Next for Braves: Washington Nationals

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.

-Carroll Rogers

13 comments Add your comment

richbrave

July 31st, 2011
3:55 pm

Boo-Yah anothr win keep the PHILLIES feet to the fire.

Weaseal

July 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

It will be a Hot one on Wed that day game will smoke>>>

bruce

July 31st, 2011
5:33 pm

ok stubhub, here I come for Nats series…

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
6:09 pm

enjoy the series Bruce. Hoping for 2 out of 3. Expecting you to be screaming your head off…lol

Charlie

August 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Fredi G. is a complete IDIOT! His comments are scary STUPID. After a game, where a 15 year minor league catcher TWICE strikes out with a runner on third, with less than two outs. Fredi maintains “…we hadf the right guys up there…” Absolutely stupid. Brooks Conrad chimes in, after his inability to bunt, costs a run. Once again, the Braves Keystone Cops base running costs them outs and runs (as it has numerous times this year). It proves again, how fundumentally weak this team is. Chipper strikes out on 3 pitches, appearing to be about 100 years old. Gonzo, however kept his grip on the title of being the most unprofessional hitter in the major leagues. What a clown! That Gonzo for Yunel trade becomes a bigger joke, everytime Gonzo steps into the batter box.
The Phillies came from behind to win again yesterday. The Braves had 13 hits, and one run…the ultimate CHOKER TEAM. The Braves won’t be in the playoffs in 2011…not with Fredi G., Larry P., and their whack job bunch of hitters. A new center fielder can’t overcome a team so full of holes.

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

August 1st, 2011
9:56 am

Has tonight’s lineup been posted?

danny

August 1st, 2011
10:29 am

Good luck braves, we got Bourn but still have to face Lannan…I beleive the correct term would be “o for the century” against this guy. Wtih D. Lowe pitching against him too…need to win the series and hope philly loses theirs.

Guy

August 1st, 2011
11:31 am

Anyone else so tired of Charlie?

allan

August 1st, 2011
1:15 pm

Why is everyone saying the Phillies got their “missing piece” in Hunter Pense? After watching the Pirates get swept by them, maybe they’re right?

JMF

August 1st, 2011
1:22 pm

Although Charlie is a little harsh, two very good points: 15 hits and no runs and trading a career .300 hitter for Gonzo.

JMF

August 1st, 2011
1:24 pm

I still think Lowe should have been traded to bring up Teheran. Geez, the man has worn out AAA ball.

panamajack

August 1st, 2011
1:43 pm

Charlie is spot on the money, agree 100%

habberdash

August 1st, 2011
2:38 pm

I think Charlie is a hysterical whiner. Check the standings and let me know how the heck can someone complain so much about a team that is a perennial contender and is on track to make the playoffs again this year? I’d rather Fredi feed the reporters some nonsense line than publicly throw a player under the bus. He’s right about the bunting though. I get really frustrated seeing a batter (especially the pitcher) pop up a bunt.

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