1st- Atlanta Braves- 84-54
2nd- Washington Nationals- 77-58, 5.5 games back, 4.5 game lead for first Wild Card
3rd- Philadelphia Phillies- 70-65, 12.5 games back, 2.5 games out of second Wild Card
4th- New York Mets- 69-67, 14 games back, 2.5 games out of second Wild Card
5th- Miami Marlins- 48-58- Eliminated
The Phillies were able to take a much needed two of three from the Pirates to start the week. Wednesday’s win saw Rhys Hoskins bust out of his slump and go 2-4 with an RBI and a walk in the 12-3 win. J.T. Realmuto also hit his 20th home run in the contest.
Philadelphia then dropped two of three to the Mets at home, thus failing to gain any significant ground in a weak Wild Card race. The lone win came on Sunday night where Scott Kingery ripped a clutch double to the left-center gap to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and give the Phils a 5-3 win.
Upcoming games- Four in Cincinnati, followed by three against the Mets in New York
Atlanta started the week by losing a make-up game to the Rockies on Monday by a score of 3-1. Rockies’ second baseman Ryan McMahon hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win it for Colorado.
The Braves then split a two game series in Toronto. The win was a 9-4 affair that saw the Braves score their nine runs on 11 hits to back up a short outing from Mike Foltynewicz.
The team then returned to Atlanta where they swept the White Sox in three games. MVP candidate Freddie Freeman put on a show in Sunday’s 5-3 win. Freeman went 3-4 with two home runs and knocked in all five Braves runs. For the season, Freeman is hitting .301 with 38 home runs, 114 RBIs, and a .973 OPS.
Upcoming games- Two at home against Toronto, followed by four at home against Washington
Washington split a two game series against their Beltway rivals, the Orioles, to start the week. The win was an 8-4 contest that featured the return of Max Scherzer from the injured list. The start was Scherzer’s first at home since July 25th, and he went 4 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on six hits and striking out eight.
The Nats then started a new winning streak by returning home and sweeping the Marlins. Saturday’s win was a 7-0 shutout powered by Stephen Strasburg’s 8 innings with 2 hits and 14 strikeouts. Anthony Rendon also homered twice in the contest. Rendon, like Freeman in Atlanta, is quietly building an MVP case. The third baseman is hitting .337 on the year with 32 home runs, 111 RBIs, and a 1.056 OPS.
Upcoming games- Three at home against the Mets, followed by four in Atlanta
New York was swept in three games by the Cubs in a crucial three game series to start the week. Thursday’s loss saw Cubs catcher Victor Caratini hit two homers off of Jacob DeGrom in a 4-1 Mets loss.
The Mets then traveled to Philadelphia where they were able to take two of three in a series with huge Wild Card implications. Friday’s win featured the Mets scoring five runs each in the eighth and ninth innings to win 11-5. Todd Frazier hit two home runs and drove in six RBIs in the win.
Upcoming games- Three in Washington, followed by three at home against Philadelphia
The Marlins continued their march to 100 losses by losing three of four to the Reds and then getting swept by the Nationals to finish a 1-6 week.
Their lone win came on Thursday in a 4-3 victory. Harold Ramirez hit a walk-off home run, the fourth solo home run of the game for the Fish, in the twelfth inning to give Miami the win over Cincinnati.
Upcoming games- Three in Pittsburgh, followed by three at home against the Royals