NL East Weekly Review 4/22-4/28

Standings

1st- Philadelphia Phillies- 16-12

2nd- New York Mets- 14-13- 1.5 games back

3rd- Atlanta Braves- 13-14- 2.5 games back

4th- Washington Nationals- 12-14- 3 games back

5th- Miami Marlins- 8-20- 8 games back

Recap

PHILLIES

The week started with what can basically be summed up as a disaster of a series against the Mets. Although the Phillies managed to salvage the last of the three game series, the first two saw them be outscored 14-1 combined. Bryce Harper got ejected, Rhys Hoskins got thrown at, and Jake Arrieta publicly called out the team.

Thankfully, the Phillies were able to take a much needed three wins out of four against the lowly Marlins. The offense came alive on Saturday night, scoring 12 runs. Nick Williams and Andrew McCutchen contributed with home runs and helped the Phils build a 10-1. After the pitching handed back eight of those runs, Rhys Hoskins added a much needed two run blast to secure the 12-9 win. The series was capped off with a complete game from Zach Eflin, the first complete game for the Phillies since 2017. 

Upcoming games- A quick two game home series against the Detroit Tigers, followed by a three game series at home against the Nationals.

METS

The Mets embarrassed the Phillies in a three game series to begin the week and then promptly lost two to the Milwaukee Christian Yeliches. Ace and defending NL Cy Young Winner Jacob deGrom has not been himself this season. Despite the previous week’s elbow discomfort, deGrom never went on the IL, but his struggles have continued.

On Friday, deGrom only went 4 innings and allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits and three walks in a 10-2 Mets loss. deGrom is now 2-3 with a 4.85 ERA on the season.

Upcoming games- Four at home against the Cincinnati Reds, followed by three in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

BRAVES

This was a rough week for the Braves. They dropped below .500 on the season with series losses against the Reds and Rockies. 

Perhaps the most painful loss of the bunch came on Saturday against Colorado. Entering the ninth with a 5-4 lead, the Braves bullpen gave up 5 runs and ultimately lost 9-5. Braves reliever A.J. Minter was charged with the loss and the blown save after entering the game trying to get the final three outs. Minter lasted only two thirds of an inning and allowed 4 runs. 

Upcoming games- Four at home against the surging San Diego Padres, followed by three in Miami against the Marlins.

NATIONALS

The Nationals, like the Braves, also ended the week with just two wins, one against the Rockies in Colorado and one at home against the Padres.

The Nats capped the week of on a high note, with a walk-off win in 11 innings against San Diego. First baseman Matt Adams played the hero with a solo shot to break the tie and win the game in the 11th. Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and recently promoted top prospect Carter Kieboom added in home runs of their own.

Upcoming games- Four at home against the Cardinals, followed by three in Philadelphia to kick off a long road trip.

MARLINS 

Does anyone really care? Well the Marlins took one of two against Cleveland and one of four against the Phillies. 

The win in Philadelphia was powered by Starlin Castro’s two run home run in the 10th to break a 1-1 tie. Starter Caleb Smith went six innings while allowing one run on three hits. 

Upcoming games- Two at home against the Indians, and three at home against the Braves.