Washington Nationals: 5 to watch at home versus Atlanta

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Jun 11, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks back to the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks back to the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports /
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MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ

An off year by staff ace Julio Teheran puts Mike Foltynewicz in the unique role of a top-flight starter at 24.

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Known as Folty by the locals, his 4-5 record sells him short. Sporting a 3.48 ERA over64.2 innings, Foltynewicz has not allowed a run in June. In two starts this month, he scattered six hits over 14 innings. Striking out 14, he walked two and knocked his ERA down nearly a full run.

He started against Washington on April 18, taking a hard luck loss. That night, Foltynewicz twirled seven innings, scattering five hits and four walks while allowing two runs. He struck out three in 106 pitches.

After the Braves bad weekend at home, Foltynewicz has the chance to establish Atlanta from the start Monday night. Statistics say he allows more fly outs than groundouts, but sometimes he will win keeping the ball rolling than in the air.

There are games where he will strike out nine or 10 as he did June 2 at Cincinnati against the Reds. But, only three times in 12 starts has Foltynewicz struck out over five.

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Nats hitters will get chances to make contact. They drew a season-high four walks against him. Can they be patient and work Foltynewicz? Time will tell.

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