The Braves dropped a seventh consecutive matchup, at the fault of a poor offensive performance against Washington, despite Jhoulys Chacin making a stellar Braves debut, hurling six shutout innings. Tuesday's loss sent their record to 0-7, tying them with the Minnesota Twins for the worst record in Major League Baseball to this point.
Now, in the third game of the series against the Nationals, the Braves will try to mercifully claim a victory and release a bit of criticism from the fans. However, that may be difficult as starting left fielder Hector Olivera was placed on administrative leave after a Tuesday morning arrest on a domestic violence charge. In his place, the Braves will start Kelly Johnson in tonight's matchup.
Atlanta will be facing Washington right-hander Tanner Roark on the mound. Originally, Stephen Strasburg was slated to start but has been scratched due to illness. This will be Roark's second start of the season as he allowed three earned runs in four innings pitched against Miami. As a back of the rotation for the Nationals, Roark always seemed to be in ace form when facing the Braves last season. In five appearances both out of the bullpen and as a starter, he was nearly unhittable, only allowing a maximum of two earned runs.
For the Braves, they will send Matt Wisler to the mound for his second start of the season. His first start this season carried some misleading statistics. Defensive blunders played a role in his high total of allowed runs, however, he pitched a quality game and has many things to build off of. However, success as seen in his last start, was not displayed last season at Nationals Park. In three appearances, Wisler tallied an astronomical ERA of 12.81. He will need to contain the Nationals power tandem of Bryce Harper, and yes Daniel Murphy to claim a long-awaited first win.
Date/Time: 4/13/16 at 7:05 pm EST at Nationals Park
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680AM The Fan/93.7 FM