1st. Philadelphia Phillies- 59-53
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 57-55 (2 GB)
3rd. New York Mets- 56-55 (2.5 GB)
4th. Washington Nationals- 50-62 (9 GB)
5th. Miami Marlins- 47-65 (12 GB)
The Phillies started a great week by sweeping the Nats in four games on the road. They capped off the sweep with a ninth inning comeback in which they scored 4 runs in the ninth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit. A pair of doubles from J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins tied the game and then gave the Phillies the lead respectively. They held on in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 win.
Philadelphia then came home for three games with the Mets with first place on the line. They swept out the former first place Mets and took first for themselves, capping off the weekend with a dominant start from Zack Wheeler. Wheeler allowed a lead-off double then retired 22 consecutive batters en-route to a two-hit complete game shutout while walking one and striking out 11.
Upcoming games- Six game homestand starting with three against the Dodgers followed by three with the Reds
New York Mets
The Mets started a rough week dropping two of three to the Marlins on the road. A Javier Baez home run broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning and Trevor May collected his sixth save of the season after striking out two in the ninth.
New York then traveled to Philadelphia for three and were swept out, falling to third place at one point during the weekend. The Mets went a total of 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position over the weekend and managed just five runs in three games. They did however hit a trio of home runs in a row on Saturday night to make a 5-0 deficit in the ninth inning interesting, but ultimately still came up short.
Upcoming games- Six game home stand starting with three against the Nationals followed by three with the Dodgers
The Braves started the week with a three game sweep of the Cardinals on the road. They set the tone for the series early, scoring five runs in the first inning of game one en-route to a 6-1 victory. Jorge Soler hit a two run home run as the second batter of the game and Dansby Swanson and Joc Pederson added RBI singles. Freddie Freeman homered in the second to tack on to the offense.
Atlanta then returned home for three with the Nats where they took two of three. Freddie Freeman started the series with a 3-4 in game one including two RBIs in an 8-4 victory. The reigning N.L. MVP is now hitting .370 over his last 30 games with 7 home runs and 17 RBIs.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Reds followed by three in Washington
The Nats started a rough week dropping all four games at home in a series against Philadelphia. The final game was particularly painful, with the Phillies mounting a 4 run rally in the ninth inning against Kyle Finnegan. Finnegan was charged with four unearned runs after he allowed back-to- back two out doubles helped made possible by an error from Carter Kieboom.
Washington then traveled to Atlanta where they dropped two of three, salvaging just the middle game of the series in a 3-2 win. All three runs came in the ninth inning with rookie Riley Adams’ two-run home run doing the most damage.
Upcoming games- Three in New York with the Mets followed by three at home with the Braves
The Marlins took three of four from the Mets at home to start their week. They capped off the series with a three run rally in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie in the final game. Jorge Alvaro’s RBI single broke the tie before Lewis Brinson’s two-run double added insurance.
The winning ways didn’t continue for Miami however, as they were swept in three games in Colorado over the weekend. Rockies ace German Marquez shut down the Marlins in game one, going 6 innings while allowing two hits and a walk and striking out seven to back up a nine run fourth inning, including three home runs, from the Rockies in the 14-2 rout.
Upcoming games- Three in San Diego followed by three at home with the Cubs