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How to watch the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves live stream

Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals
The early portion of the season hasn't been kind to Washington Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who will lead the charge against the Atlanta Braves on August 17. (Image credit: Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

After finishing with the third-best record in the NL last year with a World Series victory to boast, the Washington Nationals are off to a rough start this season. Washington was amongst the best offensive teams in baseball just a year ago but so far this season, they’ve had a rough go of it. Meanwhile, Atlanta is strolling along with one of the best records in the league despite losing a two-game series to the New York Yankees and tying the Philadelphia Phillies 2-2.

Catch the first game of this influential three-game stretch on Monday at 7:10 p.m. using the ESPN+ streaming service, which is available in a variety of packages. There are monthly deals, an annual subscription and the goliath of a package that features ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu at the low monthly rate of $12.99.

What to Expect from the Matchup:

Through the early stretch of the season, the Washington Nationals haven’t played up to standards. With major losses to the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets in recent games, the reigning champion doesn’t look too hot. Still, they have a chance to get back on track against their division rival.

The Atlanta Braves are battling injury troubles that only got worse with rising star Ronald Acuña Jr. nursing an ailment. The 22-year-old is going to be reevaluated on Monday after dealing with wrist inflammation. In a shortened season in which every game makes a tremendous impact, losing Acuña’s presence is going to be troublesome for a Braves team that’s already riddled with injuries.

Pitcher Anibal Sanchez is slated to get his fourth start of the year for the Nationals after winning 57.9 percent of his starts last year. He’s off to a slow start, having lost all three of his games with 14 runs allowed. Now he faces a Braves team that’s amongst the best in hits and runs batted in so far this season. It’s a challenge that will help the Nationals decide if the 2013 ERA leader still had enough gas in the tank to be a leader.

Washington had a bit of trouble with the Braves last season, losing the season series 11-8 despite being one of the most dominant teams in baseball. If that trend continues this season, it’s going to have grave consequences for their hopes at repeating in 2020.

How to watch Braves versus Nationals:

As usual, local broadcasts will be available for those of you who live in the same markets as these two ball-clubs. However, those who live out-of-network need to get a bit more crafty if they want to catch Monday night’s game. Luckily for you, ESPN+ has got you covered! You can subscribe to the service through a variety of avenues.

First and foremost, a monthly installment of $5.99 gives you access to the catalog and live sports coverage provided by ESPN’s streaming service. There’s also a great option available that packages multiple streaming services together. For just $12.99 per month, you can gain access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu. This is a great value as it saves you the extra $5.99 it'd cost to subscribe to all three individually.

That’s probably the way to go if you’re looking to entertain your whole family.