ATLANTA — So, what do the Nationals and Braves have in store for us tonight? If I were a betting man — and I’m not — I would take the odds on this being another close ballgame, likely requiring more than nine innings to be decided. Why? Because of the last seven games played between these teams at Turner Field, six were decided by 1 run, and four of those went to extra innings. And that doesn’t even take into account whatever bizarre occurrences typically highlight these games.
Tonight it’ll be a rematch of Sunday’s game in D.C.: Taylor Jordan vs. Alex Wood. Which, by the way, was another 1-run game, a 2-1 Nats victory. Jordan faces the full Atlanta lineup, with Andrelton Simmons back after sitting out last night’s game.
The Nationals don’t have their regular lineup, not even close. Jayson Werth, who left last night’s game with a sore groin, isn’t starting tonight. Neither is Denard Span, who before a clutch hit late last night was mired in a 2-for-22 slump. So Matt Williams is going with an unusual Kevin Frandsen-Bryce Harper-Nate McLouth outfield alignment for this one.