NL East Weekly Review 4/8-4/14

Standings

1st- Philadelphia Phillies- 9-5

T2nd- New York Mets- 9-6

T2nd- Atlanta Braves- 9-6

4th- Washington Nationals- 7-7

5th- Miami Marlins- 4-12

Recap

PHILLIES

The first game of the week started off great. The Phillies beat the Nationals 4-3, powered by Rhys Hoskins and his two home runs. The next two games did not go well. On Tuesday, the Phils blew a 6-0 lead thanks to another shaky Aaron Nola start and a complete bullpen implosion to fall 10-6 to the Nats. Then of course, they followed that dandy up with a 15-1 loss on Wednesday. But Aaron Altherr got to pitch and even got two strikeouts!

The Phillies were at least able to finish the week off with a series win in Miami. Friday’s game featured a vintage Jake Arrieta performance. Arrieta tossed 7 innings with 8 strikeouts to lock down his 100th win of his career in a 9-1 victory. Sunday’s game featured a 14 inning marathon that lasted 4 hours and 38 minutes. Jean Segura was able to golf out his first home run as a Phillie in the top of the 14th after Andrew McCutchen tripled, giving the Phillies a 3-1 lead. Phillie Jean’s heroics prevented the pitching staff’s brilliant bounce-back game from going to waste. Starter Vince Velasquez went the first five innings without allowing a hit and exited after six while allowing one run. Seven Phillies relievers took over and threw 8 scoreless innings and racked up 14 strikeouts. Victor Arano claimed the win for the game to cap off his two innings of relief in which he struck out all 6 batters he faced.

Upcoming Games: Three at home against the Mets, followed by a four game road trip to Colorado

METS

The Mets split a quick two game series with the Twins with the loss featuring the first Jacob deGrom clunker in quite a while. The reigning NL Cy Young winner only went 4 innings and surrendered 6 runs and three home runs.

New York was then able to take the first two games against the Braves in Atlanta before dropping the next two. Rookie Pete Alonso continues to rake, hitting a 118 MPH home run in the first game of the series. Entering Sunday night’s game, Alonso had a ridiculous 1.299 OPS, good for fourth in Major League Baseball.

Upcoming Games: Road trip that starts with three in Philadelphia, followed by three in St. Louis against the Cardinals.  

BRAVES

The Braves had their three game series with the Rockies cut short by rain which postponed the final game. However, the Braves were able to take the first two anyway.

After dropping the first two at home against the Mets, Atlanta battled back to split the series with New YorkPrized offseason acquisition Josh Donaldson hit a home run in each of the final two games, his first two as a BraveReigning NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. is starting to heat up. The young superstar was hitting .423/.500/.885 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI’s in his last seven games before Sunday night’s game. 

Upcoming Games: Three at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, followed by three in Cleveland against the Indians. 

NATIONALS

The Nationals took two of three from the Phillies to begin the week. In the three game series, the Nats outscored the Phils 29-10. Anthony Rendon had 5 RBIs in the series to go along with 6 hits.

However, they wrapped up the week by dropping two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. The one win of the series came on Saturday, a 3-2 victory that featured back-to-back home runs from Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick. Eaton’s home run tied the game in the eighth and Kendrick’s gave the team the lead. 

Upcoming Games: Three at home against the Giants, followed by three in Miami.

MARLINS

The Marlins continued to be bad. They started their week of games off by getting swept by the Reds in Cincinnati and were outscored 21-1 in three games.

However, they were able to avoid a winless week by taking one game from the Phillies at home on Saturday by a score of 10-3. Neil Walker, Brian Anderson, and Austin Dean all homered off of Phillies starter Zach Eflin in the third inning. 

Upcoming Games: A six game home stand that features three against the Cubs and three against the Nationals.