1st. New York Mets- 18-16
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 21-20 (0.5 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 19-21 (2 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 18-22 (3 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 16-20 (3 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets started a light week with a two game sweep of the Orioles at home. Rookie Patrick Mazeika did it again with yet another walk-off fielder’s choice RBI in game one. Mazeika is the first player since RBI became a statistic to have two walk-off RBIs in his four career games. Game two featured the return of Matt Harvey to Citi Field. The former Mets ace was not welcomed warmly by the Mets bats, as they tagged him for seven in 4 ⅓ in a 7-1 Mets win.
New York then traveled to Tampa Bay for three with the Rays. It didn’t go well for them, as New York was swept out of Tampa by the Rays. The Mets held a 4-1 lead that became a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning of game two, but Jacob Barnes and Jeurys Familia both allowed three runs as a part of a rays six running inning in the bottom of the frame, ultimately leading to a 12-5 Rays win.
Upcoming games- Three in Atlanta followed by three in Miami
The Phillies started the week by winning their first three game road series since 2019, taking two of three from Washington. Game two was a 5-2 victory in ten innings with the Phillies scoring three runs in the top of the tenth to take the lead after tying the game in the ninth.
Philadelphia looked to continue the road success with a trip to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. Unfortunately for them, they dropped two of three to the Jays and suffered a slew of injuries to most of their regulars. They did win game one however thanks to another strong start from Vince Velasquez, who went 5 ⅔ and allowed one run with seven strikeouts. Rhys Hoskins cleared the bases with a double in the seventh to secure a 5-1 win.
Upcoming games- Six at home with three against the Marlins and three against the Red Sox
The Braves started the week on a low note, getting swept at home by the Blue Jays. Game three was tied 4-4 in the ninth before Toronto scored four in the ninth charged to Will Smith, handing the Braves an 8-4 loss.
Atlanta then traveled to Milwaukee looking to rebound. They did so, taking two of three from the Brewers. Ian Anderson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Saturday’s 5-1 win. He ultimately left after six innings with one run allowed on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Freddie Freeman went 2-4 in the game with a home run. The reigning MVP is heating up after a slow start. Freeman now has an OPS of 1.086 over his last seven games.
Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with three against the Mets followed by four with the Pirates
The Nats dropped two of three to the Phillies to start their week. The lone win featured a very encouraging start from Patrick Corbin. The lefty had been struggling but turned in seven innings with one run allowed, no walks, and nine strikeouts. The outing lowered Corbin’s season ERA to 6.19.
Washington then traveled to Arizona for three with the Diamondbacks. They won two of three on the road, with a 17-2 rout and a 3-0 shutout. The Nats totaled 22 hits in that 17-2 Friday win, with Yan Gomes leading the way. The catcher went 5-6 with 2 RBIs and four runs scored.
Upcoming games- Four at Wrigley with the Cubs followed by three at home with the Orioles
The Marlins started a busy week by splitting a four game series in Arizona. Trevor Rogers turned in another strong start on Thursday in the final game of the series. Rogers went 6 innings while allowing one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. His season ERA is now down to 1.84, tied for fifth best in baseball with Kevin Gausman of the Giants.
Miami stayed out west for three with the defending champion Dodgers. They were able to avoid a sweep with a 3-2 win on Sunday. All three runs came off of the bat of Adam Duvall with a three-run home run in the fifth. The Marlins bullpen was then able to hang onto the lead with four shutout innings of work.