1st- Philadelphia Phillies- 12-9
T2nd- New York Mets- 11-10
T2nd- Atlanta Braves- 11-10
4th- Washington Nationals- 10-10
5th- Miami Marlins- 6-16
The Phils started off the week by taking two out of three at home from the team who was directly behind them in the standings, the New York Mets. The second game, a 14-3 rout, featured a 10 run first inning from the Phillies. Mets starter Steven Matz allowed eight runs without getting an out. It was definitely the bright spot of the week.
Gabe Kapler’s club did not fare as well in their trip to Colorado to end the week. Coors Field continued to be a house of horrors for the Phillies, as it has been in recent years. The Phils dropped 3 of 4 to the Rockies. Each of the three loses were infuriating in their own unique way, but perhaps none more so than Friday night. The Phillies left a small army of men on base with 19 stranded and were 1-15 with runners in scoring position. Not a recipe for success. Despite Bryce Harper’s first career five hit game, including a go ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th, the bullpen was not able to seal the deal. The good news for the bullpen: six innings pitched while allowing only one hit. The bad news: that one hit was a two run walk-off home run for Charlie Blackmon, with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the 12th.
Upcoming Games- A three game set on the road against the Mets, followed by a four game series at CBP against the Marlins.
The Mets lost both of the series they played this week, falling to the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals. New York’s starting pitching rotation continues to under-perform, to the tune of a 5.57 ERA. This is worse than only the Orioles and Red Sox. The biggest piece of news for the Mets this week are the injury concerns surrounding their ace Jacob deGrom.
deGrom was placed on the injured list after some discomfort in his pithcing elbow. deGrom, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, missed his scheduled start on Saturday in St. Louis. The right hander was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, but after throwing a bit Saturday and feeling better, that MRI appointment may be canceled.
Upcoming Games- The Mets have a tough home stand that starts with a three game series against the Phillies followed by another three game set against the Milwaukee Brewers and red hot Christian Yelich.
This week was a rough one for the Braves. They started the week by getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. The second of the trio of loses was an especially brutal 10 inning affair. In the top of the 10th, former Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle walked outfielder Adam Jones with the bases loaded to give the D-Backs the lead. Arizona closer Greg Holland shut the door in the ninth to secure the Braves loss.
With Friday’s game against the Indians being rained out, the teams split a double header on Saturday. The nightcap featured a Braves win after they trailed by seven runs in the second inning. Atlanta capped off the incredible rally with a five run ninth inning to take the lead. Ronald Acuna’s two out double scored two in the ninth give the Braves the win after their bullpen threw eight and two thirds scoreless while allowing three hits, none of which after the sixth inning. Atlanta was able to take the series in Cleveland with a laugher on Sunday.
Upcoming Games- A three game set in Cincinnati followed by three game series at home against the Rockies.
The Nats began their week taking two from the Giants at home. The second game of the series featured four home runs for the Nats from Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, Matt Adams, and Kurt Suzuki.
However, Washington ended its week on a low note, dropping two of three to the bottom feeder Marlins in Miami. The lone Washington win of the series came on Sunday. Stephen Strasburg was able to shake off his early season struggles to throw eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. Strasburg’s effort earned him a new Nationals’ team record for career innings pitched.
Upcoming Games- A three game set in Colorado followed by another three game series at home against the San Diego Padres
The Marlins continued to be the Marlins, starting off the week getting swept by the Cubs in Chicago and being outscored 17-2 in the series.
But hey, the Marlins finally won a series! They took two of three against the Nationals for their first series win of the season. The highlight of the series for Miami was roughing up the Nationals’ Max Scherzer on Saturday. The Fish pounded 11 hits through five and one third innings off of Scherzer and scored nine runs.
Upcoming Games- A quick two game set in Cleveland followed by a four game series in Philadelphia.