The visiting Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals are scheduled to play a split doubleheader on Saturday, but Mother Nature could have other plans.
Friday night’s opener of the three-game series was postponed due to inclement weather, and the forecast calls for more rain on Saturday.
This is the Brewers’ only scheduled trip to Washington this season, so every effort will be made to play.
Milwaukee is back at .500 (25-25) after splitting a four-game series against San Diego, while Washington has won four of its last six.
Left-handers Jon Lester (0-2, 5.33) and Patrick Corbin (3-3, 6.13) are set to start for the Nationals, with the order still to be determined.
Lester has struggled in his last two starts, giving up 11 runs and 13 hits over 9 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old is 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 13 career starts against the Brewers.
Christian Yelich is 9-for-24 versus Lester, who has gone 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in seven starts at Nationals Park.
Corbin won his third straight decision last Sunday, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-5 victory over Baltimore.
The 31-year-old is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against the Brewers, including six innings of one-run ball in his last start against them on Aug. 16, 2019.
Milwaukee will send Brett Anderson and Freddy Peralta to the mound, but manager Craig Counsell is still deciding on the order.
Anderson (2-3, 4.34) received a no-decision against Cincinnati last Saturday, when he gave up two runs over five innings.
Josh Bell is 3-for-7 with a home run against the 33-year-old left-hander, who is making his second career start against Washington.
Peralta (4-1, 2.54) threw 103 pitches last Sunday against Cincinnati, allowing two runs with four walks over 4 2/3 innings.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career games (one start) against Washington.
The Brewers have received an immediate boost from shortstop Willy Adames, who was acquired from Tampa Bay last Friday.
The 25-year-old went 4-for-5 with a home run four RBIs in Thursday’s 10-inning, 6-5 win over San Diego and has emerged as a vocal leader with his new team.
“He’s been here every single day, making sure everybody is elevated and keeping everybody in good spirits,” outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. “He brings an awful lot of energy. The competitiveness he brings day in and day out is contagious. He’s amazing.”
The Nationals have their own star at shortstop in Trea Turner, who has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games and is batting .333 with two homers, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases over that stretch.
“I view Trea as a candidate for MVP. He’s that kind of player,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s doing well, and he’s given us every opportunity to win a game.”
The Nationals could add to their pitching staff next week when right-hander Erick Fedde rejoins the team.
Fedde was placed on the COVID-19 injured list after making his last start for the Nationals on May 16. The 28-year-old will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday with Double-A Harrisburg.
–Field Level Media