ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where tonight the Nationals (owners of a best-in-baseball 7-2 record) open a big, three-game series with the Braves (who after losing two of three to the Mets sit at 5-4 overall). As has been noted, the Nats found themselves with the exact same record one year ago, facing the Braves in D.C., where they promptly were swept and never fully recovered.
Matt Williams could have saved Stephen Strasburg for tonight’s series opener but decided to keep his ace on normal rest and pitch yesterday against the Marlins. Obviously, that worked out just fine, but it means the less-experienced Tanner Roark gets the ball tonight against Atlanta ace Julio Teheran.
It appears Williams has begun to settle on something of a regular starting lineup, at least against right-handers. It includes Anthony Rendon batting second, Bryce Harper batting sixth and Ian Desmond batting seventh. We’ll see how that alignment performs tonight against the tough Teheran.