Series preview: at Nationals
When (TV): 7:05 p.m. Monday (SPSO); 7:05 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO); 1:05 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.38 ERA) vs. RH Livan Hernandez (5-10, 4.19)
Tuesday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (6-9, 4.52) vs. LH John Lannan (7-7, 3.63)
Wednesday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (4-2, 3.27 ERA) vs. RH Chien-Ming Wang (0-1, 9.00)
About the Braves:
• Batting: Dan Uggla extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games Sunday with an infield hit. His streak is the longest in the majors, and includes eight homers. By the numbers, he’ll have his work cut out to extend the streak against Hernandez, who has limited Uggla to 5-for-33 (.152) in his career. But Uggla doubled off Hernandez the last time he faced him July 15.
• Pitching: Jair Jurrjens has been “stuck” on 12 wins for his past three starts on three no-decisions, but the Braves have won each of those starts on their way to winning seven straight Jurrjens’ starts, dating back to a June 14 loss in New York. Jurrjens gave up a season-high six runs in five innings in his only start against the Nats this season, July 17, in a game the Braves rallied to win 9-8.
• Miscellaneous: The Braves lead the Nats 5-4 in the season series, after taking two of three July 15-17 at Turner Field. The Braves haven’t played in Nationals Park since the season-opening series which the Braves won 2-1.
About the Nats:
• Batting: Michael Morse leads the Nats in batting average (.310), homers (17), RBIs (58), on-base percentage (.362) and hits (101). Ryan Zimmerman had hit in eight straight, while going 15-for-35 (.429) with two doubles, entering Sunday. He’s hit .261 with nine doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs in 40 games since returning from a torn abdominal muscle June 14.
• Pitching: The Nats ranked 13th in the NL with a 4.47 ERA in July entering Sunday. Hernandez faces the Braves for the third time this year and eighth time in the past two years. He’s 2-3 with a 2.85 ERA against the Braves the past two seasons, but gave up six runs (three earned) in four innings on July 15. Wang is making his second start since coming off the DL where he’s been for nearly two years recovering from a torn capsule in his right shoulder.
• Miscellaneous: The Nationals are 10-18 under new manager Davey Johnson and back in last place in the NL East, at 50-56 entering Sunday. They snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 3-0 win over the Mets. The Nats had lost 8 of 11 entering Sunday since facing the Braves coming out of the All-Star break.