MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington0 0 8 0 2 0 0 3 0 13160
Atlanta1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4100
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  W: S. Strasburg (12-4)   L: K. Wright (0-3)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)6:20 PM CT, July 18, 2019
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 39,363

Nationals, Braves ready for four-game set

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Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Nationals have won 13 of their last 17 while posting an NL-leading 2.72 ERA since June 25. In those 17 games since June 25, the Nats have allowed two runs or less 10 times, tied with the A's for the most in the majors.
  2. The Nationals' last 17 games came against the Marlins, Tigers, Royals, Phillies and Orioles. The combined .379 winning percentage of those teams -- based on their current records -- was the easiest strength of schedule since June 25. The Nats' next 17 games come against the Braves, Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks -- teams with a .565 winning percentage -- the highest in MLB between July 18-August 4.
  3. Mike Soroka, who is scheduled to start Friday, tossed seven shutout innings in Sunday's 4-1 win at San Diego. Since losing his season debut, Soroka is 10-0 with a 2.27 ERA in his last 15 starts to become the first Braves starter to win 10 consecutive decisions since Greg Maddux in 2001.
  4. Stephen Strasburg, who takes the ball in the opener, has won each of his two starts against the Braves this season. Since 2000, only Cole Hamels (16) has more victories over the Braves than Strasburg's 13.
  5. Anthony Rendon is slashing .464/.531/.821 with two homers, four doubles, five RBI and six runs during a seven-game road hitting streak. On the season, the All-Star third baseman leads the NL in OBP (.507) and slugging percentage (1.049) when leading off an inning (min. 60 PAs).
  6. Josh Donaldson homered and drove in all four of Atlanta's runs in Wednesday's 5-4 loss in Milwaukee. He has five home runs in his last seven games and his seven homers this month are tied with the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger for the most in the NL while his 16 RBI lead the league.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

If the Washington Nationals hope to run down the Braves in the National League East, this weekend's four-game series at Atlanta's SunTrust Park might be a good time to get started.

The series between the division-leading Braves and the second-place Nationals is only the third time the clubs have met this year. The Braves won two of three when the clubs met most recently, June 21-23, in Washington. The Nationals lead the season series 3-2. The teams still have four series remaining, and they meet seven times in the final month.

The Braves are not making it easy for Washington to make up ground. Atlanta opened the second half by going 4-2 on the road, but the Braves dropped the final two in a three-game series at Milwaukee.

"We're a really good ballclub," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "You'll go through stretches like this and we're playing good competition. We've got to regroup and win a series starting (Thursday). It's going to be a big series, but until you clinch the division, every series is a big series."

The Nationals are getting a break from the schedule. They will not face Atlanta's Dallas Keuchel nor 10-game winner Max Fried, who went on the injured list Tuesday due to a blister on his left index finger.

The Braves, likewise, may not face Washington ace Max Scherzer. Out due to a mild back sprain, the right-hander is eligible to come off the injured list on Saturday, although manager Dave Martinez wouldn't commit to sticking Scherzer back in the rotation until seeing him throw a bullpen session.

"He's tough," Martinez said. "He wants to compete every day, and right now, he's competing with himself. He wants to pitch. He was upset he didn't pitch the other day. I told him, 'We need you for the long haul. If it's one start here or one start there, we gotta get you right.'"

The first game of the series will feature Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) against Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (11-4, 3.46).

Teheran pitched well in his first post-All-Star-break start. He gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. He received no decision for the third straight start. In two July starts, Teheran has a 1.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Teheran will be making his 22nd career start against Washington. He is 6-6 with a 4.13 ERA against the Nationals but has not faced them this season. Teheran was 0-2 against Washington in 2018. He has allowed more home runs to the Nationals (19) than any other club in his career.

Strasburg beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday in his first start after the All-Star break. He worked around seven hits, threw six scoreless innings and struck out six. He has made two starts in July and has not allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings.

Strasburg will be making his 33rd career start against the Braves -- he's only started more often against Miami (34). He's 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA against Atlanta, posting 215 strikeouts in 174 1/3 innings.

Strasburg is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Braves this season, allowing five runs in 13 innings with 16 strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 18, 2019

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