Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Saturday in Washington for game two of their series. The Nationals are -165 favorites over the Brewers with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Washington Nationals have clinched a playoff spot but they are still looking to clinch the NL East. On Friday Adam LaRoche hit a home run, Jayson Werth had a hit, and Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman had hits as the Nationals scored two runs on five hits. Edwin Jackson allowed six hits and a run while striking out six over eight innings but it was Tyler Clippard who blew the save and took the loss. For Saturday’s game Washington starts Gio Gonzalez who is looking for his 20th win and a possible Cy Young Award. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 140 hits and 61 earned runs while striking out 196 over 186.1 innings of work for a 2.95 ERA.
The Milwaukee Brewers have clawed their way back into the post season picture and they are just a game and a half out of the final Wildcard spot. On Friday Jonathan Lucroy hit a home run, Ryan Braun had three hits, and Aramis Ramirez had two hits as the Brewers scored four runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Shaun Marcum allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three over six innings for a no decision as it was Jose Veras who got the win and John Axford earned his 32nd save. For Saturday’s game Milwaukee starts Wily Peralta who has won his only two decisions this season. For the year Peralta has allowed 17 hits and five earned runs while striking out 13 over 21 innings of work for a 2.14 ERA.
Washington is 16-7 in their last 23 home games, 5-2 in their last seven game two of a series, and 5-2 in Gonzalez’s last seven home starts. Milwaukee is 6-1 in their last seven games as an underdog, 24-6 in their last 30 games overall, and 6-1 in their last seven games against the NL East. Milwaukee is 2-5 in their last seven games in Washington.
No one is playing better than Milwaukee but Gonzalez gets number 20 in a low scoring game.
Washington Nationals -165 Milwaukee Brewers