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Spencer Strider of the Braves Chases Historic Win Against the Nationals

On Saturday night, Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Spencer Strider has a chance to etch his name into the team’s record books as he takes the mound against the Washington Nationals.

With a season record of 19-5 and an ERA of 3.81, Strider needs just three strikeouts to surpass the Braves’ modern-era single-season strikeout record of 276, set by John Smoltz in 1996. Strider has been on fire lately, winning eight of his last ten starts.

The Nationals (70-90) kicked off their season-ending three-game series against Atlanta with a 10-6 victory on Friday, matching their season high with five home runs.

Strider, aged 24, previously faced the Nationals last Sunday, allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings in an 8-5 win.

“I wasn’t very good. I need to be better, and I have one more start to tune it up,” Strider commented on his performance.

Luis Garcia boasts a .400 batting average against Strider and has hit two homers off him. Strider holds a 3-1 record with a 4.38 ERA in five career games (four starts) against Washington.

The Braves (103-57) have already secured the National League East title and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Alongside Strider’s pursuit of the strikeout record, Ronald Acuna Jr. is chasing the franchise’s modern-era (since 1900) stolen base record of 72, held by Otis Nixon in 1991.

Braves’ third baseman Austin Riley is just one home run away from matching his career high of 37 set last year.

On the Nationals’ side, right-hander Joan Adon (2-4, 6.42 ERA) aims to break a three-start losing streak when he takes the mound on Saturday. In his last three starts, Adon has surrendered 13 runs over 13 2/3 innings.

Despite their challenging season, Washington has found inspiration in first baseman Dominic Smith, who has launched six of his career-high 12 homers this September.

As the season draws to a close, both teams look to make their mark in the remaining games.

Reference:

https://www.news-daily.com

https://www.timesunion.com

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