1st- Philadelphia Phillies- 19-14
2nd- Atlanta Braves- 18-16, 1.5 games back
3rd- New York Mets- 16-18, 3.5 games back
4th- Washington Nationals- 14-19, 5 games back
5th- Miami Marlins- 9-24, 10 games back
The Phillies finally got a day off to start this week. Coming off of that off day, they lost to the lowly Detroit Tigers 3-1. The Phils managed only 4 hits in the loss. The next day, proving their offense is consistent in being inconsistent, they won 7-3 and belted out 15 hits.
After another off day they wrapped up the week with a series win against a very injury depleted Nationals squad. Rhys Hoskins hit his tenth home run of the year on Friday night, a three run shot that he went down around his ankles and drove out to left field. This home run put the Phils in the lead as they went on to win 4-2. Hoskins now carries a batting line of .291/.424/.632 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs on the season. He is third in the National League in RBIs, behind only Cody Bellinger (38) and Christian Yelich (36).
Upcoming games- A six game road trip with stops in St. Louis and Kansas City.
Atlanta began the week off splitting a four game series at home against former future Phillie Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres. Wednesday’s 5-1 win featured a brilliant start from Max Fried. The left-hander went 7 innings while allowing only one run off 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. On the season, Fried is now 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA.
And thanks to the Marlins, the Braves were able to move into second place in the division after a three game sweep in Miami. The second game of the series, a 9-2 win, featured a grand slam from second baseman Ozzie Albies. The slam was the third of Albies’ young career.
Upcoming games- Continuation of a very long road trip with three against the Dodgers and four against the Diamondbacks.
The Mets fell out of second place and dipped below .500 on the season. New York split a four game series at home against the Reds before being swept by the Brewers in Milwaukee.
The second of the three losses to the Brewers came in 18 innings after Ryan Braun singled in the winning run for Braun’s sixth hit of the game. The Mets are now 3-7 in their last ten games.
Upcoming games- Three in San Diego, followed by three at home against the Marlins.
The Nats started off a rough week by losing three of four to the Cardinals at home. They finished off said rough week by losing two of three to the Phillies. The injuries continue to pile up for Washington, as Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman, Juan Soto, and now Matt Adams are all on the injured list.
However, catcher Kurt Suzuki has joined an illustrious group that contains both Hall of Famers such as Chipper Jones and “Who are you?!”‘s such as Cody Ross as it is now official that Suzuki is a Phillie Killer. Suzuki has 5 home runs on the season. Four of those are against the Phillies, and three of them came in this weekend series, including a back-breaking three run pinch hit shot that tied Saturday night’s game an inning after the Phillies scored 5 that gave them a three run lead. His 10 career home runs against the Phillies are his most against any team.
Upcoming Games- Three in Milwaukee, followed by four in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
They won one game against Cleveland. They lost the rest of the week’s games. But, they are leading Tank-a-thon 2019 with only 9 wins, three less than the Orioles and Royals.
Upcoming games they will probably lose- Seven game road trip with four in Chicago, followed by three in New York against the Mets.