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NL East Notes: Bartolo Colon; first round recap

The latest news from around the National League East.

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In a rotation filled with Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. At age 43, Bartolo Colon is proving that he is just as good as any of those youngsters at the top of the Mets rotation.

Thursday night, Colon went seven innings and only allowed one run on eight hits with two strikeouts. In his last four starts, Colon is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He’s showing that the Mets may have a tough decision on their hands when Zack Wheeler is ready to return to the rotation.

More from around the National League East:

  • It was a big night for the East in the draft, headlined by the Phillies having the first overall pick. They went with high-school outfielder Mickey Moniak as their choice, and as with most top picks, they are going to need a little bit of luck to strike gold on the next mega-star.
  • Two picks later, the Atlanta Braves were on the clock, and they took a player that not many Braves fans may have wanted; but he was their guy and they love his talent. Atlanta fans, you just might have to trust the front office on this one.
  • For the third time in the top-10 picks, an NL East team was on the clock, this time it was the Miami Marlins. Pitching rules all in this league, and for the second time in three seasons, Miami went with a high-school pitcher in left-hander Braxton Garrett.
  • Washington had two late choices in the draft this year, and went with a high-school bat and a college arm to add to their farm system.

Division standings “as of writing”:

Washington 36-24 — GB

NY Mets 33-26 2.5 GB

Miami 31-29 5.0 GB

Philadelphia 29-31 7.0 GB

Atlanta 17-42 18.5 GB