Game Details: Washington Nationals (21-29, fifth in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (25-26, first in the NL East)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Stephen Strasburg (1–2, 4.43) | LHP Max Fried (2–2, 4.63)
Date & Time: Tuesday June 1, 2021 | 5:10 p.m. | Game #51 / Road #23
Location: Truist Park | Atlanta, GA
TV: MASN 2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
SiriusXM Radio: 898
Game Time Weather via the National Weather Service: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Today in Nationals History:
2007 – Dmitri Young went 4-for-4 for a second straight night and matched Andre Dawson’s franchise mark for hits in consecutive plate appearances. Ronnie Belliard’s RBI pinch-hit RBI single with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Nationals to a 4-3 walk-off win over the Padres. The win was Washington’s first against San Diego in seven games at RFK Stadium. Cristian Guzman also tallied four hits, including the 1,000th of his career, a fifth-inning single off Jake Peavy.
Washington Nationals Game Storyline: Will the Washington Nationals Offense Ever Get Going?
Today, the Washington Nationals look to snap a five game losing streak as they play game #2 of four against the Atlanta Braves.
Strasburg will face the Atlanta Braves for the second time this season. In his previous start against them he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out eight batters. In his previous start, Strasburg allowed three earned runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work on May 27 against Cincinnati. Strasburg has faced Atlanta 35 times in his career, including once this season, and is 14-12 with a 3.94 ERA (84 ER/191.2 IP) in these starts.
LHP Max Fried has made a pair of starts this season versus Washington, going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA (6 ER/7.0 IP) while Atlanta has won both games. LHP Max Fried last started on May 23 vs. Pittsburgh and held the Pirates to four hits and one run over a career high-tying 7.0 innings, earning his second win of the season.
Roll me a seven
On Sunday evening, Trea Turner went 2-for-4 at the plate, recording his 20th multi-hit game of the season. Currently, Turner ranks in the National League in stolen bases (T1st, 12), hits (T4th, 61), batting average (6th, .303), fWAR (6th, 2.0), total bases (7th, 100), slugging percentage (12th, .498), and OPS (13th, .846). Additionally, Turner is 27-for-85 (.318) with five doubles, three homers, 13 RBI, seven walks, five stolen bases and 11 runs scored across his last 21 games…He’s hit safely in 15 of the 21 and has driven in at least one run in 11 of the 21.
S.O.B. (Studs off the Bench)
Nationals pinch hitters lead the National League in batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.369) and slugging percentage (.500). Pinch hitters as a group have a .303 batting average which is 50 points higher than the next best National League club (SDP, .253). As a group, they are 23-for-76 with four doubles, one triple, three homers, three RBI, seven walks and 11 runs scored. As a pinch hitter, Andrew Stevenson ranks tied for first in Major League Baseball with a .429 batting average (6-for-14).
Don’t Run on Gomes
Yan Gomes has thrown out nine baserunners so far this season, the most in Major League Baseball. Runners have been successful on just 57.1% (12-for-21) of their stolen base attempts against Gomes, the second-lowest mark in Major League Baseball behind HOU Martin Maldonado (53.8%). Over his last 22 games, Gomes has is 22-for-79 (.278) with three doubles, one triple, three homers, nine RBI, two walks, a hit by pitch and 11 runs scored…On May 5th he recorded a career-high five hits. The five hits rank tied for first in a single-game among catchers in Major League Baseball this season.
Game Lineups (Subject to Change)
Trea Turner – SS
Josh Harrison – 2B
Juan Soto – RF
Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
Starlin Castro – 3B
Kyle Schwarber – LF
Yan Gomes – C
Stephen Strasburg – P
Victor Robles – CF
Ronald Acuna Jr. – RF
Freddie Freeman – 1B
Ozzie Albies – 2B
Austin Riley – 3B
Dansby Swanson – SS
Abraham Almonte – LF
William Contreras – C
Guillermo Heredia – CF
Max Fried – P