Standings

1st. New York Mets- 20-10

2nd. Atlanta Braves- 14-16 (6 GB)

3rd. Miami Marlins- 13-15 (6 GB)

4th. Philadelphia Phillies- 12-16 (7 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 10-20 (10 GB)

 

Recap

New York Mets

The Mets split a four-game series at home with the Braves by winning both games of a doubleheader. Carlos Carrasco was brilliant in the second half of the doubleheader sweep, as he went eight shutout innings while allowing just six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso handled the offense, with a two run double and a solo game run respectively.

New York then traveled to Philadelphia for a rain-shortened series. They won two of three in the series, including a historic comeback in game one when they erased a six-run deficit in the ninth inning. The Mets ultimately scored a staggering seven runs in the ninth off James Norwood and Corey Knebel to turn a 7-1 loss into an 8-7 victory. 

Upcoming games- Three in D.C. followed by three at home with the Mariners 

 

Miami Marlins 

The Marlins started a rough week by getting swept by the Diamondbacks at home. They lost each game by one run and led only twice. In game three they led 3-0 after two and held a one run lead in the bottom of the eighth in game 3 before surrendering two in the top of the ninth. 

Miami then traveled to San Diego for four. They dropped three of those four which left them in a second-place tie with Atlanta. The lone win was a 8-0 win that featured eight shutout innings from Pablo Lopez. Lopez continued his brilliant start to the season by lowering his ERA to 1.00 and improving his record to 4-1 in six starts. 

Upcoming games- Three in Arizona followed by three at home with the Brewers

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves split a four-game series on the road against the Mets to start the week. They tagged New York with nine runs in the finale, a 9-2 win. Adam Duvall and Guillermo Heredia had two RBIs each, with the latter collecting them on a two-run home run. 

Atlanta then played host for three with the Brewers over the weekend. They took two of three and climbed into a second-place tie in the division. Ronald Acuna Jr. homered for the second straight game in a 3-2 win on Saturday. In nine games since returning from injury, Acuna is hitting .278 with an OPS of .866. 

Upcoming games- Two at home with the Red Sox followed by three with the Padres 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies dropped both games of a quick two game series with the Rangers to start the week. They wasted a strong outing from Zack Wheeler in game 2, where the Cy Young runner up went 7.2 shutout innings with six hits and seven strikeouts. But, a two run single from former Phillie Brad Miller in the tenth broke a scoreless tie and proved the difference. 

Philadelphia then hosted the Mets for a rain-shortened weekend series. After a historic collapse in game one, they rebounded to take one of the two games of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Phillies handed Max Scherzer his first loss since May 30th of last season thanks to a home run and an RBI single from Bryce Harper in a 3-2 win. 

Upcoming games- West coast trip starting with three in Seattle followed by three in L.A. with the Dodgers 

 

Washington Nationals

The Nats dropped two of three on the road to the Rockies to begin their week. Josh Bell powered their offense in their 10-2 win in game one. Bell went 3-5 with three RBIs coming on a three-run home run. The former MVP finalist is now hitting .343 with a .971 OPS and 21 RBIs. 

Washington then traveled for three with the Angels in Anaheim. They dropped two of three, with one win sandwiched between two losses. That win was a 7-3 victory on Saturday that featured three Nats home runs from Bell, Yadiel Hernandez, and Nelson Cruz. They chased Angels’ starter Michael Lorenzen after just 4.1 after scoring five runs on five hits and two walks. 

Upcoming games- Six at home starting with three against the Mets followed by three with the Astros