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Strasburg, Nationals visit Braves

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Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Nationals and Braves meet for the first time in 2019 after splitting 38 meetings in 2017 and '18, each team winning 19 times. Washington dominated the series in 2015 and 2016, going 29-9 against Atlanta. The Braves won 10 of 19 meetings in 2018, with each team recording 157 hits.
  2. After scoring 17 runs on 36 hits in winning the first three games of their weekend series against Miami, the Nats managed only two runs on five hits in dropping Monday's matinee, 3-2. The Nats are now 2-10 in games started by Max Scherzer this season and 20-22 when other starters get the nod.
  3. Atlanta took two of three games in St. Louis over the weekend, doing most of its scoring late in games. The Braves scored a total of two runs in innings one through five, but put up 10 runs in the sixth inning and later.
  4. Juan Soto is hitting .463 since May 17 with an MLB-high 19 hits (in 41 at-bats). Soto's six doubles in that stretch are the most among NL players and are tied for tops in MLB. In 13 games against the Braves (all last season), Soto has four homers, 10 RBI and a 1.082 OPS.
  5. Since the Nationals' franchise relocated to DC, Freddie Freeman is among the leaders in Nats opponents in hits (157, tied for seventh), home runs (18, tied for eighth) and RBI (82, tied for sixth). From 2014 through 2018, Freeman hit .353 in 80 games against Washington pitching.
  6. With a win on Tuesday, Max Fried (7-2) would become the first Brave since Tom Glavine in 2002 to win as many as eight games prior to June 1 in a season. Since World War II, only two Braves left-handers have won eight games by the end of May: Warren Spahn (1947 and '58) and Glavine (1991 and '02).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/28/2019 thru 5/29/2019

The Washington Nationals hope that veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg can build on his last two starts when they begin a brief two-game visit to face the Eastern Division rival Atlanta Braves.

Strasburg (4-3, 3.25 ERA) will face Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (7-2, 2.88) on Tuesday in the first meeting between the teams this season.

The Nationals had their three-game winning streak broken Monday when they lost a 3-2 decision to the Marlins. Washington had lost five straight prior to the four-game Miami series.

Atlanta did not play on Memorial Day. The Braves finished a 5-2 road trip on Sunday when they erased a 3-0 deficit in the ninth inning and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 in 10 innings.

Strasburg pitched seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in his latest start, which the Nationals lost 6-4 to the New York Mets on Thursday.

On May 18, Strasburg worked eight innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out seven in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. In his five May starts, Strasburg is 2-2 with a 2.62 ERA, with 39 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.

"When he's on, you can tell that he uses both fastballs -- two-seamer, four-seamer -- and (against the Cubs) curveball, changeup," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "But he gets ahead of hitters, and when he does that, gets ahead, he's tough."

Strasburg is accustomed to facing the Braves, having faced them 30 times, second most behind his 32 starts against Miami. He is 11-11 with a 4.07 ERA against Atlanta, with 199 strikeouts in 161 1/3 innings.

In his first five seasons, the Braves got the best of him, beating Strasburg in seven of 11 decisions. But over the past four seasons, Strasburg is 7-4 against Atlanta.

Strasburg last faced the Braves on July 20, 2018, when he only lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed six runs in an 8-5 loss.

Fried, who is in his first full season in the major leagues, has won each of his past three starts. During that stretch, he has pitched 17 innings and allowed five runs (2.65 ERA). That includes a six-inning scoreless stint against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 17.

In his most recent start, Fried won Wednesday at San Francisco when he allowed two runs over six innings. In five starts in May, Fried is 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

"I definitely would have liked to have thrown a little better," Fried said after his 9-2 win over the Giants. "If the offense is putting up runs for you, I want to keep them down."

Fried will be making his third career appearance against the Nationals, his second start. He has only thrown three career innings against Washington, allowing one run on two hits.

The Braves sent right-hander Kyle Wright to Triple-A Gwinnett. He was recalled last week to provide some bullpen assistance but will return to the Gwinnett rotation. A corresponding move will be made Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 28, 2019

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