more mulligans…the real season starts today.

    • TimDz - Aug 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      I would agree that the division is up for grabs to a degree, KK….

      I posted earlier that I fully expected the Nats to get swept by a team that had its fan base energized by some deadline deals, but countered by saying that the trade deals and subsequent energy was the MLB’s equivalent of a sugar buzz….not long lasting and prone to a crash. Duda won’t keep at the pace he is going and the kid pitchers may tire out over these next months.

      I am in no way writing off the Mets, but I think it will be the Nats by 10 games when the dust settles…

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

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NEW YORK9072
WASHINGTON83797.0
MIAMI719119.0
ATLANTA679523.0
PHILADELPHIA639927.0

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