(Chris Soto: I agree with Nikhail...If it wasn't for Grienke's ridiculous numbers, deGrom would be the run away favorite for the National League Cy Young award. However, in today's age of baseball, writers are more and more tyingt sabermetrical data to their voting decisions. From a sabermetrics standpoint, deGrom is only 5th in Wins Above Replacement due to the fact that he is 4th in Fielding Independent Pitching [FIP] and 5th in xFIP, which adjusts the FIP number to account for a normalized HR rate. Personally, I don't care....just keep going out there every 5th and keep winning games. We'll see where he ends up at the end of the day.)
Bill Price | NY Daily News- The Mets were officially the road team in Baltimore Tuesday night, but thanks to a huge throng of fans - including Goat Boy himself Jim Breuer - it felt like another night at Citi Field. The famous - at least in Queens - 7 Line Army made the trek to Camden Yarks for Tuesday’s game and certainly made their presence felt. “That was awesome that the 7 Line was here,” said winning pitcher Jacob deGrom. “It almost felt like we were playing at home, the support the fans are giving us at other ballparks, it feels real good. Even Terry Collins gave the fans a shout out after the 5-3 win. “The 7 Line was here tonight, they’re unbelievable when they come, when they show up. If you’re a player, my gosh almighty, how can you feel tired or fatigued when you’ve got that atmosphere to go on?
(Chris Soto: Major....MAJOR hat tip to Dareen Meehan, Founder of The 7 Line Army. These guys set up multiple road trips each year and each time they show up....they literally take over the place. It felt like Mets fan outnumbered Orioles fans in Camden Yards last night. Not many teams, if any, have a fan following like the Mets do with T7L and the benefits showed up big time last night. Talk about exciting. If anyone is interested in sitting with T7L, sorry, but their next 4 group events are already SOLD OUT! However, they do have 1 more event available....the final Home Game of the season against the Nationals on October 4th. The 860 Tickets go on sale at 12pm on September 3rd and are expected to only last....maybe.....30 minutes.)
David Schoenfield | ESPN Sweet Spot- Back on April 4, we ran this file of predictions for the 2015 season. All 15 of us participants picked the Washington Nationals to win the NL East. Hey, we weren't the only ones. All 45 Baseball Prospectus writers also picked the Nationals. Over at FanGraphs, all 38 writers went with the Nationals. At CBSSports.com, the Nationals went 5-for-5. At FoxSports.com, 11 of its 12 analysts picked the Nationals. There's a very good chance that everyone will be wrong. Certainly, everybody forgot to tell the New York Mets they were playing for second place.
(Chris Soto: I was surprised myself to see this...last night while tracking my fantasy team I caught a glimpse of the MLB standings...The Nationals were UNDER .500?? How could that be? Their unbelievable fall from sure fire division winner to what they are now is something out of a movie. Injuries are obviously killing them with Werth, Rendon, Zimmerman, Span, and Strasburg all missing time this season. However, even when those guys are healthy, they aren't doing anything. Those 5 guys combined have been worth only +1.2 Wins Above Replacement this season compared to a +21.3 WAR last season! An unbelievable 20 win drop! They may have won last night, but Nationals manager Matt Williams better figure out something real quick cause that Magic Number Clock is already starting to tick....)