In the second of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (56-91) and the Washington Nationals (88-59) at Turner Field, Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (11-9, 4.27 ERA) get the start. The Nationals won the last game 7-2, and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and will air on FOX.
Matt Kemp (.269, 80 Rs, 31 HRs, 99 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Nationals were victorious the last time Gonzalez pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Phillies. Daniel Murphy (.349, 88 Rs, 25 HRs, 104 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Nationals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The Nationals hold a 48-20 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Braves currently sit at 26-38 in these games.
The Atlanta batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Washington has a record of 23-38 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Braves have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 43-22. The Nationals have a 67-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Atlanta has earned 575 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 697 runs.
Ranking 28th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .757.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 49-47. When the Braves allow one or more homers, they have a 27-70 record.