Washington Nationals: Expanding their horizons and their roster

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MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 23: Matt Wieters #32 of the Washington Nationals tags out Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers at home plate in the fourth inning at Miller Park on July 23, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 23: Matt Wieters #32 of the Washington Nationals tags out Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers at home plate in the fourth inning at Miller Park on July 23, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers are coming to D.C. to face the Washington Nationals. This series could see the start of the roster expansion as September looms.

After the Washington Nationals were agonizingly close to a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, they start an interesting homestand. The Milwaukee Brewers will be the first of three-straight NL Central teams to visit Nats Park.

Joining Blake Finney on the DoDCast to help preview the series is David Gasper from Reviewing the Brew. You can check out the episode here.

On this edition of the podcast, they discuss the following:

  • What did we learn about the Nats and Phillies in their latest series
  • How has Wilmer Difo faired in his first week auditioning for the second base job
  • The Brewers bizarre series with the Reds
  • Which Milwaukee players are worth keeping an eye out for
  • Previewing and predicting each pitching matchup

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The Brewers dynamic duo of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich has catapulted them right into the playoff mix this year. They are ranked 5th and 7th in the National League WAR rankings respectively and form one of the most productive lineup pairings in baseball.

Tanner Roark is on top of the world confidence-wise right now as he gets the ball for Friday’s game. He has a 1.62 ERA in his last seven starts, and it all started with his last outing against the Brew Crew. That day, he tossed eight shutout innings, striking out 11 and only walking one batter for his best outing of the year.

There’s a lot of talk about these two teams being potential trade partners for Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. The Brewers rotation has been the team’s Achilles heel, and while the lefty wouldn’t a huge improvement, maybe a change of scenery is all he needs to right the ship.

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Next. Six players who could get the call this September. dark

Had the Washington Nationals playoff hopes not pretty much died over the last few weeks, this would be a huge series. Alas, the Nats are left to wonder “what if” as they face a possible playoff team.

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