Errors in the game's final inning proved costly in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Dodgers in 11 innings.
A month ago, the Marlins were the class of the division with enough dominant young pitching to make it seem unlikely they would fade away. But after opening the season 11-1, they've gone 7-19, including a sweep at the hands of the Phillies. The Phillies, meanwhile, had been muddling along until a four-game sweep against the lowly Nationals. This opened the door for the Mets, who have been much better since dropping Oliver Perez from the rotation, to go 11-2 and surge into the lead, seeing improvement throughout most of their pitching staff. The Mets have dropped two in a row to fall back of the Phillies in the loss column, with two games in hand for the hometown nine.
Beerleaguer: Yesterday on Comcast Daily News Live, FoxSports analyst Ken Rosenthal was asked his assessment on the East. He said right now the Mets are the class of the division, while the Braves have the most upside. It's hard to disagree. The Phils have not shown up against either team.
But the standings foreshadow a division race likely to remain tight through September. As poor as the Marlins have played, they're a good week away from climbing back into the conversation at this early stage of the season.