In the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (79-57) and the Atlanta Braves (54-83) at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89 ERA) and Ryan Weber (1-0, 5.24 ERA) take the mound. The Braves enter this series on a six-game winning streak. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and will air on MAS2 and FSSE.
In his last start, Scherzer pitched 8.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Phillies. Daniel Murphy (.340, 82 Rs, 25 HRs, 98 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were unsuccessful against the Giants 13-4 the last time Weber pitched. He went 1.1 innings, giving up zero runs. Freddie Freeman (.294, 85 Rs, 29 HRs, 71 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Braves, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Nationals hold a 39-18 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Braves currently sit at 24-30 in these games.
Atlanta has won 33% (16-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 59% (34-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 0-8 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-58. The Nationals have a 13-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 98 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 with 177.
Ranking 12th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 431 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 457.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 61-32. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 31-33 record.