1st. New York Mets- 7-4
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 8-7 (1 GB)
3rd. Miami Marlins- 7-8 (2 GB)
4th. Atlanta Braves- 7-9 (2.5 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 5-8 (3 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets continued their rather disjointed schedule to start the season by sweeping three games against Philadelphia in two days. The series was set to be a normal four game series but was condensed due to rain. New York won both games of Monday’s double header, with the first a walk off courtesy of Jonathan Villar and the second a strong performance from Marcus Stroman (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 K’s).
New York then traveled to Colorado and once again had a game postponed, forcing them to play another double header. They split said double header, winning the first and losing the second. Jacob DeGrom flirted with history in game one, coming one strikeout shy of Tom Seaver’s record of ten consecutive strikeouts. DeGrom struck out nine Rockies in a row and 14 over six innings in the 4-3 win.
Marcus Stroman had another strong effort to close out the series with a win on Sunday. Stroman went 8 innings while allowing just one run on 3 hits and one walk. He has allowed just two earned runs through three starts with 20 innings pitched.
Upcoming games- Three at Wrigley against the Cubs followed by three with Washington at home
The Phillies ended their first road trip of the season on a low note, getting swept and thoroughly dominated by the Mets in three games. They were outscored 13-4 in the three games and struck out a whopping 31 times.
Philadelphia then came home to try and right the ship against the Cardinals. They were successful in that effort, winning two of three against the Cards. The rubber match featured a masterful performance from Aaron Nola. Nola threw a complete game shutout, the first nine inning CG of his career, with ten strikeouts. He allowed only two hits and walked no one. Bryce Harper homered as part of a 3-3 with a double to lead the offense to the 2-0 win.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Giants followed by three in Colorado
Miami started its week with an impressive series win against the Braves, winning three of four on the road. Tuesday’s win featured an offensive outburst, with Miami winning by a score of 14-8. Adam Duvall tied a Marlins record with 7 RBIs in the game. In total, Duvall went 4-5 with those seven RBIs and two home runs.
The Marlins then took the first two before dropping the final game of three at home with the Giants. Saturday’s 7-6 victory was a walk-off, Jorge Alfaro hit a two out, two run double in the bottom of the tenth to give the Marlins the win in a game they trailed 5-2 after seven innings.
Upcoming games- Two at home with the Orioles followed by four in San Francisco to kick off a road trip
The Braves had a rough start to their week. They dropped three of four to the Marlins at home. They salvaged the last game of the series with a 7-6 walk-off thanks to Dansby Swanson’s single to cap off a two run rally in the bottom of the ninth. Atlanta had blown a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth.
Atlanta’s trip to Wrigley field was a successful one, taking two of three from the Cubs. The final game was a historic offensive onslaught with a final of 13-4. The Braves hit four home runs in the first inning off of Kyle Hendricks. Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza, and Guillermo Heredia all homered in what was a six run first inning. Atlanta hit five total long balls, with Heredia clobbering two.
Upcoming games- Two in New York with the Yankees followed by three at home with the Diamondbacks
The Nats started a busy week by taking two of three from the Cardinals on the road. The rubber match of the series was a 6-0 Nats win, fueled by six shutout innings from Joe Ross. Ross has yet to allow a run through 11 innings pitched in two starts.
Washington then came home to host Arizona for four. The two teams split the four game set over the weekend. Friday night’s game was a 1-0 shutout, with the only offense being a Kyle Schwarber walk-off home run for his first Nationals homer. Max Scherzer went seven shutout innings while allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10.