Week 11 is over and the Phillies remain in first place. Atlanta made a move as they attempt to overtake their rival. Washington has won 11 of their last 15. The Mets have started to slowly creep up on the Phillies, while the Marlins offense has come alive. Now, here is this week’s NL East rundown. For those that missed last week’s issue, click here.
1) Philadelphia Phillies (37-28) (4-2 in the past week) (Last week ranked 1)
Philly managed to stay ahead of the Braves for another week as they were able to rebound after being swept by the Dodgers. They took two of three from the Padres and three of four from the Reds.
Jay Bruce is on a tear as he has hit four home runs over the course of a week with his new team.
Sadly for the Phillies, they lost former MVP Andrew McCutchen for the season to an ACL injury. He tore his ACL trying to avoid a tag when he was heading back to first base. McCutchen led the team in walks and was crucial to creating pressure on the base paths.
2) Atlanta Braves (36-29) (3-2 in the past week) (Last week ranked 2)
Atlanta was unable to overtake the Phillies as the lead remains at one game.
The Braves lost two of three to the Pirates, but then swept the Marlins. They won Sunday’s match after Ronald Acuna Jr. tied the game with a three run homer in the top of the ninth.
RONALD ACUÑA JR.
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) June 9, 2019
Matt Joyce hit a infield single to score the winning run in the top of the twelfth.
The 21-year-old Mike Soroka improved to 7-1 after he helped steer his team to a 7-1 win over the Marlins on Friday. He went eight innings, gave up one run, walked two, and struck out six. His ERA improved to 1.38 on the season. Soroka is just another breakout star for this young and talented Braves team.
3) New York Mets (32-33) (4-2 in the past week) (Last week ranked 3)
The Mets continue to stay afloat thanks to series wins over the Giants and Rockies. They took two of three from both.
Noah Syndergaard was lights out Sunday afternoon as he threw seven shutout innings and only gave up one hit.
Amazin’ Met of the game, series W style. Who ya got? #MetsWin@Noahsyndergaard: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 7 K@FlavaFraz21: 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI@Amed_Rosario: 1-for-3, 2 R@mconforto8: 2-for-4, 1 R, 400th career hit pic.twitter.com/1Fjcxr72Bw
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 9, 2019
Unfortunately for the Mets, Robinson Cano is back on the 10 day IL with left quad tightness. His absence will once again keep the Mets on their current path of .500 ball unless someone steps up.
4) Washington Nationals (30-35) (4-2 in the past week) (Last week ranked 4)
Washington has extended their hot streak as they swept the Chicago White Sox and then split a four game series against the Padres. Washington won the last two games of the series to split with the Padres after a heart breaking loss Friday night. Unfortunately, closer Sean Doolittle blew a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth as they lost 5-4.
Brian Dozier recorded his one thousandth hit on Saturday night, a two run homer off of Padres starter Eric Lauer.
Career hit No. 1⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ is also HR No. 182 for Brian Dozier!
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2019
Dozier has started to show glimpses of his former self as he is hitting .474 with three home runs and seven RBIs in the month of June. His return will be key as they have been lacking power towards the bottom of the lineup.
5) Miami Marlins (23-40) (3-4 in the past week) (Last week ranked 5)
The Marlins took two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers before they were swept by the Braves. Miami’s offense erupted against the Brewers. During the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game, the Marlins scored 11 runs as they won 16-0. Miami set a franchise record for the most runs in an inning.
Garret Cooper was impressive in that game as he tied a career high for four hits. He went 4-5 with a homer and is hitting .409 in the month of June.
NL East Player of the week
Jay Bruce, Philadelphia Phillies- Bruce was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Mariners on June 2. In his first week with the Phillies, Bruce is hitting .444 with four home runs and 11 RBI’s. He had two home runs including a grand slam in his Philly debut.
So far on the season Bruce is hitting .212 with 14 home runs and 28 RBIs.
Honorable mention– Noah Syndergaard, Garret Cooper
Atlanta Braves- Darren O’Day was transferred to the 60 day IL with a right forearm strain.
Miami Marlins- Caleb Smith was placed on the 10 day IL with a left hip inflammation.
New York Mets- Brandon Nimmo was sent on a Class A Advanced rehab assignment June 6. The team is hoping he returns anytime this month.
Philadelphia Phillies- Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Washington Nationals- Recalled Trevor Rosenthal from the IL.
With Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally off the market, the NL East trade market should start heating up. Look for teams to make moves to combat the Braves signing of Dallas Keuchel.
NL East Headlines
Braves sign Dallas Keuchel- Atlanta signed free agent starter Dallas Keuchel to a one year deal worth $13 million. Last year with the Houston Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 204.2/3 innings.
The former Cy Young winner will bring veteran leadership to a young and talented Braves pitching staff.
Washington went back to back to back to back- The Washington Nationals hit four consecutive home runs against the Padres on Sunday.
TO ⚾️ BACK
TO ⚾️ BACK
TO ⚾️ BACK
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) June 9, 2019
They became the first team ever to do this more than once and the first team to do it since they last accomplished the feat in 2017.
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