Game 92 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

How do the Nationals end a seven-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak to the Braves? How do they win for only the second time in their last 15 games and for only the eighth time in 42 games against National League East opponents this season? How about scoring some early runs and playing with a lead for a change?

It hasn’t been happening with any regularity, and it has been a real problem. Even though the rotation has done a decent job and the bullpen has done a very good job this month, the lineup continues to be feeble with runners in scoring position, aside from a few big hits late in games that typically come too little too late.

So perhaps tonight there could be an early barrage of runs off Braves starter Ian Anderson, who enters with a 4.98 ERA and 1.512 WHIP. This is the third time the Nationals have faced the right-hander in the last month. They scored four runs in four innings off him June 13, then were held to two runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday in Atlanta. Each time, he walked four batters, so patience is key.

Patrick Corbin starts for the Nats, and you know the drill at this point. If he can locate his fastball early and make his slider look like a strike, he’s got a chance to be successful. If he doesn’t, we’ve seen what the results look like.

Nationals Park

Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, wind 6 mph right field to left field

SS Luis García
1B Josh Bell
RF Juan Soto
DH Nelson Cruz
C Keibert Ruiz
LF Yadiel Hernandez
2B César Hernández
3B Maikel Franco
CF Victor Robles

LHP Patrick Corbin

RF Ronald Acuña Jr.

SS Dansby Swanson
1B Matt Olson
3B Austin Riley
LF Adam Duvall
DH Marcell Ozuna
C William Contreras
2B Orlando Arcia
CF Michael Harris II

RHP Ian Anderson

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