Found July 01, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The NL East was generally considered to be a one-team race before the season. It's just that most fans and experts figured the Nationals would be the division front-runner. Instead, it's been the Braves who have established an early lead despite an all-or-nothing offense. While the Nats certainly can't be written off in the division, they'll probably have to make a bold move to push them toward first place. However, the other three teams look more like trade deadline sellers that could deal some veterans away to playoff contenders in exchange for prospects. Atlanta Braves, 48-34. First in division. The Braves were expected to be a contender in the NL East and at least win a wild-card playoff spot. But strong pitching and a MVP-caliber performance from Justin Upton in April, Atlanta surged to an early first-place lead that it hasn't relinquished. The Braves haven't maintained that scorching pace, going 31-25 in May and June. However, the other teams in...
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