1st. New York Mets- 16-13
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 18-17 (1 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 17-17 (1,5 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 15-18 (3 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 13-17 (3.5 GB)
The Phillies turned in a strong week that started by sweeping the Brewers in a four game series at home. Andrew McCutchen had his first two home run game since 2017 in game 2 and Zack Wheeler secured the sweep with a complete game shutout in the last game. Wheeler was brilliant in that finale, going the distance and allowing just 3 hits, two of which came in the ninth inning, while striking out 8 and walking none.
Philadelphia then traveled to Atlanta for three with the Braves. They were one strike away from a series win and setting up a potential sweep, but alas they dropped the series and won just one of three. That one win came on Friday in a 12-2 blowout, fueled by a 4-5 day from Jean Segura in his return to the lineup and a six run first inning.
Upcoming games- Continuation of a road trip with three in Washington and three at Toronto
New York Mets
The Mets started the week splitting a four game series on the road in St. Louis including a split of s double header. Taijuan Walker ensured the split with seven strong innings on Thursday. Walker allowed just one run one one hit while striking out eight and walking none. The free agent acquisition is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six starts this season.
New York then returned home for three with the Diamondbacks. They swept out Arizona in a series that involved a rat vs. raccoon debate and Jacob DeGrom being placed on the injured list. The opening game was a walk off victory thanks to a swinging bunt from Patrick Mazeika in his first major league at bat. The 27-year-old rookie hit the ball weakly back to the pitcher, who missed the throw home and allowed Pete Alonso to score the winning run in the tenth inning of the 5-4 game.
Upcoming games- Two at home with Baltimore followed by three in Tampa Bay
The Braves started the week with a three game sweep of the Nationals on the road. Huascar Ynoa once again set the tone for the sweep in game one. The impressive young starter went seven innings while allowing one unearned run on four hits while also hitting his second home run in as many starts, this time a grand slam. The slam was part of a five run sixth inning that secured the 6-1 win.
Atlanta then hosted the Phillies in a crucial early series. They won two of three after being down to their last strike in game two. Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth pinch hit home run of the season in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes, scoring two and sending the game to extras. The team also rallied from a 4-3 deficit and a 7-4 deficit in extras, eventually ending in a 8-7 victory, William Contreras hit a three run double to erase the three run deficit in the twelfth, and the next batter, Ehire Adrianza, dropped in the winning single.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Blue Jays followed by three in Milwaukee.
Miami had a strong start to a homestand, sweeping the Diamondbacks in three games. Game two was an emphatic 9-0 win, with five Marlins relievers combining for all nine innings. The Miami bullpen allowed 5 hits while striking out 11 and walking three. Adam Duvall capped off a four run second inning with a two run home run, his fifth of the season.
The Marlins then hosted the Brewers for three. They won the first game before dropping the next two. That win was by a score of 6-1, with four of the six runs coming off the bat of Isan Diaz with a grand slam in the third. It was his first grand slam and just his second home run of the season as Diaz has only played in nine games subbing for the injured Jazz Chisholm Jr..
Upcoming games- Start of a long road trip with four in Arizona followed by three at Dodger stadium
Washington had a rough start to the week, dropping all three games to the Braves at home. The National offense struggled to keep up with the Braves, striking out 32 times and being out-homered 4 to 2.
The Nats then went on the road for three with the Yankees. They dropped two of three, taking just the first game in the series. That game featured a six run Nats rally in the eighth to turn a 3-3 tie into a 9-3 lead. That lead held into an 11-4 victory. Washington was able to take care of the Yankees’ defensive miscues for three runs in the inning and Josh Harrison launched a three run home run.