Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 16-12

2nd. Miami Marlins- 11-11 (2 games back)

3rd. New York Mets- 12-14 (3 games back)

4th. Washington Nationals- 11-14 (3 games back)

5th. Philadelphia Phillies- 10-14 (4 games back)

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves

The Braves started their week taking one of what was supposed to be a three game series but was shortened to two after a postponement. That win was a rather dramatic one, with Atlanta scoring 4 in the ninth to erase a 6-3 deficit. Dansby Swanson’s two run home run with one out walked it off to complete the comeback. 

Atlanta then took on the Phillies at home and took two of three. The Braves were able to erase a 4-0 deficit late in game 2 to win 6-5. After Philadelphia tied it at 5-5 in the top of the ninth, Adam Duvall hit a two out RBI single to win it off of new Phillie Brandon Workman. 

Upcoming games- Two at home with the Yankees followed by three in Philadelphia 

 

Miami Marlins

It seems the Marlins may be coming back to Earth a bit after an incredible start. They lost three of four to the Mets where the fourth game was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests on the Mets. Miami was outscored 24-10 in those three games and surrendered 9 home runs. 

Miami then traveled to Washington for five games in four days, one of which was a designated “home” game while in Washington. The Marlins split the first four games including Saturday’s double header. Top prospect Sixto Sanchez, who was acquired in the J.T. Realmuto trade, debuted for the Marlins in the second game of the double header. Sanchez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with four strikeouts to earn the win in his first start. 

Upcoming games- One more with Washington then three in New York with the Mets followed by three at home with the Tampa Bay Rays

 

New York Mets

New York had a big week. They were able to climb from last place in the division into third thanks to a shortened three game sweep of the Marlins. The Mets bats came alive as mentioned before, with game one featuring the most offense. Both Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso hammered two home runs each in the 11-4 victory. 

After a slow start, Pete Alonso is starting to heat up. Last year’s rookie phenom is hitting .370 over his last seven games with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in that span. 

The Subway Series with the Yankees was postponed after the Mets had two people test positive for COVID-19. This came after their final game of the four game series in Miami was postponed for the same reason. 

Upcoming games- Three at home with the Marlins followed by three in Yankee stadium with their crosstown rivals

 

Washington Nationals

The Nats split a rain-shortened series with the Braves to start their week. The win came on Tuesday in a 8-5 victory. First baseman Eric Thames collected 3 RBIs and rookie second baseman Luis Garcia went 3-4. Victor Robles made a tremendous catch in center field, robbing Austin Riley of a go ahead two run home run.

Washington then came home for four games in five days with the Marlins. They split the first four with the rubber match set for Monday. Sunday’s 9-3 win featured an impressive start from Annibal Sanchez. The right hander went 7 innings and allowed one run on 5 hits while striking out 5 with 0 walks. 

Upcoming games- Finishing up the series with Miami then three at home with the Phillies followed by three in Boston

 

Philadelphia Phillies 

The Phillies started off a miserable week by splitting two games with the Red Sox. The win was a 13-6 output with the Phillies hitting 4 home runs and collecting 16 hits. 

Then the wheels came off. Philly dropped both games of a double header to Toronto in Buffalo. They held a lead in both games and their bullpen blew them both, but none more egregious then in the second game. Philadelphia led 7-0 after the first inning and lost 9-8, surrendering 7 runs in the sixth inning of a seven inning game. 

The bullpen blunders continued in Atlanta despite Philadelphia swinging a trade with Boston for two relievers. After blowing a 4 run lead on Saturday, Philadelphia’s bullpen was able to barely hang on to salvage the last game of the series on Sunday with some help from the defense. Center fielder Roman Quinn cut off a ball in the gap and relayed it perfectly to Didi Gregorius who in turn threw it to catch Andrew Knapp. Knapp made a spectacular play at the plate to tag out the tying run and seal the game and Brandon Workman’s first save as a Phillie. 

Upcoming games- Three in Washington followed by three at home with Atlanta