NL East Weekly Review: 9/23- 9/29

Standings

1st- Atlanta Braves- 97-55

2nd- Washington Nationals- 93-69

3rd- New York Mets- 86-76

4th- Philadelphia Phillies- 81-81

5th- Miami Marlins- 57-105

Recap

PHILLIES

The Phillies’ less than 5% chance of making the Wild Card needed a five game sweep of the Nationals. That sweep came to fruition, but the Phillies were on the receiving end of it. They were officially eliminated after the first game of the double header on Tuesday. 

But Philadelphia still had a chance to improve over last year’s record, albeit not by much in a still disappointing season. They came home and took two of three from the Marlins. Brad Miller became the first Phillie to have three multi homer games in a span of nine games. Miller did so over the last week of the season.

BRAVES

Atlanta split a two game series in Kansas City to start their last week of regular season play. The win was a 10-2 onslaught in which Josh Donaldson went 3-6 with three doubles and four RBIs. 

The Braves then finished up their regular season in New York where they were swept by the Mets. Atlanta finishes with the second best record in the National League, trailing the Dodgers by 10 wins. The Braves will play Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday, October 4th against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

NATIONALS

The Nats were able to eliminate the Phillies by completing a five game sweep, including both games of a double header. Stephen Strasburg was sharp in his final regular season start, going 6 innings while allowing one run on four hits and racking up 10 strikeouts. 

Washington once again was able to play the role of eliminator, knocking out the Indians via a three game sweep. Washington will play the NL Wild Card Game at home against the Brewers on Tuesday. 

METS

The Mets split a four game series at home with the Marlins to start their last week. Jacob DeGrom reminded everyone why he has a chance to win the NL Cy Young award again in his final start, going 7 innings while allowing just two hits and no runs with 7 strikeouts. DeGrom finishes the season 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA. That ERA is second in baseball for starters behind Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 2.32.

New York finished their season by sweeping Atlanta. Dominic Smith wrapped up the season by hitting a three run walk-off homer in the 11th inning for a 7-6 win. Pete Alonso broke the MLB rookie home run record by clobbering number 53 in Saturday’s 3-0 win. The likely NL Rookie of the Year will finish the season with the most home runs in baseball.

MARLINS

Miami split four games with the Mets to kick off their final week. Jordan Yamamoto finished his season with a career high 10 strikeouts in Thursday’s 4-2 win. The right hander went six shutout innings while allowing just one hit and three walks to go along with the 10 K’s. 

The Fish wrapped up their season by taking one of three from the Phillies. They will have the third pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.