Nationals play Braves, look to continue 5-game win streak
Washington; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Washington enters the matchup as winners of their last five games.
The Nationals are 19-15 against the rest of their division. The Washington offense has compiled a .253 batting average as a team this season, Howie Kendrick leads the team with a mark of .337.
The Braves have gone 14-11 against division opponents. Atlanta has slugged .461, good for third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a .605 slugging percentage, including 42 extra-base hits and 21 home runs. The Nationals won the last meeting 4-3. Stephen Strasburg earned his eighth victory and Yan Gomes went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Washington. Dallas Keuchel took his first loss for Atlanta.
Freeman leads the Braves with 21 home runs and has 56 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 17-for-42 with three doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 7-3, .277 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Braves: 7-3, .316 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Kyle Barraclough: 10-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot).