1st. Miami Marlins- 9-6
T-1st. Atlanta Braves- 13-10
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 8-9 (2 games back)
4th. Washington Nationals- 8-11 (3 games back)
5th. New York Mets- 9-14 (4 games back)
The Marlins started off a light week splitting two games with the Blue Jays at the Blue Jays temporary home in Buffalo. The win was a wild 14-11 victory that went 10 innings. Miami scored 3 in the tenth to take the lead. Jesus Aguilar had a big night, going 3-5 with 4 RBIs. The Marlins had to use 9 pitchers after starter Jordan Yammamoto only lasted 3 ⅓ innings.
Miami finally came home after a 23 day road trip and dropped two of three to the Braves. Starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez was impressive though in Sunday’s 4-0 loss, allowing just three hits in five shutout innings.
Upcoming games- Four at home with the Mets followed by four games in three days in Washington
The Braves started the week dropping the last of four to the Phillies on the road. However, they still won the series 3-1. Starter Sean Newcomb was hit hard, lasting just 1 ⅓ innings and allowing 8 runs on six hits.
Atlanta was then swept in a two game series in New York against the Yankees. The Braves pitching staff couldn’t handle the Yankees offense, allowing 15 runs across the two games.
The Braves continued their road trip when they traveled to Miami and took two of three from the Marlins. Starter Max Fried continued his strong season on Saturday, going 6 ⅓ shutout innings while allowing four hits and three walks to 7 strikeouts. Through five games started in 2020, Fried is 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA and a minuscule 0.90 WHIP.
Upcoming games- Six at home with the Nationals and Phillies coming in
The Phillies salvaged the last of their four games with Atlanta on Monday in a 13-8 win. Philadelphia hit five home runs and scored 10 runs combined in the first two innings and starter Aaron Nola cruised through 8 innings allowing just one run on two hits. However, Philadelphia’s much maligned bullpen gave up 7 runs in the ninth to turn the score from a 13-1 blowout to a 13-8 nail biter.
Philly was then swept in three at home against the Orioles. Phillies pitching could not stop the O’s offense, allowing 26 runs in three games. Philadelphia had a lead in all three games but could not hold onto any of them.
The Phillies finished their week’s action with a three game sweep of the Mets, their first three game sweep in exactly a year. Philadelphia’s offense scored exactly 6 runs in each game and starters Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler had strong starts on Saturday and Sunday. Combined, the two pitchers logged 14 innings and allowed a total of 2 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks while racking up 12 strikeouts.
Upcoming games- Road trip with two in Boston, a doubleheader in Buffalo with the Blue Jays, and three in Atlanta
New York Mets
New York started the week splitting a four game series with the Nats at home. Dominic Smith started his streak of four straight games with a home run in Wednesday’s 11-6 win. Smith has been very good to date this season with a .296 AVG and a 1.116 OPS to go with 6 home runs and 16 RBIs.
The Mets then traveled to Philly for three and were swept. New York was able to collect 12 hits and 5 runs on Friday including the tying run in the ninth, but a poor tag from catcher Wilson Ramos allowed the Phillies to walk it off in the ninth. Ramos, despite having ample time from a strong throw, did not apply the tag promptly enough and allowed Roman Quinn to get his hand in on a Bryce Harper single.
Upcoming games- Four at Miami followed by three at home with the Yankees
The Nats started the week splitting four on the road with the Mets. Max Scherzer turned in a strong outing in Tuesday’s 2-1 win. Scherzer was able to gut out 6 innings of one run ball with 7 K’s despite throwing over 50 pitches through two innings.
Washington continued its road trip by taking on their American League rivals Baltimore. The Nats were able to take two of the three against Baltimore, including a 15-3 drubbing on Friday. Washington clubbed 19 hits en-route to the win and was able to overcome starter Stephen Strasburg leaving after recording just two outs due to a nerve issue in his pitching hand he has been battling this season.