1st. New York Mets- 16-7
2nd. Miami Marlins- 12-9 (3 GB)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 11-12 (5 GB)
4th. Atlanta Braves- 10-13 (6 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 8-10 (8.5 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets continued their winning ways to start the season by taking two of three on the road in St. Louis. Chris Bassitt threw a gem in a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday. He earned his third win of the season with six shutout innings while allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six. New York’s starting rotation now owns a collective 2.99 ERA which puts them the third best in baseball.
New York then returned home for three with the Philadelphia Phillies. They took two of three, with a historical win on Friday night. Tyler Megill and four Mets relievers combined to throw the second no-hitter in Mets history in a 3-0 win. Edwin Diaz secured the no-no by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth to bring the Mets strikeout total to 12.
Upcoming games- Four at home with Atlanta followed by four in Philadelphia
The Marlins keep their early momentum going with a three-game sweep in Washington to begin the week. The Miami rotation was brilliant in the series, as they totaled 18 innings and allowed just three earned runs. Pablo Lopez had the best start of the three games, tossing six shutout innings while allowing three hits and one walk with 6 K’s in a 2-1 win in game 2.
Miami looked to continue their winning streak with three at home with the Mariners. They were able to push their winning streak to seven games by taking the first two games but it was ultimately snapped in the finale. Nevertheless, Jesus Luzardo powered Miami to its seventh straight win with six innings of two-hit ball with one earned run in a 3-1 win.
Upcoming games- Three at home with Arizona followed by four in San Diego
The Phillies took advantage of an extremely poor series by the Rockies and captured a four-game sweep. Their offense came alive in the series, scoring 32 runs with 10 coming in game 2. Odubel Herrera had a home run and a double with 3 RBIs in the game Philadelphia won 10-3.
Philadelphia then traveled to New York looking to avenge their early season series loss to the Mets. Unfortunately for them, they were no-hit in the first game and dropped two of three. Their one win was a 4-1 contest that featured 4.2 scoreless innings from their bullpen and a two-run home run from Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber homered off the Mets three times in the series and now owns a 1.154 OPS against the Mets in 36 career games.
Upcoming games- Six game homestand starting with two against the Rangers and then four with the Mets
The Braves took two of three at home against the Cubs to begin their week. Ronald Acuna Jr. made his first start since tearing his ACL last season in the finale of the three-game series. He batted leadoff and went 1-5 with 2 K’s in a 5-1 Braves win. A two-run home run from Adam Duvall in the bottom of the eighth gave Atlanta their four-run cushion.
Atlanta then traveled to Texas for three with the Rangers. They took the opener before dropping the next two in the series. That opening win was by a 6-3 final that featured four Braves home runs, including two from William Contreras. The 24-year-old catcher hit a pair of solo shots, one in the fourth and one in the sixth, for his first career two homer game.
Upcoming games- Four in New York with the Mets followed three at home with the Brewers
The Nats struggled to generate any offense against the Marlins and were swept in three games at home to start the week. They totaled just five runs on 17 hits with 20 K’s across three games.
Washington then went out west to start a road trip with three games against the Giants in San Francisco. They surprisingly took two of three from the Giants, thanks in part to a five-run first inning that propelled them to an 11-5 victory in the game and the series win. Yadiel Hernandez finished 3-5 and totaled 5 RBI in the game.