The Nationals have won 8 of their last 10 games, which was a welcomed change after a very weak start to the month of June. Over their last 10 games, the Nationals looked like the team that was so electric in May and hopefully they can keep it up. Over the course of their 8 game win streak, the Nationals got treated to some next level stuff from Max Scherzer, where he pitched a 1 hitter and then a no hitter. It's been fun, a breakaway from how the month started. Tonight, the Nationals will face the Braves. The last time they faced one another, the Nationals picked up a sweep. They will aim to do that again tonight. With Jordan Zimmermann taking the hill opposite of Shelby Miller.
Zimmermann's last start saw the right hander throw 8 shutout innings and striking out 3 in the win over the Braves, a game which was started by none other than Shelby Miller. This victory was part of the Nationals most recent 8 game win streak and hopefully we will see the same result as we did last time. It was a low scoring affair and the Nationals were able to push one across when Ian Desmond hit a sac-fly to pick up the walk off win in 11 innings. ZImmermann has a long history against the Braves and he's had very good success. Look out for Nick Markakis as he sees the Nationals righty fairly well.
Zimmermann vs. Current Braves
Shelby Miller allowed one run against the Nationals when he faced them the last time he started a game. He's a great pitcher and he's having a very good season. He gave up one run that ultimately contributed to the Nationals win in his last start, but if he is half as good tonight as he was that day, the Nationals may not be so lucky. The times that Miller has seen the Nationals, he's simply shut them down. With a little luck, tonight's game will be just like the last he started against the Nationals, but maybe in 9 innings instead of 11.
Miller vs. Current Nationals