1st. New York Mets- 32-25
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 32-31 (3 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 30-33 (5 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 29-36 (7 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 27-35 (7.5 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets split two games on the road in Baltimore to start their week. The win was a 14-1 clobbering of the Orioles in which the Mets belted six home runs and tallied 16 total hits. Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney both had two home runs each. Taijuan Walker cruised through seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits with nine strikeouts. Walker now has a 2.07 ERA in 11 starts.
New York then came home for a huge series with the Padres. They were able to take two of three from San Diego, with Jacob DeGrom doing it all in game one. DeGrom not only threw six shutout innings with 10 K’s and one hit to lower his ERA to 0.56, he also knocked in two of the three Mets runs in the 3-2 win with an RBI single.
Upcoming games- Four at home with the Cubs followed by three in Washington
The Phillies started a wild week by taking two of three from the Braves at home. The first win was won with two outs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a two run home run from rookie Luke Williams. Williams, who was making his first career start, turned a 1-0 loss into a 2-1 victory. It started a string of three straight walk-off wins, with the rubber match of the series a 4-3 win in the bottom of the tenth thanks to a Jean Segura vase hit off of the top of the wall in center. Segura’s hit capped off a three run rally in the tenth and made sure Zack Wheeler’s 8 shutout innings with 12 K’s didn’t go to waste.
Philadelphia then won in walk-off fashion again with a 8-7 win over the Yankees in the tenth with Segura once again playing the hero with a sharp ground ball hit to third to score Ronald Torreyes. It was a game the Phillies led 4-0 after one and 7-4 in the ninth. They swept both games from the Yankees, with game two being a much more comfortable 7-0 win featuring 7 ⅔ scoreless from Aaron Nola.
Upcoming games- West Coast trip with three in L.A. with the Dodgers followed by three in San Francisco
The Braves dropped two of three to Philadelphia to start their week, losing the two in the aforementioned walk-off fashion. The one win was a 9-5 victory in which Atlanta scored five runs in the 8th to erase a 5-4 deficit. Austin Riley Hit his eleventh home run to start the scoring and was followed by RBI singles from William Contreas and Ronald Acuna Jr. as well as a run scoring on an error from pitcher Sam Coonrod. Coonrod threw a ball hit back to him into center field which allowed Abraham Almonte to score.
Atlanta then traveled to Miami for three with the Marlins. They narrowly avoided a sweep with a 6-4 win on Sunday thanks to a 3-3 day from Austin Riley and a good performance from Drew Smyly. Riley had three RBIs and a home run while Smyly went five innings while allowing two runs on six hits and one walk.
Upcoming games- Six game homestand starting with two against the Red Sox followed by four with the Cardinals
The Marlins started a jam packed week by dropping a makeup game in Boston by a score of 5-3. They then came home to take two of three from the Rockies. The rubber match was an 11-4 win powered by a huge day from Starling Marte. Marte went 4-5 with a home run and a double as well as two runs scored. The 32-year-old now has a 1.011 OPS in 29 games played this season.
Miami then played host to the Braves for three. They took two of three from Atlanta, scoring four runs in each win. Saturday featured a strong performance from Zach Thompson in just his second career start. The 27-year-old went five shutout innings with six strikeouts and allowed four hits and no walks. Adam Duvall and Lewin Diaz both homered to buoy the offense.
Upcoming games- Three in St. Louis followed by three at Wrigley with the Cubs
The Nats split two on the road with the rays to begin their week. The win was a 9-7 victory in 11 innings with Washington scoring four total runs in extras, with two in the top of the eleventh to win. Starlin Castro doubled to put Washington ahead and Josh Harrison hit a sac fly to add insurance. Ryan Zimmerman added two home runs in a rare start.
Washington then returned home for a four game series with the Giants. The first game was postponed due to rain resulting in a double header on Saturday. The Nats ended up splitting the four games, including a split in the double header. Eric Fedde returned from the IL in game one of the twin bill and went five shutout innings with four hits allowed and seven strikeouts to no walks. Kyle Schwarber Homered in the game, a 2-0 victory, and had a two home run game in Sunday’s 5-0 win to back Joe Ross’ eight shutout innings.