The Washington Nationals will host the struggling Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. The game features a team, Washington, that doesn’t have many playoff hopes. They will be trying to play spoiler for the Brewers, a team that has been sinking in the NL standings for weeks. Let’s start with a look at Milwaukee’s form over quite a long time frame. It shows that they just might be heading toward a crash that could involve missing the playoffs.

Milwaukee Brewers: Three-month form

  • Formerly: 18 – 9 on April 30th, 2023
  • Currently: 57 – 50 (overall)
  • Recent form: 39 – 41 since April 30th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .488

We are on the first day of August. Looking back at the last three months, it has been a time frame where Milwaukee has really been below par. They remain in the playoff mix thanks to a strong April. However, in their last 80 games, the team is two games below .500.

Brewers vs Nationals Prediction: Factoring in starting pitching

The Nationals are a .421 team on the whole season. However, they don’t have that bad of a pitcher going for them on Tuesday. The Nationals will send Josiah Gray to the mound. He is just 7-8 but anything close to .500 isn’t that bad when you play on one of the worst teams in baseball. His WHIP isn’t great at 1.41 but it’s not terrible either. Importantly, he was pretty good in July with a 3.13 ERA for the month. You have to think that he’s a pitcher that you can back with a little bit of confidence at this point in this season.

The Brewers will send Freddy Peralta to the mound. He has an ERA of 4.46 and a record of 6-8. Peralta was a part of two shutouts in July, but both were against Cincinnati. For one reason for another, the Brewers really had Cincinnati’s number this season

But with Milwaukee struggling in general, they remain difficult to back. Washington may not be the most talented team. What this game comes down to is the handicap. Bettors would be wise to go with the spread in this game. Our recommendation is to take the Nationals with a +1.5 handicap and odds of -125 on the runline. Game time is at 7:05 PM ET on Tuesday evening.

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