Game 123 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers

The Nationals close out a weekend series with the Brewers this afternoon, hoping resurgent right-hander Erick Fedde can deliver another strong outing and a series victory over the Brewers.

Fedde's start - and his ability to give the Nats some length - takes on additional importance after Saturday night's 15-14 loss to the Brewers in 14 innings. The bullpen had to cover 10 innings after righty Aníbal Sánchez went only four frames, and it's possible the Nationals will make a move before this afternoon's series finale to add a fresh arm to the relief corps.

Erick-Fedde-Delivers-vs-MIA-White-Sidebar.jpgSince returning to the rotation on July 17, Fedde is 3-2 with a 4.56 ERA in five starts. Take away a July 30 start in which he was tagged for nine runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks and his stats are less skewed. Over his past two outings against the Giants and Reds, Fedde has gone 2-0 and allowed two runs on 12 hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 12 innings.

The performances of Fedde and righty Joe Ross have made it significantly easier for the Nationals to stomach the loss of ace Max Scherzer to the injured list with a strained rhomboid muscle. Ross has won three straight starts, working to a 0.50 ERA over 18 innings.

Fedde has scant experience against the Brewers, pitching just one inning in relief against them on May 8. He's gotten a lot of run support tin his starts this year - four or more runs in eight of his 11 outings.

Right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.78 ERA) will start the series finale for the visitors. He's pitched in some tough luck, going just 1-0 with a 3.02 ERA in nine starts since July 2. Anderson has given up more than two runs just once in that span; he allowed three runs in five innings at home Aug. 13 against the Twins.

Current Nationals are slashing a combined .283/.343/.500 against Anderson, with Howie Kendrick, Brian Dozier and Yan Gomes owning homers off the righty.

Both of Anderson's career starts against Washington have come at Nationals Park, where he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, having allowed seven runs in seven innings.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 91 degrees, wind 4 mph in from left field

NATIONALS (66-56)
SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Matt Adams
CF Victor Robles
2B Brian Dozier
C Yan Gomes
RHP Erick Fedde

BREWERS (64-59)
CF Trent Grisham
1B Eric Thames
RF Christian Yelich
2B Keston Hiura
3B Mike Moustakas
C Manny Piña
LF Ben Gamel
SS Orlando Arcia
RHP Chase Anderson

Game 122 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers
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