Blame it on Bud

Maury Brown @BizballMaury Here’s what an Expos game looked like back then, and a Marlins game now. The owner of both? Jeffrey Loria –> 12:16 AM – 11 Jun 2013

The Nationals are a beast

Let’s not kid ourselves: The Nationals are the team to beat in the NL East. The Braves are worthy contenders, with few flaws. But as far as I can tell the Nationals have no weaknesses. On offense, they’ve added Denard Span to bat lead-off and return talented backstop Wilson Ramos, who will compete with Kurt…

Best winter in NL East? Could be the Mets

Mets fans should be thrilled by the proposed R.A. Dickey to Toronto trade. New York will reportedly receive two former first round draft picks: catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.286 BA and .816 OPS in the minors) and pitcher Noah Snydergaard (13-8, 2.35 ERA, 1.085 WHIP)  — an impressive haul for a 38-year-old pitcher. New York also kept…

This is why you don’t build stadiums for billionaires

UPDATE: It’s official, reports Buster Olney. The Marlins have surrendered, for next year and beyond. They have reportedly shipped Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck to the Blue Jays for Yesco, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Henderson Alvarez, LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick, C Jeff Mathis, and RHP Anthony DeSclafani. Three…

Ranking the NL East: Defense

None of the NL East teams will be mistaken for the early-to-mid-1980s Cardinals teams. First, the infields: The Phils are competent but aging. The Braves are a shade worse and have an untested shortstop who doesn’t project as a superior defenders. The Fish have a crappy SS moving to third but are more solid up…

Ranking the NL East Rotations

No. 5: Easy. The Mets. Their ace has had a hell of a career. Makes a mountain of money. But he hasn’t pitched in two years. He has not made 30 starts since 2008. Chances of him doing so this year are about the same as Duane from Forest Park being the next Fed chairman….

Good news for Bravos: Prince to Tigers

Nine years, $214 million. To quote Wimpy Paciorek, “Wow.” I was convinced Fielder was going to end up with the Nats, a move that would’ve made D.C. instant contenders in the East. Thank you, Mike Illitch.

That second WC may come in handy

According to Buster Olney, rival execs believe the Nats are going to land Prince Fielder, bad news for Braves fans. Adding him to a line-up that already boasts Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Jayson Werth (a decent bet to rebound with those big guns protecting him in the batting order) — along with up-and-comers Wilson…

10 years for Pujols!?!

That’s the Marlins’ latest offer for Pujols, who would be 42 at the end of the contract. Bad for the Fish in the long run, but next year … Reyes Ramirez Pujols Stanton Logan Morrison Omar Infante John Buck Emilio Bonifacio

Could the Braves have the lowest payroll in the NL East?

Probably not in 2012, as Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are likely to raise payroll, although I’m guessing it will be a modest (think $5 million) increase, if any. It’ll be a slight jump compared to the Nats and Marlins, who are reportedly bidding on the likes of Pujols, Fielder, C.J. Wilson and Reyes. Signing…

Let’s hope he’s as overrated as Tebow

Nationals prospect and Yankees fan Bryce Harper, aka Borasbot II, strikes the cliched prose popularized by the 2011 version of Gilbert Renfroe. Get ready to start hating Harper — his performance in the Arizona Fall League has spurred talk of the Nats including him on the Opening Day roster.

Next year could be tougher

At least in the NL East. The Phils will still be the Phils and the Nats are already talking about bolstering their rotation. The Nationals have sent a scout to Oakland to watch Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson pitch against the Athletics on Wednesday, according to two baseball sources. It more than likely means that the…

Closing the gap

National League EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 Philadelphia 25 16 .610 – 13-7 12-9 168 134 +34 Lost 4 4-6 Florida 24 16 .600 .5 12-9 12-7 174 157 +17 Won 1 5-5 Atlanta 25 19 .568 1.5 14-10 11-9 183 139 +44 Won 4 6-4

Philly columnist: Braves nothing to worry about

Uh, six-game lead? The Braves are a nice team, really nice in some ways, but the notion that leapfrogging the Braves would require super-human effort is ridiculous. The Phillies, if they play as they can, have nothing to worry about, either from Atlanta or from their alleged co-rivals, the Mets.

Braves will lose no ground on roadtrip

The local nine left Atlanta leading the Mets by two games and the Phils by five. After tonight’s win they’ve added two games to their lead. So no matter what happens the rest of the weekend, this road trip qualifies as a success.

Guess who’s still on the Mets payroll?

And it’s for another 25 years! The Wall Street Journal has a funny piece up about how the Mutts are paying Bobby Bonilla more than $1 million a year between now and 2035 per the agreement to buy out the last year of his contract back in 2000. How much was he due in that final…

The Nats are beginning to scare me

Steven Strasburg has been virtually unhittable in the minors and will likely make his major league debut by the first of June. Now there’s talk Roy Oswalt might join him in D.C. It would be a smart move even if they were out of contention as it’s asking a lot of a rookie pitcher —…

Face-off I can’t wait to see

Nats vs. Braves is about to get much more interesting. Hope I’m there the first time the Jay Hey Kid steps in against Stephen Strasburg’s (alleged) 103 MPH fastball. –CB