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NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury reports....

Posted By: SilverFox1

NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury reports.... - 16/07/2020 22:54

This list includes players with physical injuries, Covid cases, Opt outs, etc. (Howie Kendrick not on the list. Hmmmmm) :

Damn, look at the Marlins.........per mlb.com :

Atlanta

NAME POS DATE STATUS COMMENT

Freddie Freeman 1B Jul 16 Covid-19 Manager Brian Snitker said Thursday that it's still possible that Freeman (illness) could return by Opening Day, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Peter O'Brien RF Jul 16 10-Day IL O'Brien (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Cristian Pache CF Jul 15 Day-To-Day Pache was diagnosed with a Grade-2 right ankle sprain, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Touki Toussaint RP Jul 11 Covid-19 Toussaint (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
Cole Hamels SP Jul 11 Day-To-Day Hamels (shoulder) didn't throw his scheduled side session Saturday after experiencing triceps tendinitis, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Will Smith RP Jul 9 covid-19
Nick Markakis LF Jul 6 Day-to-Day Markakis has decided to opt out of playing this season, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Felix Hernandez SP Jul 4 Day-to-Day Hernandez will opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding COVID-19, per his agent, Wilfredo Polidor.
Pete Kozma SS Jul 4 Day-to-Day Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that Kozma tested positive for COVID-19, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Jeremy Walker RP Jun 26 60-Day IL Walker was placed on the 45-day injured list Friday with a right shoulder impingement.

Miami

Jonathan Villar 2B Jul 16 Day-To-Day Villar wasn't in the lineup for Thursday's intrasquad matchup as he deals with minor back spasms, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Miguel Rojas SS Jul 16 Day-To-Day Rojas jammed his left pinkie finger and wrist attempting to field a groundball during Tuesday's intrasquad game, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Matt Joyce RF Jul 16 10-Day IL The Marlins placed Joyce (undisclosed) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Lewis Brinson CF Jul 16 10-Day IL The Marlins placed Brinson (undisclosed) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Will Banfield C Jul 8 10-Day IL Banfield was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.

NY Mets

Jacob deGrom SP Jul 16 Day-To-Day DeGrom (back) said he feels good and plans to pitch against the Braves on Opening Day, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Brad Brach RP Jul 15 10-Day IL Brach (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Jared Hughes RP Jul 15 10-Day IL Hughes was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday for an undisclosed reason, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Yoenis CespedesLF Jul 11 Day-to-Day Cespedes (ankle) is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Jed Lowrie 2B Jul 5 Day-to-Day Manager Luis Rojas said Lowrie (knee) is a "full go" and will participate in a simulated game Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Drew Smith RP Jul 3 Day-to-Day Smith is a member of the Mets' 60-player roster pool and could be ready for the start of the season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Noah Syndergaard SP Jun 28 60-Day IL Syndergaard (elbow) was placed on the 45-day injured list Sunday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Desmond Lindsay CF Jul 28 Day-to-Day Lindsay underwent surgery on the ulnar nerve in his elbow this week, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Phillies

Rafael Marchan C Jul 16 10-Day IL Marchan was added to Philadelphia's 60-man player pool and placed on the injured list Thursday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Austin Davis RP Jul 16 10-Day IL Davis (undisclosed) was added to Philadelphia's 60-man player pool Thursday and placed on the 10-day injured list, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Hector Neris RP Jul 15 Covid-19 Neris (illness) is scheduled to throw one inning during Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Enyel DeLosSantos RP Jul 13 Day-To-Day De Los Santos was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Zach Eflin SP Jul 13 Day-To-Day Eflin (back) threw a bullpen session Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Victor Arano RP Jul 11 Day-To-Day Manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Arano (shoulder) is slightly behind schedule, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Zack Wheeler SP Jul 7 day-to-day
Mikie Mahtook LF Jul 7 Day-to-Day Mahtook tested positive for COVID-19, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Tommy Hunter RP Jul 7 Covid-19 Hunter is working through league protocols to rejoin his teammates after previously testing positive for COVID-19, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Christian Bethancourt C Jul 4 Day-To-Day Bethancourt isn't on the COVID-19 injured list but hasn't arrived to the Phillies' workouts because he either tested positive for the virus, showed symptoms, came in contact with someone who tested positive or has inconclusive/missing test results, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Ranger Suarez RP Jul 3 Covid-19 Suarez was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Seranthony Dominguez RP Jun 28 60-Day IL Dominguez was placed on the 45-day injured list with a right elbow sprain, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
David Robertson RP Apr 30 60-Day IL Robertson (elbow) could be helped by the delayed start to the regular season, as previous reports from Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic indicated he hoped to be back from Tommy John surgery around the midpoint of the season's original schedule.

