The biggest series of the season so far, and likely since baseball returned to Washington, begins Monday night with the Nationals most effective pitcher on the mound and a healthy lineup. Jordan Zimmermann (9-7), who faces the Braves for the first time this season, leads the majors with a 2.38 ERA but has thrown only six innings once in the past three starts. Tim Hudson (12-4, 3.59 ERA) last faced the Nationals on July 1 and was tagged for five earned runs and seven hits over six innings.
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UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: This game will not start on time. The tarp is out and ready to be rolled onto the field as rain is expected. No anticipated start time was given.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: The Nationals announced an 8 p.m. expected start time.