Joe Ross (3-5, 3.86 ERA) and Taylor Jungmann (7-4, 2.23 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (60-61) and the Milwaukee Brewers (53-70) at Nationals Park. The Brewers won the last game 10-3 and Milwaukee leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on FSWI and MAS2.
Ross pitched 4.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-0 defeat to the Giants. Bryce Harper (.330, 85 Rs, 31 HRs, 74 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Jungmann went 6.1 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 6-1 win over the Phillies in his most recent start. Ryan Braun (.276, 72 Rs, 22 HRs, 73 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Washington is a -157 favorite against Milwaukee and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Nationals have an overall money line of -1,355 and a record as the favorite of 47-37. The Nationals are the top team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.2 walks per game so far this season.
As for their opponent, Milwaukee is coming in with an overall money line of -1,834 and a disappointing record of 28-44 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 5-5 record SU. The The Brewers allow just three runs per road game, ranking them fourth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Brewers are fifth in the NL on the road with an average of 8.3 hits allowed per away game.
The Brewers lead the season series, 3-2. The Nationals have a 44-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Jungmann takes the mound. Ross (RHP) will be on the hill against the Brewers, who have a 38-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
For the 14th time this season, the Nationals registered at least two errors in a game.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Nationals need to step it up. The Brewers have a record of 21-9 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
It looks like the Brewers have a slight leg up on the Nationals, as the Brewers have won their last two games while the Nationals have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Brewers are 38-9. The Nationals have a 47-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 489 this season. Washington ranks 14th with 503 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 307 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 382.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 43-30. When the Brewers hit at least one homer, they have a 40-25 record.