• Bits and Pieces is your weekly More Than a Fan source for all the interesting stories out of the National League East. Whether you want pictures, videos, or just the half news/half bad jokes column you’ve come to expect from me, this is the place to be. 

    Every installment of Bits and Pieces will be led off by the current National League East standings next to my preseason predictions. We’ll be chronicling my idiocy all season.

    Standings
    Current My Prediction
    Tm W L W-L% GB
    Atlanta Braves 26 17 .605 Marlins
    Washington Nationals 25 17 .595 .5 Phillies
    Miami Marlins 23 19 .548 2.5 Nationals
    New York Mets 22 20 .524 3.5 Braves
    Philadelphia Phillies 21 22 .488 5 Mets

    Quarter Pole Stat Analysis

     

    Team Batting

    Tm R/G G R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    ATL 5.05 43 217 395 42 206 29 149 324 .265 .331 .408 .739
    MIA 3.79 42 159 339 34 148 50 139 306 .239 .309 .375 .683
    NYM 4.19 42 176 367 25 169 16 157 345 .260 .337 .378 .715
    PHI 4.00 43 172 392 34 165 35 109 284 .263 .317 .387 .704
    WSN 3.74 42 157 347 40 150 21 143 343 .244 .316 .388 .703
    LgAvg 4.07 42 171 354 36 163 28 134 319 .249 .316 .388 .704
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/22/2012.

    It’s pretty easy to see from a quick look at the offensive numbers why the Atlanta Braves have pushed out to an early lead in the NL East. Scoring a full run per game more than the league average, the Braves have a comfortable lead in runs scored.

     

    Considering how well the NL East teams have played so far this season, it’s pretty surprising to see that the Braves and Mets are the only teams scoring more than the league average, and the Mets barely so. The East is a cramped division, but if anyone is going to make a sustained run at the Braves, they’re going to have to start scoring some runs.

     

    Team Pitching

    Tm W L W-L% ERA G tmSHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
    ATL 26 17 .605 3.98 43 2 16 384.0 375 180 170 41 143 315 1.349 8.8 1.0 3.4 7.4
    MIA 23 19 .548 3.35 42 1 8 379.1 347 155 141 25 128 283 1.252 8.2 0.6 3.0 6.7
    NYM 22 20 .524 4.62 42 2 12 370.1 390 208 189 46 134 323 1.415 9.5 1.1 3.3 7.8
    PHI 21 22 .488 3.60 43 3 12 387.1 361 169 154 42 97 341 1.182 8.4 1.0 2.3 7.9
    WSN 25 17 .595 2.91 42 3 14 383.1 305 138 123 26 121 372 1.111 7.2 0.6 2.8 8.7
    LgAvg 21 21 .496 3.75 42 11 377 357 174 157 37 133 318 1.300 8.5 0.9 3.2 7.6
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/22/2012.

    Remember the days when all an analyst had to do was pencil the Phillies pitching staff down for a dominant performance every other day? Everyone but the Phillies do.

    One great stat to keep an eye on is the 372 strikeouts the Nationals staff have recorded. Washington has whiffed 30 more batters than the number two team in the National League, and if they can keep that pace up, they just may be able to lift that below average offense into contention.

    The Marlins are Lurking

    Behind the surge of Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins climbing their way to the top of the NL East standings. This is important to me because I picked Miami to win the division and represent tacky design in the playoffs.

    Stanton blasted a grand slam that hit the scoreboard above the left field porch in Marlins Park that it actually broke some panels. Stanton leads the team in HR and RBI and looks like he’s ready to step-up and be the catalyst the Marlins need to keep climbing the standings.

    Staying on the Stanton bandwagon, check out the great catch below. Then, check out the second feed of the great catch where the announcer calls Giancarlo Stanton Mike Stanton instead.

    Easy mistake. Giancarlo sound just like Mike after a few beers.

    Josh Flagner (381 Posts)

    Josh was born in Cleveland, lives in Medina, and talks too much. Publisher or the More Than a Fan Digital Network and Host of the More Than a Fan Podcast, he's basically lucky to still be married.


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