The top 3 teams in the National League East each have solid young cores, but which team will be best going forward. The Washington Nationals appeared set to dominate the division for years to come after their break out in 2012, but the 2013 and 2014 has revealed many chinks in their armor. The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves have caught up and passed the Nats for now, but each team in this battle for the division is set to be very competitive for the next several years.
I’m not sure if Atlanta Braves fans have a chip on their shoulder, but I will say that it appears they don’t like the attention the Washington Nationals get. It comes up in my chat sessions every week; of course, it could be the same guy, so maybe I’m reading too much into this. But Braves fans didn’t like that everyone picked the Nationals last year as a World Series favorite, only to see the Braves cruise to a division title. They didn’t like that a lot of so-called experts once again picked the Nationals this year, and once again the Nationals are playing uninspiring baseball, with a below .500 record entering Saturday’s action.
Bryan Morris will be joining the Marlins on Monday. More moves are to follow, and at least one is expected before Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft. Acquiring Morris from the Pirates is the first piece of some wheeling and dealing the Marlins have been working on over the last few days.
A foul tip has landed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the seven-day concussion disabled list. During Saturday’s game with B.J. Upton at the plate, Saltalamacchia took a foul ball flush off the mask. By game’s end, Saltalamacchia still was feeling the effects of the impact.
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The Miami Marlins made their first trade of the 2014 season on Sunday morning, just one day after Ken Rosenthal predicted that the Marlins would be “aggressive, early” buyers. The team acquired right handed reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 39th overall pick in Thursday’s MLB Draft.
The Miami Marlins front office continues to confuse the hell out of their fanbase. The team made a surprising acquisition on Sunday morning, acquiring Bryan Morris from the Pirates.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a month of May to forget. For the month, Salty owned a slash line .177/.258/.241 and struck out in over 33% of his at bats. And when you remove his four hit game against the Giants in the middle of the month, his average dips to .135 for the month.
Despite losing Jose Fernandez for the rest of the season and posting a 8-10 record without their ace, the Miami Marlins currently sit just two games behind the division leading Atlanta Braves. For that reason, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the Marlins front office still views themselves as contenders (video link).