Game 148 lineups: Nats at Brewers

MILWAUKEE – A four-game series against the Pirates seemed like it would be just what the Nationals needed. Alas, it wasn’t. After winning Monday’s opener at PNC Park, the Nats dropped three straight, including Thursday’s 2-0 shutout played in record time. So now they have to hope to get back on track against a far more difficult opponent in the National League Central-leading Brewers.

Milwaukee enters with the NL’s best pitching staff (3.82 ERA, 1.185 WHIP). Washington enters having averaged only 3.5 runs on 7.2 hits and 2.6 walks over its last 17 games, during which time the team, unsurprisingly, has gone 4-13.

Somehow, this lineup is going to have to figure out how to string together some quality plate appearances and drive in some runs. That group will do so tonight against veteran left-hander Wade Miley, who is doing the best work of his career deep into his 30s. Over the last three seasons, he’s 21-13 with a 3.32 ERA.

Jake Irvin has surprisingly blossomed into the Nationals’ most consistently effective starter, and he’ll need to keep that up tonight against the Brewers. Over his last 15 starts, the rookie right-hander has a 3.59 ERA. The problem: He hasn’t been rewarded for his efforts, with only a 2-2 record and 11 no-decisions during that lengthy span.

Where: American Family Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees, wind 9 mph in from right field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
1B Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
DH Carter Kieboom
3B Ildemaro Vargas
2B Michael Chavis
LF Alex Call
CF Jacob Young

RHP Jake Irvin

LF Christian Yelich
C William Contreras
1B Carlos Santana
CF Sal Frelick
SS Willy Adames
RF Mark Canha
DH Rowdy Tellez
2B Brice Turang
3B Andruw Monasterio

LHP Wade Miley

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