What to Watch For: 8/22
Atlanta Braves (70-53) vs. Washington Nationals (77-46)
RHP Kris Medlen (4-1, 2.03) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (7-5, 3.25)
The Nationals used the power of a pair of home runs and a dominant, 10-strikeout performance by Stephen Strasburg to dispatch the Braves for the second straight night by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday. Kris Medlen and Ross Detwiler, who have both pitched well of late, match up as the Nats go for the series sweep of Atlanta.
1. Werth RF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Morse LF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Desmond SS
7. Espinosa 2B
8. Suzuki C
9. Detwiler LHP
BEARD IS BACK
Since Jayson Werth’s return from a broken left wrist, the Nationals are 14-2 when he is in the starting lineup, as he is tonight. Werth has posted a .381/.466/.544 slash line this month, with seven doubles, a triple, 11 runs scored, eight RBI and 10 walks against just five strikeouts in 18 games played.
ROSS IS BOSS
Ross Detwiler makes his second start of the homestand tonight versus Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves. Detwiler is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA (4 ER/27.0 IP) and a 0.93 WHIP in four starts at Nationals Park since the All-Star break.
Per Elias Sports Bureau, the Nationals have won 20 straight games in which they have hit at least one homer. This is the longest such streak in MLB this season, in Nationals (2005-present) history, and franchise annals. The last team with a homer-and-win streak to reach 20: the ’08 Rays won 20 straight games in which they homered, July 21-August 22.