Aug 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) talks to Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Vs. Washington Nationals: Live Thread Game 2

Live Thread – Braves At Nationals – Game 2 – 7:05 PM EST

The casual fan may hear about the duel between Julio Teheran and Stephen Strasburg, key in on all the buzz that’s surrounded Strasburg in the last few years, and then just assume the Braves will have it tough in game 2.  They might, but a couple things come to mind when faced with that assumption:

1) In 2013, the Atlanta Braves achieved 19 hits and 9 runs facing Strasburg just five times.  That may  not seem like much, but the Braves have generally fared well against Strasburg, despite the hype.  Oh, don’t get me wrong – Strasburg is a strikeout machine when he’s on his game, but the Braves will hope to take him out of his game tonight!

2) Strasburg wasn’t very ace-like in his first outing this season against the New York Mets, where he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in just six innings of pitching.  I wouldn’t count on his second start being as bumpy, but when you couple his struggles against the Mets with his history of struggles against the Braves, and Atlanta could easily go up 2-0 in the series tonight.

 

Important Questions

I predicted that David Hale would step-it-up in game 1 against Jordan Zimmermann, and the young pitcher did just that, giving up 5 hits over 5 innings yes, but allowing ZERO runs.  Hale only struck out 4 while walking 2, but he got the job done inducing grounders at just over 46%.

Julio Teheran is a bit more seasoned as a big league starter than Hale, but similar questions face Teheran.  Can Julio step-it-up like Hale, and deliver a good outing against someone who at least on paper is a much better pitcher?  I think so!

Teheran gave up 7 hits over 6 innings in his first outing this season, but was able to limit the damage to just 2 runs.  Even though the Braves lost that game, Teheran pitched well and showed signs of the kind of command I expect from him this season.  It will be interesting to see how he fares tonight facing one of the toughest pitchers in the NL, and interesting to see how well the Braves will fare against such a good strike-throwing pitcher, particularly in light of the disappointing numbers of strikeouts the Braves have put up.

 

Get Caught Up, Then Join Us Live

Before tonight’s game and Live Thread, take a look at our own Brandon Woodworth’s Braves Vs. Nationals Series Preview for more particulars, and then at game time join us for our Live Thread below and join the conversation!  We’ll be talking about things in the game, things out of the game, and we always welcome your thoughts and comments.  Come help us root on our beloved Braves to get the win and take the series as they face their divisional nemesis for game 2 of the 3 game set.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Live Thread

  • fireboss

    Nobody pitching to Freddie

  • fireboss

    Little BABip help there

  • Glen Morrow

    Grand Slam would be nice here.

  • Glen Morrow

    Whoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

  • fireboss

    Danny smoked that #Braves #Hulkbunt

  • Glen Morrow

    Welcome back Dan Uggla

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Dan saying, “I ain’t going nowhere, dammit”

  • Glen Morrow

    wtg Ryan keep it going Braves

  • fireboss

    #DoumitDunit

  • Glen Morrow

    Braves Knocked Steven out of the game again . :) :):)

  • fireboss

    Strasburg and Clippard need to go on the DL for every Braves series and take Zimmerman with them

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Strasburg has always been over-hyped to my eye.

    • Glen Morrow

      Braves sure knows he is .

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Mets beat him up pretty good too

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Good run support for the slightly struggling Teheran

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Strasburg may be the official or unofficial “ace” of the Nats staff, but he’s not their best pitcher imo.

    • fireboss

      Jordan Zimmermann … Strasburg is unhappy there, has been since they shut him down. When things go bad it gets in his head and unlike Joe’s supposition he hasn;t grown out of it

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Totally agree.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Have to consider the source with any Joe Simpson “what is his bromance of the day” comments.

          • fireboss

            He’s been sitting too close to Chip for too long.

  • fireboss

    I like Detweiler. if they don’t need him send him south

  • Glen Morrow

    after getting the lead , julio walks the first person he faces , Not smart Jullio .