NATIONALS

Juan Soto LF Jul 16 Day-To-Day Soto (not injury related) reported to camp Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Victor Robles CF Jul 14 Day-To-Day Robles (undisclosed) could report to the Nationals' camp by Thursday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Roenis Elias RP Jul 13 10-Day IL Elias was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Wander Suero RP Jul 13 10-Day IL Suero was placed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Mason DenaburgSP Jul 7 Day-to-Day Denaburg (shoulder) said Tuesday that he expects to resume throwing bullpen sessions in the next three weeks, Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports.
Welington Castillo C Jul 3 Day-to-Day Manager Dave Martinez announced Friday that Castillo has opted out of the 2020 season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Ryan Zimmerman 1B Jun 29 Day-to-Day Zimmerman informed the Nationals on Monday that he has opted out of playing during the 2020 season, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Joe Ross SP Jun 29 Day-to-Day Ross is expected to opt out of joining the Nationals for the 2020 season, sources tell Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic.
Adrian Sanchez SS Jun 29 Day-to-Day Updating a previous report, the Nationals relayed Monday that Sanchez (Achilles) was placed on the minor-league injured list and isn't included as part of the big club's 60-man player pool, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

***** Will update this list thru the season ******





Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 16/07/2020 23:12

Was hoping the news on DeGrom would have been worse than announced today. He'll be ready for Opening Day now.

Opt Out score so far:

Nats -3
Braves -1
Phils 0
Mets 0
Marlins 0
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 22/07/2020 13:01

This season could be pretty tight in the NL East. Predictions:

Atla 34-26
Nats 32-28
Mets 31-29
Phil 28-32
Marl 24-36

Braves lose Donaldson and Markakis this season and those are big numbers lost for them, although adding Marcell Ozuna helped them some. Sorry, Kieboom + Thames does not equal Rendon + Zimm, not even close, so there's that void for the Nats, too. At some point their roster of guys age mid 30's and up are gonna fade, hopefully not this season. The Braves handled the Nats in head-to-head contests last year, especially late in the season when it mattered, which is another reason I'm picking Braves to take the division. Mets get Cespedes back -- that team concerns me if they stay somewhat healthy this season. Syndegaard out til late Aug / early Sept.

Throw everything out the window if Covid hits any of these teams this season, which is more likely When, not If.

Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 10:22

The Nats won the World Series by being virtually injury free after their early set backs. Without Rendon and Zimmerman they really can't afford to lose anyone. Starting pitching and out outfield remain strengths. The DH will help hide our lack of depth. Hopefully the playoffs expand to 16 teams because with Strasburg and Scherzer we have a great chance to repeat.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 11:15

MLB games will look like a NASCAR race this year, ads placed by teams over the empty seats, ads placed by the TV networks all around the field.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mauryb...nd-foul-territory-more-during-broadcasts
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 12:02

Dude who wrote the article used to post here back in the 2000's. Had some good ideas. But for a guy who hosted a site called "The Business of Baseball", he was inept at understanding baseball's financial relationships with advertisers and the broadcast networks. Who knows, maybe he figgered it out.

