1st- Atlanta Braves- 66-47
2nd- Philadelphia Phillies- 58-53- 7 games back
3rd- Washington Nationals- 58-53- 7 games back
4th- New York Mets- 55-56- 10 games back
5th- Miami Marlins- 42-67- 22 games back
The Phillies started off their homestand by taking two of three games from the surging San Francisco Giants. Drew Smyly turned in another brilliant start on Tuesday, going seven shutout innings while allowing 4 hits and 5 strikeouts. J.T. Realmuto powered the Phillies 10-2 win on Thursday, going 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
The Phillies dropped two of three in a weekend series against the lowly White Sox. The series started off with a brutal loss. Philadelphia dropped the game in the 15th inning by a score of 3-2. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, and Scott Kingery went a combined 2-24. The team was 2-13 with runners in scoring position. Vince Velasquez played left field and Roman Quinn pitched two innings. It was an adventure.
In three games against the White Sox, Phillies hitters stranded 27 runners on base and went a combined 5-26 with runners in scoring position.
Upcoming games- West coast road trip with three in Arizona, followed by four in San Francisco
Atlanta started a busy week by taking two of three from the Nationals in Washington. The rubber match of the series was an extra innings win for the Braves courtesy of a Josh Donaldson home run off of Sean Doolittle.
The Braves then came home for four against the Reds, winning two of four. The highlight came in Saturday’s 5-4 win, yet another late game win with a Ronald Acuna walk-off single in the 10th inning.
Upcoming games- Four in Minnesota against the Twins, followed by three in Miami
The Nats started the week by dropping two of three the to Braves. The lone win came on Monday via a 6-3 margin. Anthony Rendon hit a grand slam to break a 2-2 tie in sixth inning.
Washington then went on the road to face the D-Backs and dropped two of three. The lone win came Friday in a 3-0 one hit shutout, powered by 3 2/3 of no hit ball from the bullpen.
Upcoming games- Road trip continues with three in San Francisco, followed by three in New York against the Mets.
The Mets started their week by sweeping three games from the White Sox in Chicago. Thursday’s win was a 4-0 shutout with not traded Zack Wheeler going 7 innings with 4 hits allowed and 7 shutouts.
New York then traveled to Pittsburgh for three, winning two of the three. Saturday’s game featured the Mets debut of Marcus Stroman, who was acquired at the trade deadline. Stroman went 4 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. The Mets were able to win thanks to former Phillie Wilson Ramos’ big day, going 4-5 with a home run and 6 RBIs.
Upcoming games- Four against the Marlins including a double header, followed by three at home against the Nats
The Marlins finished off a four game series with the D-Backs on Monday, winning three of four. Monday’s win was by a 11-6 margin where the Marlins scored the 11 runs on ten hits.
Miami then lost two of three to the Twins at home. The lone win was a walk-off in 12 innings to win 5-4. Neil Walker hit a two run single in a three run ninth inning to force extras and Harold Ramirez hit a home run to win it in the 12th.
The Marlins then traveled across Florida for two against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Fish dropped both games of the quick two game series, surrendering six home runs total to their cross state rival.
Upcoming games- Four in New York including a double header, followed by four at home against the Braves.