Chopcast: Braves respond versus Nats, more tests await
FOX Sports South writers Knox Bardeen, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney discuss the Braves' series win over the Braves, plus a week that gets more daunting with the Dodgers and A's coming to Atlanta.
With Sunday night's win, Justin Upton (left), Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves improved to 9-4 against the Nationals this season.
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By ChopcastFOX Sports South
Mired in an eight-game losing streak and down in the National League East, the Braves responded by taking two of three from the division-leading Nationals, punctuated by Alex Wood's gem in Sunday's finale.
In the latest Chopcast, writers Knox Bardeen, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney discuss the National series, plus look ahead to a home stand that continues with four games against the Dodgers and three with the A's at Turner Field.
Also in this episode:
-- The gift from the scheduling gods as the Braves avoid the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw and A's Jeff Samardzija.
-- Leadership was a point of manager Fredi Gonzalez's pregame talk Friday. Who are and who should the Braves get that leadership from?
-- Chris Johnson's aggressive approach, which has already seen him strikeout more times this season (117) than last (116).
-- The weekend play of Justin Upton, who homered twice, and Freddie Freeman, who went 5 for 11 (.455) with a home run, two RBI and two walks in the series.