Atlanta has come back to Earth a bit, as they no longer hold the game's best record, ceding that title to the surprising Boston Red Sox (18-7). They do, however, still possess the only winning record in the division, as the Nationals (13-13), Phillies, and Mets all continue to hover at or just below .500. The Marlins, meanwhile, are nothing if not consistent; for the fourth straight week they check in with the worst record in the NL East (and all of baseball), and show no signs of ever bucking that trend. Atlanta Braves (16-9): Since the last NL East roundup Atlanta has been up and down time of it, sweeping a doubleheader last Tuesday against the Rockies, then four straight losses which included a sweep at the hands of Detroit. They broke their losing streak last night, against the Nationals, over whom they are now 4-0; fret not Nats fans, 15 games remain in the season series. Early slugger Evan Gattis has regressed along with Atlanta's record, and is now batting .236. Freddie Freeman has given the lineup a boost since returning from the DL, and Justin Upton continues to leave the yard with frequency, his home run total now at 12 through 107 plate appearances. Still not a peep from the other two thirds of the outfield. Mike Minor has emerged as the rotation stalwart so far, with a 5.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio that leads the staff by double. Player of the Week: Justin Upton, OF: 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .320 AVG Miami Marlins (7-19): There isn't much to say about the weekly facepalm that is the Miami Marlins -- it's beating a dead fish to point out that this team continues to struggle to both score and prevent runs. The positives: Closer Steve Cishek is tied for second on the team in wins (1), which is one more than most of the team's starters possess, and has amassed three saves. Kevin Slowey and Ricky Nolasco continue to put up respectable ERAs of under 3.00 and 4.00, respectively. Sleeping giant Giancarlo Stanton has awoken in the past week, bashing his first three home runs of the season and raising his average 51 points, up to .227.
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