Aug 20, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT
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Freddie Freeman and the Braves enter this series five games behind the Nats.
There was a point, for a couple of hours in between games of their July 21 day-night doubleheader, when it appeared the Nationals were on the verge of surrendering their lead in the NL East to the Braves. After taking the first two games of that four-game series, Atlanta had crept to within 1 1/2 games and appeared to have momentum on its side.
All the Nationals have done since is go 22-7. During that same span, the Braves have gone 18-10.
Which makes the dynamic for this week's showdown between the two clubs a bit different than perhaps everyone expected. Instead of coming back to D.C. with a chance to reach or even overtake the Nats, the Braves instead arrive here a full five games back and desperatelyRead more »
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