ACAA AL East Week 4 Recap

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The Follow-Up:

Philadelphia Phillies: 6-0 – Andres Blanco: .444 / 1 HR / 2 RBI

Sure, Blanco’s numbers in the home run and RBI column aren’t staggering, but for the six games that he played, he only had nine at-bats and surely made the most of them. The Phillies swept the Nationals easily, and also swept the Cleveland Indians last week, but each of those wins was much more earned than the last three. Each of the Phillies’ wins against the Indians were one run games, with the first game going to 11 innings in the end. Great pitching has gotten the Phillies in a groove lately, and the NL East could be much more interesting this season if this continues in Philadelphia.

Miami Marlins: 6-1 – Giancarlo Stanton: .385 / 5 HR / 10 RBI

It’s no surprise of the Marlins’ last week record if Stanton could put up those sorts of numbers in the last week. The Marlins took four straight games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was four of the six straight losses for the Dodgers last week. In 26 at-bats Stanton had a hit 10 times, walked seven times, and struck out 6 times, but he also had FIVE home runs in one week, easily making him the best player of the Marlins last week. Without Dee Gordon’s production, Stanton will have to put more of the offense on his already loaded back.

New York Mets: 5-1 – Michael Conforto: .440 / 2 HR / 8 RBI

With 25 at-bats, Conforto put up a staggering 11 hits, with five of them being doubles. The Mets completely the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, and nearly swept the San Francisco Giants as well. In the 12 run blowout in game two of the series against the Giants, Steven Matz pitched six innings for only seven hits, four strikeouts and no runs on the board. If the Mets stay this hot, look for them to be on top of the NL East by the end of this upcoming week.

Washington Nationals: 3-3 – Danny Espinosa: .211 / 2 HR / 4 RBI

The Philadelphia Phillies swept the Nationals in a three game series last week, and yet somehow, the Nationals are still atop of the division at 17-7. Espinosa only had 19 at-bats last week, and only came away with four hits, two of them being home runs. In the latter half of the week, the Nationals got it back together to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in a three game series. If the Nationals look to stay atop of the NL East, then they better not drop another series like last week, because the Mets are not trailing far behind.

Atlanta Braves: 2-4 – Nick Markakis: .273 / 2 2B / 6 RBI

Although, no home runs were produced from Markakis, he sure did drive in what little runs the Braves actually earned last week. The Braves are terrible this year, and people in the South are not happy about it, but it’s the rebuilding years, and they sure are going to be tough for Atlanta. Atlanta went 1-3 against the Red Sox, somehow avoiding the sweep, and then turned around to a three game series against the red hot Chicago Cubs. The second game of the series was postponed to a later date, but the Braves to the Cubs to ten innings on Sunday to earn their sixth win of the very early season. Julio Teheran pitched incredibly well that game, pitching seven innings with nine strikeouts and only allowing two hits.

The Dinger:

The Philadelphia Phillies were undefeated last week, and three of the games came against the Nationals, who are atop the division currently. Look for great pitching to keep coming out of Philly.

What to Look For:

Will the Nationals stay on top of the NL East or will the Mets come back to take the throne from them once again? Look for Bryce Harper to pick it back up last week after only hitting one home run.

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