Series preview: at Nationals
When (TV): 7:05 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Saturday (WPCH), 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Friday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.02 ERA) vs. RH Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 2.66)
Saturday 1:05 p.m.: Braves RH Ben Sheets (1-0, 0.00) vs. RH Edwin Jackson (5-4, 3.73)
Saturday 7:05 p.m.: Braves RH Randall Delgado (4-9, 4.52) vs. LH John Lannan (6-8, 4.60 in Triple-a Syracuse)
Sunday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 6.20) vs. LH Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.15)
About the Braves:
Batting: Freddie Freeman is on a 10-game hitting streak, while going 15-for-36 (.417) with five doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. Brian McCann has five home runs in his past eight games, including a two-run game-tying homer in the 10th inning of an eventual loss to the Giants on Wednesday. He’s on a nine-game hitting streak. Dan Uggla is 11-for-100 (.110) with 40 strikeouts in his past 30 games.
Pitching: Hanson is 1-1 with a 6.05 ERA in three starts in July after going 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts in June. One of those June wins included a 3-2 victory over the Nationals, after he gave up home runs to Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper to start the game but nothing else in seven innings. Hanson’s next win will match his career high of 11, set in 2009 and 2011.
Miscellaneous: The Braves, who enter this series 3 ½ games behind the Nationals, are only 2-6 against the Nationals this season. They are 35-45 overall against them since 2008, and 15-23 all-time at Nationals Park.
About the Nationals:
Batting: Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .388 (19-for-49) with five doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs in July. Bryce Harper has hit three of his eight major league home runs against the Braves. He went 8-for-16 (.500) with three home runs and five runs in five games in his first two series against the Braves and 2-for-14 (.143) with two runs in the last series against them June 29-July 1.
Pitching: Strasburg has taken three of his eight career losses to the Braves. He’s 16-8 with a 2.60 ERA overall, 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA against the Braves. He’s won two out of three against them this year though, while allowing seven earned runs in 15 innings. His only loss came when he had to leave a June 30 start at Turner Field after three innings with heat-related issues. Lannan has spent all season in Triple-A Syracuse but will be called up to start Saturday. He is 8-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 15 career starts against the Braves, including 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in five starts in 2011.
Miscellaneous: Closer Tyler Clippard’s ERA rose from 1.83 to 2.83 after he allowed three runs in a blown save Tuesday against the Mets and gave up solo home runs to David Wright and Jason Bay on Wednesday. The Nationals activated Drew Storen, who had 43 saves last year, from the disabled list Thursday. He’d been out all season following April surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow.