1st. New York Mets- 53-33
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 52-35 (1.5 GB)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 46-40 (7 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 41-43 (11 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 30-58 (24 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets took two of three in Cincinnati to begin their week. They rallied for a 5-run inning in the tenth in the rubber match of the series to take an 8-3 lead. A Dominic Smith double gave New York the lead and a three-run home run from Brandon Nimmo blew the game open. The offensive outburst made sure 6.1 scoreless with one hit from the bullpen didn’t go to waste.
New York then split a four-game series at home with the Marlins. They won in dominant fashion in game one with a 10-0 victory in which their pitching staff allowed just two hits. Trevor Williams allowed those two hits over seven innings with no walks and 7 strikeouts. J.D. Davis collected 5 RBIs with a grand slam and an RBI single.
Upcoming games- Three in Atlanta followed by four in Chicago with the Cubs
The Braves took three of four at home from the Cardinals to start the week. Atlanta capped off the three wins with a 3-0 shutout powered by Max Fried’s excellent start. The lefty went six innings while allowing just five hits with one walk and 4 strikeouts. Fried’s season ERA now sits at 2.52 with a 9-2 record in 17 starts.
Atlanta then swept the Nats in three games to wither away the gap at the top of the NL East. Austin Riley’s single in the bottom of the 12th gave the Braves a walk-off, 4-3 win to close out the sweep and inch to within two games of the Mets for the division lead. Riley previously tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Mets followed by four in D.C. with the Nats
The Phillies started their week with a series win over the Nats in three games. They opened the series with an 11-0 victory powered by two home runs from NL leader Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber’s season total is now up to 28 homers, just two behind Aaron Judge for the best in the majors.
Philadelphia then opened a four-game series in St. Louis that will conclude on Monday night. They managed to take two of the first three games however, shutting the Cardinals out in both wins. Zack Wheeler went seven shutout innings with five hits and a walk while Alec Bohm homered twice in a 2-0 win on Friday.
Upcoming games- Final game in St. Louis, two in Toronto, then three in Miami
The Marlins split two games at home with the Angels to begin their slate of games. Sandy Alcantara was brilliant yet again with eight innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits with 10 K’s. Alcantara’s 1.73 ERA is tied for second best in the Majors. He leads the Majors in innings pitched and is tied in complete games with 2.
Alcantara tossed another seven-shutout innings to earn a four-game split with the Mets on Sunday. Billy Hamilton and his speed proved the difference for Miami, as the speedy outfielder stole third and ultimately scored on a throwing error by catcher Thomas Nido in the tenth inning. Luke Williams’ RBI single added insurance in the 2-0 win.
Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with four against the Pirates followed by three with Philadelphia
The Nats dropped two of three to the Phillies to begin their week. A two-run double from Luis Garcia in the seventh inning proved to be the difference in Washington’s 3-2 win on Wednesday. Garcia’s hit backed up three perfect innings from the Nats bullpen after a strong start (6 IP, 2 ER) from Josiah Gray.
Washington was then swept in three games by the Braves over the weekend. Erick Fedde was roughed up in game one of the series, a 12-2 drubbing from Atlanta. Fedde was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in just three innings of work. The right hander now sports a 5.01 ERA in 17 games this season.