How would you define a “slumping” team in MLB? Most people would picture a ball club that was playing well but has recently succumbed to a major losing streak.
In that sense, the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t slumping at all. In fact, they’ve just been playing horrific baseball and earning the spot as one of the worst teams in the league.
That title is not something any team wants to have. The Brewers are only ahead of the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros by two games in the battle of the dreadful title. They need to get on the winning track soon if they want to avoid finishing the season in last place.
Milwaukee will look to do that on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. In the first of a four-game series, the Brewers walked off the diamond with their heads hanging low after an embarrassing 10-5 loss.
Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta (5-9 5.58 ERA) will give it his all in trying right the recent wrongs of the team’s play Tuesday. While Peralta seems like an unlikely candidate to turn the team around, he had one of his best outings against the Atlanta Braves on June 21 in a 2-0 win. This kind of performance is the kind of play the Brewers are hoping for on Tuesday night.
The Brewers just can’t seem to get the entire team playing together at once. When the pitching is on point, the bats aren’t going. When the bats are driving in runs, the pitching is far short of stellar. The Brewers need to get on the same page at some point in the season if they have any hope of finishing the regular season strong.
On the other half of the innings, Nationals Stephen Strasburg (4-6 2.41 ERA) will take the mound going for another win. In his last outing, he allowed two runs over seven innings and told the team’s website that he’s learned he can’t go out there and try too much, and just pitch to the scoreboard.
Strasburg should have no problem getting another win for his ball club over the Brewers, who are on the verge of their longest losing streak of the season.