1st. Atlanta Braves- 19-14
2nd. Miami Marlins- 15-15 (2.5 games back)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 14-15 (3 games back)
4th. New York Mets- 15-20 (5 games back)
5th. Washington Nationals- 12-19 (6 games back)
The Braves started their week on Wednesday with a doubleheader in New York against the Yankees following a rainout on Tuesday. Atlanta was able to pull off the doubleheader sweep, winning by scores of 5-1 and 2-1. Ian Anderson, a 22 year old right hander who was selected 3rd overall in the 2016 draft, pitched six scoreless innings while allowing just one run on one hit and two walks with 6 strikeouts.
Atlanta then traveled to Philadelphia for a three game set and were able to win just the last game. It was a wild one on Sunday Night Baseball, with Atlanta scoring 10 runs in the second inning and barely holding on for a 12-10 win. The two teams combined for 28 hits and 6 home runs in the slugfest. Austin Riley led the Braves with 3 RBIs including a home run. Riley is starting to show signs of life, hitting .283 with 3 home runs in his last 15 games played.
Upcoming games- Three in Boston followed by four at home including a doubleheader with the Nationals
The Phillies have started to rise up the standings. First, they won two games in D.C. in a shortened series. The third game was postponed after the two teams decided not to play in conjunction with the cross sports decision to protest institutional racism in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Wednesday’s 3-2 win in Washington was the 1,000th in the career of manager Joe Girardi. Aaron Nola threw 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 8 strikeouts. Andrew McCutchen is scorching hot after a slow start to the season, collecting three hits in this game and is hitting .354 with a .967 OPS over his last 15 games. McCutchen also has 16 RBIs and 4 home runs over that span.
Philadelphia then came home for three against the division leading Braves. They were able to win the series after collecting victories in the first two games. Friday’s 7-4 win was a walk-off courtesy of Scott Kingery’s three run home run in the bottom of the eleventh to break a 4-4 tie.
Upcoming games- Four at home with the Nats followed by four in Flushing with the Mets
Miami had a busy week. On Monday, they won the rubber match of their five game series in Washington. The game was an 11-8 offensive showing. First baseman Jesus Aguilar went 3-5 and collected 3 RBIs to lead Miami’s 17 hits.
Tuesday saw the Marlins win both games of a double header against the Mets, shutting New York out in both games. The Marlins 9th ranked prospect Trevor Rogers made his debut in the second game. Rogers threw 4 shutout innings while allowing one hit and 5 walks while striking out 6 in the seven inning game.
Miami dropped Wednesday’s game 5-4 and Thursday’s game was postponed as part of the social injustice protest across sports.
The Marlins then came home for three against interstate rival Tampa Bay. The series didn’t go their way however, as they were swept by the Rays. Miami was shut out in the first two games and mustered just 8 total hits.
Upcoming games- Rescheduled game in New York followed by two in Buffalo with the Blue Jays and then three in Tampa Bay
New York Mets
The Mets started their week getting swept out and shut out in a double header with the Marlins. New York was able to muster 12 hits in the 14 innings but could not ind a way to score. But they were able to secure a 5-4 win on Wednesday, despite Miami tying the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning. Wilson Ramos singled home Billy Hamilton in the eight inning to retake the lead and ultimately win the game.
Thursday’s game was not played as a part of the cross sports protest. The Marlins and Mets players took the field then left, leaving a Black Lives Matter shirt on home plate.
The Mets then played 5 games in 3 days in the Bronx as the subway series with the Yankees was renewed. They were able to win two of those five games, both of which happened in Friday’s doubleheader. The second win was a 4-3 walk off at Yankee Stadium. Amed Rosario became the first player to hit a walk off home run as a visitor since 1899. 2020 baseball at its finest.
Upcoming games- Rescheduled game with Miami followed by two in Baltimore, one at home with the Yankees, then four in Philadelphia
Washington started its week with three straight losses, all at home. First, they dropped the finale of a five game series with Miami by a score of 11-8. Then, they dropped both games of a shortened three game series with the Phillies.
The Nats then traveled to Boston where they dropped two of three. The lone win came in Friday’s 10-2 contest. Max Scherzer struck out 11 while allowing one run in six innings and the Nats offense clobbered 16 hits and three home runs. After missing the beginning of the season due to contracting COVID-19, Juan Soto has continued to show why he’s one of the best players in the game. The 21 year old superstar is leading the majors in OPS with a 1.189 mark and is tied in average with his teammate Trea Turner at .360.