1st- Atlanta Braves- 46-32
2nd- Philadelphia Phillies- 39-38, 6.5 games back
3rd- Washington Nationals- 37-40, 8.5 back
4th- New York Mets- 37-41, 9 games back
5th Miami Marlins- 30-46, 15 games back
We are rapidly approaching the point where someone needs to lose their job. The Phillies extended their losing streak to seven games. They haven’t won a game since June 15th. They are 6-14 in June. They are 1-9 in their last 10. They can’t hit, and on the rare occasion they do hit, they can’t hold the lead.
This week in getting swept, the Nationals and the lowly Marlins were the lucky winners. Luckily because of rain the Nats series was only a three game sweep instead of four.
Here’s some fun (?) losing streak stats for you: outscored 43-13, slash line of .212/.303/.337, staff ERA of 6.30, out-homered 12-5, 24.7% strikeout percentage.
Upcoming games- Four at home against the Mets, followed by three in Miami
The Phillies tailspin is the Braves opportunity. While the Phillies struggle to score runs, the Braves can’t stop scoring. They are averaging 7 runs per game in June.
The Braves took two of three from the Mets to start the week, scoring a combined 19 runs in the two wins. Atlanta hit seven home runs in the series.
Atlanta was then able to take two of three from the Nationals in Washington, with the rubber match being a 4-3 win in ten innings. The Braves were able to rally after brilliant rookie starter Mike Soroka left the game after two innings with an apparent injury after getting hit in the arm.
One of the biggest stories for the Braves this week was that Atlanta optioned starter Mike Foltynewicz to Triple A. After a good 2018, Foltynewicz has a 2-5 record with a 6.37 ERA in 2019.
Upcoming games- Continuation of a long road trip with four at Wrigley, followed by three in New York against the Mets
The Nats swept a rain shortened series against the Phillies, including taking both games of a doubleheader to start their week of games. The second game of the doubleheader featured Max Scherzer, broken nose and all, throwing 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
Washington then hosted Atlanta and dropped two of three to the surging Braves. The lone win being Friday’s 4-3 affair that was sparked by a three run inning for Washington in the 4th against new Braves starter Dallas Keuchel.
Upcoming games- Three in Miami, followed by three in Detroit
The Mets dropped two of three in Atlanta to start their week. The lone win was a 10-2 rout, a game where Pete Alonso continued his rookie of the year campaign with his 24th home run and Jacob DeGrom went 8 1/3 while being charged with two runs.
New York then traveled to Wrigley where they were able to take two of three from the Cubs. The Mets were six outs away from a sweep on Sunday, but they blew a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth and allowed three runs in the inning.
Upcoming games- Four in Philadelphia, followed by three at home against the Braves
Miami started the week splitting a four game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The second win featured a 7-6 win in extra innings courtesy of a home run from J.T. Riddle in the 11th inning.
The Marlins then swept the Phillies in three games in Philadelphia. The second win featured catcher Wilkin Castillo getting his first MLB hit since 2009, a double with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Marlins the lead and ultimately the win.
Upcoming games- Six games at home with three against the Nationals and three against the Phillies.