Game 136 lineups: Nats vs. Brewers

The Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the hill this evening trying to even up their series with the Brewers and hoping the right-hander can continue to progress after being activated off the disabled list last month.

Since returning a month on the DL with a cervical nerve impingement, Strasburg has twice faced the Phillies, working four innings in an 8-7 home win on Aug. 22 and six innings in a 5-3 triumph where he posted his seventh victory on Aug. 27 at Citizens Bank Park (his only win in his last five starts).

sidebar-Strasburg-white.jpgStrasburg has struggled in three career starts versus the Brewers, posting an 0-2 record with a 5.30 ERA. But current Brewers have only a cumulative .177/.293/.253 slash line off the righty.

Ryan Braun is 1-for-3 off Strasburg, Jonathan Schoop is 1-for-4 and Christian Yelich is 8-for-37 with a homer and three RBIs.

Right-hander Chase Anderson will start for Milwaukee. He’s 9-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 26 starts this season, and is 3-0 with a 4.79 ERA in seven starts since July 21.

Current Nationals slash .375/.333/.750 off Anderson in a small sample size that includes only four players. Mark Reynolds is 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, while Bryce Harper and Anthony Renson are both 1-for-2 off Anderson.

The Nationals added a pair of players to the roster today, the first day rosters can expand to 40 players. Catcher Pedro Severino was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and the Nats selected the contract of right-hander Austwn WIlliams from Syracuse.

Severino hit .171 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 63 games with the Nationals earlier this season. He was on a nine-game hitting streak at Syracuse, where he’d batted .269 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 33 games.

Williams, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University, moved to the bullpen after working exclusively as a starting pitcher for the first four seasons of his pro career, and went 3-3 with a 1.19 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 33 games (including two starts) between Double-A Harrisburg and Syracuse. The 25-year-old walked 17 and struck out 89.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, wind 7 mph out to right field

NATIONALS
RF Adam Eaton
SS Trea Turner
CF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Wilmer Difo
C Spencer Kieboom
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BREWERS
CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Christian Yelich
1B Jesús Aguilar
2B Travis Shaw
LF Ryan Braun
3B Mike Moustakas
SS Jonathan Schoop
C Manny Piña
RHP Chase Anderson

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