Time once again to update the weekly NL East Power Rankings.
Last week the Mets took top honors thanks to their recent hot streak. However, the NL East race was extremely tight. After this past weekend the Mets and Phillies put some breathing room between themselves and the Braves and Marlins. The Nationals continue to find new ways to lose games.
Previous Power Rankings
- (21-16; 1) The New York Mets remain on top of the division and the power rankings. While the Mets did lose two of three to the Braves this past week the Mets showed some resilient play in San Francisco to win three of four on the road, including a shellacking of Randy Johnson. Next up for the Mets is a stop in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers, followed by a road trip to Boston to play the Red Sox in interleague play next weekend.
(20-16; 4) The Phillies' offense woke up over the weekend in Washington, fueling the team to a four game sweep. While the struggles at home continued against the Dodgers and Braves, the bats feasted on Nationals pitching, as it should have. The team also picked up the first career victories for prospects Andrew Carpenter and Sergio Escalona on back-to-back days. The bullpen, for the most part, got the job done this weekend despite Ryan Madson giving up three runs one day and Brad Lidge blowing a save.
(18-18; 3) The Braves are a tough team to figure out. They play well against the Phillies and Mets and then get blown out at home by Arizona. Chipper Jones leads the team in batting average (.314), home runs (4), and stolen bases (1). Derek Lowe has five wins. Like the Phillies the Braves have a much better record on the road.
- (18-20; 2) The Marlins have gone a woeful 3-7 in their last ten games, dropping them 3.5 out of first place and handing them a losing record. Remember when the Marlins were 11-1? Florida is now 7-19 since they traveled to Pittsburgh and were swept by the upstart Pirates. The Marlins' kryptonite has been the NL Central division. Against NL Central opponents the Marlins are 2-10.
- (11-25; 5) The Nationals, the worst team in baseball, picked up just one win against the Giants since last week's power rankings. The Nationals put up runs against the Phillies this weekend, but they also allowed more runs to the Phillies. Tough weekend for the Nationals.
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