Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 68-56

2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 63-61 (5 GB)

3rd. New York Mets- 61-63 (7 GB)

4th. Washington Nationals- 53-70 (14.5 GB)

5th. Miami Marlins- 51-74 (17.5 GB)

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves

The Braves continued their winning ways of late by sweeping the Marlins on the road to start the week. Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle for the second time in his career on Wednesday in an 11-9 win. The reigning MVP is on fire of late, hitting an even .500 over the last week with a 1.504 OPS. 

Atlanta then traveled to Baltimore for three. There they swept Baltimore to tally their ninth win in a row. Adam Duvall went 2-4 on Sunday with two RBIs in a 3-1 win. Since returning to the Braves at the trade deadline, Duvall has five home runs and 18 RBIs in 21 games. 

Upcoming games- Two at home with the Yankees followed by three with the Giants 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies’ tumble out of first place continued as they were swept by the lowly Diamondbacks in Arizona to start the week. Their offense totaled just 6 runs on 14 hits total over the three game series and went a combined 4 for 23 with RISP. 

Philadelphia then continued their West Coast trip with three in San Diego, They were able to take two of three to salvage the end of the road trip, capping it off with a 7-3 win on Sunday. The Phillies clubbed four home runs, two from a returning Rhys Hoskins, while Kyle Gibson threw eight innings of one run ball. 

Upcoming games- Six game homestand starting with two against the Rays followed by four with the Diamondbacks 

 

New York Mets

The Mets started a West Coast trio by dropping two to the Giants in San Francisco. A four run rally in the top of the 12th inning on Wednesday helped avoid a sweep, with Kevin Pillar’s three run home run doing most of the damage in the 6-2 win. Pillar’s home run came after both teams scored in the 11th to keep the game tied. 

New York then continued with four in L.A. with the Dodgers. They were able to avoid the sweep on Sunday after dropping the first three. A three run first inning set the tone, with an RBI double from Javier Baez opening the scoring. J.D. Davis totaled four RBIs including a two-run home run on a 3-4 day in the 7-2 win. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Giants followed by three with the Nats

 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats started the week sweeping a quick two game series at home with the Blue Jays. Rookie catcher Riley Adams, who was acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline for Brad Hand, went 3-4 with three RBIs including a home run against his former team on Tuesday in a 12-6 win. 

Washington then traveled to Milwaukee fro three with the Brewers. They dropped two of three to the Brewers after winning the first one by a score of 4-1. Patrick Corbin threw 6 ⅓ strong innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven to deliver the win. 

Upcoming games- Three in Miami followed by three in New York with the Mets 

 

Miami Marlins 

The Marlins were swept out at home by the Braves to start their week. They allowed four home runs in the series, two to Freddie Freeman, and a total of 25 runs in just three games.

Miami then traveled to Cincinnati for four with the Reds over the weekend. They were swept out of Cincinnati as well, securing an 0-7 on the week. Rookie Vladimir Gutierrez locked down the sweep for the Reds with seven innings with one run on three hits with eight strikeouts. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Nats followed by three with the Reds