NL East Roundup: Mets division lead back within 1.5 games

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With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the New York Mets hold a 1.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division. The Mets begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tonight, while the Braves play Game 2 of a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Let’s take a look at where the NL East stands on September 23.

New York Mets (95-56)

Last 10: 6-4

Who shot: Francisco Lindor, S.S.

The 28-year-old shortstop is quietly having the best season of his career, but not enough people are giving him the praise he deserves. Lindor has started to heat up during the biggest stretch of the year, going 9-for-26 with three extra-base hits and a .947 OPS over the last six games.

Who isn’t: Mark Canha, OF

Canha is performing incredibly well in his first season with the Mets, but has recently struggled to produce at the plate. The former Oakland Athletic is slashing .143/.357/.143 with seven strikeouts and just three hits in his last seven games.

injury news

starling mars he’s optimistic he’ll be able to return to the field for the Mets’ three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, which begins Sept. 30. The 33-year-old outfielder has been out since Sept. 6 with a fracture on his right side. middle finger

Atlanta Braves (93-57, 1.5GB)

Last 10: 6-4

Who’s hot: Ronald Acuña Jr., OF

The three-time All-Star has been in and out of the lineup this season after recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee he suffered in July 2021. However, when Acuña has been on the field, he has been as shocking as any. on the Braves. The 24-year-old outfielder is 7-for-23 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs in his last six games.

Who isn’t: Matt Olson, 1B

Olson is having a solid year, especially considering who he had to replace at first base in former Brave Freddie Freeman. But lately, the 28-year-old Atlanta native hasn’t been able to stand out in the big places. Olson is slashing .154/.214/.192 with nine strikeouts in the last seven games.

injury news

starting pitcher mike soroka has been closed for the rest of the year due to elbow pain. The Braves right-hander did not appear in the majors this season, making a total of six rehab starts along the way.

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Philadelphia Phillies (82-67, 12GB)

Last 1st: 5-5

Who’s Hot: Matt Vierling, OF

Vierling is taking advantage of the fact that he plays every day in the absence of the outfielder Nick Castellanos (right oblique strain), getting time right and center. The former fifth-round pick out of the University of Notre Dame is 9-for-21 with five RBIs and a .915 OPS in his last six games.

Who isn’t: Bryce Harper, DH/OF

The two-time NL MVP has yet to find his place since he was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 26. Harper is slashing .153/.231/.305 with 24 strikeouts in the last 15 games, which drops his batting average to . 290 for the year. The former Washington National continues to play with a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, an injury he suffered in April.

injury news

Phillies center fielder brandon swamp (bruised knee) was not in the lineup against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. The 23-year-old is slashing .281/.304/.438 with a 107 OPS+ since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline.

Miami Marlins (61-89, 33.5GB)

Last 10: 4-6

Who’s Hot: Nick Fortes, C

The 25-year-old receiver has thrived when given the opportunity to play consistently this season. Fortes is in the midst of a strong streak at the plate, hitting .313/.353/.563 with two extra-base hits in his last 16 at-bats. The former fourth-round pick out of the University of Mississippi is hitting .247 with a .732 OPS in 64 games this year.

Who it’s not: Brian Anderson, IF/OF

Anderson has yet to build on his fourth-place finish in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2018. The 29-year-old utility man is really struggling right now, as he’s just 2-for-16 with a . 388 OPS in his last five games, dropping his average to .225 for the season.

injury news

The 32 year old joey wendle he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tendonitis on Thursday, retroactive to Sept. 19. The former Tampa Bay Ray is slashing .258/.297/.366 with an 87 OPS+ in 95 games this season.

Washington Nationals (52-97, 42GB)

Last 10: 3-7

Who’s Hot: Joey Meneses, IF/OF

Meneses remains one of the bright spots on a Nationals team that is poised to lose 100 games this season. The 30-year-old is currently on a hitting streak, going 8-for-22 with two home runs and a 1.143 OPS in his last six games.

Who isn’t: CJ Abrams, 2B/SS

The 21-year-old infielder is still developing as a hitter as he continues to be in the lineup every day with his new team. Abrams hasn’t put up big numbers since he came to the Nationals, slashing .217/.244/.287 with a 53 OPS+ in 32 games.

injury news

Left handed patrick corbin left his final start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday with back spasms. The 33-year-old pitcher is 6-18 with a 6.08 ERA in 148 innings this season.

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