1st. New York Mets- 47-50
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 44-44 (3.5 GB)
3rd. Atlanta Braves- 44-45 (4 GB)
4th. Washington Nationals- 42-47 (6 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 39-50 (9 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets started a rain-filled week by taking two of three from the Brewers at home, including a doubleheader split. Rookie Tyler Megill impressed in game one, going five innings with one run allowed on two hits and seven strikeouts in his third career start. Pete Alonso’s two run double in the seventh gave the Mets a 3-1 lead they would hold on to in a 4-2 final.
New York then started four at home with the Pirates. They split that series, with the first win being a 13-4 victory. The Mets scored 10 runs in the sixth inning with Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor doing the most damage. Alonso hit a three run home run and Lindor smacked a grand slam to cap off the scoring.
Upcoming games after the ASG break- Three in Pittsburgh followed by three in Cincinnati
The Braves started their week dropping two of three on the road in Pittsburgh. They won the final game by a score of 14-3 after a 7 run eighth inning. Ronald Acuna led the way with a 3-5 day with a home run in the third inning, his 24th of the season.
However, in a major loss to the Braves and the sport of baseball itself, Acuna suffered a torn ACL in Atlanta’s next series in Miami and will miss the rest of the season. The superstar outfielder left on a cart after attempting to catch a ball in center field. Atlanta did win the series, but a pall has been cast on their season with the devastating loss of Acuna.
Upcoming games after the break- Three at home with the Rays followed by three more with the Padres
The Phillies offense came alive in Chicago, where they took three of four and scored double digit runs in two of the wins and 8 in the other. Brad Miller homered three times in the final game, becoming the first Phillie to do so since 2008. Miller also tallied 5 RBIs in the 8-0 win.
Philadelphia then traveled to Boston for three to wrap up the first half of the season. They took two of those three, winning back to back series on the road for the first time since 2019. Sunday was a bullpen game after Aaron Nola was placed on the COVID-IL before the game, with Ranger Suarez finishing it off with a seven out save to hold a 6-5 lead for the win. Ronald Torreyes’ three run home run was the difference. It was his third of the season and just the seventh of his career.
Upcoming games after the break- Four in Miami followed by two at Yankee stadium
The Nats split a four game series in San Diego to start a West Coast trip. They scored 15 runs in a victory on Wednesday. Washington tagged Padres starter Chris Paddack for 8 runs in just two innings pitched. Juan Soto opened the rout with a three run home run in the first, his 11th of the season.
Washington then traveled to San Francisco to end the first half with three. It didn’t go well, as they were swept out of San Francisco to end their first half. Anthony DeSclafani limited the Nats to just three hits in six innings on Saturday, a 10-4 Giants win. For the Nats, Jon Lester lasted just 2 ⅔ innings and was charged with 8 runs, only three earned, on nine hits.
Upcoming games after the break- Three at home with the Padres followed by three more with the Marlins
The Marlins surprisingly took three of four at home from the Dodgers to start their week. Jesus Aguilar’s three-run walk-off home run in the ninth on Wednesday gave Miami a 9-6 win in the game and the series win. This was after they won 2-1 the day before on a walk-off wild pitch and throwing error. Starling Marte scored from second on the play in the tenth for the win.
Miami then wrapped up its first half with three at home it’s the Braves. They avoided a sweep with a 7-4 win on Sunday thanks to Pablo Lopez setting a new Major League record in striking out the first nine Braves he faced to start the game. Lopez finished with those nine strikeouts in six innings with three runs allowed on five hits.
Upcoming games after the break- Four in Philadelphia followed by three in Washington