1st. New York Mets- 36-29
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 34-35 (4 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 33-36 (5 GB)
4th. Washington Nationals- 33-36 (5 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 31-40 (8 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets started the week winning three of four at home with the Cubs. Taijuan Walker dazzled in game two, throwing seven innings while allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 12 in a 3-2 win. Jacob DeGrom started game three with three perfect innings and struck out eight of nine batters he faced before leaving with shoulder soreness.
New York then traveled to D.C. for four in three days. They dropped three of those four but split a doubleheader on Saturday. The lone win was 5-1 victory in the first game of the doubleheader. Francisco Lindor homered twice in the game and knocked in all five of the Mets runs as part of a 3-4 day.
Upcoming games- Eight Games in seven days at home with the Braves and Phillies
The Phillies started their week-long West Coast trip by dropping two of three to the Dodgers in L.A.. They salvaged the last game of the series thanks to Zack Wheeler, Jose Alvarado, and Hector Neris who combined to shutout the Dodgers and allowed five hits and struck out 10. Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto provided all the offense needed with a home run and a double respectively in the 2-0 win.
Philadelphia then traveled to San Francisco for three with the surprising Giants. They dropped two of those three, only winning the middle game of the three game series. That game was a wild 13-6 victory that featured a career day from Rhys Hoskins. The Phillies slugger set a new career high with six RBIs on two home runs and a 391 foot double.
Upcoming games- Two at home with the Nats followed by four over the weekend in New York with the Mets
The Braves dropped both games to the Red Sox in identical 10-8 fashion to start the week at home. They allowed four home runs to the Red Sox in game one of the series with starter Tucker Davidson failing to get out of the third inning after allowing five runs.
Atlanta then started a four game series with the Cardinals over the weekend. They won three of those four and split a doubleheader on Sunday. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 100th career home run in the latter half of the doubleheader which stood as the only offense in the 1-0 win. Drew Smyly looked to be on track for a no hitter, but finished with 5 ⅔ innings with one hit allowed and three walks to five strikeouts.
Upcoming games- Eight Games on the road in seven days with the Mets and Reds
The Nats started their week its a three game sweep of the Pirates at home. Yan Gomes hit a grand slam in the first inning of game 2 as part of a five run first that would hold in an 8-1 win. Patrick Corbin cruised for 8 ⅓ behind the offense while allowing one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts.
Washington then played host for four with the Mets over the weekend. They took three of those four, with Kyle Schwarber having a ridiculous series. Schwarber finished the three games with five home runs in the final two games, tying an MLB record. Three of the homers came in a 5-2 win on Sunday. All together, Schwarber went 6-15 with the five home runs and eight RBIs in the series.
Upcoming games- Two in Philadelphia followed by four in Miami
The Marlins got swept in St.Louis to start their week. Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk off home run in game two to give the Cardinals the win in the ninth, and Johan Oviedo threw seven scoreless in game three as a part of a 1-0 shutout.
Miami then traveled to Wrigley for three with the Cubs. They won two of the three, both of which in commanding fashion. The Marlins outscored the Cubs in those two games by a score of 21-3. Adam Duvall homered twice in both games, bringing his season total to 16 with 7 in his last fifteen games played.