Lauer expected to start for Milwaukee against Washington
Washington Nationals (53-68, fourth in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (74-49, first in the NL Central)
Milwaukee; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Paolo Espino (3-4, 4.16 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 52 strikeouts) Brewers: Eric Lauer (4-4, 3.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 73 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -219, Nationals +182; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee and Washington will face off on Saturday.
The Brewers are 32-28 on their home turf. Milwaukee is averaging 4.4 RBIs per game this season. Avisail Garcia leads the team with 73 total runs batted in.
The Nationals have gone 22-35 away from home. Washington is hitting a collective .258 this season, led by Juan Soto with an average of .304.
The Nationals won the last meeting 4-1. Patrick Corbin earned his seventh victory and Lane Thomas went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs for Washington. Brett Anderson registered his seventh loss for Milwaukee.
TOP PERFORMERS: Garcia leads the Brewers with 24 home runs and is slugging .503.
Josh Bell leads the Nationals with 37 extra base hits and is slugging .458.
LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, .295 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs
Nationals: 3-7, .273 batting average, 5.90 ERA, outscored by seven runs
INJURIES: Brewers: Angel Perdomo: (back), Freddy Peralta: (shoulder), Adrian Houser: (health protocols), Jandel Gustave: (covid-19), John Curtiss: (elbow), John Axford: (elbow), Tyrone Taylor: (oblique), Daniel Vogelbach: (hamstring), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).
Nationals: Austin Voth: (covid-19), Stephen Strasburg: (neck), Joe Ross: (forearm), Kyle McGowin: (bicep), Will Harris: (hand), Steven Fuentes: (shoulder), Luis Avilan: (elbow), Jordy Mercer: (calf), Alex Avila: (calf).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.