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Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

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Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

ATLANTA BRAVES

How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record says you are, but Miller's 5-11 mark is a bit deceiving considering he has a 2.50 ERA. It looked like he was going to get of the snide Wednesday night, being staked to a 3-0 lead vs. the Rockies, but squandered it in the seventh inning and was charged with another loss. A starting pitcher has not started 30 games with a 2.50 ERA or less and won fewer than 10 games since Cole Hamels in 2014. With that in mind, Miller is going to try to avoid being apart of history. 

MIAMI MARLINS 

Given how bad the Marlins have been this season, you'd expect team officials to be realistic about where the club is in its rebuilding process. But apparently not, as manager Dan Jennings said recently the team is "one or two pieces away" from contending. Huh? Miami is on pace for 95 losses, and somehow is just one or two pieces away. Sure, Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez are blue-chip players that are legitimate cornerstones. But they haven't stayed healthy on a consistent basis, and the Marlins have been known to be frugal in the past when it comes to signing big-name free agents. 

NEW YORK METS 

Nats fans are asking themselves the same question every night: Will the Mets ever lose again? Given the way they're playing right now, it doesn't seem like it. Though they've gone against inferior competition (they're 13-0 against the Marlins, Phillies and Rockies this month), they've taken care of business to increase their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games. It's remarkable that New York's offense -- which had been one of the worst in baseball -- is all of a sudden a juggernaut. They can thank Yoenis Cespedes for that, who is everything GM Sandy Alderson could have hoped for and then some. Since Cespedes has been on board, he's hitting .311 with seven home runs and 21 RBI with a .941 OPS, and the club is 18-6 in the process.  

The only hope the Nats have right now (aside from winning most of the six remaining head-to-head matchups) is if the Mets rotation has to be reworked in September to accommodate the young arms that are reaching innings limits. If that happens, perhaps there's a chance New York can slip into some sort of slump. But given how the offense is on fire, who even knows if that would matter at this point. 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 

This past week marked the end of an era in Philadelphia as Chase Utley was traded to the Dodgers for Darnell Sweeney and pitcher John Richie. We knew this day would come eventually, but it was still a mild surprise that he was moved during the season considering that GM Ruben Amaro stated recently that it was more likely he'd be traded in the offseason. Regardless, this move represents another step towards the retooling of a roster that has desperately needed it for years. 

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Nationals break out a stuffed 'Baby Shark' in dugout during NLCS

Nationals break out a stuffed 'Baby Shark' in dugout during NLCS

Based on how the 2019 season has gone for the Washington Nationals, and the impact 'Baby Shark' has had on it, would you really expect the rallying call to dissapear in the biggest game yet?

Of course not.

So, it's no surprise that during Game 3 of the NLCS, it was on full display.

First, DC Washington, who sang the National Anthem on Monday, concluded his performance by sneaking in a little chomp at the end.

But, that wouldn't be the last we saw of 'Baby Shark'. It appears that Gerardo Parra, the man who started all the hysteria, has a little homage to the song and chant in the dugout.

With Washington taking an early lead in Game 3 and up 2-0 in the series, don't expect 'Baby Shark' to go anywhere anytime soon.

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Anthony Rendon shows why he should be the MVP with this diving stop in Game 3

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Anthony Rendon shows why he should be the MVP with this diving stop in Game 3

Anthony Rendon is doing Anthony Rendon things again.

The Nationals third baseman capped off an MVP-level season last month, and he has continued to thrive in the postseason.

Rendon has done his damage both at the plate and in the field. In Game 3, he struck first at third base.

Wow. Just, wow. This is one of the best defensive plays of the postseason to date.

Rendon finished the 2019 season behind Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in the eyes of many, when it comes to MVP voting. But don’t let that discount what he’s accomplished all year long.

There’s a reason fans were chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for Rendon, even when he wasn’t stepping to the plate.

The Cardinals have struggled mightily to get their offense clicking in the NLCS, and most of the credit for that goes to the Nationals’ pitching staff. But defensive plays like this make it all the more easy for those pitchers to continue putting up goose eggs on the scoreboard.

In a postseason series, every play matters. Stops like the one Rendon made Monday night, in a scoreless game as the Nationals have a chance to take a commanding lead in the series, can make all the difference.

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