Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals

Ronald Acuna Jr. and the first place Atlanta Braves visit NL East rival, the Washington Nationals and their ace Max Scherzer. Can Washington get a game closer to the Braves for the top spot in the National League East?

How to Watch

Where: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA

When: Tuesday, July 30th at 7:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN. Nationals TV/Radio: MASN, WJFK/106.7 FM. Braves TV: Fox Sports South, Braves Radio: 106.7 FM

Team Notes

Atlanta Braves

After putting together a monumental winning run in June and early July, the Braves have hit a rough patch, losing six of eight recently.

The Braves are standing strong with a 97.9% probability to make the playoffs and 8.7% shot to win the World Series.

Atlanta has 6-1 odds to win the National League and 12-1 to take the World Series.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals have taken advantage of Atlanta’s recent skid and pulled within five games of the division leader.

Washington has a 54.5% probability to make the postseason and a 2.5% chance to win the World Series title according to Baseball Reference.

The Nationals have 11-1 odds to win the NL and are 22-1 to take the World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Braves: Julio Teheran (5-7, 3.42 ERA)

The Braves’ righty has been dynamic in July, throwing four straight quality starts in the month.

  • In his last start, Teheran threw six shutout innings against the Royals, while striking out six batters.
  • The Braves’ starter has gone five straight starts allowing two runs or less.
  • Teheran’s success has been tied directly to limiting homers, the righty has only allowed two homers in his four July starts.

Nationals: Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.41 ERA)

Scherzer has been battling a strained back muscle injury that has forced him to take stem cell shots in an effort to alleviate the issue.

  • In his last start, Scherzer was human, allowing three earned runs over five innings to the Rockies on July 25th.
  • The Nats’ righty did strikeout eight batters in that start.
  • Scherzer was held to just 86 pitches in the start against Colorado, to preserve his arm and protect the muscle from further damage.

Hitter Notes

Atlanta Braves

The Braves still have a winning record in July, despite their recent struggles, as the team has gone 11-8 in their first 19 games of the month.

  • OF Ronald Acuna Jr. is 4 for 9 versus Scherzer with a double and triple.
  • 2B Ozzie Albies is 1 for 13 against Scherzer with one RBI and five strikeouts.
  • 1B Freddie Freeman is 7 for 34 against the right-hander with two homers and three RBI.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals are 31-15 over their last 46 games, after going 23-31 over the first two months of the season.

  • OF Adam Eaton is 3 for 11 against Teheran with two RBI.
  • SS Trea Turner is 7 for 18 against the righty with one double.
  • 3B Anthony Rendon is 14 for 43 with three doubles versus Teheran.

Roster Notes

Atlanta Braves

  • SS Dansby Swanson has a foot bruise that has shelved him to the IL.
  • OF Nick Markakis has a fractured left wrist and has been placed on the 10-day IL.
  • SP Max Fried has been activated from the 10-day IL. The pitcher was on the IL due to a blister on his throwing hand.

Washington Nationals

  • SP Jeremy Hellickson’s strained shoulder has forced him to the 60-day IL.
  • SP Austin Voth has biceps tendinitis and is on the 10-day IL.
  • 1B Ryan Zimmerman is back on the 10-day IL due to plantar fasciitis.

Game Odds Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals

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