1st- Philadelphia Phillies- 23-16
2nd- Atlanta Braves- 21-20, 3 games back
3rd- New York Mets- 19-20, 4 games back
4th- Washington Nationals, 7.5 games back
5th- Miami Marlins- 10-29, 13 games back
The week started with a thud. The Phils were shutout by the Cardinals, and Vince Velasquez gave up three home runs and 5 runs overall in just 4 innings pitched. But as the Phillies have shown this season, they can bounce back in a big way after a bad loss. The team then won the next two games on the road against one of the NL’s best teams by a combined score of 16-1. Bryce Harper hit a grand slam in Tuesday’s win, while Wednesday’s win was powered by eight shutout innings with three hits allowed from starter Jerad Eickhoff.
Then of course, after two huge wins, the Phillies laid an egg against one of the worst teams in the league, the Kansas City Royals. Jake Arrieta surrendered three home runs, two to outfielder Alex Gordon, in the 5-1 loss. But the next day, they once again bounced back with a 7-0 win powered behind Zach Eflin’s complete game shutout. The righty went the distance by forcing 14 ground ball outs and recording 7 strikeouts for his second career shutout. It was Eflin’s second complete game this season.
Starter Cole Irvin made his MLB debut on Sunday and threw seven innings while allowing one run. The southpaw collected his first career win as the Phillies took the rubber match with the Royals 6-1.
Upcoming games- Seven game homestand against the Brewers and Rockies.
Atlanta started the week by getting swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The second loss of the trio featured Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner hitting three home runs and collecting 6 RBIs.
The Braves bounced back in a big way by taking three of four against the D-Backs on the road. The lone loss came in an extra inning game off of a Ketel Marte walk-off single in the tenth.
Upcoming games- Six at home against the Cardinals and Brewers.
New York was only able to manage one win against the upstart San Diego Padres on the road, a 7-6 win in the second game of the series. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo broke an 0-28 slump with an RBI single in the seventh inning, tying the game. Rookie phenom Pete Alonso homered in the ninth to give the Mets the lead, his 11th on the year.
The Mets then took two games from the Marlins at home in a rain shortened series. The first of the pair of W’s was an 11-2 blowout in which the Mets scored 8 runs in the first inning.
Upcoming games- Three in Washington against the Nationals, followed by three in Miami.
The tail spin continued to start the week. The Nats were swept by the Brewers, “highlighted” by a 6-0 shutout loss on Tuesday that saw three Brewers pitchers, including “opener” Adrian Houser, combine for 10 strikeouts.
Then the Nats had a strange series in LA. They won two of four, and in their wins outscored the Dodgers 11-2. Prized free agent Patrick Corbin threw seven shutout innings with three hits and eight strikeouts in the first game of the series. In both losses, Washington was shutout and lost by five and then six.
Upcoming games- Six at home against the Mets and Cubs.
The tank rolls on. They did win the first game of the week against the Cubs in Chicago by erasing a three run deficit to win 6-5. It would be their only win of the week.
Upcoming games they will probably lose- Two at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, followed by three at home against the Mets.