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However, the rest of the NL, especially the East, is where things have taken an unexpected turn. The Washington Nationals were the heavy favorite to win the division, yet they sit in fourth place with a 10-12 record, trailing the New York Mets (14-6), Philadelphia Phillies (14-7) and Atlanta Braves (12-8).

All three have something in common: Significant changes were made in the offseason. For the Mets and Phillies, it was new managers coming in. The jobs Mickey Callaway and Gabe Kapler have done to this point are phenomenal and both teams are significantly exceeding expectations. Both teams have talent, but it was believed they weren’t ready to contend.


That thought has been proven wrong (so far, at least).

The Braves, however, kept manager Brian Snitker in place and changed general managers, with John Copellela gettting banned from baseball and being replaced by Alex Anthopoulos. Much was made of the Braves not spending much money, even drawing scrutiny from some of the star players on the team. Armed with a terrific farm system that includes No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna, Atlanta is a lot closer to contending than originally thought.

That’s not even to mention the Pittsburgh Pirates’ success and Los Angeles Dodgers’ struggles. Granted, the Pirates seem to be fading and the Dodgers appear to be heating up. But, to this point, the National League has gone the opposite of how many, including myself, expected. Phillies seem likely to spend big in the offseason

The fit, financial flexibility, the opportunity to play in one of the best cities to play sports — joining a strong core of young talent. Having Carson Wentz, Joel Embiid and one of Harper/Machado as the faces of your three major sports teams seems ideal. By the beginning of 2019, it’s possible. Atlanta Braves… who saw this coming?

Dansby Swanson is finally living up to his potential and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that new coach Walt Weiss is a big reason for it. Freddie Freeman is playing his typical quality baseball. Ozzie Albies has the potential to be a very good player for a long time. Preston Tucker leads the team with 18 RBI. To think, this is only the beginning of what figures to be a very successful time for the Braves.

A lot of credit goes to John Coppelella, but toward the end of his tenure, tensions in the front office were high, sources say. It got so ugly, so quick that people considered leaving their jobs. However, with Anthopoulos in town, things have changed. Communication is strong on all levels, scouts and executives are thrilled with the change.

Moustakas’ market is set to be stronger than it was when he was a free agent. Duffy, who struggled to begin the year, has thrown two nice outings in his last three starts. One team that talked to the Royals about Duffy in the offseason, league sources tell FanRag Sports: the Chicago Cubs.

Of the three, Herrera may be the most sought after. Only 28, he has proven to be one of the more effective closers in the game and that has continued in 2018, having not allowed a run in 6.2 innings pitched this year. Given the fact he is a free agent at the end of the year, it’s likely general manager Dayton Moore will attempt to maximize Herrera’s value via trade.