Nationals Face Surprising Division Leaders
The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the biggest surprises of the season so far. With a 53-48 straight up record, they’re sitting atop in the National League Central. They have a 1/2-game lead on the Chicago Cubs. On Tuesday, they’ll head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Nationals, one of the World Series favorites. This will be the second of a four-game series.
Oddsmakers have the Nationals as a -127-moneyline favorite. The total is sitting at 10.
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The Brewers will go with Zach Davies (11-4, 4.76), who took a no-decision in a 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh in his last outing. Davies went seven innings, allowing a run on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk. This will be his first time facing the Nationals. He’s 5-0 in 10 road starts with a 3.18 ERA.
The Nationals counter with Gio Gonzalez (8-5, 2.83), who lost his last outing by a 7-0 score on the road against the Los Angeles Angels. Gonzalez gave up four runs on five hits over 5.2 innings, striking out three and walking three. Gonzalez is 2-3 in seven starts against the Brewers with an ERA of 4.95. He’s also 1-2 in nine home starts with a 1.95 ERA.
Going into their first meeting of the season, the two had split their last 10 games. Five games have gone over the posted total, with a push.
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