Series Preview: Nationals @ Braves

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Nats couldn't get the sweep against Philly, but taking 2 of 3 ain't too shabby.  Next up, a huge three game series in Atlanta against the Braves.  Here's how the battle for first place in the NL East shakes down:

  • Friday: 7:35 PM, Detwiler (3-3) vs Hudson (3-1).
  • Saturday: 4:05 PM, Strasburg (4-1) vs Minor (2-4).
  • Sunday: 8:05 PM, Gonzalez (6-1) vs Beachy (5-2).

The Strasburg game, which I would normally declare as a lock, has become a whole lot more intriguing because of the arm "soreness" following his last start.  That said, the game of the series has got to be Sunday night baseball with Gio facing Beachy, who has been the best pitcher on the Braves staff.

Sound of the Series: "45" by Gaslight Anthem.
This is a good summer song to get us pumped for a huge division match-up.  The lyrics, they go out to H-rod:

Have you seen my hands, just look at 'em shake.
Hard to blame the guy for feeling nervous at this point.  Who wouldn't be?

I can't move on and I can't stay the same.
You got to move on because playing the same is NOT an option.

and all my friends say…
We don't actually hate you Henry so listen up...

Hey hey, turn the record over. 
Hey hey, and I'll see you on the flip side.
Time for him to turn over a new leaf.  We'll be waiting to cheer him on once he does.

There you go, turn the key and engine over. Let her go, let somebody else lay at her feet.
We need Henry to move past this and start playing well, even if its not as our closer

Prediction Time:
Putting my reputation as a "baseball guy" on the line by predicting the outcomes of each series.  Feel free to yell at me in the comments or on twitter @dru90.

  • Braves win Friday.
  • Nationals win Saturday.
  • Nationals win Sunday.

Nationals take the series 2-1.   

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