Standings

1st. New York Mets- 29-23

2nd. Atlanta Braves- 28-29 (3.5 GB)

3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 28-30 (4 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 25-33 (7 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 24-32 (7 GB)

 

Recap

New York Mets

The Mets kicked off a long road trip by taking two of three from the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Jacob DeGrom continued his near unprecedented dominance this season on Monday, throwing six shutout innings with just two hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in a 6-2 victory.

DeGrom added another seven shutout innings on Saturday against the Padres in a 4-0 win, this time allowing just three hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts. His season ERA is now down to 0.62 as he has allowed just 4 earned runs in nine starts. DeGrom’s K-BB ratio is an otherworldly 93-8 and opponents are hitting .128 against him. The game was one of two the Mets took from the Padres in the four game series. 

Upcoming games- Two in Baltimore followed by three at home it’s the Padres 

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves started their week by splitting four games with the Nats at home. Both Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies collected the 500th hit of their career on Thursday in a 5-1 win to earn the split. Swanson homered with one on in the sixth for his and Albies collected his with an RBI double. Albies went 3-4 total on the day with two RBIs. 

Atlanta then played host for three with the defending champion Dodgers. They were able to take two of three with the highlight of the series coming in game two. The Braves won 6-4 after scoring five in the third inning off of Clayton Kershaw. Swanson and Albies again did the damage in the inning, with both players having a two-run double. 

Upcoming games- Three in Philadelphia followed by three in Miami 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies started the week splitting two games of a rain-shortened three game series with the Reds in Cincinnati. Their win was a 17-3 onslaught in which Philadelphia hammered seven total home runs, with two apiece from Odubel Herrera and Andrew McCutchen. It was Herrera’s first two homer game since 2018 and McCutchen’s second of the season. 

Philadelphia then came home for three with the Nationals. They took two of three from Washington, winning the rubber match on Sunday by a final of 12-6 in one of the strangest baseball games you’ll ever see. The Phillies scored 7 runs in an inning where they had three hits. J.T. Realmuto hit his 100th career home run. The netting behind home plate fell and caused a 20 minute delay. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Braves followed by two more at home with the Yankees

 

Miami Marlins 

To say Miami had a rough week is an understatement. They dropped two games to Toronto and three of four to the Pirates. The one win came on Sunday by a 3-1 score in Pittsburgh. Sandy Alcantara ended the losing skid by delivering eight innings of one run ball against the Pirates with six hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. 

Upcoming games- Makeup game in Boston followed by three at home with Colorado and three at home with Atlanta 

 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats split four on the road in Atlanta to start their week. Washington won the middle two games of the series, with an 11-6 win on Tuesday and a 5-3 win on Wednesday. Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto both homered in the game on Tuesday as a part of 14 hits for the Nats. However, the biggest news from the day was Stephen Strasburg exiting the game in the second inning after throwing just 30 pitches. He went on the IL for the second time this season, this time with a neck strain. 

Washington then traveled to Philadelphia for three with the Phillies. They dropped two of three, with the lone win coming on Friday night by a final of 2-1. Max Scherzer threw 7 ⅔ innings with one run on five hits and nine strikeouts to one walk. Juan Soto’s 7th Home run of the season in the sixth inning off of Zack Wheeler proved to be the difference. 

Upcoming games- Two in Tampa with the Rays followed by four at home with the Giants