Atlanta currently sits 2 ½ games up in the NL East after completing a sweep of the Phillies, with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. In a span of 14 games, the Braves have climbed from last place in the division and 6 ½ games back, to its current position. The Braves own a Major League-best 19-6 record at home this season, but now head west with its current 12-16 mark away from Turner Field (-490). The team leads the majors with 237 walks and its .348 on-base percentage leads the National League. Rookie OF Jason Heyward leads the team with 10 homers and is batting .287 with a .412 on-base percentage. “The kid never ceases to amaze you,” manager Bobby Cox said.
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Arizona is currently 0-7 on a three-city, nine-game road trip against Colorado, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This recent stretch leaves the team with a less than desirable 7-17 mark against the division (-1,000). The team has compiled a 6-11 mark when playing a series finale so far in 2010, including dropping the last four such games on the road (-408). The Diamondbacks’ 20-32 record (-1,180) is the third-worst 52-game start in club history behind the inaugural 1998 season and the beginning of the 2004 season. Don’t expect things to change with Wednesday’s starting time, with Arizona coming in with a 5-11 daytime record (-600). One offensive bright spot for the team is the right-side of the infield, as 1B Adam LaRoche and 2B Kelly Johnson have combined for 19 home runs and 58 RBI this season.
I don’t want to spend too much time on this because it has been talked about to death in the media, but I do want to touch on a few of the trades that were made recently in baseball. Two historic franchises made out like bandits.