Major League Baseball Round-Up: The National League Eastern Division

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The regular season is winding to a close with just one week left. After the long 162 game schedule, ten teams will battle it out in the postseason for a chance to become the 2015 World Series Champions.

Here’s a review of what this year’s season has shown and which teams have already made the play-offs and which teams are likely to.

The National League Eastern Division:

Before the season began, many people tipped the Washington Nationals as the the team to beat. This was because of their pitching rotation. Acquiring Max Scherzer was one of the the biggest moves of the off-season and he joined forces with aces Jordan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez.

On paper they should have at least made the post-season. They haven’t. The pitching didn’t live up to expectations. On the other side, Bryce Harper set a record of hitting a 40 homer season at the age of just 22 in which only six other players have done. He also set a record for the most walks in a season by a National which is 116. This wasn’t enough to guide the team into the postseason. The main reason was the New York Mets.

The NL East belongs to Terry Collins and the Mets. Having young flame-throwing pitchers has certainly helped their cause. Jacob deGrom has pitched superbly, Matt Harvey has done well coming back from injury and Noah Syndegaard has impressed in his first year. Not to forget John Niese and 42-year old Bartolo Colon.

It was the beginning of August where the charge started. They swept the Nationals and new addition Yoenis Cespedes was on a hot streak too. A month later they swept the Nationals again, this time in D.C which furthered their lead. In the penultimate week of the season they clinched the division. Watch out for this team in October.

For the Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, it’s been a season to forget. The Braves and Phillies have over 90 losses. The Marlins looked promising in the off-season signing Dee Gordon, Michael Morse and Matt Latos but except from Gordon, the others couldn’t get going.

Shelby Miller was a top signing for Atlanta notching up five wins early on but has not won a game since May. The Phillies were ideal for trading Cole Hamels. After a dreadful first half of the season, possessing the worst record, they have improved but still hold MLB’s worst record at the moment. For these three teams it will be the case of looking ahead to next year.