Standings

1st. New York Mets- 79-44

2nd. Atlanta Braves- 75-48 (4 GB, occupy first WC)

3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 66-55 (12 GB, occupy third WC by 1.5 G)

4th. Miami Marlins- 52-69 (26 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 41-82 (38 GB)

 

Recap

New York Mets

The Mets dropped three of four to the Braves on the road to begin their week. Top prospect Brett Baty homered on just the second pitch he saw in his MLB career on Wednesday in a 9-7 win. Starling Marte also homered twice for his first multi-home run game as a Met and for the first time since July of 2019 overall. The 33-year-old Marte is hitting .367 with an OPS of 1.091 over his last seven games played.

New York then finished off their season series against Philadelphia by taking three of four on the road. Mark Canha homered twice in a wild 10-9 win on Sunday that lasted almost four and a half hours. Canha’s first homer was a three-run shot that tied the game at 7-7 and his second was a two-run blast that allowed the Mets to come from behind in the ninth. It was Canha’s third career multi-home run game and first career game with 5 RBIs. 

Upcoming games- Two in the Bronx for the Subway Series with the Yankees followed by four at home with Colorado

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves took three of four from the Mets at home as they continue to look to narrow the gap for the division lead. They opened the series with a commanding 13-1 win where they scored 8 runs in the sixth inning, capped off by Travis d’Arnaud’s three-run home run. Spencer Strider shut the Mets down on the mound in 5 IP with one run on three hits and 4 K’s. 

Atlanta then took two of three from the Astros at home to finish off their strong week. Saturday was a 5-4 walk-off win in 11 innings. Matt Olson doubled to tie the game at 4-4 before d’Arnaud came into the game as a pinch hitter and singled in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded. The Braves’ catcher has 5 RBIs over his last 7 games played with an OPS of 1.278.

Upcoming games- Three in Pittsburgh followed by three in St. Louis

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies rebounded from a tough series in New York to take two of three on the road in Cincinnati. Their offense finally came alive in a 11-4 win on Tuesday where Philadelphia slugged five home runs, including two from Rhys Hoskins. It was the fourth time in Hoskins’ career and second time this season that he had two home runs and at least 5 RBIs in a game. 

However, Philadelphia could not carry over the momentum into a four-game set with the Mets at home, as they dropped three of four. This means that Philadelphia lost the season series to New York at 5-14. They were able to salvage the second half of a day-night doubleheader thanks to a strong pitching performance from Bailey Falter. The left hander went 6 IP and allowed one run on just two hits and two walks in a 4-1 win. 

Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with four with the Reds followed by three with the Pirates

 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins won a surprising series over the Padres at home by taking two of three. Sandy Alcantara set the tone in the first game with 7 shutout innings and 7 Ks in a 3-0 win. It was Alcantara’s eighth start of at least seven shutout innings this season in 25 starts. No other starter in baseball has more than five. 

However, Alcantara had his worst start of the season Sunday in L.A. as the Dodgers swept out the Marlins. The Cy Young favorite lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits. It was just the second time Alcantara failed to go at least five innings this season and the most runs and hits he’s allowed in a game since August of 2021. 

Upcoming games- Three in Oakland followed by four at home with the Dodgers

 

Washington Nationals

The Nats dropped two of three to the Cubs at home to begin their week. They managed to win the opener of the series 5-4 thanks to a go-ahead home run by Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning. Josiah Gray struck out 10 Cubs on the mound and allowed just three runs in six innings pitched on five hits. 

Washington then split a series on the road in San Diego with a wild ninth inning in game two. The Nats entered the ninth tied at 3-3 but the newly acquired Padres closer surrendered three runs on his own throwing error and a home run to Alex Call to give Washington a 6-3 lead. Kyle Finnergan then came in to close the game out with a 1-2-3 inning including two strikeouts for his seventh save. 

Upcoming games- Two in Seattle followed by three at home with the Reds

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