After more than two months into the season, some trends have begun to emerge among the majors. For some teams it’s an encouraging sign, while for others it’s something that will have to change if that club has postseason aspirations.
Here’s a look at the most notable trend for each National League East team up to this point:
When the Braves won their third straight National League East title last year, they leaned heavily on a bullpen that proved strong enough to overcome what was one of the worst early rotations in the game. Well, the rotation was better this year, but the bullpen tripped too often. The Braves entered on Thursday 25-6 when they were leading after six innings. How significant are these six losses? Well, to put it in perspective, they were 27-0 in those matches last year and 76-6 during the 2019 season. So, during this year’s first 59 games, they suffered as many losses in those situations as they had. over 222 of the previous two seasons. There is no doubt that this trend will have to change if the Braves win their fourth consecutive division title. – Mark Bowman
Marlin: cut it close
Coming in on Thursday, the Marlins had dropped 32 points in the eighth inning this season, most of all frames. In three of their last five defeats, they have lost the lead in the eighth or later. But this only tells part of the story. Miami has scored three points or fewer in 35 of 61 games, including elimination six times. There is little room for error for a bullpen that has an ERA of 3.84 (13th in MLB), as the Marlins are in sixth place with 169 total hitters faced in high leverage situations.
“I never expected us to be a true high-scoring team,” general manager Kim Ng said Tuesday. “I don’t think we’re like that. We’ve always said we were very focused on throwing. I’ve watched it, in the last few days or so, 70% of our games are determined by three points or less. I think that says something. on launch, which we are very involved most of the time. With the attack, I think it really magnifies the importance of each run. I think if we can get some more timely runs, this would seem a little different. ” – Cristina De Nicola
Mets: 45 players used in the first 48 games
If that number seems inconceivable, know that at one point in May, the Mets had 17 – yes, 17 – players on the injury list. They quickly burned down nearly every significant piece of depth they acquired this offseason, including big league bench bats like Jonathan Villar and Kevin Pillar, as well as a slew of Minor League free agents and quits. Shortly after the Mets claimed the Mariners waivers from Travis Blankenhorn, he became the 45th player to appear for them.
The result was not ideal for the Mets, who long ago maxed out their 40-man roster and, as a result, lost several useful pieces due to the required DFAs. But all that number of rosters helped the club stay afloat. Thanks in large part to the success of “replace-Mets”, this group recently celebrated its one-month anniversary since taking first place in NL East. The Mets recently spent a full week without adding anyone new to the injury report and are slowly growing healthier through June. – Antonio Dicomo
Nationals: scoring with runners on base
After the 5-2 defeat to the Phillies on Saturday, manager Dave Martinez said: “Our attack, we have to move forward. We have to start beating with the runners on base ”.
The Nationals have left opportunities to score on the pitch this season. Entering Thursday, they finished last in baseball with a batting average of 0.145 and 0.468 OPS with bases loaded. In those situations, the Nats are 8 of 55 with 26 RBI and 18 strikeouts. They are beating .235 with runners in scoring position (23rd in MLB) and .209 with runners in scoring position and two out (24th). With all runners on base, they are hitting 0.255 (ninth), but this drops to 0.219 with runners on and two out (21st place).
Without maximizing their chances of scoring, the Nationals were defeated in several good starts by their pitchers and missed the window to take the lead in close matches. – Jessica comrade
Phillies: the defense continues to haunt
Philadelphia entered baseball in 27th place on Thursday with -13 out of average. In almost every game the Phil plays, there are a ball or two (or more) that should have been caught, but they aren’t. The extra releases proved expensive. It’s a big deal because there’s actually no simple solution. The Phillies staff are the staff, which means that unless they decide to swap a player or two everyday, there are unlikely to be any significant improvements until the offseason. If they are going to win, they will have to get over and overcome their defensive problems the rest of the way. Philadelphia has been showing signs of offensive life lately, scoring five or more points in four of their last six games, but the unit has mostly underperformed. – Todd Zolecki