Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 7, 2019, 7:40 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers -108 / Washington Nationals -102 -- O/U: 8
The Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Miller Park on Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after dropping game one of the series on Monday night by a final score of 5-3. Howie Kendrick had a homer and two RBIs while Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 with a solo homer to round out Washington’s scoring in the loss. Victor Robles and Wilmer Difo each had a hit as Washington mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Max Scherzer allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out ten over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Dan Jennings took the loss to fall to 0-2 this season. Stephen Strasburg will start game two and is 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strasburg is 0-2 with a 4.74 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after their series opening victory on Monday. Ben Gamel went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas and Jesus Aguilar each had RBIs as well in the win. Orlando Arcia went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich each had base hits as well in the victory. Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs on three hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Alex Claudio got the win to improve to 1-1 while Junior Guerra picked up his 2nd save of the season. Freddy Peralta will start game two and is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Peralta’s second career start against Washington.
Washington is 41-12 in Strasburg’s last 53 road starts and 3-8 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL Central. Milwaukee is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 home games while the over is 6-1 in Peralta’s last 7 home starts. Washington is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Milwaukee being favored at home makes sense because the Brewers are in much better form than the Nats right now. However, Peralta has gone four innings or less in four of his five starts this season and has allowed 23 runs, 20 earned, in 13.2 innings in those starts. Peralta’s lone start against Washington also saw him allow seven runs in six innings. The Nationals aren’t the easiest team to back, but Strasburg has allowed just three runs in his last three starts covering 21.2 innings of work. I just trust Strasburg more than I do Pralta to have a quality outing, so I’ll lay the low line with Washington in this one.