Game Preview: Nationals vs. Brewers
By J.T. Santos
Place: Miller Park — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Time: 8:10 p.m.
This is the first time these teams have met this year and the first game of a three game series.
Washington Nationals (43–30) 4–6 record during last 10 games
Milwaukee Brewers (32–40) 3–7 record during last 10 games
Projected Pitching Matchup:
Washington Nationals- RHP Max Scherzer (8–4, 3.29 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers- RHP Zach Davies (5–3, 3.62 ERA)
The Brewers will send out right-handed pitcher Zach Davies, who is 5–3 with a 3.62 ERA, to pitch against the NL East division-leading Washington Nationals. After a rough May, Davies has settled down nicely, winning four out of his last seven games and losing none, along with an excellent 2.18 ERA and 0.75 WHIP during that stretch.
The Washington Nationals will counter with ace right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer, who is 8–4 with a 3.29 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Scherzer has been racking up the strikeouts during the first half,striking out 128 batters in 101.1 innings, which is good for second in the NL. Hitters have struggled to hit Scherzer this season as well, owning only a .202 batting average against the 31-year-old flame thrower.
4 Things to Know
- Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is on a tear during this first half of the season. Through 59 games played, Ramos can be considered the top hitting catcher this year, leading the MLB in multiple statistical categories in terms of hitting. Ramos leads all catchers in batting average (.332), RBI’s (38), OBP (.378), SLG (.548), and OPS (.926).
- Brewers left fielder and MLB All-Star hopeful Ryan Braun is 0–10 against Max Scherzer, including five K’s.
- The last time Scherzer pitched at Miller Park, he threw a complete game one-hitter against the Brewers. He retired the first 18 batters he faced, but a bloop single in the seventh by Carlos Gomez ended the no-hit bid.
- Brewers center fielder Ramon Flores hit well against Scherzer in his only other game against the right-hander. Flores was 2-for-3 in that game, and is 3-for-4 in his career against the Nationals.