Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Series Preview (4/11-4/14)

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Apr 6, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) dives back to first base on a pick off attempt by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) dives back to first base on a pick off attempt by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 6, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) dives back to first base on a pick off attempt by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) dives back to first base on a pick off attempt by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

After sweeping the Braves at Turner Field in the opening series, the Nationals now host the Braves for four games this week

Just like the end of spring training, inclement weather continued to follow the Washington Nationals this past weekend. The Nats’ series against the Miami Marlins was abbreviated to two games instead of three because of the brutally cold weather on Saturday. In the end, the Nats managed a split of the two games and are now 3-1 to begin the season.

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The Nats’ six game homestand will conclude this week when they host the Atlanta Braves for a four game series. These two teams met at Turner Field for the first two games of the year. The Nationals were able to win both games in the series, but the margin of victory in the two contests was no more than two runs.

As for the Braves, they are one of two teams that are winless in baseball (Minnesota Twins- 0-6). Against the Cardinals this weekend at Turner Field, they were outscored 31-13 and gave up a combined 24 runs in the final two games of the three game series.

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In addition to getting blown out in all three games vs. St. Louis, they will be without one of their prized offseason acquisitions for this series. Ender Inciarte, who was acquired in the Shelby Miller trade this winter, is now on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his left hamstring. They have called up one of their top outfield prospects, Mallex Smith, to replace his spot on the 25-man roster.

Before this series gets underway tonight, check out my breakdown of the four scheduled pitching matchups in this series:

Next: Tonight's Matchup

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