1st. New York Mets- 32-17
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 23-25 (8.5 GB)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 21-27 (10.5 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 19-26 (11 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 18-31 (14 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets dropped two of three in San Francisco to begin the last week of May. They won the first game of the series by a final score of 13-3 thanks to three total home runs from Mark Canha, Jeff McNeil, and Pete Alonso. Alonso went 3-5 on the day and is hitting .321 over his last fifteen games with four home runs.
New York then returned home and swept the Phillies in three games. They secured the sweep with a walk-off double by Eduardo Escobar in the tenth. Escobar’s heroics we’re enabled by Nick Plummer’s first career hit in the ninth, a home run on the first pitch from Corey Knebel to tie the game at 4-4 before Escobar quickly made it 5-4.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Nats followed by four in L.A. with the Dodgers
The Braves split a four-game series with the Phillies at home to begin their week. They walked it off with two runs in the bottom of the ninth after surrendering a two-run home run to Bryce Harper in the top of the ninth to fall behind by one. Ronald Acuna Jr. reached second and knocked in a run on an error by Roman Quinn and William Contreras singled home Acuna to secure a 6-5 win.
Atlanta then took two of three from Miami over the weekend. Marcell Ozuna homered Twix in the rubber match of the series, a 6-3 win for the Braves. Austin Riley went back-to-back with Ozuna in the bottom of the first to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead that they continued to add to with 11 total hits.
Upcoming games- Three in Arizona followed by four in Colorado
The Phillies split an aforementioned series with the Braves to begin the final week of their dreary May. Aaron Nola powered his team to the series win with 8.2 innings in the finale while allowing one run on five hits while striking out 10. It was the Phillies first win in a Nola start since Opening Day despite the righty pitching to a 2.93 ERA in his last seven starts.
Philadelphia was then flat out embarrassed in a sweep by the Mets in New York over the weekend. Their defensive problems were on full display, and they wasted two clutch three-run home runs from Garrett Stubbs and Nick Castellanos in two separate games thanks to poor bullpen performances. They’ve now lost 10 of their last 14.
Upcoming games- Three with the Giants followed by three with the Angels
The Marlins dropped both games of a quick two game series with intrastate rivals Tampa Bay. They were shutout in the first game and surrendered five runs in the first inning of the second game. Miami was able to make the second game close by pulling within one, but ultimately was not able to complete the comeback and lost 5-4.
Miami then dropped two of three to the Braves in Atlanta over the weekend. Sandy Alcantara was brilliant in their lone win, as the righty went eight innings while allowing just one run on four hits while striking out 14, tying a career high in K’s. Alcantara is now 5-2 with a 2.00 ERA in ten starts this season.
Upcoming games- Three in Colorado followed by four at home with the Giants
The Nats dropped two of three to the Dodgers to begin their homestand. The win was a 1-0 shutout, making the Nationals the first team to shutout the Dodgers in 2022. Eric Fedde did the heavy lifting with six innings while allowing just four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Cesar Hernandez knocked in the only run of the game with a single in the sixth.
Washington then took three of four from the Rockies including a split of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Nats pounded out 13 runs on 14 hits in a 13-7 win in the first half of said doubleheader. Victor Robles went 3-5 including a three-run home run with a career high 6 RBIs.