Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 77-70

2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 76-73 (2 GB)

3rd. New York Mets- 73-77 (5.5 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 63-86 (Eliminated)

5th. Washington Nationals- 61-88 (Eliminated)

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves

The Braves started a rough week by dropping two of three to the Rockies at home with the third game being postponed. Both of the losses were by one run, with the second game a loss in ten innings. Raimel Tapia singled to drive in the winning run for the Rockies. The Braves had ten total hits but could only manage two runs as they went 1 for 10 with RISP in the 3-2 loss.

Atlanta then traveled west for three in San Francisco. They dropped the first two but avoided the sweep on Sunday with a 3-0 shutout. Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario provides the offense with a two run home run and a solo shot respectively, while Max Fried went 7 innings while allowing just three hits and striking out five. 

Upcoming games- Four in Arizona followed by four in San Diego including a resumed game

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The rollercoaster of a Phillies season continued as they took two of three from the Cubs to start their week. Thursday was a 17-8 game in which the Phillies responded after giving up a 7 run inning to the Cubs with a 7 run inning of their own. Bryce Harper continued his surge towards MVP, going 3-4 with two walks, two doubles, and a three run home run. 

Philadelphia then traveled for three in New York with the Mets. They took the first two games before dropping the third. Jean Segura hammered two home runs on Saturday in a 5-3 win. Bryce Harper added a key two run double to extend the lead from two to four in the seventh. Aaron Nola struck out nine in 5 ⅔ while allowing one un on four hits and a walk. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with Baltimore followed by four at home with the Pirates

 

New York Mets

The Mets continued their tumble in the standings after getting swept by the Cardinals at home to start the week. The first game was a 7-0 final score in which Adam Wainwright threw six shutout innings while allowing four hits and three walks. 

New York then hosted the Phillies for three. They avoided a sweep with a win on Sunday Night Baseball thanks to timely hitting and a strong bullpen. Dominic Smith tied the game at 2-2 with a pinch hit, two run double in the fifth and Jeff McNeil added the winning run on a homer in the seventh. Five Mets relievers combined for 4 ⅓ innings of shutout ball with just two hits and two walks. 

Upcoming games- Two in Boston followed by three in Milwaukee 

 

Miami Marlins 

The Marlins took two of three on the road in Washington to start their week. They won the rubber match of the series 8-6, powered by three home runs including two from Jesus Sanchez. The 23-year old Sanchez totaled four RBIs, including the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth. 

Miami then came home for three with the Pirates. They avoided a sweep with a walk-off on Sunday courtesy of a two run homer from Lewin Diaz. Diaz’ heroics salvaged another good start from Sandy Alcantara who went 6 innings while allowing 2 runs, one unearned, on six hits with four strikeouts. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Nats followed by three in Tampa Bay 

 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats dropped two of three at home to the Marlins to begin the week. The win was an 8-4 contest. Ryan Zimmerman moved into a first place tie with Ryan Howard for career home runs against the Marlins with his 14th home run of the season in the second inning. 

Washington then played host for three with the Rockies. They dropped the first two but won the finale on Sunday in a 3-0 shutout. Juan Soto launched a 454 foot home run in the third while Paolo Espino threw 5 ⅔ scoreless with seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits and three walks. 

Upcoming games- Three in Miami followed by four in Cincinnati