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Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

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Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

ATLANTA BRAVES 

We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it's a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There's unlucky, there's really unlucky, and then there's the season that he's been having. So it should come as no surprise that Miller's average run support 2.45 per start is the worst in baseball. Yikes. 

MIAMI MARLINS 

The Marlins were hoping to catch a glimpse of a healthy Giancarlo Stanton before the season concludes. But word is that his return from wrist surgery has been delayed due to an 'abnormal amount' of scar tissue. When he's right, there's no question that Stanton is an MVP candidate. However, you have to wonder if Miami is a little worried that its highest paid player only appeared in 74 games the season after signing a $300 million contract. He hasn't had chronic health issues in the past, so the Marlins have to hope 2015 is an aberration. 

NEW YORK METS  

The stretch run is upon us, and the Mets magic number is down to just 7. At this point, it would take a collapse of epic proportions to keep the Amazins from clinching their first division title since 2006.

That's the good news. The bad news is that this Matt Harvey saga is clearly taking a toll on manager Terry Collins, especially after what happened over the weekend. With the 26-year-old right hander dominating the Yankees over five shutout innings, Collins was forced to take him out of the game because of that dreaded innings limit. And of course, the decision came back to bite the Mets immediately. The Bronx Bombers scored 11 runs off New York's bullpen over the next three innings, which sent the Citi Field crowd fleeing the stadium in disgust well before the game was over. As you can imagine, the skipper wasn't thrilled that he was essentially coerced to take his starter out of the game due of forces outside of his control. But if he's frustrated by this now, imagine if this scenario pops up in October. 

PHILDELPHIA PHILLIES 

With Ruben Amaro Jr. out as GM, what are the Phillies' plans for the manager? The latest reports suggest that the they're considering bringing back Pete Mackanin in 2016, which isn't entirely surprising because Philly has indeed played better since Ryne Sandberg was let go. Not only that, but team president Andy MacPhail has a history of giving interim managers a shot to prove themselves. When he was with the Orioles, MacPhail allowed then interim skipper Dave Trembley stay on for two-plus seasons before hiring Buck Showalter. 

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.