Standings

1st. Atlanta Braves- 35-25, finish as N.L. second seed

2nd. Miami Marlins- 30-29, finish as N.L. sixth seed

3rd. Philadelphia Phillies- 28-32

4th. New York Mets- 26-34

5th. Washington Nationals- 26-34

 

Recap

Atlanta Braves 

The Braves started the final week of the regular season winning three of four against the Marlins at home. Tuesday was an 11-1 win that clinched the N.L. East for the Braves, their third straight division championship. Marcel Ozuna led the way for the Braves offense, going 4-5 with two home runs and five RBIs. Ozuna has had a career year for the Braves, finishing with career highs in average (.338) and OPS (1.067.) 

Atlanta then wrapped up its regular season schedule with three at home with the Boston Red Sox. They only managed to win one, an 8-7 win on Friday that clinched the second seed in the National League. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run-walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th to finish it. Freeman finishes with a .341 average and a 1.102 OPS with 13 home runs in an MVP-caliber campaign.

Upcoming games- Game 1 of the three game N.L. Wild card series against the Reds on Tuesday

 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins started their last week of regular season action by dropping three of four to the Braves. Thursday’s 4-2 win ended the losing streak. Starter Pablo Lopez went five innings while allowing just two hits and Jon Berti went 3-4 with two RBIs to fuel the win. 

Miami then finished its season with three on the road at Yankee Stadium. They won two of three, with Friday’s 4-3 win the most important. Jesus Aguilar’s sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning secured the Marlins first postseason berth since 2003. 

Upcoming games- Game 1 of the three Game N.L. Wild Card series with the Cubs on Wednesday

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies started the last week of the season in a fight for a postseason spot. However, they dropped three of four to the Nats to start the week. After dropping both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday, Philadelphia was able to salvage the final game by a score of 12-3. Zach Eflin threw eight strong innings while allowing three runs and Bryce Harper had a two homer day. 

With their postseason hopes on the line, the Phillies traveled to Tampa Bay for three with the American League leading Rays and failed to win one game. They needed to go just 2-6 in their final eight games to make the postseason. They finished 1-7. 

 

New York Mets

The Mets started their last week of games by dropping two of three to the Rays at home. The win was a 5-2 victory on Tuesday, powered by Seth Lugo’s 6 ⅓ strong innings of allowing two runs with one earned and seven strikeouts. 

New York then traveled to Washington to close out their 2020 season. They were only able to win one of four, a 3-2 win on Thursday. Rookie David Peterson capped off an impressive campaign with seven innings of one run ball. He finishes 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 games and 9 starts. 

 

Washington Nationals

The Nats began the closing week of their season taking three of four from the still-alive Phillies, including both games of a double header on Tuesday. The nightcap featured a two run walk off home run in the eighth inning from Yadiel Hernandez. The shot was the first home run of the 32-year-old rookie Hernandez’s career. 

Washington closed out the season with four against the Mets. The Nats were able to win three of four, including both games of a doubleheader on Saturday. Juan Soto finishes with the N.L. batting title (.351) and leading all of baseball in OBP and slugging. The 21-year-old is a strong MVP candidate despite his team’s losing season.