The Baseball Desert

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Lifting the lid

Thomas Boswell tries to reveal a little bit about one of baseball's best-kept secrets.

Despite having a number of key players on the DL, Cordero and his team are hanging tough in the NL East, where they're just a game behind the Braves. The Red Sox could do them a big favour with a good series against Atlanta this weekend; the Nationals could return the favour by softening up the Blue Jays prior to their series with the Sox next week.

The NL East is by far the tightest division in the major leagues, with only 1 1/2 games separating the top four teams (Braves, Marlins, Nats, Mets). The only team left out in the cold is the enigma-wrapped-up-in-a-mystery that is the 2005 Philadelphia Phillies.