Regardless of what happens from here on out, I believe that the Mets should stick with manager Jerry Manuel for the remainder of the season. This isn't the first time there has been chatter about replacing him, and several sources have said that if he were to leave, Bob Melvin would take over. Melvin had previously managed the Seattle Mariners in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005 to midway through 2009. To me this just sounds like a useless temporary fix, Melvin just doesn't have the type of personality that can "light a fire" under a ball club and lead the team to a post-season run, especially in New York. Let Manuel finish what he started, see how he and the team responds, then make the decision at the end of the year.
Fish Stripes drops some interesting knowledge on what to expect from the Marlins at the trade deadline.
The Marlins situation is interesting, similar to the Nationals, we have heard all year that the team will move some of their big name players and be one of the most active teams before the deadline, only to begin to hear rumors that they will keep their team intact. I have a gut feeling that names like Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco will stay in Florida, simply because of the team's new stadium coming in 2012. The team would much rather open up the ball park with established players as opposed to scrubs no one has ever heard of. If the Marlins do extend Uggla for three more years, we could be looking at a pretty good team by pairing him with Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, and Josh Johnson. But knowing the unpredictable decision making of this franchise...anything can happen.
The Braves are first place in the NL East, but that doesn't mean there not looking to upgrade.
Centerfield is the number one priority for this team, and it sounds like it's going to be Cody Ross or bust. It's just hard to imagine the Braves moving on without addressing this issue. At this point, Nate McLouth is practically running himself out of town, the guy is hitting .168 and has shown no signs of improvement all year, something has to happen. Other than that, Atlanta's won't be looking to upgrade any other positions. Their starting rotation is great, their bullpen is one of the tops in the league, and their lineup has been overachieving...what else could you ask for?