Standings

1st. New York Mets- 25-20

2nd. Atlanta Braves- 24-26 (3.5 GB)

3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 25-28 (4 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 24-28 (4.5 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 21-28 (6 GB)

 

Recap

New York Mets

The Mets started their week taking three of four from the Rockies at home. That includes both games of a doubleheader on Thursday. Game 1 was a 1-0 victory backed by Marcus Stroman’s six innings with just three hits allowed. Stroman is now 4-4 on the season with a 2.47 ERA. Game 2 was essentially the opposite but still a 4-2 win. The Mets bullpen threw 3 ⅓ innings of one run ball in the seven inning game. Five relievers combined to allow four hits and struck out four after starter Joey Lucchesi went just 3 ⅔. 

New York then hosted the Braves for a three game series that was shortened to just one thanks to rain. The Mets did win the one game 13-2, hitting five total home runs in the rout. James McCann hit one of those five as part of a 4-5 day at the plate. 

Upcoming games- Long road trip starting with three in Arizona followed by four in San Diego 

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves had an extremely light week, as they ended up playing just three games. They won one of two on the road in Boston early in the week, a 3-1 victory on Tuesday. Starter Charlie Morton went seven innings and allowed one run on three hits with 9 strikeouts. The only run Morton allowed was unearned. 

Atlanta played just one game in New York with the Mets due to the aforementioned rain. Starter Ian Anderson lasted just four innings and allowed two of the Mets five home runs in the 13-2 loss.

Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with four against the Nats followed by three with the Dodgers

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies started a long road trip by splitting a four game series with the Marlins. Rhys Hoskins’ two run home run was all the offense needed in the second game of the series. Starter Vince Velasquez and three Phillies relievers combined for a shutout in the 2-0 win. Velasquez allowed just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings. He has now allowed just three earned runs in May across five appearances and four starts. 

Philadelphia then traveled to Tampa Bay for two with the Rays, dropping both games to the reigning A.L. Champions. Philadelphia was 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position in the two games. 

Upcoming games- Three in Cincinnati followed by three at home with the Nats 

 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins split four games with the Phillies at home to start their week. They scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth in game three to earn the split. Jon Berti knocked in two runs with a single against Sam Coonrod to give the Marlins the lead and the win. Five Miami relievers combined for five scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk to enable the comeback. 

Miami then went on the road to Boston for three with the Red Sox. However, the series was cut to just two due to rain. The Marlins dropped both of those two games, including what became a six inning game due to rain in game one. Alex Verdugo’s three run home run in the fifth was the difference maker in the 5-2 Marlins loss.

Upcoming games- Two in the road against the Blue Jays, four in Pittsburgh, and a makeup game in Boston

 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats took one of three from the Reds at home to start their week. Their win was a 5-3 contest that was suspended on Wednesday and finished as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. Reliever Austin Voth started the resumed game on Thursday in the fifth inning and went two scoreless with three hits allowed. The converted starter now has a 2.55 ERA out of the bullpen in 17 appearances. 

Washington was then swept in a three game series at home with the Brewers. That included both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Brewers starter Freddy Peralta threw a seven inning complete game in game one of the doubleheader, allowing one run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. 

Upcoming games- Road trip starting with four in Atlanta followed by three in Philadelphia