1st. Atlanta Braves- 31-22 (currently 3rd seed)
2nd. Miami Marlins- 28-25 (currently 5th seed)
3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 27-26 (currently 7th seed)
4th. New York Mets- 24-29
5th. Washington Nationals- 20-32
The Braves started their week by dropping two of three to the Orioles in Baltimore. The lone win was Tuesday’s 5-1 finish. Atlanta smacked 13 hits with Freddie Freeman leading the way with a 3-5 and 2 RBIs. Freeman is emerging as a late MVP candidate. He is now hitting .346 with a 1.097 OPS to go with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. Freeman is tied with teammate Ozzie Albies for the N.L. lead in RBIs and is second to Washington’s Juan Soto in average, OBP, and slugging.
Atlanta then traveled to face the Mets to finish a 10 game road trip. The Braves were able to take two of three, including a 7-0 shutout on Sunday. Starter Kyle Wright threw 6 ⅓ innings of one hit ball with six strikeouts and Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in four runs including a home run.
Upcoming games- Four at home with Miami followed by three at home with Boston to close the regular season
The Marlins started their week winning the last of their seven game series with the Phillies, going 5-2 in the seven games. Starter Pablo Lopez tossed seven innings of one run ball while allowing just 3 hits and striking out six.
Miami then hosted Boston for three, winning just one. That win came on Wednesday in an 8-4 contest. Jorge Alfaro had a huge day, hitting two home runs and finishing 2-3 with 4 RBIs.
The Marlins then hosted the Nationals for five games in three days. Miami was able to take three of the five, including a 7-3 win on Saturday. Garret Cooper notched 3 RBIs on two hits in that game to lead the Marlins’ 15 hit outburst.
Upcoming games- Four in Atlanta followed by three in New York with the Yankees to close the regular season
The Phillies dropped their first game of the week to fall to 2-5 against the Marlins in a critical seven game series. Their struggles continued after that, dropping two of three to the New York Mets. The win came Tuesday via a 4-1 victory. Jake Arrieta gutted out 5 ⅓ innings of one run ball before leaving the game with an injury that could all but end his time with the Phillies.
Philadelphia was able to rebound by sweeping their doubleheader with the Blue Jays on Friday, their first doubleheader sweep since 2012. The first game was a 7-0 win featuring a complete game shutout by Zach Eflin. It was the third shutout of Eflin’s career and fifth complete game. The second game was a 8-7 win that the Phillies came back from down 7-5 in the sixth to secure. Bryce Harper hit a huge double to tie the game and then Alec Bohm singled to take the lead.
The Phillies then split the remaining two with Toronto, winning 3-1 on Saturday thanks to 6 innings of one run ball from Vince Velasquez.
Upcoming games- Four in three days in Washington followed by three in Tampa Bay to close the regular season
New York Mets
The Mets started their week taking two of three from the Phillies on the road. Both wins saw the Mets come from behind for the win, with Thursday’s featuring 7 unanswered runs after falling behind 6-3 in the second inning. Brandon Nimmo hit a go-ahead home run as part of a four run ninth inning for the Mets to secure the victory.
New York then returned home for three with the Braves. They were only able to take one, a 7-2 win on Saturday. Justin Wilson came out of the bullpen and got Freddie Freeman to ground into a bases loaded double play when the score was still 3-2 in the seventh inning. The Mets offense then scored four in the eighth to secure the win, including a pair of home runs from Dominic Smith and Robinson Cano.
Upcoming games- Three at home with Tampa Bay followed by four in Washington to close the regular season
The Nats started their week splitting a two game series with the Rays on the road. The win came on Wednesday in a 4-2 contest. After taking a 2-1 lead in the ninth and promptly blowing it, Luis Garcia hit a two-run home run in the top of the tenth to retake the lead and ultimately win the game. Garcia, the youngest player in the majors at 20, has had a nice rookie season. The shortstop is hitting .318 with a .766 OPS and two home runs.
Washington continued their tour of Florida with 5 games in 3 days in Miami. They were only able to win two of the five, but one of the wins was a 15-0 blowout on Sunday. The Nats hit six home runs and logged 18 hits. Starter Ben Braymer went five innings while allowing just one hit and the Nationals pitching held Miami to just two hits overall.