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They've won seven of their last eight and taking two of three from the Cardinals has to start turning more heads about their legitimacy as a strong Wild Card contender. They aren't even that far away from the Nationals for first, either.
Ichiro Suzuki is 42, hitting .335 with a .412 on-base percentage and has more walks than strikeouts. Amazing.
Only 5 1/2 games out in the NL East? Interesting ...
This pretty exciting and (mostly) young ballclub would make a pretty dangerous Wild Card team, especially considering Jose Fernandez could be the starting pitcher.
Marcell Ozuna's breakout season continues. In fact, he's getting better as we go. He's all over the NL leaderboards, hitting .322/.374/.567 with 11 doubles, four triples, 15 homers, 43 RBI and 44 runs. We still aren't even halfway through the season.
They're above .500 with Giancarlo Stanton having an utterly miserable season. In fact, it might be time to invent an injury. Since May 6, Stanton is 12 for 101 (.118) with a .429 OPS and 48 strikeouts.
Jose Fernandez has a 13.25 K/9 rate right now. Only Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez have ever done that in a full season and each did it once. Fernandez is 23 years old.
Paying attention to Marcell Ozuna? He's having a monster season (.333/.384/.579, 10 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, 27 RBI, 34 R). If Giancarlo Stanton rebounds to end up where he should be, the outfield -- along with Christian Yelich -- is legitimately one of the best in baseball. All three are 26 or younger, too.
From May 16-May 22, Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 21 with 17 strikeouts. That's as bad a stretch as we'll see all year from a marquee player.
Setting an arbitrary endpoint never tells the whole story, but since that 5-11 start through April 23, only the Cubs and Red Sox have had a better winning percentage.
2017 Team Leaders
AVGMarcell Ozuna , LF.312
HRGiancarlo Stanton , RF59
RBIGiancarlo Stanton , RF132
OBPMarcell Ozuna , LF.376
SLGGiancarlo Stanton , RF.631
RGiancarlo Stanton , RF123
SBDee Gordon , 2B60
WJose Urena , SP14
ERAJose Urena , SP3.82
WHIPJose Urena , SP1.27
KDan Straily , SP170
SVBrad Ziegler , RP10

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