yzerman1
The most disappointing team in the NL limps into Milwaukee to finish off the Brewers 10 game home stand.  The Brewers couldn't have caught them at a better time.  Their three best hitters are on the Injured List and their pitching is so bad right now they just fired their pitching coach.  The Nationals have lost 7 of the 8 games started by tonight's starter Max Scherzer.  The Brewers didn't face Scherzer last year, but he has been murder on them over the years.  They have struck out 33% of the time and have a slash line of .166/.238/.318.  Hopefully the Nationals don't wake up against the Brewers the next three nights.

Game 1:  Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.24)  vs  Max Scherzer  (1-4, 4.08)

Game 2:  TBD  vs  Stephen Strasburg  (3-1, 3.45)

Game 3:  Brandon Woodruff  (4-1, 4.71)  vs  Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.33)
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db11
Three-hit nights from Ben Gamel and Orlando Arcia, timely RBIs from Jesus Aguilar and Yasmani Grandal and some Keystone Kops defense from the Nationals powered the Brewers to a 5-3 win in the series opener.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/nationals-vs-brewers/2019/05/06/567573#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567573
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blade12
Hauser is going to be tonight's starter and then Peralta.  No clue if Hauser will pitch to 1 batter, 1 IP or go 1 time through the order.

Not a fan of the back and forth with the young starters. If they are to be starters let them start. 
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cgrade23
Brewers have the same record as last year after 37 games at 21-16.  

Tonight will be interesting.  If Hauser gets the Brewers through the 1st inning, maybe this will be what Peralta needs to get through more innings without giving up a ton of runs...but on the other hand, whether it's the first inning in number or the first inning for Peralta to pitch, the results maybe the same.
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thecrackerjack
Peralta needs to throw strikes no matter when he pitches. 
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@miedent 
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cgrade23
Peralta needs to throw strikes no matter when he pitches. 

80 pitches, 56 for strikes...70% of his pitches were strikes.  Not bad.
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roadkill1
I like Ben Gamel.

RK
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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db11
The Houser/Peralta as one starter experiment worked well vs. the scuffling Nats offense last night...and after 6+ innings of being dominated by Stephen Strasburg, the offense broke through with a 6-spot on Strasburg and Washington's horrendous bullpen, keyed by a bases-clearing 3b from Lorenzo Cain.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/nationals-vs-brewers/2019/05/07/567574#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567574
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Limp in, limp out. Brewers got out to a quick start on Jeremy Hellickson in the first with a Yelich solo shot, a Thames RBI double and a two-run single from Arcia, and would later add a two-run HR from Moustakas and a solo dinger from Pina to take a 7-0 lead. It would be all they needed, though they'd have to sweat it out at the end with Hader K'ing Suzuki and Eaton with the bases loaded to end it at 7-3 giving the Brewers their second straight sweep to close out the homestand.

Brandon Woodruff went six strong, giving up a run on four hits with no walks and nine Ks.

Travis Shaw remains an issue, going 0-4 with a walk, two Ks and six LOB, plus an error in the ninth that helped kickstart the Nats' late rally attempt.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/nationals-vs-brewers/2019/05/08/567575#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567575
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roadkill1
At this moment the Brewers are tied for first.
How is that possible?

RK
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This has been a nice streak at home that is for sure.  It is great to make some hay against the teams we did.  Woodruff had another good outing and he has looked like the middle of the rotation starter that we expected.  The pitching has stabilized and that has made a big difference.  I am not sure the opener for Peralta is a full time answer, but it worked this time.  It is encouraging to see the life coming back in the arm of Jeffress.  He isn't totally back yet, but 94 is far better than the 91 he was at.  

These next 10 road games are not going to be easy that is for sure.  3 in Chicago, 4 in Philly, and then 3 in Atlanta.  As per usual, going .500 is going to make for a successful road trip.  

As far as Travis Shaw, I did pose the question about Hiura.  I am not purposing he is going to get called up, but if we get to the end of May and into early June and he is still hitting .180 and just giving at bats away, the call up of Hiura has to be discussed.  Especially if the Brewers are 4 or 5 games out of first.  
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roadkill1 wrote:
I like Ben Gamel.

RK
Ben Gamel, physically & his style of play, reminds me of former MN Twins outfielder Dan Gladden who played with Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti, Tom Brunansky, Kent Hrbek, et al., on those '87 & '91 World Series teams.
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cgrade23
mickjagger wrote:
Ben Gamel, physically & his style of play, reminds me of former MN Twins outfielder Dan Gladden who played with Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti, Tom Brunansky, Kent Hrbek, et al., on those '87 & '91 World Series teams.

Good comparison 
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roadkill1
This has been a nice streak at home that is for sure.  It is great to make some hay against the teams we did.  Woodruff had another good outing and he has looked like the middle of the rotation starter that we expected.  The pitching has stabilized and that has made a big difference.  I am not sure the opener for Peralta is a full time answer, but it worked this time.  It is encouraging to see the life coming back in the arm of Jeffress.  He isn't totally back yet, but 94 is far better than the 91 he was at.  

These next 10 road games are not going to be easy that is for sure.  3 in Chicago, 4 in Philly, and then 3 in Atlanta.  As per usual, going .500 is going to make for a successful road trip.  

As far as Travis Shaw, I did pose the question about Hiura.  I am not purposing he is going to get called up, but if we get to the end of May and into early June and he is still hitting .180 and just giving at bats away, the call up of Hiura has to be discussed.  Especially if the Brewers are 4 or 5 games out of first.  

Mauricio DuBon will come up 1st.
Hiura will get traded down the stretch.


RK
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cgrade23
roadkill1 wrote:

Mauricio DuBon will come up 1st.
Hiura will get traded down the stretch.


RK

I agree with your first point...DuBon will be called up before Hiura.
As to your second point, if they do trade Hiura, do you think it will be for a pitcher?  All I can say is that it better not be for a rental.
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