1st. New York Mets- 37-19
2nd. Atlanta Braves- 28-27 (8.5 GB)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 25-29 (11 GB)
4th. Miami Marlins- 22-30 (13 GB)
5th. Washington Nationals- 21-35 (16 GB)
New York Mets
The Mets utterly dominated the Nats to start their week. They outscored Washington 28-5 in three games and shut them out in the final two. New York set the tone in game one with a 13-5 win that featured three home runs from Starling Marte, Nick Plummer, and Pete Alonso. They chased Nats starter Eric Fedde in the second inning after tagging him for six runs on eight hits.
New York then traveled out west for four with the Dodgers. They split those four games, winning the last two and claiming the N.L.’s best record in the process. The Mets clinched that record with their 5-4 win on Sunday thanks to a J.D. Davis double in the top of the tenth that scored Pete Alonso.
Upcoming games- Three in San Diego followed by three in Anaheim with the Angels
The Phillies dropped two of three to the Giants and old friend Gabe Kepler to start their week. A pair of two-run home runs from Nick Mason and Kyle Schwarber helped them overcome a disastrous sixth inning in a 6-5 loss in the final game of the series. After allowing five runs in the top of the sixth, Philadelphia scored four in their half to retake the lead courtesy of Maton and Schwarber.
Philadelphia then hosted the Angels and local native Mike Trout for three over the weekend in a series that began after manager Joe Girardi was fired. The Phillies swept out the Angels and pushed their losing streak to 11 with an emphatic comeback win Sunday. Bryce Harper hit a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth and then Bryson Stott hit a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth to deliver a 9-7 win. Both dramatic shots came with two outs and a full count.
Upcoming games- Three in Milwaukee followed by three at home with Arizona
The Braves dropped two of three in Arizona to begin their week. They avoided a sweep with a 6-0 shutout win on Wednesday. Kyle Wright continued his impressive season on the mound as he threw six shutout innings while allowing three hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Wright is now 5-3 with an ERA of 2.41 in ten starts this season.
Atlanta then traveled to Colorado for four with the Rockies. They managed to sweep the Rockies to end their road trip, with the highlight being a four-run 11th inning in game three that led to a 6-2 win. A pair of doubles from Marcel Ozuna and William Contreras gave Atlanta a two-run lead before a two-run homer from Adam Duvall added an exclamation point. In total, the Braves clubbed six total home runs in the series, including two from Travis d’Arnaud in the opener.
Upcoming games- Six game homestand starting with two against Oakland followed by four with the Pirates
The Marlins only came away with one win in a three-game series in Colorado by splitting a doubleheader. They won the early game 14-1 and tallied 21 hits. Miami became the eighth team this season to collect at least 20 hits in a game. It was the first time the Marlins have done so since 2018. On the mound, Edward Cabrera made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit and four walks with nine strikeouts in six shutout innings.
Miami then returned home to host the Giants for four. They split the series in San Francisco, including a 3-0 shutout in game one that featured another brilliant pitching performance from Sandy Alcantara. The right hander went seven innings while allowing just three hits and two walks with eight punchouts. His 74.2 IP are the most in baseball while his 1.81 ERA is fourth best.
Upcoming games- Three at home with the Nats followed by three in Houston
The Nats were bludgeoned by the Mets in a three-game sweep to start the week. They struggled to find any offense and failed at halting the Mets offense. Patrick Corbin was the only starter to pitch into the fifth inning, but he allowed seven runs on twelve hits in 4.1.
Washington then looked to rebound with four in Cincinnati. And indeed, they did as they won three of four against the Reds. Patrick Corbin had his own rebound of sorts in the final game of the series. Corbin threw six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts for his second quality start of the season. The lefty has struggled to the tune of a 2-8 record with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts this season.