So it’s the day after the all-star game, and you know what that means. Every baseball columnist at every daily newspaper in the country is writing his or her “state of the team” column.
Let’s take a look at what they’re saying in the NL East, where the Mets lead the Braves by two games and the Phillies by 4.5.
Gannett News Service reporter Brian Heyman says fans think the Mets need to acquire some pitching before the trade deadline.
Stephen A. Smith says the Phillies, as they are currently assembled, have no chance.
AJC columnist Terrence Moore agrees with Stephen A., and says the Braves will win the East.
Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon says Phillies GM Pat Gillick hasn’t proven anything since he arrived 20 months ago.
That other Daily News columnist, Rich Hoffman, thinks the Phils , not buyers.
All I know for sure is that the Phillies won’t be sellers, unless they happen to lose their next 10 games in a row. The Mets won’t part with any of their young studs (Millege or Gomez) for a pitcher, unless that pitcher is Dontrelle Willis (and even then maybe not). And the Braves can kiss their post season hopes goodbye if Smoltz doesn’t return healthy.