Braves @ Nationals: Game Preview (7/20)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, July 20, 2012

Braves vs Nationals
7:05 PM Nationals Park

Story Lines:
  • The innings limit of 160 for Strasburg has disappeared.  GM Rizzo is going to use an "eye test" to decide when to shut him down.
  • The Braves will look to start narrowing the 3.5 game gap between them and the Nats tonight.
  • Drew Storen is back with the Nationals after his lengthy DL time.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Tommy Hanson
    • 10-5 with a 4.02 ERA.
    • Last time out against the Nats he gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings.
    • Gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings last start.
  • Stephen Strasburg
    • 10-4 with a 2.66 ERA.
    • Last start against the Braves he only went 3 innings because of dehydration.
    • Pitched 6 innings of shutout ball last start.
Who to Watch:
  •  Dan Uggla
    • Hitting .538 with 2 homeruns and 8 RBIs against Strasburg lifetime.
    • Has 12 homeruns this season (on pace for 21).
    • Is only hitting .216 on the year.
  • Danny Espinosa
    • Hitting .375 against Hanson lifetime.
    • Has 24 extra base hits on the season.
    • Leads the team in stolen bases (14) and strikeouts (101).
Keys to the Game:
  1. Stras-time.  With the burden of the innings limit slightly lessened now, Strasburg will need to deliver a big time performance tonight.
  2. Quick Innings.  With a double header looming, a quick game is very important.
  3. Get to the late innings.  Storen, T-clip, and Burnett make a formidable end of the game combination.

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