Gio Gonzalez (10-9, 4.14 ERA) and Williams Perez (2-2, 4.62 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (80-57) and the Atlanta Braves (54-84) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 6-4, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on MAS2 and FSSE.
Gonzalez pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. Daniel Murphy (.340, 82 Rs, 25 HRs, 98 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Perez went 4.1 innings, surrendering six runs and striking out two in a 7-2 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.295, 85 Rs, 29 HRs, 72 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The Nationals hold a 40-18 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Braves currently sit at 24-31 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 managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are heading in with a 42-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 42-20. The Nationals have a 60-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Atlanta sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 529 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 652.
Ranking 29th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Washington ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .759.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 26-65. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 45-45 record.