Good article.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 12:13

btw good point about the nats' luck last season avoiding injuries, forgot about that. especially true after those early season injuries to Turner etc
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 14:58

Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Dude who wrote the article used to post here back in the 2000's. Had some good ideas. But for a guy who hosted a site called "The Business of Baseball", he was inept at understanding baseball's financial relationships with advertisers and the broadcast networks. Who knows, maybe he figgered it out.

Good article.



I forgot about that. I used to follow him on Twitter and read his articles but stopped a while back because he had more opinions than information and one thing we have no shortage of in the internet age is opinions.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 23/07/2020 18:26

Soto tested positive, he's out.

Hope he recovers quickly and fully.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/07/2020 11:03

Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Dude who wrote the article used to post here back in the 2000's. Had some good ideas. But for a guy who hosted a site called "The Business of Baseball", he was inept at understanding baseball's financial relationships with advertisers and the broadcast networks. Who knows, maybe he figgered it out.

Good article.


I forgot about that. I used to follow him on Twitter and read his articles but stopped a while back because he had more opinions than information and one thing we have no shortage of in the internet age is opinions.


Tough times at Forbes if they had to use him as a source. Scary.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/07/2020 15:44

Originally Posted by SilverFox1

Tough times at Forbes if they had to use him as a source. Scary.


He's been writing for Forbes for a long time, but that isn't as impressive as it used to be. Forbes allows just about anyone to write for their site as long as they can drive the page clicks.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/07/2020 16:01

On the Soto situation, there is some hope that the test was a false positive. He had a bunch of negative tests before and after the positive test so there is a chance he'll be back soon.

Following post-game interviews I saw more Doolittle quotes then all of the other players combined. I doubled checked the box score and confirmed that Doo did not actually appear in the game.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 25/07/2020 10:48

Dooliitle has been dethroned as the closer, and his ERA is up in the clouds. How does the clown sleep at nite?

Btw Braves lost BOTH catchers to covid testing. They rushed up a catcher from the minors for last night's game, The kid had played in only a couple of games in the minors before. This is one of the things I thought about when Welington Castro opted out.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 25/07/2020 13:25

The Nats lost a catcher to a steroid suspension, Tres Barrera, hopefully Suzuki stays healthy and the Nats don't feel the loss of Barrera.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 26/07/2020 15:44

Quote

“Yeah, I mean, to be frank, this season is kind of a mess to begin with, so I got to think big picture here and it's my career,” Strasburg said. “I know that in the long run it's important to try to make as many starts as you can, and by putting yourself in a compromising position now, I don't really know if it's the best way moving forward.”


Instead of looking at 2020 as an opportunity to snatch a second World Series it appears that Strasburg is looking at it as a blow off year. Windows don't stay open forever and World Series flags don't have asterisks. 2012 all over again.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 13:42

The Marlins have had an outbreak among the team, a bunch of positive tests. The people who thought that MLB should skip 2020 are now calling for the season to be shut down.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 14:06

Non-Nats fans on MLBTR are doom and glooming The Nats' chances this year due in part to Soto being out. But if someone catches Covid, better it be now, rather than Oct-Nov when the games really start mattering. These people piling on seem to have no clue that no team is gonna be exempt from losing players to Covid. And its prob gonna ramp up in November, too.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 14:59

Marlins v. Os and Phillies v. NYY both postponed due to the Marlins outbreak. Increasing media calls to cancel the season.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 15:21

It seems certain that the Nats won't be travelling to Miami this weekend. So with the Blue Jays playing their home games at Nats Park the first road trip for the Nationals won't be until 8/10 at the Mets.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 18:13

It's time for some of the Nats beat writers to opt out for the season. If they are so against having games this year they should stay home and stop covering sports.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 19:04

Why cancel the season if you have a 60 man roster? They anticipated this! Sounds like there could be scheduling issues with makeup games, because each team only has 6 days off this season. Alternate site maybe for the Marlins? But damn, 13 people in the Marlins organization tested positive.

