Standings

1st-Atlanta Braves- 96-61- Won NL East

2nd- Washington Nationals- 85-69- tied for Wild Card with Brewers

3rd- New York Mets- 81-74- 4.5 games back of Wild Card with 7 to play

4th- Philadelphia Phillies- 79-75- 6 games back of Wild Card with 8 to play

5th- Miami Marlins- 54-101- currently own number 3 overall draft pick

Recap

PHILLIES

The Phillies finished up their season series against the Braves to begin the week. They took two of three with Wednesday featuring a strong start from Zach Eflin (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R.) Philadelphia finishes the season at 10-9 against the division champion Braves.

The Phils then headed to Cleveland where they dropped two of three. They need three more wins to finish the season over .500 for the first time since 2011. 

Upcoming games- Five in Washington, followed by three at home with Miami to close the season

BRAVES

Atlanta dropped two of three to the Phillies to begin their week. Their lone win of the series came in a 5-4 affair on Thursday in which Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 40th home run of the season. The Braves then hosted San Francisco and won two out of three. 

Friday’s win officially clinched the NL East Division Championship for the Braves, thus repeating after winning it in 2018. The game was a 6-0 shutout that featured 8 innings of three hit ball and seven strikeouts from Mike Foltynewicz. The Braves trail the Dodgers by just four games for the best record in the National League.

Upcoming games- Two games in Kansas City, followed by three in New York against the Mets

NATIONALS

Washington dropped two of three in St.Louis to the Cardinals to begin the week. The lone win came on Tuesday in yet another offensive explosion, with 6 runs on 12 hits. Howie Kendrick led the way with three hits, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. 

The Nats were then able to cling to their position in the Wild Card by taking two of three from the Marlins. However, Washington ends play on Sunday tied for the Brewers in the Wild Card. Milwaukee has been able to catch fire and go 8-2 in their last 10 games, including winning their last 4, despite losing Christian Yelich. 

Upcoming games- Five at home against Philadelphia, followed by three at home with Cleveland

METS

The Mets took two of three in Colorado to begin their week and keep their slim playoff chances alive. Marcus Stroman had arguably his best start as a Met on Tuesday, going 7 shutout innings with four hits and seven strikeouts at Coors field. 

New York then traveled to Cincinnati where they won two of three. Rookie of the Year favorite Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run in Friday’s win. He is the first player in Mets history with a 50 homer season and the first player in MLB history to do so in the same season as his MLB debut. (Aaron Judge had 52 his rookie season of 2017 but made his debut in 2016)

Upcoming games- Seven game home stand to close the season with four against Miami and three against Atlanta. 

MARLINS

The Marlins were able to avoid a win-less week by winning on Tuesday in Arizona by a final of 12-6. Miguel Rojas went 4-6 with three doubles and tallied 6 RBIs. 

Alas, the Marlins were able to reach the 100 loss mark on Friday with a loss to the Nats. They end play Sunday with the worst record in the NL and trailing just the Tigers (46-109) and the Orioles (51-105) for the worst record in baseball. 

Upcoming games- Four in New York against the Mets, followed by three in Philadelphia.