1st. Washington Nationals- 12-12
T-1st. New York Mets- 11-11
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 13-15 (1 GB)
4th. Atlanta Braves- 12-16 (2 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 11-16 (2.5 GB)
The Phillies started a packed week by splitting a four game series on the road in St. Louis. They won the first and third games of the series. Zack Wheeler dazzled in game one, throwing eight innings with just one hit and one run with three walks and nine strikeouts. Game 3 saw some tempers flare after Bryce Harper was hit in the face with a 97 MPH fastball and Didi Gregorious was hit on the next pitch. Nevertheless, Andrew McCutchen drove in the winning run in an eventful sixth inning.
Philadelphia then came home for three games with the Mets. It was a rather eventful series, with benches clearing, controversial calls, and an almost huge comeback. Alas, Philadelphia dropped the series, winning one of the three. It was a 2-1 win on Friday that is known now for Jose Alvarado mixing it up with Dominic Smith after striking Smith out to end the eighth inning. The benches cleared after Alvarado threw his glove aside and kept yelling at Smith. The benches cleared again in the bottom of the eighth after Miguel Castro had words for Rhys Hoskins after walking him on four pitches, two of which were way inside.
Upcoming games- Four at home against the Brewers followed by three in Atlanta
New York Mets
The Mets started a light week by dropping both games of a two game series with the Red Sox at home. The combined final scores of the games was 3-1. The second game was especially brutal for the Mets, as they were held to just two hits and Nick Pivetta (5 IP, 1H) outpitched Jacob DeGrom who only allowed one run on three hits and a walk.
New York then traveled to Philadelphia for three with their rivals the Phillies. They took two of the three in the aforementioned eventful series, including a wild 8-7 win on Sunday night to clinch the series win. The Mets scored six runs in the eighth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit, with Jonathan Villar scoring the tying run from first on a ball hit to the first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins and the Phillies stood still as Villar kept on running until he scored. Pete Alonso’s double clearing the bases in the eighth inning proved the difference. Hoskins hit what looked to be a game tying, three-run home run in the ninth but it was overturned to be a double. Jeurys Familia struck out Bryce Harper to end the crazy series.
Upcoming games- Four in St. Louis followed by three at home with the Diamondbacks
The Nats started the week by splitting a two game road series with Toronto. The win featured an offensive surge, with 8 runs on 11 hits for an 8-2 final. Trea Turner led the way with a 4-5 day from the leadoff spot, raising his average to .317 on the season.
Washington then came home for three with the Marlins. The Nats were able to sweep the three game series, allowing just four total runs to Miami. Max Scherzer threw a complete game on Sunday while allowing just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Scherzer then immediately left the stadium to be with his wife Erica who had gone into labor with their third child, a boy named Derek.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Braves followed by three on the road with the Yankees
The Braves started the week strong, taking three of four at home against the Cubs. They shut Chicago out twice in the series, outscoring them by a total of 15-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday was a 10-0 where starter Huascar Ynoa went 5 ⅓ shutout innings while striking out nine and hitting his first career home run. Freddie Freeman also went 4-5 and hit his seventh home run of the season.
Atlanta then went on the road for three with Toronto. It didn’t turn out quite the way the Braves envisioned, as they were swept out by the Blue Jays. Friday was a 13-5 beatdown that featured six Toronto home runs, including two from 22-year-old Alejandro Kirk. Saturday had another Blue Jays player with a two homer game, this time it was George Springer with the first two of the season.
Upcoming games- Three on the road with the Nats followed by three at home with the Phillies
The Marlins continued a long road trip by taking two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee. Monday’s win was an 8-0 shutout fueled by another strong start from Trevor Rogers. The young lefty went six innings with seven strikeouts while allowing six hits and no walks. Rogers is sporting a pristine 1.29 ERA and 3-1 record through five starts on the year. Corey Dickerson knocked in three runs and hit his first home run of the season in the win.
Miami then finished its 10 game road trip with three in Washington. They ended the road trip with a thud, struggling offensively and getting swept out of Washington. Miami broke through for a 1-0 lead in the tenth inning of Friday’s game, but Kyle Schwarber’s two run homer in the bottom of the inning erased their chance for a victory.