February 26, 2020

Washington Nationals vs Milwaukee Brewers Series Preview

As the All-Star break comes to a close, it’s time for the Washington Nationals to get back to work. To open the unofficial second half of the season, they’ll welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Nationals Park for a three-game homestand.

Teams

Washington Nationals (51-42, 1st in NL East) vs Milwaukee Brewers (53-43, 1st in NL Central)

Schedule

Game 1: Friday, July 18 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 2: Saturday, July 19 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 3: Sunday, July 20 @ 1:35 PM EST

Probable Pitchers (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.46; 0-1, 5.40) vs Kyle Lohse (9-4, 3.26; 5-2, 4.75)

Game 2: Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.56; 2-0, 1.89) vs Matt Garza (6-6, 3.69; 0-2, 5.74)

Game 3: Doug Fister (8-2, 2.90; 0-0, 9.00) vs Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.68; 3-3, 5.61)

Players to Watch

Washington:

  • Anthony Rendon: .287 BA, 103 H, 24 doubles, 13 HR, 53 RBI
  • Ian Desmond: .432 SLG, 16 HR, 57 RBI
  • Adam LaRoche: .279 BA, 12 HR, 47 RBI, .840 OPS
  • Jayson Werth: .278 BA, .441 SLG, 12 HR, 54 RBI

Milwaukee:

  • Jonathan Lucroy: .315 BA, 107 H, 32 doubles, 44 RBI
  • Khris Davis: .472 SLG, 23 doubles, 15 HR, 49 RBI
  • Ryan Braun: .298 BA, .515 SLG, 19 doubles, 6 triples, 11 HR, 52 RBI
  • Carlos Gomez: .304 BA, 24 doubles, 3 triples, 14 HR, 48 RBI, 17 SB

Notables on the Injury Report

Washington:

For the Nats, they exit the All-Star break fairly clean in terms of injury. Jordan Zimmermann left his final start before the break early with what is being called a biceps strain, but that won’t effect this series. Zimmermann isn’t slated to start until next week.

Milwaukee:

After the death of his nine month old son, shortstop Jean Segura took a leave of absence from the team for obvious personal reasons. On Thursday, he rejoined the club and is reportedly ready to go for this weekend’s series.

Series Notes

This is the second time this year that the Nats will play the Brewers. On June 23-25, Washington took 2-of-3 in a series in Milwaukee. Two of the highlights from that series includes Gio Gonzalez’ throwing six shutout innings and Ryan Zimmerman lifting the Nationals to a Game 2 victory in the 16th inning.

Last year, the Nationals opened up the post-All-Star break portion of their schedule with a six-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. However, they ended up going 34-20 over the last two months and gave quite an effort in their playoff push. A good start this year and there’s no telling where they’ll end up.

It’s also that time of year to go on Jayson Werth watch. Last year, Werth lit up the night with a .339 batting average and .600 slugging percentage after the All-Star break. In that same stretch, he hit 15 doubles, 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

A year ago, the Nationals were just one game over .500 at 48-47. This year, they sit at 51-42 and first in the division. There is still work left to be done, but they have put themselves in a good position to make the postseason.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. He’s had work published on Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports, and has made several radio show appearances across the country to discuss his works. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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