Today’s discussion drifted toward the NL East, which is shaping up to be a three-horse race between the Braves, Mets and Phillies.
All three have maintained the same pace for several weeks, suggesting the Braves and Mets are ready for a fight until the finish. The consensus among Beerleaguers is that the front-running Braves are the Phillies’ most formidable threat at the moment, but the Mets may be in better position for a late surge if they can make a move at the deadline and catch a few breaks with injured players.
Mets notes: The Phillies fared well in interleague play, but the Mets were even better, going 13-5 taking two of three from the Tigers and Twins this last week in Citi Field. Eighteen of the Mets’ next 30 games are on the road, so it should be another good test. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com lists the Mets as contenders for Cliff Lee, along with the Dodgers, Rangers and Twins. The Twins are considered the favorites. The Mets marquee trade chip, right-hander Jenrry Mejia , was diagnosed with a posterior cuff strain and is sidelined indefinitely.
Braves notes: Atlanta gets their first look at Stephen Strasburg tonight and may be without Jason Heyward, who is day-to-day with a sore thumb. Strasburg has faced the Pirates, Indians, White Sox and Royals so far. Tim Hudson, who is having an All-Star season for the Tomahawks, opposes.