1st. New York Mets- 75-40
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 70-46 (5.5 GB, +6 G in WC)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 63-51 (11.5 GB, +1.5 in WC)
4th. Miami Marlins- 50-65
5th. Washington Nationals- 38-78
New York Mets
The Mets swept Cincinnati in three games at home to start their week. Chris Bassitt had a strong performance to set the tone in game one. The starter went 8 innings while allowing one unearned run on 8 hits and a walk with 8 K’s on 114 pitches. A two-run home run by Starling Marte in the first inning gave the Mets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the 5-1 win.
New York then finished up their homestand by taking two of three from the Phillies. Jacob deGrom dominated in a 1-0 win on Saturday, as he went six innings while allowing 2 hits with 10 K’s. It was deGrom’s 55th career game with double digit punchouts, the third most amongst all pitchers since he entered the league in 2014. Edwin Diaz then came in to slam the door in the ninth for his 27th save of the season.
Upcoming games- Four in Atlanta followed by four in Philadelphia
The Braves started their week with a quick two game sweep of the Red Sox in Boston. Austin Riley’s 30th home run and 5 RBIs helped Atlanta to a 9-7 win in 11 innings on Tuesday. Riley’s two-run blast gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the third and his two-run single in the 11th drove in the winning runs.
Atlanta then swept the Marlins in four games in Miami to push their winning streak to six. That includes both halves of a doubleheader on Saturday by final scores of 5-2 and 6-2. Ronald Acuña Jr. belted his 26th career leadoff home run in the latter half but exited the game early as a precaution with right knee soreness. The team does not believe that it will require Acuña to be placed on the IL.
Upcoming games- Homestand starting with four against the Mets followed by three with the Astros
The Phillies started the week winning two of three against the Marlins at home. The second win of the series was a signature win, as the team battled back against Sandy Alcantara to score 3 runs in the eighth inning to win 4-3. The probable Cy Young winner was cruising until Philadelphia collected six singles, four straight to start the inning, to drive in four runs. A Kyle Schwarber single tied the game and three batters later, a J.T. Realmuto single with two outs gave the Phillies the lead.
Philadelphia then failed to carry the momentum into a huge showdown with the Mets in New York, as they dropped two of three. The Phillies did win the first game in dramatic fashion, as Matt Vierling threw out the winning run to force extras before a sacrifice fly from Alec Bohm gave the Phillies the lead. Ranger Suárez went 7 IP while allowing one run on 3 hits and matched Max Scherzer pitch for pitch.
Upcoming games- Three in Cincinnati followed by four at home with the Mets
The Marlins dropped a series on the road in Philadelphia to start their week. They avoided a sweep with a 3-0 win in the finale thanks to a strong performance from Edward Cabrera. The 24-year-old right hander went 5.2 while allowing 3 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Cabrera and three relievers combined for 13 strikeouts on the day.
Miami was then swept in four games at home by the surging Braves. They held a 1-0 lead going into the ninth on Sunday, but Atlanta rallied to score three in the inning to hand the Marlins a 3-1 loss. The blown lead wasted a brilliant performance from Braxton Garrett on the hill who went six shutout innings while allowing five hits and three walks.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Padres followed by three at Dodger Stadium
The Nats dropped two of three at Wrigley to the Cubs to start their week. They salvaged the middle game of the series by a final score of 6-5 thanks to two home runs from Keibert Ruiz. It was the young catcher’s first career multi-homer game and tied his career high in RBIs with four. On the mound, Paolo Espino went 5 innings and surrendered one run on 6 hits with 5 K’s.
Washington then dropped two of three to the Padres at home over the weekend in Juan Soto’s return to D.C. The Nats won 4-3 in the second game powered by a pair of home runs from Joey Meneses and Yadiel Hernandez. 42-year-old Nelson Cruz went 2-3 in the contest, collecting his 2.00th career hit in the process. Cruz is the 292nd player in MLB history to reach the milestone and the first to do so while wearing a Nationals uniform.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Cubs followed by four in San Diego