Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/8/14

I'm sorry to say this, as a fan of an NL East team, but the division this year is...awful. You can point at our usual whipping boy, the AL Central, but let's face facts for a second: the AL Central has two teams above .500 (compared to the NL East's one and one at .500), and has three teams with a positive run differential (compared to the NL East's one). The three worst run differentials in the National League belong to teams in the East division: the Phillies, Mets, and Marlins. In the AL, only the Mariners and Astros have worst run differentials than either of those three teams. The scary part is that the teams aren't feasting on each other...well, except for the Braves and Phillies, of course. Out of their 90 total games this year against the NL East, the Braves are 17-9 in those games thusfar, while the Phillies are 19-11. Contrast that to the Marlins, who are 13-20, the Nationals, 13-14, and the Mets, 13-21. I'm not sure if any team is in a better spot than the Braves though, who still have 15 left with each of the Marlins and Phillies, giving them plenty of opportunities to build up their lead. At any rate, it's been a very disappointing year from a once solid division. PIC OF THE DAY This is what happens when Howie Kendrick tries to run over Russell Martin... (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Game of the Night: Diamondbacks 4, Reds 3. There were lots of good games on Saturday, but I'm choosing to highlight this one, since it's a battle of two of the NL's best that ended in surprising fashion. Mike Leake and Pat Corbin engaged in a great pitchers duel in this one, with Corbin holding a 2-1 lead after eight. He was replaced on the hill by Heath Bell for the save, and Bell promptly walked Brandon Phillips and allowed a mammoth go-ahead homer to Jay Bruce, his second towering home run of the game. Aroldis Chapman came on to save the game for the Reds, and his outing was more disastrous than Bell's. Chapman began by allowing a single to Paul Goldschmidt before walking both Miguel Montero and Cody Ross to load the bases for Jason Kubel. Kubel proceeded to hit a single through a drawn in Reds infield, bringing in a pair and giving Arizona the win. Two closers, no saves. Pitching Lines of the Night: Zack Greinke put together his best start as a Dodger in LA's 6-1 win over the Padres, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out eight. The final lines on that Corbin-Leake duel in Arizona: eight innings, one run, three hits, four walks, and five strikeouts for Corbin, and eight innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, and one strikeout for Leake. Jhoulys Chacin shut down the Nationals offense in the Rockies' 7-1 win, allowing five hits over seven shutout frames, walking one and striking out three. Chien-Ming Wang (really, *that* Chien-Ming Wang) dazzled the Orioles in the Blue Jays' 4-2 win (their tenth in a row), allowing one unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking none and fanning a pair. Hitting Lines of the Night: Ryan Howard's bat powered the Phillies to an 8-7 win over the Mets that their bullpen nearly blew, going 3/4 with two homers and four RBI. Chris Parmalee had himself a solid game for the Twins in their 8-7 loss to the Indians, going 3/5 with a double and a pair of solo homers. Victor Martinez was the catalyst behind a 10-3 Tigers romp over the Red Sox, going 2/3 with three runs, five RBI, two walks, a double, and a homer. Jay Bruce was the entirety of the Reds offense in Arizona, going 2/3 with a walk, two homers, and three RBI. Rays rookie Wil Myers had his best game since being called up in Tampa Bay's 7-5 loss to the Yankees, going 3/4 with a grand slam. Other Games: The White Sox edged the Royals 3-2. The Astros squeezed home a run in the ninth to beat the Cubs 4-3. The Brewers once again shut out the Braves 2-0. The Giants beat the Marlins 2-1 in 11 innings. The Pirates train continued to roll along as they topped the Angels 6-1. Five unanswered late runs carried the Mariners to a 7-5 win over the A's. The Rangers beat the Cardinals 4-2, but the bad taste from 2011 still lingers. Today's Games: Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays look to make it 11 straight, taking on the Orioles. Jorge de la Rosa and Ross Detwiler will battle in Washington. Justin Verlander takes the hill for the Tigers, hosting the Red Sox. Matt Harvey starts for the Mets in Philly. Ivan Nova makes his first start in the majors in nearly a month for the Yankees against the Rays. Jordan Lyles and Jeff Samardzija will duel at Wrigley. James Shields starts for the Royals, hosting the White Sox. Matt Cain gets the nod for the Giants against the Marlins. The resurgent Charlie Morton starts for the Pirates in Anaheim. Andrew Cashner and the Padres host the Dodgers. Jarrod Parker gets the nod for the A's in Seattle. Mat Latos starts for the Reds in Arizona. Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals host the Rangers. National TV: Rays-Yankees (2 PM, TBS), Rangers-Cardinals (8 PM, ESPN) Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone. [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Muhammad Ali rooting for a Pacquiao win over Mayweather

Report: Cowboys to restructure Tony Romo's contract

Blake Griffin frustrated with lack of fan support at home

Eli Manning expects Giants' offense to take off in 2015

Bruce Irvin apologizes for DUI April Fools' joke

Report: LeBron James calls plays, David Blatt repeats them

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

Westbrook: I'm not Angry Man off the court, I'm a chill guy

Fourth man sentenced in 2007 killing of Sean Taylor

Players who could have their arbitration years bought out

Rookie of the Year: Should there be a winner?

What's next for the Phoenix Suns?

Aaron Rodgers to appear on celebrity version of 'Jeopardy!'

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.