1st. New York Mets- 43-37
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 41-42 (3.5 GB)
3rd. Washington Nationals- 40-42 (4 GB)
4th. Philadelphia Phillies- 39-42 (4.5 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 35-47 (9 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets started a busy week by dropping a rescheduled game on the road in Washington. They surrendered five home runs in an 8-4 loss.
New York then traveled to Atlanta where they dropped two of three. The lone win was a 4-3 win in which the Mets scored all four runs in the seventh inning when they were trailing 3-0. James McCann’s three run home run tied the game before Francisco Lindor gave the Mets the lead with an RBI single.
The Mets then went on the “road” for three against the Yankees in the subway series. They won the series after splitting a double header on Sunday. The Mets scored six runs in the top of the seventh in game one of the doubleheader, erasing a 5-4 deficit in the final inning. Pete Alonso started the rally with a home run off of Aroldis Chapman. Alonso now has 4 home runs in his last 7 games.
Upcoming games- Seven game homestand starting with three against the Brewers followed by four against the Pirates
The red hot Nats started the week winning the aforementioned makeup game against the Mets by hitting five home runs, with two from Kyle Schwarber again.
They then won both games of a two game series at home with the Rays. Trea Turner hit for the third cycle of his career in game two as part of a 15-6 win. Turner is just the fourth player in the modern era with three career cycles, and he did it on his 28th birthday.
The Nats then started a four game series at home with the reigning champion Dodgers. It didn’t go well, as they suffered a series sweep at home as the dodgers extended their overall win streak to nine games.
Upcoming games- West coast road trip with four in San Diego followed by three in San Francisco
The Braves started the week taking two of three from the Mets at home. The second game of the series was a 20-2 beat down where the Braves pounded 20 total hits and four home runs, two from Ozzie Albies. Albies went 5-6 with 7 RBIs and four runs scored on the day. It was a new career high in RBIs and tied a career high in hits.
Atlanta then played host for three with the Marlins. They split the series thanks to a walk-off single from pitcher Max Fried in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday. Fried was used as a pinch hitter due to the bench being used up in a four run rally to tie the game in the ninth. Fried’s hit with two outs capped the rally and gave Atlanta an 8-7 victory.
Upcoming games- Three in Pittsburgh followed by three in Miami
The Phillies dropped a makeup game in Cincinnati to start the week. They led the game 4-2 in the seventh before surrendering 10 total runs in the seventh and eighth to lose 12-4.
Philadelphia then hosted the Marlins for three that was shortened to two because of rain. They split those two, taking the first game by a final of 4-3. Vince Velasquez was dominant, throwing seven shutout innings with just two hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts.
The Padres then came to Philadelphia for three over the Independence Day weekend. The Phillies took two of three, starting with a walk-off double by Brad Miller that at first looked to be a home run in game one. Miller came to the plate as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the tenth with two runners on after the Phillies bullpen surrendered three runs in the ninth to blow a 3-0 lead. The long double scored Andrew McCutchen and gave the Phillies a 4-3 win. Miller’s heroics made sure Zack Wheeler’s start of 7 ⅔ scoreless with 9 strikeouts didn’t go to waste.
Upcoming games- Four in Chicago followed by three in Boston
The Marlins split a rain shortened series in Philadelphia to start the week. They won the second game by a score of 11-6. A six run fifth inning that featured four straight hits with two outs ultimately proved the difference in the game.
Miami then traveled to Atlanta for three over the holiday weekend. They dropped two of three, only salvaging the second game of the series by a final of 3-2. Garrett Cooper went 2-4 with two RBIs and a home run in the contest. Cooper is now hitting .438 over his last seven games and .311 over his last 15.