Braves visit the Nationals to begin 3-game series
Atlanta Braves (95-58, second in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (53-99, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Bryce Elder (1-3, 3.38 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 36 strikeouts); Nationals: Cory Abbott (0-3, 4.85 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 32 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves on Monday to start a three-game series.
Washington has a 53-99 record overall and a 24-50 record at home. Nationals hitters are batting a collective .250, which ranks seventh in the NL.
Atlanta is 95-58 overall and 43-32 in road games. Braves pitchers have a collective 3.47 ERA, which ranks fifth in the majors.
The teams play Monday for the 17th time this season. The Braves are up 12-4 in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Lane Thomas has 25 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 52 RBI for the Nationals. Joey Meneses is 12-for-38 with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.
Austin Riley leads the Braves with 77 extra base hits (38 doubles, two triples and 37 home runs). William Contreras is 11-for-36 with three home runs and six RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, .220 batting average, 3.56 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Braves: 7-3, .263 batting average, 3.10 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
INJURIES: Nationals: Patrick Corbin: day-to-day (back), Nelson Cruz: day-to-day (eyes), Keibert Ruiz: 10-Day IL (groin), Yadiel Hernandez: 60-Day IL (calf), Victor Arano: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Cade Cavalli: 15-Day IL (shoulder), MacKenzie Gore: 15-Day IL (elbow), Evan Lee: 60-Day IL (flexor), Stephen Strasburg: 60-Day IL (ribs), Tanner Rainey: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jackson Tetreault: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Carter Kieboom: 60-Day IL (forearm), Sean Doolittle: 60-Day IL (elbow), Will Harris: 60-Day IL (pectoral), Joe Ross: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Braves: Spencer Strider: 15-Day IL (oblique), Ozzie Albies: 10-Day IL (finger), Kirby Yates: 15-Day IL (elbow), Darren O’Day: 60-Day IL (calf), Chadwick Tromp: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Adam Duvall: 60-Day IL (wrist), Luke Jackson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist)