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NL East Notes: Braves second half, replacing Ramos

The latest from around the National League East.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves are in last place in the National League East, yet everybody is talking about Atlanta’s second half. After the first couple of months, the offense began to turn around and found itself ranked near the top during July, August and now September.

What they did is not only impressive, but something many have not seen before. Guys like Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte are leading the way. Those three guys saw increases in their wRC+ from the first half to the second half.

More from around the National League East:

  • Losing Wilson Ramos is a huge blow to the Nationals playoff hopes, especially when looking at the injuries that they already have. In his place, the Nationals are turning to Jose Lobaton and rookie Pedro Severino to lead the way for the end of season and for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
  • Chris Johnson got the chance to see the real Jose Fernandez, and he is grateful for that opportunity.
  • While the 2016 Phillies are missing the playoffs, a lot of former Phillies find themselves on playoff rosters. Like a lot.
  • Lucas Duda was sidelined for a long time with a back injury. The team wasn’t sure what they would get out of the first baseman upon his return. In a nice twist, the team is surprised by his quick return to success.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 92-66 — GB

NY Mets 85-74 7.5 GB

Miami 78-80 14.0 GB

Philadelphia 70-88 22.0 GB

Atlanta 65-92 26.5 GB