The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals will kick off a long day of baseball on Saturday at Nationals Park as a doubleheader is scheduled. These teams were supposed to meet up on Friday evening, but Mother Nature had other plans.
Milwaukee comes into this series with a record of 25-25, good enough for third place in the NL Central. The Brewers have struggled to play consistent baseball and need to turn it around soon.
Washington has been struggling and is 21-25. The Nationals are currently in the last place in the NL East and could be sellers at the Trade Deadline.
The Nationals have a plan in place for Saturday, but manager Dave Martinez said, as we all know, nobody can predict the weather, and things could change.
Peralta Pitches for Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers will send Freddy Peralta to the mound in Game 1, and that’s usually a good sign for this team. Peralta has gone 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA, and he has the stuff that can shut down any lineup.
Milwaukee has a team ERA of just 3.81, and that bullpen can take care of any lead that they are given. There is a chance that Peralta goes the distance in a seven-inning affair, but the Brewers won’t give up many runs in this game.
The Brewers are still looking for more offense, and getting Christian Yelich on track is a big key. If Milwaukee is able to score at least three runs on Saturday, then the pitching staff could do the rest.
Nationals Need More Power
There are some big bats in the Nationals’ everyday lineup, but several of those bats have been struggling to begin the season. If Washington is going to find a way back into the playoff race, then it’s going to have to come with more offense.
Shortstop Trea Turner leads the team with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs, but he is not supposed to be the biggest power source on this roster. Juan Soto desperately needs to get things turned around for the Nationals.
Patrick Corbin is expected to start the first game on Saturday, and he is another player that needs to get going. Corbin has gone just 3-3 with a 6.13 earned run average, and the veteran is capable of pitching better than that.
Brewers Win Opener
These teams appear to be evenly matched in most areas, but Milwaukee has a big edge in the starting pitching matchup in Game 1. Patrick Corbin has the ability to turn his season around, but Freddy Peralta has been terrific all season long.
Milwaukee needs to pick up some wins to get back in the race in the NL Central Division, and they can’t afford to lose games when getting a great pitching effort. Peralta sets the tone on Saturday, and then the offense will find a way to score just enough runs.
Looking at this match from a betting perspective, Washington could easily go on and win the second game of this doubleheader, but it will be the Brewers that start the day off with a win. Bet the Milwaukee Brewers