The Milwaukee Brewers will try for a series sweep against the Washington Nationals Monday afternoon after winning two out of the first three games. Milwaukee desperately needs to keep winning in order to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals, who are currently 2 ½ games ahead of them in the Wild Card standings.
Milwaukee collected 15 hits in Sunday’s win, with Rickie Weeks hitting a team-high three. Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Logan Schafer and Carlos Gomez all recorded two hits. Schafer also collected his first double in his first Major League start.
The following is the Brewers’ starting lineup against the Nationals for Monday:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Catcher: Jonathan Lucroy
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Shortstop: Jean Segura
Pitcher: Marco Estrada
Marco Estrada will take the mound for Milwaukee as he tries to win his third consecutive start for the first time this season. Estrada is pitching with great confidence these days and has won four out of his last six outings. He did not give up a single earned run in all four victories while pitching 24 2/3 innings.
It took Estrada 14 starts to finally get his first win of the year. He may have started the season off slow, but he is turning the heat up at exactly the right time.
Ramirez is the only player in the starting lineup that has faced Washington’s starter Jordan Zimmermann. In 10 plate appearances against him, Ramirez is batting .500 with one home run and two RBIs. Zimmermann will be a tough outing for the Brewers as he is playing solid baseball right now and has won two of his last three starts.
Milwaukee’s offense needs to come alive again because it is critical they win the last game of this series before they take on the Cincinnati Reds.
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