Nationals take 5-game losing streak into matchup with Braves
Washington Nationals (21-29, fifth in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (25-26, second in the NL East)
Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 4.43 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 20 strikeouts) Braves: Max Fried (2-2, 4.63 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 34 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Washington enters the game as losers of their last five games.
The Braves are 12-12 against the rest of their division. Atlanta has slugged .435, the highest in the National League. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the club with a .618 slugging percentage, including 25 extra-base hits and 16 home runs.
The Nationals have gone 6-10 against division opponents. Washington leads the National League in hitting with a .250 batting average, Trea Turner leads the team with an average of .303.
The Braves won the last meeting 5-3. Charlie Morton recorded his fourth victory and Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Atlanta. Joe Ross registered his fifth loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 16 home runs and is batting .283.
Turner leads the Nationals with 10 home runs and is batting .303.
LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .267 batting average, 3.14 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs
Nationals: 4-6, .244 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored by eight runs
INJURIES: Braves: Huascar Ynoa: (hand), Touki Toussaint: (right shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Cristian Pache: (hamstring), Marcell Ozuna: (hand), Alex Jackson: (left hamstring), Travis d’Arnaud: (left thumb).
Nationals: Will Harris: (hand), Erick Fedde: (undisclosed), Luis Avilan: (elbow).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.