Also, quick announcement: I've started writing, in at least a limited capacity, for Beyond the Boxscore. Thanks to Sky for giving me a spot over there and being flexible with my schedule.
Anyway, it's time for another look at the National League!
Quick notes on the stats below: All runs data are park adjusted using Patriot's park factors. PythWins is from Hardball Times, and so is PythagenPat. XtrapWins is the wins that the teams' current winning percentage would provide at the season's end. Wif500 is what the team's record should be if they win half of their remaining games. %for90W is the winning percentage the teams will need to get to 90 wins at the end of the season.
The Defending Champions have pulled ahead, though Pythagoras still prefers the Mets. The Braves are hanging in there, however, with the pitching staff in baseball (so far). Florida's falling, but still within striking distance...but they haven't done much since the first few weeks to warrant any concern. The Nationals are better than their record, but probably have the worst pitching/fielding combination in baseball.
The Padres have been hot-hot-hot, but the Mannyless Dodgers just keep on winning. As a result, the Padres haven't gained any ground on the division leaders since my last post, even while they passed the Giants and Rockies by. If I were running the Diamondbacks, I have to say I'd be wondering what happened. Upton, Reynolds, and Felipe freaking Lopez have hit just fine, but seriously: Chris Young (0.235 wOBA), Conor Jackson (0.253), Chad Tracy (0.253), Stephen Drew (0.253), Eric Byrnes (0.281)? Yikes. The good news is that if a few of those guys get going, their defense has been decent enough that a wild card run isn't completely out of the question. But that better start happening soon.