One of the reasons the National League East standings are so gridlocked is good starting pitching. The past few seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies have taken the divison crown on the strength of a great starting rotation. This season, however, due to some struggles from star Roy Halladay and Vance Worley, the Phils find themselves in last place.
Last place for the Phillies only means being five games back from the division-leading Washington Nationals. The next few days are big for this division, as there are two divisional matchups going on. The first place Nationals took the first game of the series against the New York Mets last night, and the Atlanta Braves took down the Miami Marlins in the first of a three-game tilt.
With the exception of the Phillies, every team in the NL East is playing above .500 baseball with starting pitching being a contributing factor to that success.
Here is a list of the 10 best starters in the NL East up to this point.