On April 27, the Nationals lost to the Braves 8-4 in Atlanta. Times have been different since that game, as the Bravos have dropped eight straight games to their NL East rival. The Braves return to Turner Field after a 1-5 road trip to face Washington and gain redemption.
The Nationals lost their eight game win streak after splitting their doubleheader with the Phillies on Sunday. Anthony Rendon had to be placed on the disabled list after a sprained left calf muscle. Rendon missed the first 52 games of the season. Bryce Harper also had to sit out the second game of their double header on Sunday against Philly, but he is expected to start against the Braves.
Atlanta will finally get to see Washington’s best pitcher, Max Scherzer. On Friday, Scherzer was denied what would have been his second straight no hitter, which also ended his absurd streak of 47.1 scoreless innings. Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmerman will also start during this series. Last series they both combined for 15 scoreless innings.
Shelby Miller is expected to make his second straight start against the Nats. Miller only allowed one run in his last start in Washington. Matt Wisler will also start for Atlanta this series. After a spectacular major league debut, Wisler have up six runs in 4 innings. The Braves also have another starting pitcher coming to make his major league debut, Manny Banuelos. He is being called up from the Gwinnett Braves and will get to face off against Max Scherzer. While he was in Gwinnett, he posted a 2.29 ERA but he also had a lot of walks, averaging 4.1 walks per 9 pitches.
The Braves are in second place in the NL East six games back behind the Nationals. Atlanta looks to catch up a couple games closer to the lead this series.