Been surprised that more players have not opted out this season, especially vets with big net worth. That train could pick up steam now.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 19:21

Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Why cancel the season if you have a 60 man roster? They anticipated this! Sounds like there could be scheduling issues with makeup games, because each team only has 6 days off this season. Alternate site maybe for the Marlins? But damn, 13 people in the Marlins organization tested positive.

Been surprised that more players have not opted out this season, especially vets with big net worth. That train could pick up steam now.



I'm reading comments blaming Manfred and MLB for the outbreak, but it was the players who refused to live in a bubble like the NBA and NHL. Chances are the initial batch players caught the bug outside of MLB facilities.
Posted By: TBP

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 27/07/2020 21:46

The Yankees-Phillies game was postponed because the Marlins were just in Philadelphia and the Yankees would be using the same clubhouse the Marlins were just using.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 15:29

Originally Posted by PowerBoater69
Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Why cancel the season if you have a 60 man roster? They anticipated this! Sounds like there could be scheduling issues with makeup games, because each team only has 6 days off this season. Alternate site maybe for the Marlins? But damn, 13 people in the Marlins organization tested positive.

Been surprised that more players have not opted out this season, especially vets with big net worth. That train could pick up steam now.



I'm reading comments blaming Manfred and MLB for the outbreak, but it was the players who refused to live in a bubble like the NBA and NHL. Chances are the initial batch players caught the bug outside of MLB facilities.



Ok yesterday 11 Marlins players tested positive. Today 4 people "in the organization" test positive, no word on how many were players.

ESPN is making a big deal that 0 Phillies have tested positive after the Marlins series...unless i'm mistaken, i think it can take up to 2 weeks for covid symptoms to be detected. In the middle of the story is this: "A member of the Philadelphia visiting clubhouse personnel did test positive."

not feeling good right now if im a philly fan.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 15:43

Braves roster this season loses Markakis, Donaldson, both catchers to covid...now this, wow:

The Braves have decided to designate righty Mike Foltynewicz for assignment, manager Brian Snitker told reporters including MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). He’ll be replaced by reliever Chad Sobotka on the active roster.

This certainly rates as an early-season stunner. The 28-year-old Foltynewicz has had his ups and downs in Atlanta, to be sure. He was an All-Star just two seasons ago before experiencing enough difficulty last year that the Braves demoted him to the minors in late June. However, Foltynewicz rebounded when the Braves recalled him in early August, and they’re now committed to paying him a pro-rated portion of his $6,425,000 salary this season — unless another team makes a claim — and will be giving up another season of arbitration control.


- MLBTradeRumors.com
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 15:43

I don't buy that it can take two weeks before symptoms appear, if your fine after five days you don't have it.

I just looked up incubation periods for colds and flu. A cold is 1-3 days. Flu is 2-4 days. The 14 days for Covid is media hype.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 21:13

Soto has had two negative tests via the MLB lab, he should be good to go but for some reason has not yet been cleared.

Meanwhile the Nats voted to not travel to Miami this weekend. Used to be that was called a forfeit but apparently not in this case.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 21:37

Wait, did i read that the Marlins took the field for a game this week with players there at the game that tested positive?! Wtf is their problem?
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 28/07/2020 22:42

Is that right? Wouldn't surprise me, guys want to play.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 29/07/2020 11:27

Nats manager Dave Martinez tells reporters that Soto has now received the required back-to-back negative test results from Major League Baseball’s approved labs (Twitter link via Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post). The team is simply awaiting league/city clearance for Soto’s return at this point.

-- MLBTradeRumors.com
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 29/07/2020 11:57

That report came out before the game yesterday, I don't see a lot of complaining from the team so my guess is that DC is the hold up, not MLB.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 29/07/2020 21:48

Markakis opts back in. That sucks.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 29/07/2020 22:22

Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Markakis opts back in. That sucks.


Could be good news since it leaves the door open for Zim and Ross.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 30/07/2020 12:01

Marlins added 1 more person to their Covid list yesterday.

