Open Thread 4/5: Braves at Nationals

Rob Carr

After the best four game stretch to start a season by an Atlanta pitching staff in the franchise history, the Braves will hand the ball over to Julio Teheran on Saturday night to face-off against Stephen Strasburg.

In the last twenty games of this NL East rivalry the Braves have handled the Nationals and shown them who's boss with a 14-6 record. While Strasburg is thought to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball his numbers haven't been all that great against the defending division champs, as in 13 starts since joining the league he has compiled a 3-4 record and has a 3.68 ERA. Teheran will look to stymie the Nats bats and pick up his first win.

Atlanta will look to get the bats going that have yet to heat up this season. They are last in the MLB in batting average (.183), but are first in the NL with a 1.29 ERA. Pitching simply beats good heating.

The lineups are as follows.

BRAVES STARTING LINEUP

1. Jason Heyward - RF

2. B.J. Upton - CF

3. Freddie Freeman - 1B

4. Chris Johnson - 3B

5. Justin Upton - LF

6. Dan Uggla - 2B

7. Ryan Doumit - C

8. Andrelton Simmons - SS

9. Julio Teheran - 1B

NATIONALS STARTING LINEUP

1. Denard Span - CF

2. Bryce Harper - LF

3. Jayson Werth - RF

4. Adam LaRoche - 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman - 3B

6. Ian Desmond - SS

7. Anthony Rendon - 2B

8. Jose Lobaton - C

9. Stephen Strasburg - P

NOTES: Freeman, Heyward and Uggla have all three had success against Strasburg, as they are a combined 27-for-64 (.422) against the hard-throwing righty and have gone #Yicketty four times against him.

The rivalry continues....

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