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Braves will try to salvage split against Scherzer

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Just a few hours after getting shelled by Washington, the Braves have no choice but to try it again. They’ll have to deal with one of the game’s best pitchers in the nightcap.

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Well then, the first game of today’s doubleheader was definitely one to forget. The Braves got clobbered by the Nationals and it didn’t help that Max Fried had to exit that game early due to a groin strain. The pitching didn’t recover after that, so now the Braves are going to try to salvage today’s double-dip with a split.

If they’re going to do it, then they’re really going to have to earn it because they’re going to have to go through Max Scherzer in order to do it. Scherzer really needs no introduction, as he’s currently on track for another great season and is doing things (12.22 K/9, 0.93 HR/9, 2.67 FIP) that we’re used to seeing from him. If he’s on his game then the Braves will just have to hope that their pitching can hold up into the late stages of the game so that they can at least have a chance.

With that being said, Atlanta has proven that they can get to Scherzer. Way back on April 4, the Braves did manage to beat the Nationals 7-1 after scoring five runs (two of them earned) on Scherzer and chasing him after only five innings. They also picked up two runs on him on July 22. Those were the only two runs that they picked up on the entire day as the Nationals eventually picked up an easy victory but hey, it’s proof that Scherzer is human, right?

Hopefully we won’t see the ultimate version of Max Scherzer from April 9. The less we talk about that one, the better. Speaking of good performances from the past, it would be nice to see Sean Newcomb repeat his performance from May 31, which is when he only gave up two runs over seven innings as the Braves picked up a win over Washington in that one. What we don’t want would be a start that’s reminiscent of Newcomb’s first start of the season and again, the less we talk about that, the better.

The easy takeaway here for tonight’s game is that both teams are probably going to go as far as their starting pitching will carry them. Washington’s offense has been on a roll lately, but if Newcomb can neutralize him then Atlanta will at least have a shot. That’ll be crucial since there’s always a chance that Scherzer could have one of his vintage performances that just leaves your jaw on the ground. Hopefully we won’t see it tonight and instead it’ll be the Braves offense that leaves the crowd at Nationals Park with jaws agape.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7, 7:05 PM ET

Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network