Washington Nationals: Is an offensive breakout brewing in Milwaukee?
By Blake Finney
The Washington Nationals offense scored 5+ runs in back-to-back games for the first time since June 9th. Will it continue in the Milwaukee Brewers series?
A split with the Atlanta Braves keeps the Washington Nationals season alive, for now. The offense has come out impressively to start the second half, and we’ll see if they can continue it against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Joining Blake Finney on the DoDCast is District on Deck contributor, and current Milwaukee resident, Brian Foley. You can check the episode out here.
On this episode of the podcast, they look at the following:
- The offensive improvements against the Braves
- A look at the incident between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg
- What challenges do the Brewers pose
- Pick out players to watch out for
- Predict each matchup individually in the series
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Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar will be a name familiar to those who enjoyed the All-Star festivities at Nats Park. He beat out Trea Turner in the final vote, and also took part in the Home Run Derby on Monday. He’s got an NL-leading 25 home runs and an incredible .987 OPS and will certainly be circled on the lineup card.
On the pitching front, the Brewers have the second-best ERA in the National League. Arguably their best pitcher this season is the young right-hander Freddy Peralta.
He has an exemplary 12.1 K/9 and a 2.65 ERA, backed up by a 2.70 FIP. He squares up against Tanner Roark in the finale and will be a tough AB for Nats players.
Gio Gonzalez will need to step for the Nationals in his start on Monday night. He has a 7.12 ERA in his last seven starts but draws a favorable matchup in this one. The Brewers are the third worst team against left-handed pitching, hitting just .222 on the year. Hopefully, we see the Gonzalez of old and can keep the Nats in the game.
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The Brewers have lost nine of their last eleven, so the Washington Nationals face them at a good time. They’ll need to take two of three to keep chipping away in the NL East and the wildcard races.