Effin Biden running his mouth about how MLB oughtta shut everything down. I'm sure the adults can figure things out for themselves Joey, so go fvck off.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 30/07/2020 23:43

What a mess, the Nats say they were waiting for DC, the city says that they weren't the hold up, meanwhile Soto sits. At least he'll be cleared by next Tuesday.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 31/07/2020 17:11

Cards-Brewers game postponed due to positive covid test, and the Marlins added another positive test case this morning. Marlins testing positive: 18 players + 2 staffers. Wow.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 03/08/2020 11:40

Sucks being a Mets fan. You bank your playoff hopes on Cespedes who aint been healthy in years, and is in the final year of his contract. Suddenly he's a no-show at a game. The team searches for him and then panics after finding his hotel room is empty. And then a call to his agent only to hear "Oh, uhh, he opted out, sorry no one told you". What a dick.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 04/08/2020 18:35

2 aces down.

Braves take it in the ass losing their second (and current) ace, Mike Soroka. Stud last year, and this season he had an ERA in the 1's going into last nite's game. Excerpt from Espn:

Now, just 11 games into a 60-game sprint, the Braves have a huge hole to fill in a rotation that already has been a trouble spot.

One-time ace Mike Foltynewicz was sent outright to minor league camp after getting hammered in his first start of the season. Talented but unproven pitchers such as Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint have yet to show the sort of consistency Atlanta needs.
Especially now, with the Braves losing the guy who held down the top spot.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11⅓ innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks.

Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 05/08/2020 21:45

braves put ozzie albies and matt adams on the IL.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 13/08/2020 11:44

Smh.

< (Strasburg) made his season debut last Sunday, though the Orioles roughed him up for five earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. It turns out that Strasburg may not have been at full strength during that outing, as manager Dave Martinez revealed Wednesday (via Byron Kerr of MASNsports.com) that the 32-year-old is still dealing with tingling in his hand. “I was a little bit concerned,” admitted Martinez, who added that “we will definitely have to keep an eye on it.” Strasburg’s scheduled to face Baltimore again on Friday, at least for now. >

-- MLBTradeRumors.com exerpt
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 18/08/2020 22:23

With no NL East team breaking away, race to MLB playoffs could go the distance

ESPN.com

When Juan Soto homered in the top of the ninth inning on Monday night to give the Washington Nationals a 6-3 lead over the Atlanta Braves, he admired his blast and enjoyed a slow trot around the bases -- the seventh time in his 12 Major League Baseball games he has made such a trot, so he's been on the frequent-flyer tour. Braves reliever Will Smith did not like Soto's reaction, however, and shouted a few choice words at the young phenom.

Soto's blast appeared to be the exclamation point on an important win for the struggling Nationals, but the Braves got the last word thanks to Dansby Swanson's two-run walk-off home run that capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth off Nationals closer Daniel Hudson for a 7-6 win. It was a dramatic two-game swing in the National League East, a division mired in mediocrity of late.

For Swanson, it was his first career walk-off home run -- at least in the majors. "I think I did it once when I was 8," he said, laughing, after the game. "The mental piece has become such a big part for me, especially this year. Those are just scenarios you envision yourself in. The brain's a powerful muscle, so just trying to put it to good use."

Swanson, by the way, is developing a nice clutch reputation. Entering the game, he was a career .326 hitter in "late and close" situations, compared to his overall average of .247.

The other NL East contest wasn't so inspired. At one point during the New York Mets-Miami Marlins game, Mets announcer Gary Cohen said, in mild disgust, "We have three teams playing a bad game tonight." He was referring to the two teams on the field as well as the umpires, who had three calls reversed in the early innings of the game. The Mets would go on to rout the Marlins 11-4 behind two home runs apiece from Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso.

It occurs to me that Cohen's comment combines nicely with the Mets' victory as a perfect summation of the NL East race so far. The Mets entered the game reeling a bit after the Philadelphia Phillies swept them over the weekend, but in this division, one game like this one feels like all the momentum a team needs to turn things around, especially if it is a sign Alonso is going to heat up.

