Apr 6, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) forces out Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) and throws to first complete a double play during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Vs. Washington Nationals: Live Thread

Apr 6, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) is safe at first beating the force attempt by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a brief glimpse of the oddities and irregularities of this great game we call baseball…

 

The Atlanta Braves weren’t putting together much offense from day 1 of the season, but the pitching has been surprisingly phenomenal (minus a few small hiccups).  The Braves took their first series against the Milwaukee Brewers, then took their second series against the Washington Nationals, which surprised many.  Then, just last night in the 3rd game of the series against the New York Mets, the Braves lost, and thus lost the series.

The funny thing is the Mets were swept by the Nationals in their first series, and then went on to win their last two series against the Cincinnati Reds and now the Braves.  They were able to do that just as they did with the Braves, by aggressive base-running, and timely hits, despite the massive problems they have with their bullpen.

The Miami Marlins were on what looked to be a tear, winning their first series (a four gamer) against the Colorado Rockies, winning the series against the San Diego Padres, and then getting swept pretty handily by the Nationals!  They were in first place briefly, and no one was too surprised with the pitching rotation the fish have!

 

What does all that mean?  

Nothing really, except that while it’s early in the season, it appears that the current NL East Standings, that have the Washington Nationals first and two games ahead of the Atlanta Braves, is likely what we’re going to see at the end of the year, at least if Atlanta doesn’t find out a way to stop the bleeding from their see-saw, hot-cold offense.  

Our beloved Braves will have a chance to do that very thing beginning this evening as the visiting Washington Nationals come to Turner Field for a three game series.  Based on the puzzle above, and the results of those games, it should be a test for the Braves!  The Nationals are ever-increasingly improving it seems, while the Braves will have one spectacular game, and then seemingly forget who they are the very next game!  Teeter-Totter, indeed!

 

Join Us For Our Live Thread!

Join us below in our Live Thread, as we’ll discuss the current and ongoing situations the Braves face with offensive woes, pitching questions, rotation questions, and a whole host of other team foibles.  Your thoughts, whatever they may be, are welcome, and will be met with glee! Okay, maybe that’s pushing it, but I guarantee you we love it when other Braves’ fans come and share.  Go Braves!

 

Game Particulars

  • Check out Brandon Woodworth’s Series Preview!
  • Who?  Washington Nationals (7-2) Vs. Atlanta Braves (5-4)
  • When? 7:35 PM EST (But join us EARLY in our Live Thread Below!)
  • Where? At Turner Field, Atlanta, GA, if you’re able to attend the game!  If not, it will be shown on Fox SportSouth!
  • Probables:  Tanner Roark (1-0, 3:00 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.77 ERA)

 

 

 

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