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National League East Gearing Up For A Battle

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Entering the 2016 season, there were indications that the defending National League Champion New York Mets and the Washington Nationals would duke it out for supremacy in the NL East. But not sure how many people predicted it would be a three-team, possibly four race.

As of  Thursday morning, the Nationals (24-16) lead the division by .5 game over the Philadelphia Phillies (24-17), 1.5 on the Mets (22-17), and three games on the Miami Marlins (21-19).

The Mets and Nationals are not a surprise, but the Phillies strong start have some wondering if they may just steal the spotlight.

Over the last 10 games, the Phillies have been the better team winning seven of 10, while the Nats are 5-5, the Mets 4-6, and the Marlins are 5-5.

On the numbers side for the month of May, the four teams are in the top 10 in the league in a variety of categories;

Offense

Runs  (Nats #4 – 75, Marlins #7 – 70)
Hits  (Marlins #3 – 156, Nats #5(T) – 147)
Doubles  (Marlins #4(T) – 31, Nats #6(T) – 29)
Triples  (Phillies #3(T) – 5, Marlins #5(T) – 4, Nats #10(T) – 2)
Home Runs  (Mets #2 – 23, Nats #5 – 21, Marlins #8(T) – 16)
RBI  (Nats #4 – 74, Marlins #8 – 65)
Walks  (Nats #2 – 74, Mets #5 – 56, Marlins #7 – 49)
BA  (Marlins #1 – .274, Nats #8 – .254)
OBP  (Nats #3 – .342, Marlins #4 – .333)

Pitching

Wins  (Phillies #3 – 10, Marlins #4(T) – 9, Nats #9(T) – 8)
ERA  (Mets #6 – 3.56, Nats #7 – 3.67, Phillies #10 – 3.79)
Saves  (Phillies #1 – 10, Marlins #4(T) – 7, Mets #7(T) – 5)
Strikeouts  (Nats #1-167, Marlins #6(T)-135, Mets #6(T)-135, Phillies #8 – 129)

If I was a betting man, my money would be on the Mets with their young pitching core and lineup that includes Yoenis Cespedes, but can’t rule out the Nationals with league leading hitter Daniel Murphy, or the newly revamped Phillies who are surging at the right time. The only big surprise of the bunch has to be the Marlins, but Don Mattingly has them believing in his style of play, and hitting coach Barry Bonds has the offense rolling.

So who will it be? What is your pick for the NL East? Who will win the battle?

Stay tuned….

David Conde

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck. He is a former Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY and a lifelong Mets and baseball fan. David coaches little league baseball so he can teach his two sons how to play the game he loves.David also has a hobby of taking sports photos which can be seen here on Legends On Deck.
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