Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Series Preview

The Braves will have to beat Stephen Strasburg if they want to inch closer to winning the Wild Card.

The Braves have staggered toward the finish line in the NL Wild Card race, and it's not going to get much easier against the Nationals.

Atlanta will try to improve on its two-game lead in the Wild Card against a Nationals team that has won 11 of its last 14 games, including a four-game sweep of the Phillies. Stephen Strasburg returned to the starting rotation earlier this month from Tommy John surgery and will try to put a kink in the Braves' playoff hopes with six games remaining in the regular season. The Braves received some much-needed assistance from the Mets Thursday, stunning the Cardinals with a six-run ninth to win 8-6, reducing Atlanta's magic number to clinch the Wild Card down to 5.

Pitching matchups after the jump.

Friday, September 23, 7:05 p.m. EDT

Tim Hudson

#15 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

175

R

R

Jul 14, 1975

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tim Hudson 15-10 31 31 1 1 0 0 203.0 174 81 72 14 55 150 3.19 1.13

Stephen Strasburg

#37 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-4

220

R

R

Jul 20, 1988

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Stephen Strasburg 0-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.0 9 2 2 0 0 11 1.29 0.64


Saturday, September 24, 1:05 p.m. EDT

Brandon Beachy

#37 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 03, 1986

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brandon Beachy 7-2 24 24 0 0 0 0 135.2 120 58 54 16 42 160 3.58 1.19

Chien-Ming Wang

#40 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-3

225

R

R

Mar 31, 1980

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Chien-Ming Wang 3-3 10 10 0 0 0 0 56.1 63 34 27 7 13 21 4.31 1.35


Sunday, September 25, 1:35 p.m. EDT

Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

210

R

L

Dec 26, 1987

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Mike Minor 5-2 14 14 0 0 0 0 78.0 87 38 37 6 28 72 4.27 1.47

Ross Detwiler

#48 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-5

185

R

L

Mar 06, 1986

 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ross Detwiler 3-5 14 9 0 0 0 0 60.0 59 26 22 7 18 37 3.30 1.28


BULLPEN:

R - Drew Storen (closer)
R - Collin Balester
L - Sean Burnett
R - Tyler Clippard
R - Todd Coffey
L - Tom Gorzelanny
R - Ryan Mattheus
R - Henry Rodriguez
L - Atahualpa Severino
L - Doug Slaten
R - Craig Stammen

Hudson and Strasburg faced off June 28 last year with Hudson earning the win. Alex Gonzalez is expected to return to the lineup following a strained calf earlier in the week. A sweep, while not likely considering the Nats' peskiness, would definitely help the Braves' cause now that neither Livan nor Lannan will be in the way.

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