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MLB Standings Update: Marlins Keep Pace With Phillies In NL East

The Philadelphia Phillies currently own the best record in baseball with a mark of 34-21. Unfortunately, the team with the third best record in the NL also resides in the NL East. That said, I'm not sure which team that's more unfortunate for... Last week, the Marlins had pulled to within a game of the NL East lead, but after a strong weekend, the Phils sat atop the division by a three game margin. However, their loss last night coupled with a Marlin win means the gap is currently two games.

The Braves have slipped a game and a half since last week and now sit 4.5 off the pace in the NL East. They've gone just .500 over their last 10 games and are in danger of being swept by the lowly San Diego Padres this week.

The Phils have been buoyed by the hot bat of rookie Domonic Brown, who is 6 for his last 10 and his his first home run of 2011 last night. Further proof that he's shook off his awful spring, Brown has only struck out once in his last eight games.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Philadelphia 34 21 .618 0 Lost 1
Florida 31 22 .584 2 Won 1
Atlanta 30 26 .535 4.5 Lost 2
New York 25 29 .462 8.5 Lost 1
Washington 23 31 .425 10.5 Won 1

(updated 6.1.2011 at 11:55 AM EDT)