May 6-8: The Milwaukee Brewers
After a 2:05 afternoon game in Philly, the Nats will hop on a plane to Wisconsin to take on the Milwaukee C̶h̶r̶i̶s̶t̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶Y̶e̶l̶i̶c̶h̶’̶s̶ Brewers.
The Nats went 2-4 with a negative nine-run differential last season against the Brewers. The Brewers, of course, went on to make the NLCS, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
This season, the Brewers sit in third place in the NL Central with a 17-16 record.
The Brewers may be without reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich in this series as he is dealing with lower-back discomfort.
Player to Watch: Jesus Aguilar
Through April 28, Jesus Aguilar had a wRC+ of two. Yes, t-w-o. That is unfathomable for a player who hit 35 bombs last season and drove in 108 runs.
The interesting part is that Aguilar’s peripheral stats looked up to par. He has a tremendous hard-hit rate, and he was not hitting the ball on the ground. The issue was that he is getting unlucky with his batted balls finding defender’s gloves nearly every single time.
However, on April 29, he broke out with good luck on his side by hitting two home runs off of Kyle Freeland.
Aguilar can swat a home run off of anybody due to his insane raw power. If he’s on his game, he’ll be a nightmare for Nats pitching to deal with.