Stephen Strasburg wasn't thinking about the after-effects of Tommy John surgery as he slogged his way through a ragged, four-inning start Tuesday night in an 8-0 loss to the Phillies.
The Braves may have lost out on Ryan Dempster, but on Monday they were able to acquire another Chicago Cubs starting pitcher in lefty Paul Maholm.
Braves @ Nationals
50-41 2nd in NL East 53-37 1st in NL East
In the middle of a seven-game winning streak, the Atlanta Braves have emerged as the Nationals' biggest threat in the National League East.