ATLANTA - A quick reminder that today’s 4:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Braves won’t be airing on MASN, as FOX has picked it up and will have the rights for today’s broadcast.
Daron Sutton and Eric Karros will have the call.
I’ll still have full coverage on MASNsports.com here from Turner Field, however. You can’t get rid of me that easily.
The Nats will send Edwin Jackson to the mound today as they look to take the middle game of this three-game set.
Jackson has put up two clunkers since a stellar outing back on Aug. 30 in which he allowed just four hits and an unearned run over eight innings. The right-hander struck out 10 and was overpowering that day against St. Louis, but he’s allowed 10 earned runs and 16 hits in his 10 1/3 innings since then.
Tonight, he tries to even his record and become the fourth Nationals starter to reach double-digit wins on the season.
I’m going to take a guess and say that Dan Uggla will be out of the Braves lineup today. The second baseman is 0-for-13 with six strikeouts in his career against Jackson.
The Nats will take their hacks against Braves starter Tommy Hanson, who they’ve seen twice this season. Hanson allowed two runs over seven innings in a 3-2 Braves win back in early June, but then was hit hard in that 11-10 game on July 20. The righty surrendered eight runs over four innings that day but got bailed out when the Braves came back from a 9-0 deficit to win in extra innings.
It’s too bad Michael Morse will miss today’s game. He’s batting .385 with two homers, a double and seven RBIs in 13 career at-bats against Hanson.
Morse said yesterday he’ll see how his ailing left wrist feels today before seeing if he can take batting practice. We know he likely won’t play until Tuesday at the earliest, but he could start working back by taking some cuts if he’s feeling up to it.