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The Atlanta Braves are slowly gaining ground on the New York Mets in the National League East Division and hope to continue to win their lead when they host the Washington Nationals for the weekend series. The Braves are 55-54 and have hovered around the .500 mark all season, while the National is 49-60 on the season so far. In the upcoming game, the Braves will turn to Kyle Muller as their starting pitcher, while the Nationals will turn to Erick Fedde to start the game.
Nationals Fedde has struggled this season
The Nationals have a season to forget and their record has forced them to swap key players away in hopes of hitting the reset button for the rest of the season. Some of the matches this season have been on pitch staff and Erick Fedde in particular has allowed 48 runs in 17 starts with only 76 strikeouts. In addition, Fedde allows a .259 expected opponent Batting Average, a .433 expected opponent Slugging Percent and a 4.78 expected ERA, indicating that opponents have contacted him and run in races when he starts.
In addition to the fighting pitching, the Nationals offensive has also been a disappointment this season, scoring just 4.39 runs per game. Match. Juan Soto has 18 home runs with a .295 slugging average, a .422 percent-based percentage and a .496 slugging percentage, while Josh Bell adds 19 home runs and a .468 slugging percentage, but the rest of the order has struggled and has only gotten worse since the trading deadline with many of the best hitters now out of line. Only three hits in the active lineup have 10 home runs or more this season, and only two hits have an OPS + of 100 or higher this season, making the lineup easy to eliminate.
Braves hopes the offense can help Muller
The Braves have been a .500 team all season and one of the reasons for their matches has been injuries to their pitching staff. The injuries have forced the Braves to turn to Kyle Muller, a 23-year-old prospect who has only started six games for the team but has only allowed eight runs and has 33 strikeouts on the season so far. Muller in particular has allowed some contact in his starts with only a .194 expected opponent Batting Average, which is one of the best among starting pitchers to keep up with a .307 expected opponent Slugging Percent and a 3.24 expected ERA.
While Braves pitching staff have struggled at times, the offense has carried the team this season, scoring 4.78 runs per game. Match. Freddie Freeman has led the lineup with 24 home runs, a .391 percent on base and a .505 swallow percentage, while Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson have hit 23 and 20 home runs, respectively, to give the Braves a strong top spot on the order. While the lineup is missing Ronald Acuna, one of the MVP frontrunners who added 24 home runs and a .596 Slugging percentage but is out of season, front office Jorge Soler added, Joc Pederson, and Adam Duvall by the trade deadline to fill his void, and the trio have already collected for five home runs.
The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during Game 1 of a series.
The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing record.
Nationals are 0-4 in their last 4 road matches against a team with a losing record.
Nationals are 0-4 in their last 4 against National League East.
Citizens are 1-7 in their last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Citizens are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday matches.
Citizens are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.