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9:20 AM PT10:20 AM MT11:20 AM CT12:20 PM ET12:20 ET16:20 GMT0:20 9:20 AM MST11:20 AM EST11:50 AM VEN20:20 UAE10:20 AM CT, June 3, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 25,595

Juan Soto, Nationals attempt to take series against Braves

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Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves have won the last five meetings with the Nationals this season -- all in Washington - after the Nats took the season opener. The Braves have won six straight games against the Expos/Nationals franchise just five times in the series history -- most recently a six-game run from June to August 2013.
  2. Washington has scored just three runs over its four-game losing streak and has totaled just 15 hits in each of their last two series against the Reds and Brewers. Prior to that, the Nationals had not had 15 or fewer hits in a three-game series since tallying 14 against the Dodgers in 2018 and had not done so twice in a single season since 2013.
  3. Trea Turner leads the Nationals in hits (61), home runs (10), RBI (27), stolen bases (12), and is tied with Josh Bell for the team lead in runs (26). He's the only player in MLB this season to lead his team in all five categories. Only two players have led the Nationals/Expos in all five over a full season -- Vladimir Guerrero (2001 and 2002) and Rusty Staub (1970).
  4. The Braves lost, 13-2, in New York on Saturday, but Friday's series opener and Sunday's series finale were rained out. Atlanta now returns home where it has won four of its last five games by a combined 42-13 score after dropping five straight.
  5. Austin Riley has a .955 OPS in 50 games this season after posting a .716 OPS in 51 games last season. That 239-point increase is fifth-largest among batting title qualifiers in both seasons, and third-highest among NL qualifiers behind the Dodgers' Max Muncy (+.285) and the Reds' Nick Castellanos (+.279).
  6. Charlie Morton has gone 50-20 (.714) since 2017, third best among pitchers with at least 50 decisions in that span behind Clayton Kershaw (56-20, .737) and Corey Kluber (44-17, .721). Morton's 50 wins are tied for sixth-most in that span.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/31/2021 thru 6/3/2021

In the first three games of the Nationals' nine-game road trip, Washington's Juan Soto is starting to look like himself. The outfielder, who missed 11 games from April 20 to May 4 with a left shoulder strain, has come to life at the plate against the Atlanta Braves.

Soto and the visiting Nationals will try to make it three straight wins when they complete a four-game series on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta.

Soto was 1-for-3 with his sixth homer, a two-run shot, on Wednesday night. In the three games against the Braves, Soto is 5-for-9 with two homers, six RBIs, four walks and six runs scored.

"He's starting to swing the ball well," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "He's getting the ball in the air. He's staying consistent. ... I'm just watching where his contact point is, and it's right where it needs to be. I hope he stays that way. He's in a good spot."

As Soto is rounding into shape, the Braves continue to struggle to return to the form that produced three consecutive division titles. Manager Brian Snitker continues to preach patience.

"It's never easy," Snitker said. "I've been through this many times and you've got to hang in and handle it and it's not easy to do. We're a better club than what our results are."

The final game of the series will match Atlanta left-hander Tucker Davidson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) against Washington lefty Patrick Corbin (3-4, 6.23). The Braves originally planned to start Ian Anderson, but opted to move all the starters back a day and recall Davidson from Triple-A Gwinnett to make the start. Anderson will now open the series against Los Angeles on Friday.

Davidson will make his second start. He pitched six solid innings on May 18 against the New York Mets and allowed three runs on five hits. Davidson is 2-1 with a 0.90 in three starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. He has never faced the Nationals.

Corbin will make his 11th start. He lost his most recent outing on May 29 against Milwaukee when he gave up four runs in five innings.

Corbin is 6-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 14 career appearances, 12 starts, against Atlanta. He is 1-3 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts against the Braves since joining the Nationals, giving up two or fewer earned runs in four of those games. He has not faced Atlanta this season.

The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the injured list with a strained neck and recalled reliever Kyle McGowin, who was traveling with the team as a member of the taxi squad. Martinez was not ready to speculate on how the move will affect the starting rotation or whether the team will accelerate the return of Erick Fedde, who has been on the COVID injured list since May 19.

"I don't want to mess with Fedde," Martinez said. "We want him to get his innings in and wait and see what happens. We'll stick with the plan. We don't want him getting hurt."

Fedde has a rehab start scheduled for Thursday.

Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning when his left knee locked up while running down a double. Schwarber will be treated and evaluated.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 3, 2021

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