1st. New York Mets- 9-8
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 10-11 (1 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 9-12 (2 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 9-12 (2 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 8-11 (2 GB)
The Phillies welcomed their former manager Gabe Kapler and the Giants to town to start the week. Kapler was able to get some revenge against his old club, with the Giants taking two of three games in Philadelphia. The Phillies win came Wednesday thanks to a walk-off single from Andrew Knapp in the ninth inning. Previously, Bryce Harper tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a home run after the Giants scored 4 in the frame to tie the game.
Philadelphia then traveled to Colorado for three with the Rockies at Coors Field. They dropped two of the three, with the rubber match being a 12-2 blowout despite two home runs from Bryce Harper. The win came in the second game of the series thanks to two home runs from Rhys Hoskins. Aaron Nola went seven innings while allowing 4 runs in the 7-5 victory. Harper and Hoskins have six home runs each, giving them a share for the second most home runs in baseball.
Upcoming Games- Four in St. Louis followed by three at home with the Mets
New York Mets
The Mets had a rough start to their week as they were swept in three games by the Cubs in Chicago. The latter two losses were particularly rough, with a 16-4 beat down and a 4-3 walk-off in the tenth. None of the Mets starting pitchers made it out of the fourth inning in the series, combining for just 10 innings pitched and 12 runs allowed.
New York then returned home looking to rebound against the Nationals. They succeeded by taking two of three from the Nats over the weekend. The two wins were both shutouts, with Jacob DeGrom tossing a nine inning, two hit shutout with 15 K’s in game one and Taijuan Walker going seven shutout with three hits in game three. Both have been impressive this year but DeGrom is arguably having the best start to a season in his career. His ERA stands at 0.31 as he has allowed just four runs across 29 innings pitched in 4 starts. He has 50 strikeouts to just 3 walks.
Upcoming Games- Two at home with Boston followed by three in Philadelphia
The Braves started their week splitting a two quick game series with the Yankees in New York. They won the second game by a final of 4-1. Ian Anderson went 6 ⅔ innings without giving up a run and allowing four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Austin Riley hit his first home run of the season in the ninth as part of a 2-3 day with two walks.
Atlanta then came home for three with the Diamondbacks. They won the first game of the series by a score of 5-4 with Austin Riley homering again, this time a two run shot. 22-year-old starter Huascar Ynoa went six innings while allowing two runs on two hits while collecting two base hits and an RBI himself at the plate. A double header was played on Sunday due to weather and it was disastrous for the Braves. They had just one hit through the fourteen innings of the double header and were no-hit in game two by Madison Bumgarner.
Upcoming Games- Four game series at home with the Cubs followed by three at Toronto
The Marlins started the week by splitting a two game series at home with the Orioles. Their win was in game two, a 3-0 shutout fueled by seven scoreless innings from Trevor Rogers. Rogers allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out 8 in the effort. The 23-year-old holds a 1.64 ERA through four starts this year with 31 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Miami then traveled west for four with the Giants in San Francisco. IT didn’t go well, as they dropped three of the four. The lone victory came Saturday in a 5-2 victory after Miami rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth. Jesus Aguilar hit a two run home run in the frame that gave the Marlins the lead. It was his first of three homers in the series. Pablo Lopez also pitched well in the win, going six innings while allowing one run on just two hits with seven strikeouts but did not qualify for the win.
Upcoming Games- Continuation of a long road trip with three in Milwaukee followed by three in Washington
The Nationals took two of three from the Cardinals at home to start their week. The rubber match of the series was a 1-0 Nats shutout backed by six scoreless from Max Scherzer. Scherzer allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out nine in the effort. Catcher Alex Avila drove in the only run of the game in the second inning with a two out RBI.
Washington then traveled to New York for three with the Mets. They ran into dominant pitching from the Mets but were at least able to take game 2 of the series by a final of 7-1. Yadiel Hernandez led the way offensively, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Joe Ross pitched six innings while allowing one run on six hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk.