The Nationals are not doing well, simply put. They've lost their last 5 games and currently find themselves tied for last place with the Phillies. The Nationals offense has been the source of the struggles, with the team's on base percentage being a measly .288 and their slugging percentage being .349, good for 11th and 12th place in the NL respectively. 5 players on the team currently have an on base percentage over .300, something that will have to change if the Nationals expect to score runs and win ball games. Looking at the players on the roster, you'd figure they have to get there at some point, but the team certainly needs to get things in motion. For Monday, the Nationals open up a set with the Atlanta Braves for the first time this season.
Doug Fister's most recent start was his worst of the season so far. Fister has been pretty excellent, and despite the last game being pretty rough, he still sports a stingy 2.37 ERA and has gone at least 6 frames in each start. The Nationals could really use another good start from the strong and steady Fister, given their current 5 game skid and sweep at the hands of the Marlins. Fister is no easy task for any opponent to take on, but in 111 plate appearances, the current Braves roster seems to see him well. Most notably, Nick Markakis who has seen Fister quite a bit during each's stint in the American League.
Fister vs. Current Braves
Eric Stults is in his 9th MLB season as he goes into the 2015 campaign with the Braves. To this point, he has only factored into one decision, a loss at the hands of the Marlins back on the 15th of this month. Stults hasn't been a stand out player in any way so far, and hopefully he will continue to show this trait against the Nationals tonight at Turner Field. The current roster has seen Stults in 77 at bats, where they've accumulated a pretty strong slash line against him.
Stults vs. Current Nationals