Today begins the ‘dog days of summer’ literally and figuratively in many ways as the Nationals start a 20 day period of 20 straight games with no scheduled days off on the schedule while traditionally being some of the hottest days on the summer calendar.
The Nationals will continue to not play Bryce Harper who still is experiencing the stiff neck. Tonight, it is Danny Espinosa’s turn for a rest day. Dusty has his speed team in for this game of Trea Turner, Wilmer Difo, Ben Revere, and Jayson Werth. Brian Goodwin had 14 steals this year for Triple-A Syracuse and can swipe a base.
Stephen Strasburg is looking to bounceback from his last start and could be encouraged not to leg out any triples today.
Atlanta starts righty Mike Foltynewicz and he is part of the Braves inconsistent group of starters and this might surprise you that his 4.37 ERA ranks second of the Braves starters only behind Julio Teheran.
In other news, it looks like Mat Latos will be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse for his next start.
Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves
Stadium: Nats Park, Washington, DC
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN, WUSA9, Fox Sports South, MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Trea Turner 2B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Daniel Murphy 1B
- Wilson Ramos C
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Brian Goodwin RF
- Wilmer Difo SS
- Ben Revere CF
- Stephen Strasburg RHP
From Draz is this video of Victor Robles 1st hit as he returns to Potomac:
— Andrew Ross (@drazthegr8) August 12, 2016