What to Watch for: 7/26
Washington Nationals (58-39) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (44-53)
RHP Edwin Jackson (5-6, 3.73) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.72)
The Nationals are coming off a three-game road sweep of the Mets and carry a five-game winning streak into tonight’s series opener in Milwaukee. Edwin Jackson takes on Yovani Gallardo in a battle of righties who have posted very similar results to date. Jackson and Gallardo have nearly identical ERAs, records and K/BB rates (2.52/2.44) so far this season.
1. Lombardozzi 2B
2. Harper RF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Morse LF
6. Espinosa SS
7. Bernadina CF
8. Flores C
9. Jackson RHP
THE STAKES AT HAND
If the Nationals win tonight’s series opener at Miller Park, they will match their longest winning streak of the season at six games (also: June 8-13) and move 20 games above .500. The last time a Washington-based Major League team was 20 or more games above the break-even mark was at the completion of the 1933 season, when the AL Nationals finished 99-53 en route to the World Series, which they would drop in five games to the New York Giants.
JACKSON VS. GALLARDO
Jackson is 2-2 with a 4.22 ERA in five career starts against Milwaukee, with three of those starts coming in August of 2011 (1-1, 4.95). In his last outing on Saturday vs. Atlanta, Jackson went 7.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and struck out a season-high nine batters. His counterpart tonight, Gallardo, has notched wins in both of his two career starts against the Nationals at Miller Park.
Roger Bernadina has hit safely in six straight games, including four multi-hit efforts along the way. During the streak, he is 12-for-23 (.522) with three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Dating to June 28, Bernadina is 20-for-43 (.465) with four RBI, five walks, six stolen bags and five runs scored, raising his OBP from .314 to .370 over that span.