The Nationals visit Turner Field to face off in a three game series for the second time this season to take on the Atlanta Braves. The Braves (32-21) have won seven out of their last 10 and are leading the Nats in the NL East race by 5.5 games. The Nationals (27-27) are coming off a series with the Orioles, where they dropped three of four games.
On a plus note, the Nats offense is starting to wake up, especially in the home run category. Ryan Zimmerman in particular is seeing the ball great and making opposing pitchers pay for it. After the first month of the season Zim was only batting .226, with an OPS of .670, not what fans expect from him. However, since then he has raised his average more than sixty points to .290. He played in twenty five games in May and got at least one hit in all but five of those games. His most impressive performance came against the Orioles on Wednesday when he hit three homers. He was on the cusp to break .300, but he went 0-4 in the series finale against the Orioles. Even more encouraging, probably, is the fact that his throwing errors have almost vanished, which makes fans breath a lot more easily when a ball get sent to the hot corner.
The Nationals are still battling injuries. Jayson Werth is expected to miss the entire road trip to Atlanta, Ross Detwiler will miss his start in favor of Nate Karns and Manager Davey Johnson is keeping a close eye on Danny Espinosa ailing wrist. The good news is that Bryce Harper is expected to return for the entire series against the Braves. His bursitis has healed enough that he will take his place in the lineup.Read More