1st. Atlanta Braves- 24-16
2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 19-17 (3 games back)
3rd. Miami Marlins- 17-18 (4.5 games back)
4th. New York Mets- 19-22 (5.5 games back)
5th. Washington Nationals- 14-25 (9.5 games back)
The Braves started the week with a three game sweep of the Red Sox in Boston. Tuesday saw a big offensive output with Atlanta scoring 10 runs on 14 hits. Marcell Ozuna hit three home runs and in doing so became the first National League player to accomplish the feat at Fenway Park. It was also the first three homer game of his career.
Atlanta then opened up a weekend series at home with the Nationals. They split four games, including a double header on Friday. Sunday’s win was by a score of 10-3 and saw Freddie Freeman hit his second grand slam of the weekend. The slugging first baseman is now up to 7 home runs on the year and a 1,000 OPS.
Upcoming games- Three at home with Miami followed by three in Washington
The Phillies stayed hot to start the week with a four game sweep of the defending champion Nationals at home. Tuesday and Wednesday were both shutouts and featured brilliant pitching performances from both Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. Nola and Wheeler combined for 14 ⅔ shutout innings while striking out 15 and allowing just 5 hits and 5 walks.
Philly then traveled to New York for a four game set with the Mets.They dropped two of the First three with the last to come on Monday. The win came Friday thanks to a strong bounce-back start from Jake Arrieta. The right hander went 7 innings while allowing 2 runs with 7 strikeouts in the 5-3 win.
Upcoming games- Finish series with the Mets, then a double header at home with Boston followed by seven games in five days in Miami
Miami beat the Mets 5-3 on Monday in a rescheduled game. A four run sixth inning helped propelled the effort and gave rookie starter Trevor Rogers his first win.
The Marlins then split a quick two game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at home. Trade deadline acquisition Starling Marte hit a go-ahead home run in his first game with the team on Tuesday, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead in the eight inning. Brandon Kintzler pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the year.
Miami then made the short trip to Tampa Bay for three with the Rays. They were only able to salvage one of the three games, a 7-3 win on Saturday. Sandy Alcantara keyed the win with 6 strong innings of one run ball on 3 hits with 8 strikeouts.
Upcoming games- Three in Atlanta followed by seven games in five days with the Phillies at home
New York Mets
After dropping the first game of the week to Miami, the Mets split a two game series on the road with the Orioles. Michael Conforto had a huge day in Wednesday’s 9-4 victory. Conforto went 4-5 with 5 RBIs including a home run.
The Mets then won a quick makeup game with the Yankees. Pete Alonso is having a rough sophomore season, but he was able to hit a two run walk off home run for the Mets to win the game 9-7. It was the first walk off homer of his young career.
New York then hosted Philadelphia for the first three games of a four game series. They were able to take two of the first three, including a blowout 14-1 contest on Sunday. Jacob DeGrom was dominant, inducing 35 swings across 7 innings with one run on 3 hits with 12 strikeouts. The Mets offense hit five home runs, two of which off of the bat of Pete Alonso.
Upcoming games- Finish series with Philly, then two at home with Baltimore followed by three on the road at the Blue Jays
The Nats had a rough week. They started the week by getting swept out of four games in Philadelphia. It appeared on Thursday they were going to salvage one game after getting shut-out on Tuesday and Wednesday, but their bullpen couldn’t hold on to a late 5-2 lead and lost 6-5 in ten innings.
Washington then traveled to Atlanta for four games in three days. The result was a split of the four games, with the Nats taking the second of a doubleheader and Saturday’s game. Despite their starting pitchers combining for six innings across the two games, the Nats offense was able to pump out a total of 20 runs to pick up their pitching.