Braves Series Recap: A Disappointing Split With The Nationals

Tim Hudson's 200th win was the highlight of the series. - Kevin C. Cox

Atlanta's homestand started off with two great wins, but the Braves' offense didn't show up for the latter two games and they had to settle for a split.

While I imagine Atlanta would usually be alright with a split against the Nationals, this one has to feel a little bit disappointing. Atlanta started off with a bang, defeating Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez on back-to-back nights to open the series. After those victories, a series win seemed in the cards. But Jordan Zimmermann shut out the Braves, and Dan Haren salvaged the split for Washington with a shockingly good start.

Some takeaways from the series:

  • Atlanta scored 16 runs over the 4 game series, but 8 of them came in the Braves' game two win.
  • Atlanta's offense continues its boom or bust ways. In their two wins, the Braves notched 19 total hits losses; in their two losses, only 7 total hits.
  • Although Justin Upton only managed two hits this series, he also drew three walks.
  • The elder Upton continues to struggle mightily, however. B.J. was 0-11 with 4 strikeouts and a walk.
  • Chris Johnson had a horrific series, going 2-13 at the plate with 7 strikeouts. He also made a brutal two-run error in game four that would up being the deciding runs.
  • Andrelton Simmons had a solid series, going 3-12 with a home run and three runs scored.
  • Atlanta's starting pitching was terrific all series, allowing only eight total runs. If your pitching staff is only allowing two runs per game, you're doing well.
  • Tim Hudson notched his 200th win during game two, becoming the third active player in MLB to reach that milestone.
  • Hudson also hit a home run in that game, but it was aided by Bryce Harper. Harper had a leaping, full extension play on the ball, but it bounced off of his glove and over the wall for Hudson's third career home run.
  • With the split, Atlanta runs its season record against the Nationals to 5-2. Atlanta moves to 17-11 while the Nationals move to 15-14.
Atlanta will begin their first series of the year with the New York Mets later today. The Mets come in with a record of 11-15.
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