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Nationals' Sanchez returns from IL to oppose Braves

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Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Nationals and Braves meet for the first time in 2019 after splitting 38 meetings in 2017 and '18, each team winning 19 times. Washington dominated the series in 2015 and 2016, going 29-9 against Atlanta. The Braves won 10 of 19 meetings in 2018, with each team recording 157 hits.
  2. After scoring 17 runs on 36 hits in winning the first three games of their weekend series against Miami, the Nats managed only two runs on five hits in dropping Monday's matinee, 3-2. The Nats are now 2-10 in games started by Max Scherzer this season and 20-22 when other starters get the nod.
  3. Atlanta took two of three games in St. Louis over the weekend, doing most of its scoring late in games. The Braves scored a total of two runs in innings one through five, but put up 10 runs in the sixth inning and later.
  4. Juan Soto is hitting .463 since May 17 with an MLB-high 19 hits (in 41 at-bats). Soto's six doubles in that stretch are the most among NL players and are tied for tops in MLB. In 13 games against the Braves (all last season), Soto has four homers, 10 RBI and a 1.082 OPS.
  5. Since the Nationals' franchise relocated to DC, Freddie Freeman is among the leaders in Nats opponents in hits (157, tied for seventh), home runs (18, tied for eighth) and RBI (82, tied for sixth). From 2014 through 2018, Freeman hit .353 in 80 games against Washington pitching.
  6. With a win on Tuesday, Max Fried (7-2) would become the first Brave since Tom Glavine in 2002 to win as many as eight games prior to June 1 in a season. Since World War II, only two Braves left-handers have won eight games by the end of May: Warren Spahn (1947 and '58) and Glavine (1991 and '02).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/28/2019 thru 5/29/2019

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. likely will be compared to each other for the rest of their careers.

The scrutiny will continue when the two exciting second-year players meet for the second time this year on Wednesday as the Nationals complete a two-game series in Atlanta. Each player had a single on Tuesday in Washington's 5-4 win.

The pitching matchup features Atlanta's Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.33 ERA) against Washington's Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.10). Sanchez is set to return from the injured list after being sidelined since May 17 due to a left hamstring strain.

Acuna was an overwhelming winner of the 2018 Rookie of the Year award. He claimed 27 first-place votes. Soto finished second, picking up two of the other three first-place votes.

The two had similarly successful rookie seasons. Acuna batted .293 with 26 homers and 64 RBIs. Soto batted .292 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs. Acuna scored 78 runs, Soto scored 77. Acuna had more stolen bases (16-5), but Soto showed more patience by drawing more walks (79-45). Acuna had a 4.1 WAR, and Soto's WAR was 3.0.

Acuna, 21, is off to another solid start. He is batting .275 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs. He has flourished since being moved from cleanup to the leadoff spot on May 10. The team has won with Acuna hitting at the top of the lineup, too, going 12-5 since the move was made.

"I hope the energy I bring is going to be contagious when I'm at the bat, period," Acuna said. "I don't change my mentality at all."

Soto, 20, has a career-best 12-game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Tuesday. The hot streak -- 20-for-45 (.444) -- has helped him lift his average to .286. When play began on May 17, Soto was batting only .228. He is improving after putting in some hard work with hitting coach Kevin Long.

"The easier he swings, the more efficient his swing is," Long said.

Gausman has been a dependable starter for Atlanta since returning from the right shoulder tendinitis that caused him to miss the season's first week. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in five starts in May. He has 23 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24 innings this month.

Gausman pitched six effective innings at San Francisco on Thursday. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six in a no-decision.

He has made six career starts against the Nationals, going 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA. Gausman started twice against Washington in 2018 and went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. The win came on Sept. 14 in a so-so start that saw him allow four runs, three earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Sanchez has not yet been able to duplicate the success he enjoyed last season with the Braves, when he went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA and started a game in the playoffs. He lost five consecutive outings until leaving early in his May 16 start due to the hamstring injury.

Sanchez is 5-11 with a 4.99 ERA in 18 career appearances, all starts, against Atlanta.

In player movement, Atlanta activated outfielder Matt Joyce from the bereavement list on Tuesday, and he drew a walk as a seventh-inning pinch hitter.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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