The Atlanta Braves come home to SunTrust Park after a successful two-city road trip.
The Braves (30-24) went 5-2 in series wins over San Francisco and St. Louis and remain in second place 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the N.L. East, and they did it behind the hot bat of shortstop Dansby Swanson and left fielder Austin Riley.
During the trip, Swanson, the former Marietta High School standout hit .370 (10 for 27) with three home runs and six RBIs. Riley continued his hot start, hitting .276 with three homers and 10 RBIs.
If there is any concern about the offense right now, it may be strikeouts. During the trip, Riley, Ronald Acuna and Josh Donaldson combined to strike out 31 times.
Washington (22-31) had won three in a row heading into Monday’s series finale against Miami. However, before the Marlins series, the Nationals had dropped six of seven.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon paces the Washington offense. For the season, he is hitting .329 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He is getting help from 20-year-old Juan Soto, who is not suffering from any sophomore slump. Soto is hitting .288 with eight homers and 35 RBIs.
The Braves will host the Nationals for a quick two-game series before welcoming the Detroit Tigers in for a three-game set over the weekend.
Max Fried (7-2, 2.88 ERA) is expected to open the series against the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. Fried comes in a winner of his last three starts, and he has pitched his best games at home this season. At Suntrust, he is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
Strasburg (4-3, 3.25) has pitched his best baseball of the season over his last three starts. In those games his 1-1 and given up only five earned runs over 21 innings.
Wednesday, the Braves will send Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.33) to the mound. Washington had not decided on a starter by press time.
Wednesday will be NAPA cap giveaway night. The first 15,000 fans through the gates will receive a Braves cap designed by NASCAR driver, and Braves fan, Chase Elliott.
ON THE AIR
Both games can be seen on Fox Sports Southeast, and heard on 680 AM The Fan and Rock 100.5 FM.