Braves, Mets hot in NL East

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Apr 16, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, left and Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis celebrate final out against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

With multiple interdivision match ups in the NL East this week, teams are beating up on each other and getting an early taste of what’s in store for the rest of the season.  The Braves and Mets are hot, while the Marlins haven’t figured things out recently.  Here’s a midweek breakdown of how those teams, as well as the Nationals and Phillies are faring.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves are winners of five in a row and seven of their last ten.  They won their fourth series of the season after a 1-0 win over the Phillies Wednesday night.  Evan Gattis was a perfect 4-4 with the game-winning home run in the fourth inning.  Julio Teheran went the distance and gave up only three hits with four strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Gattis has been on a tear of late hitting .556 the past week with three home runs.  The long ball has come often for the Braves who have multiple home runs from five players.  Not surprisingly, one of those players is second baseman Dan Uggla, who belted a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning on Monday night.

Teheran has lived up the hype of being the opening day starter and ace so far.  He has a 1.93 ERA and an opponent BA of .228.  The more surprising Atlanta pitcher has to be Aaron Harang, who has a 0.96 ERA with opponents hitting only .145.  Who has an even lower earned run average than both of those guys?  That would be Ervin Santana.  He sits at 0.64 through two starts and has made his one year deal look like a bargain right now.

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