Thursday, October 23, 2014
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NL East: Short Division

National League East offenses, slumbering quietly, have found hits hard to come by this season.

NL East: Short Division

Entering Tuesday´s games, the NL East was the proud owner of the worst five batting averages in the National League. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Entering Tuesday's games, the NL East was the proud owner of the worst five batting averages in the National League. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Entering Tuesday's games, the NL East was the proud owner of the 11th (Braves), 12th (Phillies), 13th (Mets), 14th (Nationals) and 15th (Marlins) best batting averages in the National League. The Phillies' 15-hit barrage moved them up a couple of notches, so that no longer is true, but the NL East staggers on.

Every other division in baseball is hitting over .250. The NL East isn't even hitting .240 ... The NL East has more at-bats than the NL West, but 250 fewer hits.

Here are each division's cumulative batting averages (complete through Tuesday's games):

 Division          
 Hits      
 At-Bats  Avg.    
 NL West
 1998  7697  .2596
 AL Central
 1931  7443  .2594
 AL East
 1960  7662  .2558
 NL Central
 1932  7584  .2547
 AL West
 1970  7838  .2513
 NL East
 1746  7744  .2336
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