The Atlanta Braves (38-24) will aim to keep a five-game win streak going when they host the Washington Nationals (25-36) at 7:20 PM ET on Friday.

The Braves will give the ball to AJ Smith-Shawver and the Nationals will counter with Josiah Gray (4-5, 3.09 ERA).

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Braves vs. Nationals Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Friday, June 9, 2023
  • Time: 7:20 PM ET
  • TV: BSSE
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Venue: Truist Park
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  • Probable Pitchers: Smith-Shawver - ATL (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Gray - WSH (4-5, 3.09 ERA)

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Braves Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: AJ Smith-Shawver

  • Smith-Shawver has been named the starter for the Braves and will make his first start this season.
  • This will be the first MLB start for the 20-year-old right-hander.
  • He has pitched to a .00 ERA this season with 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 3.9 walks per nine across one games.

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Nationals Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Josiah Gray

  • The Nationals are sending Gray (4-5) to make his 13th start of the season. He is 4-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 55 strikeouts through 67 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Friday, the right-hander threw 5 1/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up four earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • The 25-year-old has put up an ERA of 3.09, with 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games this season. Opposing hitters have a .245 batting average against him.
  • Gray has five quality starts under his belt this year.
  • Gray has put up 11 starts this season where he pitched five or more innings.
  • He has had one outing this season that he kept his opponents to zero earned runs.
  • The 25-year-old's 3.09 ERA ranks 20th, 1.418 WHIP ranks 55th, and 7.4 K/9 ranks 53rd among qualifying pitchers this season.

Josiah Gray vs. Braves

  • He will take the hill against a Braves offense that is batting .265 as a unit (second in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .472 (second in the league) with 105 total home runs (third in MLB play).
  • Head-to-head against the Braves this season, Gray has pitched five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.

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