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Fish Bites, NL East edition: Braves' catching conundrum and Nationals' star players

The latest edition of Fish Bites, NL East edition includes the question of who catches for the Braves, what the All-Star Game will look like in New York, the Phillies' tenuous future, and the Nationals' bright stars of tomorrow.


Another week, another installment of Fish Bites, NL East edition. What has been happening to our fortuitous brethren in the NL East?

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers - Recap - April 26, 2013 - ESPN
Former Miami Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight innings against the Braves last night, leading to a 10-0 Detroit Tigers win.

The Atlanta Braves are not worried about striking out 18 times in a loss to the Detroit Tigers and Anibal Sanchez - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Atlanta Braves are not worried about striking out 18 times in a loss to the Detroit Tigers and Anibal Sanchez. They're not worried about strikeouts in general.

Atlanta Braves: Brian McCann Back from Injury, Homers Twice for Rome - Yahoo! Sports
Meanwhile. 600 miles away in Greensboro, NC, Brian McCann was putting on a show. While the Braves were getting their clocks thoroughly cleaned 10-0 in Detroit, Brian McCann was finally back to playing real games.

2013 All Star Ballots Are Out - Vote For Oso - Talking Chop
That brings up the interesting question: what do the Braves do with Evan Gattis? Apparently, the answer by Talking Chop is "vote him into the All-Star Game."

New York Mets

New York's All-Star game plans unveiled - New York News | NYC Breaking News
Baseball's best players will parade past Grand Central Terminal, and a convention center will be transformed into a baseball theme park as part of the festivities for the first All-Star game

Matt Harvey deserves all the praise from New York Mets fans - ESPN New York
Harvey may not be pleased, but he's still everything he's cracked up to be.

Would extending Dillon Gee make sense for the Mets? - Amazin' Avenue
Extending Matt Harvey may well be the Mets' first priority, but should they consider doing the same with Dillon Gee?

Mets demote Josh Edgin to make room for Shaun Marcum on the roster - Amazin' Avenue
The Mets officially announced today that Josh Edgin has been optioned to Double-A Binghamton—not Triple-A Las Vegas—while Shaun Marcum has been activated from the disabled list.

Philadelphia Phillies

Ruiz to play for Reading before joining Phillies Sunday | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Carlos Ruiz is headed back to Eastern Pennsylvania. The Phillies' all-star catcher will play for the Reading Fightin Phils on Friday and Saturday nights in preparation of being activated for Sunday afternoon's big-league game against the Mets in New York.

Philadelphia Phillies GM: 'We could be very young next year' |
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated to that the franchise could be at a crossroads, perhaps as soon as the July trade deadline.

I'm Sorry, Marlins Fans - The Good Phight
The Good Phight's Liz Roscher is sorry for what Jeffrey Loria has done to us Marlins fans. I appreciate the thought, Liz. We're going to soldier on.

The Greatest of Market Inefficiencies Part II: Stats - The Good Phight
Remember last week's article on prospects? Cormican is back with more. Are statistics usefull for evaluating prospects? Were there warning signs for high profile busts like new right fielder Delmon Young?

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Rewind: Jordan Zimmermann's Complete Game, One-Hit, Shutout vs Cincinnati Reds - Federal Baseball
"Since I've been here, that's the best pitched game I've seen," Davey Johnson told reporters after watching Washington Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann dominate the Cincinnati Reds for a complete game, 1-0 win. Your complete coverage of Zimmermann's fantastic start is right on Federal Baseball.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper exceeding already very high expectations - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN
Tristan H. Cockcroft discusses Bryce Harper's hot start and if he's already passed the adjustment period that hits many young players.

Jayson Werth's Contract May Come Back to Haunt Washington Nationals - Yahoo! Sports
For all the focus on Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the nearly $100 million still owed to Jayson Werth could be a significant drag on the Nationals' future and their ability to hold on to their young stars.

Branch Rickey on Washington Nationals' Manager Davey Johnson: Nats' Skipper In Library Of Congress - Federal Baseball
Nearly half a century after it was written, Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson learned today that former Brooklyn Dodgers' President and GM Branch Rickey had once recommended the St. Louis Cardinals deal for the Baltimore minor leaguer.