1st. Atlanta Braves- 7-3
2nd. Miami Marlins- 2-1
3rd. Washington Nationals- 3-4
4th. Philadelphia Phillies- 1-2
5th. New York Mets- 3-7
Let’s start with the two teams who have been in the news the most. The Marlins won their opening series in Philly by taking two of three. Sandy Alcantara shined on opening day (6 ⅔ IP, 3 H, 2 runs, 1 ER, 7 K’s) and Miguel Rojas collected 7 hits in 10 at bats.
But that’s not really important right now. The Marlins sent the 2020 MLB season hurtling towards cancellation when they failed in spectacular fashion at following the MLB’s albeit loosely enforced COVID-19 guidelines. Players reportedly went to hotel bars and other nightclubs and initiated an outbreak that has infected 18 players and staff in the Marlins organization
The most egregious display of failure and incompetence came following Saturday’s revelation that three players tested positive. The Marlins players then held a meeting and decided to play Sunday despite this, ignoring the dangers of spreading the outbreak to the Phillies and to ballpark staff. This decision is inexcusable, but don’t forget that Major League Baseball let them even have a decision. The league and its commissioner have failed to find a safe way to play and now have to answer for that failure.
Upcoming games (maybe)- 4 games in three days in Baltimore
On the field, the Phillies dropped two of three to the Marlins. The lone win came last Saturday in a 7-1 win. Zack Wheeler impressed in his Phillies debut with seven strong innings while allowing just one run on 5 hits. Phil Gosselin carried his torrid summer camp over into the regular season, collecting the first two home run game of his career.
The Phillies have not played since dropping the final game of that series to the Marlins. They were forced to shut down all activities until Saturday, August 1st due to the COVID-19 outbreak among the Marlins. Their schedule has been completely up in the air since. As of now they will face the Yankees and Gerrit Cole in New York on Monday after sitting idle for a week. For perspective, the Phillies were originally only supposed to have six off days for the entire season.
Upcoming games (for now)- Four game home and home with the Yankees
The 2019 World Series champions opened their title defense season by dropping two of three to the Yankees. The win came on Saturday, July 25th in a 9-2 showing. The Nats collected 13 hits and three home runs, with Asdrubal Cabrera leading the way. Cabrera went 3-4 and notched two RBIs and one of the team’s home runs. Washington’s bullpen threw five shutout innings after starter Eric Fedde left the game in the fourth.
The Nats opened the first full week of the season by splitting a four game set against the Blue Jays. Wednesday’s 4-0 victory was a rather unusual one. Washington scored 4 in the 10th inning to break a 0-0 tie. Cabrera once again came through with a three run triple after Adam Eaton hit a ball off of the pitcher to bring in the first run.
Washington has not played since finishing that series on Thursday due to the postponement of their series against the Marlins. Star outfielder Juan Soto is set to make his debut when the team plays again after being away from the team due to testing positive for COVID-19 before Opening Day.
Upcoming games- 5 at home starting with two against the Mets followed by three against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Braves opened their season by taking two of three from the Mets on opening weekend. Sunday’s win was a 14-1 bludgeoning with 17 hits. Dansby Swanson had a huge day, going 3-5 with 5 RBIs and a home run.
Atlanta then split a four game home and home series with the Tampa Bay Rays to open the week. Max Fried’s strong start on Thursday clinched the split. Fried went 6 ⅔ innings while allowing just one run on three hits with 7 strikeouts.
The Braves look for a four game sweep of the Mets on Monday after taking the first three over the weekend. The first was a wild 11-10 victory where Atlanta scored 5 runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead.
Upcoming games- One more against the Mets to wrap up a four game series then three in Toronto and the beginning of a three game series in Philadelphia.
New York Mets
The Mets dropped the opening weekend series to the Braves to kick off the year. The lone win came on Opening Day in the form of a 1-0 contest. Yoenis Cespedes (before he opted-out) hit a home run in what was his first Major League game in 2 years and 4 days. Jacob DeGrom, Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, and Edwin Diaz combined for a three hit shutout and totaled 15 strikeouts.
New York then split a four game home and home against the Red Sox. They totaled 15 runs in the two wins and 21 hits. Last year’s rookie sensation Pete Alonso homered for the first time this year on Monday, launching a rocket off of a cardboard cutout atop the green monster.
They then lost the first three of an ongoing four game series against Atlanta. New York’s investments in the back end of its bullpen have not paid off. Edwin Diaz is a shell of his former standout self in Seattle. Newcomer Dellin Betances gave up 4 in that meltdown inning on Friday night and recorded just one out.