1st. New York Mets- 21-19
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 23-24 (1.5 GB)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 23-24 (1.5 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 22-24 (2 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 20-23 (2.5 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets started the week on the road by taking two of three from the Braves. Tomas Nido clinched the series victory with a home run in the top of the ninth in the second game, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Mets a 4-3 lead before Edwin Diaz shut the door. Both of the wins were primarily bullpen games for the Mets, with Taijuan Walker leaving in the third and game one and Miguel Castro serving as the “opener” in game two.
New York then finished off their road trip by dropping two of three to the Marlins in Miami. However they did win the first game by a score of 6-5 thanks to rookies Khalil Lee and Johneshwy Fargas. Lee’s first career hit in the 12th gave the Mets a 4-3 lead and Fargas’ triple gave them two more insurance runs they ultimately needed.
Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with four against Colorado followed by three with the Braves
The Braves started the week by dropping two of three to the Mets at home in their first meeting. Ronald Acuna’s first career walk-off home run in the ninth in game three saved the Braves from a sweep. It was Acuna’s 13th homer of the season. His now 15 home runs are the most in baseball.
Atlanta rebounded by taking three of four from the lowly Pirates over the weekend. They outscored Pittsburgh 33-3 in the three games the Braves won. Twenty of those runs came on Friday night in a 20-1 laugher that was 20-0 until the ninth. Atlanta hit seven home runs in the game, including a two homer game from Austin Riley, a grand slam from Acuna, and a pinch-hit grand slam from Ehire Adrianza.
Upcoming games- Two in Boston followed by three in New York with the Mets
The Phillies started a rough week by dropping two of three to the Marlins at home. They won game one thanks to a seven run eighth inning sparked by a bases clearing, pinch-hit double from Ronald Torreyes that broke a 3-3 tie. It was just Torreyes’ sixth at bat of the season and his first since April 17th.
Philadelphia then dropped four in a row, including the first two at home against Boston. However, Zack Wheeler put an end to that skid with another dominant outing. Wheeler went 7 ⅓ innings while allowing one run on three hits and tying a career high with 12 strikeouts in the 6-2 win. His season ERA now sits at 2.38, 11th best in the majors and 8th best in the National League. Brad Miller’s first inning three-run home run was all the offense needed.
Upcoming games- Start of a nine game road trip with four in Miami followed by two in Tampa Bay
The Marlins started their week by taking two on the road from the Phillies. Trevor Rogers pitched another gem in game two in a 3-1 win. Rogers went 7 ⅔ innings while allowing one run on five hits and a walk with 8 strikeouts. Rogers’ 1.74 ERA is fourth best in baseball and third best in the National League.
Miami then returned home and took two of three from the Mets. Garrett Cooper hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to win game two by a score of 3-1. It was Cooper’s fifth home run of the season. Rookie Cody Poteet delivered the series win with seven shutout innings in a 5-1 in game three, allowing just three hits and no walks with 4 strikeouts.
Upcoming games- Four at home against the Phillies followed by three in Boston
The Nats dropped three of four on the road to the Cubs to open their week. The lone win came in game three of the series, backed by five innings with two runs allowed by Max Scherzer and a 3-5 day from Juan Soto with a home run.
Washington returned home to sweep the Beltway series against the Orioles. Friday featured Stephen Strasburg’s first start since April 13th after he was placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Strasburg went 5 ⅓ in his return with no runs, one hit, four walks, and four strikeouts.