Washington Nationals: Georgia on the Nats’ minds

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves slides in safely to score ahead of the tag by catcher Pedro Severino #29 of the Washington Nationals in the twelfth inning of the Braves 5-3 win at Nationals Park on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves slides in safely to score ahead of the tag by catcher Pedro Severino #29 of the Washington Nationals in the twelfth inning of the Braves 5-3 win at Nationals Park on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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In a huge top of the NL East clash, the Washington Nationals head to Georgia, to face the Atlanta Braves. We look ahead to the talking points on the DoDCast.

It may be early in the season, but this four-game series between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves will have a huge say on the NL East. Blake is joined on the DoDCast by Brian Foley to help look ahead to the huge matchup.

On this episode they talk about:

  • What stood out during the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles
  • Is Juan Soto hear to stay?
  • How the returning injured players fit in
  • Are the Braves and Nats going to be neck-and-neck come September
  • Preview each matchup individually
  • Answer your listener questions

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The Braves lost their lead in the National League East on Wednesday, and are now half a game back of the Nationals. And it’s no secret, their calling card has been the offense. A lineup that’s scored the most runs in the NL, and fourth in all of baseball is powering them home.

You’ve all heard enough about Freddie Freeman in the past, but this season their most valuable hitters have been Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies.

Markakis is in the midst of a career year at age 34. He’s hitting .341 with a .401 OBP to go with seven HR and 38 RBI.

Albies on the other hand is an up and coming star for the Braves. He’s leading the NL with 48 runs this season, but the unexpected power has taken him to a new level. In his entire minor league career, Albies had a total of 16 homers, and already has 14 this season. Both will need to be circled on the lineup card.

Once again, the Nationals will not face Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. in this series. The first two times, it was due to him being in Triple-A, however this time he’s on the DL with an ACL sprain.

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The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves are two of the best teams in the National League right now. This head-to-head matchup provides a great chance for both to make an early impression on the other in the NL East race.

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