Here's one way to look at what is going on there. Each team's record over the past 10 games:

Braves: 5-5
Marlins: 4-6
Phillies: 5-5
Mets: 5-5
Nationals: 4-6

Meh. The Braves remain the favorite -- according to FanGraphs, their odds of winning the division increased from 50.9% to 56.7% after Monday's victory -- but they are not a team without issues. Atlanta's rotation is in tatters, Ronald Acuna Jr. is on the injured list with a sore left wrist and might not return until next week and Ozzie Albies has been out since Aug. 5 with a right wrist injury. That's why this loss stung like a Mike Tyson-in-1986 punch for the Nationals. You can't lose these games, especially when the opposing starter struggles.

Indeed, Atlanta starter Touki Toussaint allowed four runs in three innings thanks to six walks and two home runs allowed. Really, the damage should have been worse, but the Nationals would go 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Since Aug. 3, the game in which Mike Soroka went down for the season, Braves starters have a 5.98 ERA while averaging fewer than four innings per start; Max Fried is the only reliable option they have going right now. The saving grace for Atlanta is that during that same time period, Nationals starters have a 5.93 ERA and Mets starters a 6.11 ERA.

The Braves aren't the only team with rotation issues. Just look at Monday's two games. Anibal Sanchez struggled through his five innings for the Nationals, allowing three runs and seven hits while walking three and striking out just one batter -- and that was his best outing of the season. Marlins starter Jordan Yamamoto got knocked out in the second inning and has made it through just 8⅔ innings in his three starts. The Mets, lacking any other options, used a bullpen game.

That's on top of the all the injuries -- Soroka and Cole Hamels for the Braves; Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman for the Mets (with Stroman subsequently opting out of the season); and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, who can't get over the nerve issue in his right hand and has returned to the injured list. The Phillies' rotation has actually been decent so far with a 3.59 ERA, but due to the games missed because of the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak, Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler have started eight of their 17 games. Their bullpen, however? Last in the majors with an unspeakable 8.77 ERA.

This race could be a short-season reminder of the infamous 1973 NL East race. The Mets won the division that year with an 82-79 record -- tied with 2005 Padres for the fewest wins for a division champ in a 162-game season -- which was good enough to finish 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, 2.5 ahead of the Pirates, 3.5 ahead of the Expos and five ahead of Cubs. The Mets were actually in last place on Aug. 30 that season, and four games under .500 with 11 to play before a seven-game winning streak pulled it out.

The teams have changed, but we could see a similar five-team race to .500, at least if the Marlins continue to play respectable baseball. The Nationals and Mets are four games behind the Braves, but one big week is all it takes. That's what makes the Mets perhaps more interesting than the Nationals -- they can score runs. Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis and Cano all have .400-plus on-base percentages. Alonso went 3-for-3 with two walks on Monday and is up to .241/.359/.448. Dominic Smith is hitting .310 and slugging .741.

The Nationals, meanwhile, might have the game's best hitter in Soto, but their fourth and fifth hitters Monday were veterans Asdrubal Cabrera (who at least has been hitting well) and Kurt Suzuki. Outfielders Adam Eaton and Victor Robles are off to slow starts, and rookie Carter Kieboom, replacing Anthony Rendon at third base, doesn't have an extra-base hit yet. Soto has been spectacular, but he can't do it himself.