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Wha’ DAR joo doin’ Julio, mang!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Mmmm delivered that gift wrapped complete with bow, and greeting card Julio!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well Joyce gave us one back

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Danger, Will Robinson! Danger. Hope pep talk works, cuz Julio is hanging too many pitches

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Better pitch that time

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Perhaps he just likes lifting Joe

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    That helps pay your undeserved salary some B.J. Good throw

  • Glen Morrow

    B.J Wtg

  • fireboss

    BJ shoots him down #Braves

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    The Braves have a good chance if they can hold on tonight of course, to sweep the Nats with Alex Wood going up against Taylor Jordan in game 3. Very evenly matched pitching duels for the most part in this series.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Detwiler looks like a young Captain Kangaroo

    • fireboss

      I was thinking Jeff Foxworthy

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        haha yeah indeed

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I absolutely HATE B.J.’s swing

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Time for love, and a time for hate

  • Glen Morrow

    B.J going for the batting Title :)

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      <– slaps Glen with a wet sea bass

      • Glen Morrow

        lol.. Thought you would like that one .

    • fireboss

      BJ’s batting title = Lord of the Wind

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        BJ’s current swing seems to me to only help him be successful with very specific pitches, and very specific pitchers. Otherwise, he’s wiffing.

  • Glen Morrow

    Rocket by Freddie

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Freddie quietly getting it done all night.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    2 hit game.. It must be all luck of course :) No skill at all in making contact

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Some fan is drunk inside the beltway. Fitting right in.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    In other news, Tim Hudson is doing fair, but struggling a little in 2 outings with the Giants. He could play for the Nats and I’d wish him well. Miss Tim.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      After spending all that money in the off-season, and gathering pitchers like Floyd and Harang, I will always maintain it was (*&*^*^ up not re-signing Tim.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well I’m outta here. Mostly talking to myself anyway ;-) lol Going to enjoy the game for a change without my laptop burning my legs. L8r

    • Glen Morrow

      OK Chris See ya later

    • fireboss

      Gnite old man

  • fireboss

    Separated at birth

  • fireboss

    Julio winning without his best stuff is a good sign

  • Glen Morrow

    As bad as Julio has pitched only has given up 3 hits .

    • Glen Morrow

      Not saying he has pitched bad but not like Julio

    • fireboss

      yep he’s fought it hard and made pitches when he had to

  • fireboss

    Trying to claim his Ace title for going longer

    • Glen Morrow

      Right now Fred he is as good as we got . Alex wood is good and David Hale all are good pitchers. Can you say Thank You Braves Farm System.

      • fireboss

        Not saying he isn’t just didn’t see the point in him pitching the 7th but thi sis a wrap around series and saving an inning can’t be bad I guess

  • Glen Morrow

    As long as Thomas Gets them out he could have a Peewee Herman bag , I would not care

    • fireboss

      I remember Kimbrel dragging it a few years ago. That was hilarious. Before that Medlen in 09. My little pony has been around a long time

  • Glen Morrow

    Looks like we will be going for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.

    • fireboss

      Yepper that would be sweet

  • Glen Morrow

    Boy Nats stadium is very empty. I like to see that

    • fireboss

      I think they’ve seen this movie before and don;t like the ending

      • Glen Morrow

        I know they think it’s a rerun from last year . Personally I love the ending Fred.

        • fireboss

          I do too There’s nothing more fun now. It used to be the Mutts then it became the Phillies and now it;s the Nats.

          • Glen Morrow

            I don’t care much about either of them teams . We need to own our division like last year

  • fireboss

    Jordan “2 pack” Walden

  • fireboss

    The braves wrapped up a series win tonight by deflating and beating
    Steven Strasburg in his home opener. Tomorrow we go for the sweep. See
    everyone then

    • Glen Morrow

      Ok Fred have a good night , I know I will now.

  • Glen Morrow

    We will c u Tomorrow nats….Go Braves

  • Jeff Schafer

    Love the talk heading into the season about the Nats being better than the Braves