1st- Atlanta Braves- 62-44
2nd- Washington Nationals- 56-49, 5.5 games back
3rd- Philadelphia Phillies- 55-50, 6.5 games back
4th- New York Mets- 50-55, 11.5 games back
5th- Miami Marlins- 40-63, 20.5 games back
Philadelphia started off a light week with a two game sweep of the Tigers in Detroit. Rhys Hoskins knocked in the winning run in the top of the 15th inning of Tuesday’s game with a single, scoring Kingery after a leadoff triple. Brad Miller threw out a potential winning run for the Tigers in the bottom of the 14th to set up Hoskins’ heroics.
But then in the biggest series of the season at home against the Braves, the Phillies failed to show up for the first two games. With a chance to possibly cut their deficit in the division to 2.5 games, the Phils were embarrassed 9-2 in the first game and 15-7 in the second.
The Phillies were able to salvage the final game of the series thanks to solo home runs from Bryce Harper and Adam Haseley, a grand slam from J.T. Realmuto, and a clutch two run shot from Rhys Hoskins.
Despite struggling at the plate as of late (.185 AVG, .185 OBP last 7 games,) Realmuto has homered three times over his last seven games and did so twice this week.
Upcoming games- Six at home with three against the surging Giants and three against the White Sox
The Braves kicked off the week getting swept in two games by the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta was only able to manage 5 hits in the second game with no runs, wasting a good start from Julio Teheran. Teheran tossed six innings while allowing 2 runs on four hits and striking out 6, but was out-dueled by the Royals’ Brad Keller and his 7 shutout innings.
Atlanta turned around its struggles of late by pounding the Phillies in two of three games in Philadelphia. The Braves combined to hit 7 home runs in the series. They scored 15 runs with 5 home runs in Saturday night’s 15-7 rout.
After a torrid start to his big league career, 22-year-old Austin Riley has hit a wall. Over his last 30 games, Riley is hitting .194 with an OPS of .630. He has 43 strikeouts in just 98 at bats during that span.
Upcoming games- Three in Washington, followed by four at home against the Reds.
Unlike some other teams in the division, the Nationals had a busy week. Washington started off with a rain-out that caused them to play a doubleheader on Wednesday with the Rockies. The Nats were able to take 3 of the 4 against Colorado, including both games of the doubleheader.
Trea Turner hit for his second career cycle in Tuesday’s 11-1 win, finishing the day 4-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Patrick Corbin powered the second game of the doubleheader on Wednesday, going six shutout innings while allowing just three hits.
The Dodgers were able to finally cool off the Nats a bit, taking two of three over the weekend. The lone Washington win was an 11-4 victory Sunday in which Stephen Strasburg went 7 innings while allowing one run on just two hits and striking out 9.
Strasburg is 7-0 in his last seven starts with a 2.22 ERA over that span. In 44 2/3 innings, he has walked only 10 batters while striking out 53.
Upcoming games- Three at home against the Braves, followed by three in Arizona.
The Mets started off their home stand by taking two of three against the Padres. Robinson Cano had his first career three home run game on Tuesday, becoming the oldest second baseman to accomplish the feat. Thursday’s win featured 7 shutout innings from Jacob DeGrom with four hits allowed and 9 strikeouts to just one walk.
New York then swept the Pirates in three games. Steven Matz was brilliant on Saturday, throwing a complete game shutout in just 99 pitches while allowing five hits and racking up 7 strikeouts. Matz did not walk a batter either.
We knew the Mets would be an interesting team to watch at this week’s trade deadline, and it’s already begun. The Mets acquired Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96 ERA) from the Toronto Blue Jays for two of their top pitching prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson. However, it seems unlikely that they’ll stop there. Rumors swirl around starters Noah Syndergaard (7-5, 4.33 ERA) and the recently activated Zack Wheeler (7-6, 4.71 ERA). There have been reports the team is looking to trade one of them, especially after having now acquired another top tier pitcher.
Upcoming games- Six on the road starting with three against the White Sox, followed by three in Pittsburgh.
Miami started its week by taking two of three from the White Sox in Chicago. Rookie starter Zac Gallen earned the win in the rubber match of the series, going 7 shutout innings while allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 9.
The Marlins then came home to face the Diamondbacks in four games. So far, they have won two of the first three with the series finale coming on Monday. Friday night’s game was a walk-off win thanks to Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Miami traded reliever Sergio Romo to the Twins in the very early morning hours on Sunday. In return, Miami acquired first base prospect Lewis Diaz and minor league pitcher Chris Vallimont, as well as a player to be named later. On the season, Romo has made 38 appearances, going 2-0 with a 3.58 ERA over 37 2/3 innings. He has also collected 17 saves serving as Miami’s closer.
Upcoming games- After one more with Arizona, the Marlins will have three against the Twins, followed by two in Tampa Bay against the Rays.