1st. Atlanta Braves- 28-19
2nd. Miami Marlins- 23-21 (3.5 games back)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 23-22 (4 games back)
4th. New York Mets- 21-26 (7 games back)
5th. Washington Nationals- 17-28 (10 games back)
The Braves started a busy week by dropping two of three to the Marlins at home. The lone win was a wild one, a 29-9 victory in which the Braves set an NL record for runs in a game during the modern era. They notched 23 hits and 7 home runs in the effort. Adam Duvall hit three home runs and collected an eye popping 9 RBIs.
Atlanta then traveled to Washington for four games where they were able to take three of the four. Sunday’s 8-4 win was impressive because the Braves were able to tag Max Scherzer for 6 runs in 5 ⅓ innings. Nine of the Braves ten hits come off of the Nationals ace.
Upcoming games- Six game road trip starting with three in Baltimore followed by three in New York with the Mets
The Phillies started their week winning the rubber match of a four game series with the Mets. Philadelphia was able to erase a 7-3 deficit and win 9-8 thanks to a 4 hit day from Jean Segura with 5 RBIs including a two run home run in the 10th inning.
Philadelphia then split a doubleheader with the Red Sox. Rookie Alec Bohm delivered his first walk-off hit in game one, a single to left field that scored two runs. Bohm’s name has entered the rookie of the year conversation after starting his career with a .330 average and a .881 OPS with 19 RBIs in 30 games.
The Phillies then started a seven game series with the Marlins to be played in five days. The length of the series is due to the postponed games from earlier in the season following the Marlins’ COVID outbreak. They’ve started that series 2-4. The first game of Friday’s doubleheader was the first complete game shutout of Aaron Nola’s career. He went the full 7 innings while allowing just 3 hits and striking out 10 with no walks.
Upcoming games- Last of the series with the Marlins followed by three at home with the Mets and then four at home with the Blue Jays
The Marlins took two of three against the Braves on the road to start their week. Tuesday’s win was an 8-0 shutout fueled by rookie Sixto Sanchez. The young right hander went 6 shutout innings while allowing 3 hits and striking out six. Through four starts, Sanchez is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings.
Miami then hosted Philadelphia for seven games in five days. They have won four of six with game seven on Monday. They swept both games of the doubleheader on Sunday. Sixto Sanchez yet again had a strong start in game one of the doubleheader. Sanchez completely shut down his former organization with a complete game, allowing just one run on 3 hits.
The second game on Sunday was an 8-1 victory, powered by 12 hits, three of which from Starling Marte. Over his last seven games, Marte is hitting a strong .348 with 6 RBIs.
Upcoming games- Three at home with Boston followed by five in three days with Washington
New York Mets
The Mets started their week dropping the final game of their four game set with Philadelphia. They then split a two game series with Baltimore. The win was an 7-6 contest on Wednesday in which Pete Alonso hit a go ahead home run in the eighth.
They then traveled to Buffalo for three with the Blue Jays. The Mets were only able to take one of the three, a 18-1 rout on Friday. Dominic Smith led the way for the New York offense, hitting a grand slam as part of a 10 run fourth inning for the Mets.
Upcoming games- Three in Philadelphia followed by three at home with Atlanta
The Nats started the week sweeping a quick two game series at home with the Rays. Monday’s 6-1 victory featured a vintage Max Scherzer performance. Scherzer went 7 scoreless innings while allowing 6 hits and striking out 8 Rays.
Washington continued their home stand with the Braves. They dropped three of four, with the lone win coming Friday. It was an 8-7 extra innings victory. Michael Taylor’s RBI single in the bottom of the 12th clinched the win.