Standings

1st. Philadelphia Phillies- 6-3

2nd. Atlanta Braves- 4-5 (2 GB)

3rd. New York Mets- 2-3 (2 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 2-6 (3.5 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 1-5 (3.5 GB)

 

Recap

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies opened the 2021 season with a three game sweep over the Braves at home. Their starting pitching stood out, with Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin combining for 20 ⅔ IP with 3 runs. Wheeler in particular was dominant in game 2, going 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and one hit. 

Philadelphia then took two of three from the Mets at home. The rubber match of the series featured an offensive explosion from the Phillies. They won by a score of 8-2 and hit three home runs including two three-run home runs by J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm

However, the Phillies hot start ended with a trip to Atlanta, where Philadelphia dropped two of three. They were able to salvage the last game of the series on a controversial play at the plate where it appeared Alec Bohm was out but nevertheless was ruled safe. Bohm’s run gave the Phillies a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, and Didi Gregorious all homered in the contest.

Upcoming games- Four in New York with the Mets followed by three at home against the Cardinals

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves struggled in their opening series in Philadelphia, managing just 3 runs in the series and getting swept. Atlanta then traveled to Washington to play three in just two days. They took two of three, sweeping the double header with scores of 7-6 and 2-0. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-4 with two doubles in game one while Pablo Sandoval’s two run pinch hit home run, already his second of the season, was all the offense needed in game 2.

Atlanta didn’t have to wait long to get revenge against Philadelphia for the opening series sweep. They took two of three from the Phillies at home. Ronald Acuna Jr. was near unstoppable in the series. Acuna went 9-13 in the three games with 4 RBI, two home runs, and two doubles. On the season so far, Acuna is now hitting .444 with a 1.378 OPS and four home runs. Freddie Freeman also homered once in each game after going hitless in Philadelphia in the opening series.

Upcoming games- Four at home with the Marlins followed by a three game trip to Wrigley to play the Cubs.

 

New York Mets

The Mets had their opening series postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Nationals. So, the opened a little later with three games in Philadelphia, dropping two of the three. The win came in game 2 with a 8-4 score. Dom Smith and Pete Alonso both homered to back Marcus Stroman’s six innings of one run ball for the win. 

New York then hosted the Marlins for three at home in their home opener series. The Mets won the first game 3-2 thanks to a controversial hit by pitch. Michael Conforto appeared to lean into a pitch, and when he was hit the winning run was able to score due to the bases being loaded. New York dropped the second game before the third was rained out. 

Upcoming games- Four at home with Philadelphia followed by three in Colorado.

 

Washington Nationals

The Nationals opening series was postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests on their roster just before opening day. 

They started late and dropped two of three to Atlanta in their first series of the season. Washington’s win came in game one in the form of a walk off. Juan Soto walked it off for the first time in his young career with a base hit to score Victor Robles and notch a 6-5 win. 

The Nats then traveled west for three games with the defending champion Dodgers. It didn’t go well for Washington, as they were swept out of L.A. despite six innings with one from Max Scherzer on Sunday. Scherzer’s opposite, Clayton Kershaw, was able to go six as well but did not allow a run, leading to a 3-0 Dodger win. 

Upcoming games- Three in St. Louis followed by four at home with the Diamondbacks

 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins opened their season by dropping two of three to the Rays at home. The win came Saturday in a 12-7 contest. Starling Marte and Garrett Cooper led the offensive outburst, with Marte going 4-5 and Cooper knocking in three including a home run. 

Miami didn’t fare any better results in a three game series at home with the Cardinals. St. Louis swept the series, capping it off with a three hit shutout in game three.

The Marlins then traveled to New York for three with the Mets. They dropped the first game but won the second by a score of 3-0. The Marlins’ starter Trevor Rodgers gave up just three hits and no runs over six innings while striking out ten. Rodgers’ start was succeeded by three perfect innings from the Marlin bullpen. The third game and rubber match of the series was postponed due to weather. 

Upcoming games- Four in Atlanta followed by three at home with the Giants