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Open Thread 6/1: Braves at Nationals

Mike Minor vs. Stephen Strasburg

Pitcher batting eighth again.

  1. Michael Bourn - CF
  2. Martin Prado - 3B
  3. Brian McCann - C
  4. Dan Uggla - 2B
  5. Freddie Freeman - 1B
  6. Jason Heyward - RF
  7. Andrelton Simmons - SS
  8. Mike Minor - P
  9. Jose Constanza - LF

Welcome to the show, Andy! The weather forecast doesn't look too good, though. A tornado watch was issued and is in effect until 9 p.m. ET. Let's hope the game can be played today.

Strasburg has given up more runs to the Braves than any other team so we can only hope that continues. Amazingly, his home ERA this year and over his brief career is higher than his road ERA. In fact, his home ERA this year is more than one full run higher than in road games (2.03 road ERA, 3.33 home ERA), and he's suffered his only loss this year at home.

Nats manager Davey Johnson said of Michael Morse, "If he's able to go, I'll throw him right out there." Morse has been sidelined since Spring Training with a strained right latissimus muscle. UPDATE: Morse has been activated off the DL and is in the starting lineup; Corey Brown was sent back to the minors.

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