Final Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 88-73

2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 82-80

3rd. New York Mets- 77-85

4th. Miami Marlins- 67-95

5th. Washington Nationals- 65-97

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves 

The Braves wrapped up a fourth straight division title by sweeping the Phillies at home to start the week. Charlie Morton set the tone in the first game with seven shutout innings with three hits and two walks while striking out ten. Jorge Soler’s two run single in the third was all the offense Atlanta needed in the 2-1 win. 

Atlanta then hosted the Mets for their final series before they go on to play the Brewers in the NLDS. They took two of three from the Mets, including ending the regular season with a 5-0 shutout. Charlie Morton went just 2 ⅔ in a tune up before the postseason and was followed by five Atlanta relievers that allowed two hits and one walk. Jorge Soler led off the game with a home run and the Braves never looked back. 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies gave themselves a chance heading into the final week, but any hope was dashed when they were eliminated after being swept by the Braves. They struggled to generate any offense in the series, scoring just five runs on 13 hits total while striking out 23 times in three games. 

Philadelphia then traveled to Miami to wrap up their season. They dropped two of three and lost the overall season series to the Marlins. Ranger Suarez turned in one more brilliant start in the lone win on Friday. The left hander went seven shutout innings while allowing six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in a 5-0 win. MVP candidate Bryce Harper tallied his 35th home run and 41st double in the game. 

New York Mets 

The Mets took three of four at home against the Marlins including sweeping a doubleheader. Rich Hill got his first win as a Met in a 12-3 game on Thursday. Hill went five innings while allowing two runs while Pete Alonso homered twice and Francisco Lindor boasted a grand slam to lead the offense. 

New York then traveled to Atlanta to finish up their season. They dropped two of three to wrap it up. Brandon Nimmo homered twice in the lone win, a 5-3 contest on Friday. Tyler Megill had an impressive start in his last appearance of the season, going five innings while allowing just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts. 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins dropped three of four to the Mets to start their final week of games. The win came on Wednesday in the form of an eighth inning rally to win 3-2. Miami entered the eighth losing 2-0 before Alex Jackson doubled to bring home the first run and then Miguel Rojas brought in two more with a single to take the lead. 

Miami then hosted Philadelphia for the last series of the season. They took two of three and capped off the season with a 5-4 win on Sunday. But the highlight came Saturday night with an 11 strikeout game from Jesus Luzardo in a 3-1 win. Luzardo allowed one run on six hits in 5 ⅓ while setting the new career high in K’s. 

Washington Nationals 

The Nats dropped two of three to the Rockies in their last road series of the season. They won the first game 5-4 thanks to a good start from rookie Josiah Gray and a pair of doubles from Luis Garcia. Gray went 5 ⅓ and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while Garcia finished 2-4 with two RBIs. 

Washington then hosted Boston for the final series of the season with the ability to be agents of chaos in the A.L. Wild Card Chase. However, they were swept by Boston, including blowing a 5-1 lead on Sunday that could’ve helped send the Blue Jays into a tie for the Wild Card.