Who will take the NL East? The projections still favor the Braves, injuries and rotation warts notwithstanding. The Nats are going to be in trouble if they don't get Strasburg back. The Mets had their own scare when Jacob deGrom had his last start pushed back a few days. The Phillies have a locked-in Bryce Harper and their bullpen can't be this bad the rest of the way. The Marlins, well, you never know. Get ready for the first five-way division tie in MLB history.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 20/08/2020 21:45

A couple Mets tested positive, cancelling the game vs the Marlins tonight, hopefully that doesn't impact the Marlins vs Nats this weekend.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 17/09/2020 23:50

Adam Eaton is out with a broken finger, another guy who has probably played his last game in a Nats uniform. His first couple seasons were a bust due to injuries and Rizzo gave up too much to get him, but he'll always be remembered for his home run celebrations with Kendrick during the World Series run. Sucks to have him go out on the injured list in a season with no fans for him to get a final curtain call.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 18/09/2020 10:37

His contract goes thru the 2021 season, unless Spotrac is in error.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 18/09/2020 11:44

The team has an option to pick him up for $10.5M or cut him for a $1.5M buyout. The speculation I've seen is that he'll be let go. The Nats don't have much outfield depth so I'd keep him.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 18/09/2020 12:30

If they dump Eaton I dont see a reliable leadoff hitter on the club, unless they have Turner do it. But he's more valuable as a #3 hitter.

Ozuna will be 30 before next season. He'll be coming off a $18 mill 1 yr deal. he'd look damn good in RF next season. Just dont know if he's gonna fit into the Lerners' budget for '21, and we need 1 or 2 SP's to boot. with the season he's having, Ozuna will have several suitors.
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 18/09/2020 21:45

From Byron Kerr, Covid has been a non factor for a month.

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COVID-19 testing results #MLB: 2 of 12,381 samples, 0.02%, were new positives. No new positives from players and staff. Both positive tests were from a single Club’s Alternate Training Site. Among players, there have been no new positives for 19 cons. days and 27 of last 28 days.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 20/09/2020 12:58

sam freeman had TJ surgery this past summer. been nice knowin ya sammy.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/09/2020 11:48

Cant stand the Braves, but they have my respect. 3 straight NLE titles, and they won it this year with a MASH unit for starting pitching. The starters on their Opening Day roster have either been DFA'd, or lost for the season due to injury (with the exception of Fried, and he just got hurt this week).

Their current .607 win % equates to 98 wins over a regular 162 game schedule. Guess it helps when most of their opponents have been substandard NLE teams. But still, props to them. They didnt mope, or make FP-like BS excuses about how crazy 2020 is.

Braves team ERA: 7th in NL. Nats team ERA: second to LAST in NL. How does Menhart explain how just about every healthy pitcher regressed (or regressed badly) from the 2019 season ?
Posted By: PowerBoater69

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/09/2020 22:10

Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Cant stand the Braves, but they have my respect. 3 straight NLE titles, and they won it this year with a MASH unit for starting pitching. The starters on their Opening Day roster have either been DFA'd, or lost for the season due to injury (with the exception of Fried, and he just got hurt this week).

Their current .607 win % equates to 98 wins over a regular 162 game schedule. Guess it helps when most of their opponents have been substandard NLE teams. But still, props to them. They didnt mope, or make FP-like BS excuses about how crazy 2020 is.

Braves team ERA: 7th in NL. Nats team ERA: second to LAST in NL. How does Menhart explain how just about every healthy pitcher regressed (or regressed badly) from the 2019 season ?


Atlanta the reigning division champ, the Mets with a new deep pocket owner, the Marlins and Phillies on the rise, the NLE is going to be a tough division. Good thing the Nats won the World Series right as our window was closing. Time to reload.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/09/2020 23:17

stat from fp: soto has 69 career hr's. 23 to left, 23 to center, and 23 to right. the kid ceases to amaze.
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/09/2020 23:34

luis garcia looks completely lost against LH pitching. ba against lefties under .160
Posted By: SilverFox1

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 24/09/2020 23:45

another great point from fp: soto is only playing his 3rd ever game in RF in nats park, yet he's made 2 great ken griffeyesque plays against the wall tonite.
Posted By: TBP

Re: NL East: Covid cases, opt outs, injury report - 25/09/2020 00:59

That starts with Soto, Robles, Truner, Garcia, and Kieboom, along with Scherzer, Strasburg, and Corbin, who still have several years on their contracts. Build around them.
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