Through two weeks of play, two teams have risen to the top of the NL East: the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. The Braves won their fourth in a row last night, and have now won nine of ten games after starting the year 0-4. Oddly, their record is powered by a high octane offense, as the Braves lead all of baseball with 84 runs scored through 14 games, or an average of six per game. The Nationals on the other hand, are 11-4 on the season, and are charging forth to the best record in the National League due to a 2.38 staff ERA. Their rotation has just a 2.03 ERA. The two teams won’t have their first duel for another five weeks, on the weekend of May 25th. Who knows where they’ll be in the standings at that time.
Game of the Night: Giants 4, Mets 3. The Giants put up a three spot in the third inning, and held that lead until the ninth. The Mets chipped away before tying the game in the ninth on a Josh Thole single off of Javier Lopez, who relieved Santiago Casilla in the ninth. The Mets rally wouldn’t last long, with the Giants taking the lead in the tenth on a bloop single by Hector Sanchez. Clay Hensley would close the door on the Mets in the ninth, and that would be that.
Pitching Line of the Night: In a losing effort for the Marlins, Carlos Zambrano had a great start. He allowed one run on two hits in seven innings, striking out six without a walk. Brandon Beachy of the Braves threw 7 1/3 shutout innings for the Braves, allowing four hits, one walk, and five strikeouts.
Hitting Line of the Night: Adam Dunn looked like the player that the White Sox are paying a ton of money to (finally), homering twice and driving in five runs against the Mariners on Friday. He also had a double for good measure. Eric Chavez of the Yankees hit a pair of solo homers in their 6-2 win over the Red Sox. Nolan Reimold had three hits, including a double and a homer, in Baltimore’s 6-3 loss in Los Angeles.
Spotlight Series: Rain, rain, go away. Yesterday’s game will be part of a day/night doubleheader today. The pitching matchups remain the same.
Other Games: The Reds beat the Cubs 9-4 to win the franchise’s 10,000th game. The Twins beat the Rays 5-4 after a late rally. Lance Lynn and the Cardinals shut down the anemic Pirates offense in a 4-1 win. The Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-3, turning a triple play in the process. Brian Matusz took a step forward, but the Orioles still lost to the Angels 6-3. The Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1, and Matt Kemp homered yet again. The Indians beat the A’s 4-3 being an uninspiring start from Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies beat the Brewers 4-3 on a late run off of closer John Axford. The White Sox pounded the Mariners 6-3 as Chris Sale struck out 11. The Braves beat the Upton & Young-less Diamondbacks 9-1. The Phillies beat the Padres 4-1 after a late rally.
Today’s Games: Anibal Sanchez vs Stephen Strasburg is a hell of a matchup in Washington. Clayton Kershaw goes for the Dodgers against the Astros, which might not end well. James Shields goes for the Rays against the Twins, and Jered Weaver takes on Jake Arrieta of the Orioles in a solid-looking game. Also, Roy Halladay against the Padres offense. That will be fantastic.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.