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.
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Quarter Pole Stat Analysis
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.
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.