1st. Atlanta Braves- 70-59
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 66-64 (4.5 GB)
3rd. New York Mets- 63-67 (7.5 GB)
4th. Washington Nationals- 55-74 (15 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 55-76 (16 GB)
The Braves started a very light week by dropping two at home to the Yankees. New York hit four total home runs in the short series, with three coming in Tuesday’s 5-4 Yankees win. Charlie Morton lasted just five innings in that game for the Braves and allowed 4 runs on six hits.
Atlanta then hosted the Giants for three after two consecutive off days. They took two of those three after a commanding 9-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Braves totaled three home runs, including a two run shot from Austin Riley, while Ian Anderson threw 5 ⅔ scoreless innings in a start. Jorge Soler also homered in the game and is now hitting .283 with a .940 OPS in 25 games with Atlanta since being acquired at the trade deadline.
Upcoming games- Three in L.A. with the Dodgers followed by three in Colorado
The Phillies dropped both games of a two game series at home with the Rays to start their week. Zack Wheeler pitched eight innings in game two, but stayed in one inning too long. A three run home run by Francisco Mejia in the ninth put the game out of reach in a 7-4 Rays win. Wheeler finished with seven runs allowed, five earned, on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts.
Philadelphia then hosted the Diamondbacks for four one week after being swept by them in Arizona. They were able to exact some revenge, taking three of four against Arizona. Jean Segura won the first of the trio of victories with a walk-off single in the 11th inning of the 7-6 win. The knock was Segura’s fourth walk-off hit of the season and came after Brad Miller’s two run home run to tie the game in the tenth.
Upcoming games- Three in Washington followed by three in Miami
New York Mets
The Mets were swept at home by the Giants to start their week. The first game was particularly stinging, as it was an 8-0 Giants shutout in which they clobbered four home runs including two from Brandon Belt. Giants rookie Sammy Long threw 5 ⅓ innings while allowing no runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
New York then hosted the Nationals for three over the weekend. They took two of those three, including a 5-3 win on Saturday thanks to a three-run, pinch hit home run from Michael Conforto. Conforto’s blast turned a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning into a 5-3 win. The heroics backed a strong start from Marcus Stroman who went 6 innings while allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Upcoming games- Four at home with Miami followed by five in Washington
The Nats dropped two of three to the Marlins in Miami to start the week. The win came on Tuesday in the form of a 5-1 victory that was powered by a pair of two-run home runs and a good start from Eric Fedde. Tres Barrera hit the first two-run shot in the fourth while Ryan Zimmerman followed with one in the fifth. Fedde went 6 ⅓ and allowed one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts.
Washington then traveled to New York for three with the Mets. They won the first game but dropped the next two, losing the series. Paolo Espino struck out a career high seven batters in the start for Washington in Friday’s 2-1 win. The 34-year-old right hander allowed just one run on three hits in the start with no walks.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Phillies followed by five at home with the Mets
The Marlins took two of three from the Nats at home to start their week. Top prospect Edward Cabrera made his highly anticipated debut on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right hander threw 6 ⅓ innings and allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Jorge Alfaro’s walk-off single in the tenth inning secured a 4-3 win.
Miami then hosted the Cincinnati Reds for three over the weekend. They took two of three from the Reds thanks to a dazzling start from Jesus Luzardo on Sunday. The 23-year-old lefty threw six shutout innings while allowing one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts in the 2-1 victory. Jesus Sanchez’ two-run home run in the bottom of the first was all the offense Miami needed.
Upcoming games- Four in New York with the Mets followed by three at home with Philadelphia