Fish Bites, NL East edition: Matt Harvey and the Mets confidence

I'm no Mets fan, but this picture is too cool to pass up. Matt Harvey go! - Elsa

In today's first installment of Fish Bites, NL East edition, we review the awesome start of Matt Harvey, the awesome over-confidence in the Atlanta Braves, and a few more in-division stories of interest.

I am a big proponent of knowing your enemy whenever you get the opportunity to do so. Thus, reading about the Miami Marlins' closest enemies in the National League East division is a great way to make sure we are caught up with all the happenings, in order to exploit their weaknesses for victory! Or in the Marlins' case, use them to lose slightly less! (#MJIJ)

To that end, we re-introduce the first installment of Fish Bites, NL East edition to Fish Stripes! Here are this week's links around the world of the NL East.

Atlanta Braves

Braves GM: 'We've gotten Atlanta's attention'
The Braves are off to their greatest start since 1994. Unfortunately, this article buries this concept underneath a slew of rah-rah-rah cheerleading. I was amazed to see how much pro-Braves rhetoric was tossed out, so I went up to see who wrote this piece and for what publication. It was Bob Nightengale for USA Today. (sigh)

Braves will cool off eventually but all signs point to a deep run | The Strike Zone - SI.com
On the other hand, Cliff Corcoran runs a more respectably toned down piece that rightfully points out that the Braves are a prime contender.

Blue Jays Have Trade Interest In Braves Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky - Talking Chop
The Braves may be interested in trading Tyler Pastornicky to the Blue Jays. This is due to the Blue Jays having no one to play shortstop thanks to the Jose Reyes injury. I wish Reyes the best, as he is a fantastic and fun player.

Tomahawk Chops: Tim Hudson Going For 200th Win - Talking Chop
Let's all show some appreciation for Tim Hudson and the blockbuster deal that brought him to Atlanta.

New York Mets

Mets vs. Nationals Recap: Harvey outduels Strasburg, Davis and Duda each contribute a pair of home runs - Amazin' Avenue
Behind Matt Harvey's right arm, the Mets beat the Nationals 7-1 in the first matchup of the season between the two clubs. Harvey outdueled Stephen Strasburg in the matchup.

New York Mets have hope largely thanks to Matt Harvey - ESPN New York
Matt Harvey is a beacon of hope for the otherwise hopeless New York Mets. Like the Marlins with Jose Fernandez, the Mets are excited about their top pitching prospect.

Bob Raissman calls Keith Hernandez "fanboy" for his coverage of Matt Harvey - Amazin' Avenue
The wry and colorful former MVP Keith Hernandez has been called many things for his work in the Mets' broadcast booth, "fanboy" has rarely been one of them. The Daily News made that accusation after faulting Keith for "enjoying" to watch Matt Harvey.

NY Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud suffers non-displaced fracture of his left foot - NY Daily News
Mets top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud broke the first metatarsal, or the bone connected to the big toe, on his left foot Wednesday night, Sandy Alderson said. The cornerstone of the trade that sent Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays this offseason, d'Arnaud was heading to New York where he is expected to be examined by team doctors on Friday.

Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies beat Cardinals 8 - 2 behind Roy Halladay's Complete Game* - The Good Phight
In a rain-shortened complete game, Roy Halladay went seven effective innings, leading the Phillies to a much-needed win over the Cardinals. The Phillies' bats pounded out 8 runs, using up two weeks' worth of runs in one game.

Philadelphia Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon Claims Obama 'Wants to Take Our Guns From Us' (Video)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon recently spoke with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and claimed President Obama "wants to take our guns from us and everything," reports Politico.com (video below). Oh, Papelbon, why you so crazy?

Amid National Grief, an Open Letter to the Philadelphia Phillies - Yahoo! Sports
One father and baseball fan thanks the Phillies for helping provide a distraction from the horrors that occurred in Boston.

The Greatest of Market Inefficiencies Part I: Overview - The Good Phight
Prospect development is the Holy Grail for every club in baseball. Yet everyone sucks at it. Why? Is there a way to fix it? Interesting beginning to a study, and I'm looking forward to the next piece.

Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper: Washington Nationals opening-day jersey taken and auctioned behind my back | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
Apparently Bryce Harper's Opening Day jersey was confiscated and then, through underhanded means, sold on an online auction. That does not sound like fun. Clown auction, bro.

Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki Keeps Coming Up Big At The Plate And Behind It - Federal Baseball
Acquired from the Oakland A's last August, Kurt Suzuki has taken off as a Washington National, helping the team to its first postseason appearance late last year and keeping things steady while 25-year-old backstop Wilson Ramos has been injured.

Washington Nationals Rewind: Nats Lose To Miami Marlins; Ryan Zimmerman And Dan Haren Raise Questions - Federal Baseball
"He was awfully good, gave up one hit through the third inning," Davey Johnson told reporters after the Washington Nationals' loss in Miami tonight, "And just one little miscue and then a couple little hits and then a bomb."

Yips: Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman admits throwing issue is mental | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
The other National outside of the above mentioned Dan Haren who is having some troubles is Ryan Zimmerman, who seems to be "yipping" his throws mentally.

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