NL East Standings courtesy of: MLB.com
As the regular season winds down and playoff wishes are either granted or dashed, for this edition of the National League East for Around the Horn, I got a little perspective from Aerys Sports lead writers for the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals.
Miri Diaz, lead writer for A Fishy Situation:
As a Marlins fan, I am used to seeing my team struggle a bit. This season was the worst that I can remember. June… no one wants to think about June. I think we only won as many games as I can count with my 10 fingers. August was almost just as bad. This year has also seen it’s fair share of drama. This team is like the Real Housefish of Miami. Logan Morrison is not one to keep his mouth shut, so he’s always involved in something somehow. Hanley Ramirez, the team diva and Mr. Do No Wrong in team owner, Jeffrey Loria’s eyes, acting like a drama king. Then Wes Helms and Mike Cameron are released from the team due to conduct. Sigh…
I just want this year to be over with so we can look at 2012 with a lot of great things coming. I just hope the ownerships respects the history of this team and the fans and keep changes decent.
Keara Dowd, lead writer for Win For Teddy:
To sum up the Nats season in a word, only one comes to mind: future. This season we got to see the development of young talent finally pay off with Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, and Ian Desmond. Stephen Strasburg returned, Jordan Zimmermann emerged, and Bryce Harper debuted.
There wasn’t much expectation for this year from the beginning. The team improved from last season, which is a victory in itself. This team grew closer with the sudden resignation of Jim Riggleman, and they pushed through a bad situation. While many aspects of the team are still up in the air, one thing is certain: the next couple of years are going to be very, very fun to watch.
Thanks Keara and Miri!
The Philadelphia Phillies just won their 5th consecutive NL East Division title and are on pace to have the best overall record in the National League, and possibly in all of baseball. I’ll be completely honest, I’m beyond STOKED! I’ve been a Phillies fan since birth, I watched them win the whole thing in 1980 and 2008, almost win it in 1993 and 2009, and hopefully will see them win it in 2011!
The Atlanta Braves are still leading the Wild Card race by 3 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Cards are hot on the their trail and don’t look like a team that’s going to go away easily. So the Braves who lost two games to the NY Mets over the weekend, need to step it back up if they want to see the postseason. For more on the Braves, visit: She Is Out Of Your League.
As for the NY Mets, they definitely need to make some changes. And it doesn’t appear they will get much help from their minor league guys, most aren’t ready to be called up to the majors or they just don’t have real strong prospects to choose from, not yet anyway. For more on the Mets, visit: Curious Case of Sidd Finch
Heather Carnassale is lead writer for a View From Section 116 (Aerys Sports Phillies Site)